Thirty-five years ago, in the August 3, 1986, issue of The Ukrainian Weekly, readers were informed about Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev’s decision to withdraw six regiments (roughly 6 percent of the estimated 120,000 stationed troops: one tank regiment, two motorized rifle regiments, three anti-aircraft units and all of their equipment) from Afghanistan by the end of 1986.
Thirty years ago, on July 25, 1991, the last henchman of the Stalin regime – Lazar Kaganovich – died in Moscow at the age of 97. The Ukrainian Weekly’s editorial of the August 4 issue that year reminded readers that the man known as the “Iron Commissar” helped Joseph Stalin institute and maintain his reign of terror in the USSR during the 1930s and 1940s.
Fifty years ago, on July 18, 1971, thousands of events commemorating the annual Captive Nations Week were held across the United States, with Ukrainians making up the largest contingent of ethnic groups that were represented at parades, rallies and other events throughout the weeklong observances.
Seven years ago, on July 17, 2014, Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 (MH17), a Boeing 777 commercial airliner flying out of Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur, carrying 280 passengers and 15 crew members was downed over eastern Ukraine by what was suspected to be a surface-to-air missile.
Eighty years ago, on June 29, 1941, thousands of Ukrainian nationalists were massacred in western Ukraine by the retreating Soviet army as the German Nazis were preparing to capture Lviv. The Soviets were putting into practice the scorched-earth policy of destroying anything of value to the advancing Nazis.
Thirty years ago, on June 23, 1991, thousands of protesters, who were undaunted by thundershowers, marched down Kyiv’s main thoroughfare, the Khreshchatyk, to protest Ukraine’s intent to sign the union treaty with Moscow that summer.
Seventy-five years ago, on June 15, 1946, the United States presented the Baruch Plan to the United Nations with the aim of international control of atomic weapons. The plan did not gain acceptance by the U.N., which resulted in the nuclear arms race between the U.S. and the Soviet Union during the Cold War.
Twenty years ago, on June 10, 2001, the editorial of that issue of The Ukrainian Weekly announced the release of the second volume of “The Ukrainian Weekly 2000” that covered the 1970s through the 1990s, as a supplement to Volume I (1933-1960s, published in 2000) of the series.
Fifty-five years ago, on June 1, 1966, J. Edgar Hoover, director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), issued a statement that was published in the June 1 issue of the FBI Law Enforcement Bulletin.
Fifty years ago, on May 28, 1971, Archbishop-Major Josyf Cardinal Slipyj was set to arrive in Toronto, but was denied a permit by the Vatican. Reports of the Vatican refusal began to appear nearly a week before the scheduled visit, and the story was carried by numerous newspapers in the U.S. and Canada.