Cosmonaut Vladimir Komarov’s fatal crash after being sent to space in a dangerously shoddy vessel

April 24, 1967 Orenburg Oblast, Soviet Union Cosmonaut Vladimir Mikhaylovich Komarov (Влади́мир Миха́йлович Комаро́в) is killed when returning to Earth during a space flight Komarov knew the space capsule he was to use was unsafe, as did his friend, fellow cosmonaut, and first man in space Yuri Gagarin. Gagarin and a team of technicians found…

Leaders of racist, murderous youth gang arrested

April 17, 2007 Moscow, Russia Arthur Ryno (Артур Рыно) and Pavel Skachevskiy (Павел Скачевский), ringleaders of a murdering skinhead gang of youths from 15 to 25 years old, are arrested for the deaths of "non-Slavic-looking" people The targets were chosen specifically by their looks, predominantly those from Central Asia and the Caucasus region, based on…

Bodies of the February Revolution laid to rest

March 23, 1917 Petrograd, Russian Empire (modern day St. Petersburg, Russia) The bodies of the victims of the February Revolution are laid to rest The February Revolution lasted from March 8 - 12 (using the Gregorian calendar, or February 23 - 27 using the Julian calendar) which marked the ending of the imperial system and…

Laika the space dog

February 28, 1957 Russia A photo is taken of Laika, a Russian dog sent into space for testing purposes Laika was sent into space to monitor the reactions of low gravity on living organisms. The caption accompanying the photo reads: “Laika, who became the first space traveler from Earth, is pictured in her capsule aboard…

The execution of Andrei Chikatilo, the Butcher of Rostov

February 14, 1994 Novocherkassk, Russia Andrei Chikatilo is executed for the murder of at least 52 women and children Chikatilo achieved sexual gratification from the act of murdering. He also practiced cannibalism and necrophilia. Russian executions are done with very little pomp or flair, and Chikatilo was brought to a sound proof room where a…