July 17, 1975 – Superpowers meet in space

July 17, 1975 – Superpowers meet in space

On July 17, 1975, as part of a project aimed at developing space rescue capability, the U.S. spacecraft Apollo and the Soviet spacecraft Soyuz 19 rendezvous and dock in space.

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July 12, 1990 – Yeltsin resigns from Communist Party

July 12, 1990 – Yeltsin resigns from Communist Party

Just two days after Mikhail Gorbachev was re-elected head of the Soviet Communist Party, Boris Yeltsin, president of the Republic of Russia, announces his resignation from the Party.

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July 9, 1993 – Romanov remains identified

July 9, 1993 – Romanov remains identified

British forensic scientists announce that they have positively identified the remains of Russia’s last czar, Nicholas II; his wife, Czarina Alexandra; and three of their daughters.

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June 30, 1970 – Soviet cosmonauts perish in reentry disaster

June 30, 1970 – Soviet cosmonauts perish in reentry disaster

The three Soviet cosmonauts who served as the first crew of the world’s first space station die when their spacecraft depressurizes during reentry.

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