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The History Channel
Friday August 18, 2017 @ 02:20:24 AM mt

August 18 1991: Soviet hard-liners launch coup against Gorbachev



On this day in 1991, Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev is placed under house arrest during a coup by high-ranking members of his own government, military and police forces.

Since becoming secretary of the Communist Party in 1985 and president of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (USSR) in 1988, Gorbachev had pursued comprehensive reforms of the Soviet system. Combining perestroika (restructuring) of the economyincluding a greater emphasis on free-market policiesand glasnost (openness) in diplomacy, he greatly improved Soviet relations with Western democracies, particularly the United States. Meanwhile, though, within the USSR, Gorbachev faced powerful critics, including conservative, hard-line politicians and military officials who thought he was driving the Soviet Union toward its downfall and making it a second-rate power. On the other side were even more radical reformersparticularly Boris Yeltsin, president of the most powerful socialist republic, Russiawho complained that Gorbachev was just not working fast enough.

The August 1991 coup was carried out by the hard-line elements within Gorbachevs own administration, as well as the heads of the Soviet army and the KGB, or secret police. Detained at his vacation villa in the Crimea, he was placed under house arrest and pressured to give his resignation, which he refused to do. Claiming Gorbachev was ill, the coup leaders, headed by former vice president Gennady Yanayev, declared a state of emergency and attempted to take control of the government.

Yeltsin and his backers from the Russian parliament then stepped in, calling on the Russian people to strike and protest the coup. When soldiers tried to arrest Yeltsin, they found the way to the parliamentary building blocked by armed and unarmed civilians. Yeltsin himself climbed aboard a tank and spoke through a megaphone, urging the troops not to turn against the people and condemning the coup as a new reign of terror. The soldiers backed off, some of them choosing to join the resistance. After thousands took the streets to demonstrate, the coup collapsed after only three days.

Gorbachev was released and flown to Moscow, but his regime had been dealt a deadly blow. Over the next few months, he dissolved the Communist Party, granted independence to the Baltic states, and proposed a looser, more economics-based federation among the remaining republics. In December 1991, Gorbachev resigned. Yeltsin capitalized on his defeat of the coup, emerging from the rubble of the former Soviet Union as the most powerful figure in Moscow and the leader of the newly formed Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS).

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Top5s
Friday August 18, 2017 @ 02:40:40 AM mt

5 Astronauts NASA Employees Who Encountered UFOs Alien Life Episode 3




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New York Post
Friday August 18, 2017 @ 01:47:36 AM mt

3 arrested after drone drops cellphone drugs into prison yard



IONIA, Mich. Michigan prison officials say three people have been arrested after trying to use a drone to smuggle a cellphone and drugs into a prison. Michigan Department of Corrections says two guards at the Richard A. Handlon Correctional Facility in the western Michigan city of Ionia heard the drone in the prison yard...

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time.com
Friday August 18, 2017 @ 01:36:11 AM mt

Its Not Worth Taking a Chance. Man Who Experienced Eye Damage During 1962 Solar Eclipse Warns Others



Lou Tomososki damaged his eyes in 1962 while looking at a partial solar eclipse

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New York Post
Friday August 18, 2017 @ 01:47:37 AM mt

Oldest American celebrates 114th birthday



HUNTINGDON, Pa. The oldest known living person in the United States is celebrating her 114th birthday in Pennsylvania. The state Aging Department says Delphine Gibson hit the milestone Thursday, getting a personal greeting from the governor. Gibson was born in South Carolina in 1903 and moved to Pennsylvania after marrying Taylor Gibson in 1928....

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New York Post
Friday August 18, 2017 @ 01:47:33 AM mt

Getaway driver guilty of robbery in death of Chinese student



SYRACUSE, N.Y. A getaway driver has been convicted of robbery but acquitted of murder in the drug-deal killing of a Syracuse University student from China. The Post-Standard reports 20-year-old Ninimbe Mitchell faces up to 25 years in prison when hes sentenced for the robbery of 23-year-old Yuan Xiaopeng. Mitchell would have faced up to...

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New York Post
Friday August 18, 2017 @ 06:18:01 AM mt

Charlottesville white power rally organizer says hes in hiding



Jason Kessler, who organized the Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville, Va., told Fox News late Thursday hes in hiding after getting a string of death threats. Last Saturday, a car rammed into a crowd of counter-protesters in Charlottesville, killing one woman and injuring some 19 other people. The next day, protesters chased Kessler from...

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New York Post
Friday August 18, 2017 @ 01:47:34 AM mt

Family says California man is missing after Barcelona terror attack



A 43-year-old California man vacationing in Barcelona reportedly was missing after the deadly terror attack that killed 13 and wounded scores. Jared Tucker was on vacation with his wife, Heidi, when they became separated in the chaos that unfolded in the streets Thursday, according to San Franciscos KGO-TV. They were walking through downtown when he...

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New York Post
Friday August 18, 2017 @ 01:47:37 AM mt

Charlottesville victims mom shows compassion for white nationalists



The mother of the woman who was killed in Charlottesville claims that shes receiving death threats but also says she understands why white nationalists are violently acting out. The stunning display of compassion came during an interview with MSNBC on Thursday, in which Susan Bro discussed her feelings about the murder of her daughter,...

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CBS New York
Friday August 18, 2017 @ 04:13:27 AM mt

Police Thwart Second Attack In Spain




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