July 13, 1943 – Largest tank battle in history ends

July 13, 1943 – Largest tank battle in history ends

The Battle of Kursk, involving some 6,000 tanks, two million men, and 5,000 aircraft, ends with the German offensive repulsed by the Soviets at heavy cost.

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June 16, 1958 – Leader of Hungarian uprising executed

June 16, 1958 – Leader of Hungarian uprising executed

Imre Nagy, a former Hungarian premier and symbol of the nation’s 1956 uprising against Soviet rule, is hanged for treason by his country’s communist authorities.

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May 17, 1990 – Gorbachev meets with Lithuanian prime minister

May 17, 1990 – Gorbachev meets with Lithuanian prime minister

Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev meets with Lithuanian Prime Minister Kazimiera Prunskiene in an effort to settle differences arising from Lithuania’s recent proclamation of independence from the Soviet Union.

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