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Today in History, Jan. 22

A reconstruction of the shooting taken from the film Devyatoe Yanvarya

109 years ago today, on Jan. 22, 1905, the imperial guard opened fire on unarmed protesters as they marched to present a petition to Tsar Nicholas II at the Winter Palace. "Bloody Sunday," as the event became known, had lasting consequences and was to seriously undermine the tsarist regime.

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