This is the weekly dispatch to remind you of whats happening for the Russian Culture Society. We will have our last regular meeting of the semester this Friday, the 20th. We will be getting a presentation on etiquette in Russia by Jackson and Frodo, so please come by to learn or even add something if you wish. We Also, on this Thursday, the RCS will be hosting a Movie Night to watch “Чёрная Молния”, click to see trailer below. This film will feature English subtitles, and we will have snacks and refreshments as well. Due to circumstances provided by the powers that be, we have been required to move our movie room to Fine Arts 148 @ 6:30pm but we will start the film around 7:00pm. We also will be doing our raffle for those who have been active all semester and give away prizes.
Week in History
November 18, 1711
Mikhail Lomonosov (Михаил Ломоносов) was a Russian polymath, scientist and writer, who made important contributions to literature, education, and science. Among his discoveries was the atmosphere of Venus and the Law of Mass Conservation in chemical reactions. His spheres of science were natural science, chemistry, physics, mineralogy, history, art, philology, optical devices and others. Lomonosov was also a poet and influenced the formation of the modern Russian literary language. Moscow State University was renamed in his honor in 1940.
November 19, 1942
“Operation Uranus” (Операция Уран) begins as plan under the leadership of Stalin with the goal of liberating the city of Stalingrad during World War. In a three-month campaign, the Soviet Army achieved its goal and inflicted a major defeat on the Nazi Forces.
“Standing on the Ugra” «Стояние на Угре» – fighting in 1480 between Great Horde Akhmat Khan and the Grand Duke of Moscow, Ivan III, caused by Moscow’s refusal to pay the annual tribute to the Horde. This event marked the end of the Mongol-Tatar yoke. Muscovy became fully independent.
November 22, 1936
The government of the USSR became the first government in the world to legalize abortion, provided there was a risk in the life of the mother. In most countries around the world, this kind legislation would not arrive until the 1970s.