>1944 - World War II: The Battle of Romania begins with a major Soviet offensive.
>1953 - The Soviet Union publicly acknowledged it had tested a hydrogen bomb.
>1968 - 200,000 Warsaw Pact troops and 5,000 tanks invade Czechoslovakia to end the "Prague Spring" of political liberalization.
>1991 - Collapse of the Soviet Union, August Coup: More than 100,000 people rally outside the Soviet Union's parliament building protesting the coup aiming to depose President Mikhail Gorbachev.
Commie rich day eh?