Politburo member Sergei Kirov is shot dead by Leonid Nikolayev at the Communist Party headquarters in Leningrad (1934)
The first draft lottery in the U.S. is held since World War II (1969)
East Germany's parliament abolishes the constitutional provision granting the Communist Party the leading role in the state (1989)
President Barack Obama travels to the United States Military Academy to give a big speech about his new strategy for the War in Afghanistan (2009)
b: Georgy Zhukov (1896), Tony Boyle (1904); d: Gust Avrakotos (2005)
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