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Russia's Tigers
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Russia's Tigers

Join Wild Chronicles on an expedition to Russia, where researchers have the rare opportunity to study Siberian tigers up close at a wildlife sanctuary.

  • Best for: Grades 3+ (ages 8+)
  • Concepts: big cats, endangered species, russia, sanctuary, siberian tigers, tigers, wild chronicles
Endangered Sami Language Becomes Extinct
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Endangered Sami Language Becomes Extinct

On December 29, 2003, the last native speaker of Akkala Sami died, rendering the language and its culture virtually extinct.

  • Best for: Grades 3-12 (ages 8-18)
  • Concepts: cultures, endangered languages, language, russia, sami
Smallpox Eradicated
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Smallpox Eradicated

On December 9, 1979, scientists announced the official eradication of smallpox, the only disease that has been systematically driven to extinction.

  • Best for: Grades 7-12 (ages 12-18)
  • Concepts: diseases, eradication, extinction, public health, russia, smallpox, united states
Wolves at the Door
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Wolves at the Door

"All stories are about wolves. All worth repeating, that is," according to novelist Margaret Atwood. Find out more about the role of wolves in myths and legends around the world.

  • Best for: Grades 8-12 (ages 13-18)
  • Concepts: archetypes, fairy tales, folklore, myths, stories, wolves
First Crew Docks at International Space Station
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First Crew Docks at International Space Station

On November 2, 2000, the first resident crew (Expedition 1) docked at the International Space Station. The ISS has been staffed by international crews ever since.

  • Best for: Grades 3-12 (ages 8-18)
  • Concepts: astronauts, engineering, international space station, nasa, orbits, russia, space, technology, united states
October Revolution
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October Revolution

On November 7, 1917, the Bolshevik party seized power in St. Petersburg, Russia, starting the communist October Revolution and leading to the founding of the Soviet Union.

  • Best for: Grades 6-12 (ages 11-18)
  • Concepts: bolsheviks, communism, government, october revolution, revolutions, russia, soviet union, st. petersburg
St. Basil’s Cathedral Opens
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St. Basil’s Cathedral Opens

On July 12, 1561, St. Basil’s Cathedral opened in Moscow, Russia. St. Basil’s has been the symbol of Moscow and all of Russia ever since.

  • Best for: Grades 2-12 (ages 7-18)
  • Concepts: architecture, churches, moscow, museums, russia, st. basil's cathedral
First International Wildlife Conservation Treaty
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First International Wildlife Conservation Treaty

On July 7, 1911, four nations signed a treaty that limited the hunting of fur seals in the Pribilof Islands, off the coast of what is now Alaska. It is usually recognized as the first international wildlife conservation treaty. 

  • Best for: Grades 1-9 (ages 6-15)
  • Concepts: conservation, fur seals, hunting, international agreements, treaties, wildlife
Tunguska Event
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Tunguska Event

On June 30, 1908, a meteor exploded over the remote Tunguska region of Siberia, Russia. The Tunguska Event is the largest impact event in recorded history.

  • Best for: Grades 4-12 (ages 9-18)
  • Concepts: astronomy, geostationary earth orbit (geo), meteorology, meteors, russia, siberia
Tetris Released
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Tetris Released

On June 6, 1984, Russian computer engineer Alexey Pajitnov released his video game, Tetris.

  • Best for: Grades 3-12 (ages 8-18)
  • Concepts: computers, games, math, orbit, russia, software
Solzhenitsyn Returns to Russia
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Solzhenitsyn Returns to Russia

On May 27, 1994, dissident Alexander Solzhenitsyn returned to Russia after 20 years of exile.

  • Best for: Grades 9-12 (ages 14-18)
  • Concepts: aleksandr solzhenitsyn, dissidents, exile, government, russia, soviet union, writers
Battle of the Ice
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Battle of the Ice

On April 5, 1242, Russian forces from the Republic of Novgorod repelled Catholic crusaders in the Battle of the Ice, fought on frozen Lake Peipus.

  • Best for: Grades 6-12 (ages 11-18)
  • Concepts: battle of the ice, borders, estonia, lake peipus, military, religion, russia
Happy Birthday, George Kennan
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Happy Birthday, George Kennan

On February 16, 1845, explorer, journalist and National Geographic Society founder George Kennan was born in Norwalk, Ohio.

  • Best for: Grades 3-10 (ages 8-16)
  • Concepts: explorers, george kennan, journalism, national geographic society, russia
Swan Lake Ballet Premieres
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Swan Lake Ballet Premieres

On February 20, 1877, the ballet Swan Lake, with music by Pyotr Tchaikovsky, made its debut at the Bolshoi Theater in Moscow, Russia.

  • Best for: Grades 3+ (ages 8+)
  • Concepts: ballet, choreography, dance, music, russia, swan lake
A Screaming Comes Across the Sky
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A Screaming Comes Across the Sky

On February 15, 2013, one of the largest meteors ever recorded exploded over Chelyabinsk, Russia.

  • Best for: Grades 3-12 (ages 8-18)
  • Concepts: chelyabinsk meteor, meteorology, meteors, natural hazards, russia
Sami National Day
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Sami National Day

On February 6, 1917, indigenous Scandinavians met at the first international Sami Conference.

  • Best for: Grades 4-12 (ages 9-18)
  • Concepts: arctic, holidays, indigenous peoples, sami, scandinavia
Happy Birthday, Boris Pasternak
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Happy Birthday, Boris Pasternak

On February 10, 1890, writer Boris Pasternak was born in Moscow, Russia.

  • Best for: Grades 9-12 (ages 14-18)
  • Concepts: boris pasternak, literature, nobel prize, politics, soviet union, writers
Siberian Tigers
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Siberian Tigers

Photo: Siberian tigers in the snow

  • Concepts: endangered species, families, siberia, siberian tigers, snow
First Meeting of the Security Council
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First Meeting of the Security Council

On January 17, 1946, the United Nations Security Council held its first session.

  • Best for: Grades 6-12 (ages 11-18)
  • Concepts: conflict, peace, united nations
McDonald’s in Russia
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McDonald’s in Russia

On January 31, 1990, the McDonald’s fast-food restaurant chain opened its first franchise in Moscow, Russia, then the capital of the Soviet Union.

  • Best for: Grades 6-12 (ages 11-18)
  • Concepts: capitalism, globalization, mcdonald's, moscow, restaurants, soviet union
Napoleon Invades Russia
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Napoleon Invades Russia

On June 24, 1812, the Grande Armée, led by French Emperor Napoleon Bonaparte, crossed the Neman River, invading Russia from present-day Poland. 

  • Best for: Grades 6-12 (ages 11-18)
  • Concepts: conflict, grande armée, infrastructure, logistics, military, napoleon bonaparte, russia, weather
Hotline in the Cold War
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Hotline in the Cold War

On June 20, 1963, the United States and the Soviet Union agreed to set up a "hotline" between the leaders of the two superpowers. The connection, established later that summer, would be reliable and available any time of day. The hotline, nicknamed the “red line”, linked the defense depa...

  • Best for: Grades 6-12 (ages 11-18)
  • Concepts: cold war, communications, diplomacy, international cooperation, moscow, moscow-washington hotline, soviet union
Oil and Gas Pipelines
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Oil and Gas Pipelines

Map: Oil and gas pipelines from Russia to Europe.

  • Best for: Grades 4+ (ages 9+)
  • Concepts: europe, maps, natural gas, oil, pipelines, russia
From Ally to Enemy: The American Perception of the Soviet Union from 1920 to 1950
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From Ally to Enemy: The American Perception of the Soviet Union from 1920 to 1950

Students analyze the changing perception of the Soviet Union in the eyes of American citizens from 1920 to 1950 by examining visual and written primary sources from the period.

  • Best for: Grades 9-12 (ages 14-18)
  • Concepts: 1950s, ally, american history, cartoons, enemy, government, john f. kennedy, perception, politics, primary sources, propaganda, united states of america, winston churchill