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UPI Almanac for Tuesday, Dec. 30, 3008.
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UPI Almanac for Sunday, Dec. 30, 2007.
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The Almanac

UPI almanac for Saturday, Dec. 30, 2006.
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The Almanac

Today is Friday, Dec. 30, the 364th day of 2005 with one to follow.
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The Almanac

Today is Thursday, Dec. 30, the 365th day of 2004 with one to follow.
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Church says nyet to St. Rasputin

MOSCOW, Oct. 4 (UPI) -- A senior official of the Russian Orthodox Church strongly objected Monday to proposals to make saints of Rasputin and Ivan the Terrible.

The Almanac

Today is Tuesday, Dec. 30, the 364th day of 2003 with one to follow.
By United Press International

The Almanac

Today is Monday, Dec. 30, the 364th day of 2002 with one to follow.
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A Blast from the Past

The Soviet Union, which is no more, was created on this date in 1922. It happened at the first Soviet Congress when Russia, Ukraine and two other Soviet republics signed a treaty.
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A Blast from the Past

The weekly UPI Blast from the Past package for Dec. 30-Jan. 5.
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Grigori Yefimovich Rasputin (Russian: Григо́рий Ефи́мович Распу́тин) (22 January 1869 – 29 December 1916) was a Russian mystic who is perceived as having influenced the later days of the Russian Tsar Nicholas II, his wife the Tsaritsa Alexandra, and their only son the Tsarevich Alexei. Rasputin had often been called the "Mad Monk", while others considered him a "strannik" (or religious pilgrim) and even a starets (ста́рец, "elder", a title usually reserved for monk-confessors), believing him to be a psychic and faith healer.

It has been argued that Rasputin helped to discredit the tsarist government, leading to the fall of the Romanov dynasty, in 1917. Contemporary opinions saw Rasputin variously as a saintly mystic, visionary, healer and prophet and, on the other side of the coin, as a debauched religious charlatan. There has been much uncertainty over Rasputin's life and influence, for accounts of his life have often been based on dubious memoirs, hearsay, and legend.

Rasputin was born a peasant in the small village of Pokrovskoye, along the Tura River in the Tobolsk guberniya (now Tyumen Oblast) in Siberia. The date of his birth remained in doubt for some time and was estimated sometime between 1863 and 1873. Recently, new documents surfaced revealing Rasputin's birth date as 10 January 1869 O.S. (equivalent to 22 January 1869 N.S.)

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