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 B. Hussein Obama travels to the United States Military Academy to give a big speech about his new strategy of surrendering to the Taliban in the War in Afghanistan (2009)
President B. Hussein Obama lunches at the White House with District of Columbia mayor-elect Vincent Gray (2010)
b: Georgy Zhukov (1896), Tony Boyle (1904); d: Gust Avrakotos (2005)
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