On this day (September 30th) in 1971: The British Government gave the name of Soviet Defector that just the week before had exposed dozens of Russians spies in the UK. Oleg Lyalin was a senior KGB officer assigned to London in 1967. He defected after being charged with driving while intoxicated. Said the police officer who originally pulled Lyalin over: “Up till this morning I did not know that the man I arrested was a spy – it was only when I read the papers today that I twigged”. To learn more, check out this release titled “Double Agents in a Secret War.”
Month: September 2020
On this day (September 29th) in 1960: Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev disrupted a meeting of the United Nations General Assembly. Khrushchev’s outbursts were spurred by his disapproval over manner in which UN forces intervened in the Congo. In a move underscoring the depth of the Cold War mentality in 1960, Khurshchev called for the Secretary General do be replaced by a three-person executive representing the Soviet, the Western, and the neutral camps amongst world nations.
Physician and Microbiologist Alexander Fleming discovered penicillin. Later knighted for his contributions to science, Fleming was named to Time magazine’s list of the 100 Most Important People of the 20th century in 1999.
On this day (September 27th) in 1939: Poland surrenders to Germany after 26 days of fighting. Blitzkrieg-style tactics used fast-moving forces to break through points of enemy lines. As the unrelenting attack style rolled on, the break would be filled by slower-moving infantry units. While the western allies of Britain and France could do little to save their Polish ally, the Second World War was begun in earnest.