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today’s picture: The Nazi-Soviet Nonaggression Pact



The Nazi-Soviet Nonaggression Pact

German Foreign Minister Joachim von Ribbentrop (far left) and Soviet Commissar for Foreign Affairs Vyacheslav M. Molotov (far right) signed a pact on August 23, 1939, in which Nazi Germany and Soviet Russia agreed not to support any third party that might attack the other. Because Adolf Hitler and Josef Stalin (second from right) had publicly condemned each other’s ideologies, the agreement came as a surprise to both Soviet and Nazi sympathizers. The pact was signed more for strategic reasons than peaceful ones, however. Specifications made public years later revealed that the leaders had divided Eastern Europe into German and Soviet spheres, allotting each side territory between the two. Just days after the signing, Germany invaded Poland, and by the end of September, both powers had claimed sections of Poland. World War II and Hitler’s invasion of the Soviet Union were just around the corner.

Image: National Archives

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Today In History. What Happened This Day In History


Today In History. What Happened This Day In History

A chronological timetable of historical events that occurred on this day in history. Historical facts of the day in the areas of military, politics, science, music, sports, arts, entertainment and more. Discover what happened today in history.

Today in History
December 30

1460   The Duke of York is defeated and killed by Lancastrians at the Battle of Wakefield.
1803   The United States takes possession of the Louisiana area from France at New Orleans with a simple ceremony, the simultaneous lowering and raising of the national flags.
1861   Banks in the United States suspend the practice of redeeming paper money for metal currency, a practice that would continue until 1879.
1862   The draft of the Emancipation Proclamation is finished and circulated among President Abraham Lincoln’s cabinet for comment.
1905   Governor Frank Steunenberg of Idaho is killed by an assassin’s bomb.
1922   Soviet Russia is renamed the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics.
1932   The Soviet Union bars food handouts for housewives under 36 years of age. They must now work to eat.
1947   Romania’s King Michael is forced to abdicate by Soviet-backed Communists. Communists now control all of Eastern Europe.
1965   Ferdinand E. Marcos is sworn in as the Philippine Republic’s sixth president.
1972   After two weeks of heavy bombing raids on North Vietnam, President Nixon halts the air offensive and agrees to resume peace negotiations with Hanoi representative Le Duc Tho.
1976   Governor Carey of New York pardons seven inmates, closing the book on the Attica uprising.
2006   Saddam Hussein, former Iraq dictator, is executed by hanging for crimes committed against his own people during his rule.
Born on December 30
1865   Rudyard Kipling, British author (Jungle Book, Soldiers Three).
1867   Simon Guggenheim, philanthropist and U.S. senator for Colorado.
1884   Tojo Hideki, Japanese Prime Minister during World War II.
1928   Bo Diddley, blues composer and singer.
1935   Sandy Koufax, Hall of Fame left-handed pitcher with the L.A. Dodgers.

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