February 9 1959 – The First Intercontinental Ballistic Missile Becomes Operational

February 9 1959 – The First Intercontinental Ballistic Missile Becomes OperationalRate this post The Cold War reached a new plateau at a military outpost far in the north of Russia on February 9, 1959: the R-7 Semyorka, the first intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM), became operational on the launchpad of the Plesetsk Cosmodrome. Just two years after creating a secret program named “Angara,” the Soviet Union kicked the arms race with the United States into high gear. In the wake of World War II, tensions between the two remaining superpowers — the USSR and US — remained at a constant simmer. With both sides eager to ensure supremacy of their political […]

February 9 1881 – Russian novelist Fyodor Dostoyevsky dies

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February 9 1881 – Russian novelist Fyodor Dostoyevsky diesRate this post Fyodor Mikhailovich Dostoyevsky, the well-known Russian writer and philosopher, and author of the renowned novels Bratya Karamazovy (The Brothers Karamazov – 1880) and Prestupleniye i nakazaniye (Crime and Punishment – 1866) died on February 9, 1881 at the age of 59 at St. Petersburg in the Russian Empire. Dostoyevsky has often been called one of the greatest writers in the world. The profound psychological and psychological insights in Dostoyevsky’s works seem to foretell the most important developments of the 20th century including the growing interests in existentialism and psychoanalysis. The writer’s own disturbed but eventful life had a profound […]

February 9 1928 – America gets its remarkable fantasy and science fiction artist

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February 9 1928 – America gets its remarkable fantasy and science fiction artist5 (100%) 1 vote It was on 9 February 1028 that Frank Frazetta was born in Brooklyn. As a noted fantasy and science fiction artist, Frank Frazetta was well-known for his work in paperback book covers, posters, comic books, paintings, LP record-album covers and a range of other media. Frank was the only boy among four children and he spent a majority of his time with his grandmother, who encouraged him in art at a tender age of two. Frazetta attended the Brooklyn Academy of Fine Arts when he was just eight years old. This was a small […]