Paul Robeson Born, Tbilisi Putdown, Robert Mapplethorpe Dead

On this day: April 9
In Tbilisi - the Soviet Socialist Republic of Georgia - anti-Soviet peaceful demonstrators and hunger strikers demand restoration of Georgian independence and are dispersed by the Soviet army, resulting in 20 deaths and hundreds of injuries (1989)

Georgia declares its independence from the Soviet Union (1991)

b: Paul Robeson (1898), Viktor Chernomyrdin (1938); d: Wilhelm Canaris (1945), Phil Ochs (1976), Robert Mapplethorpe (1989)

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