1989: On March 26, the people of the Soviet Union vote in free elections for the first time since 1917 and elect a new Congress of Peoples Deputies. While the majority of Communist Party-endorsed candidates are elected, over 300 candidates win out over the endorsed candidates. Among them are Boris Yeltsin, physicist Andrei Sakharov (shown), and lawyer Anatoly Sobchak.

1989: On March 26, the people of the Soviet Union vote in free elections for the first time since 1917 and elect a new Congress of Peoples Deputies. While the majority of Communist Party-endorsed candidates are elected, over 300 candidates win out over the endorsed candidates. Among them are Boris Yeltsin, physicist Andrei Sakharov (shown), and lawyer Anatoly Sobchak.

Oct 9 - ON THIS DAY in 1975, Andrei Sakharov, the Soviet physicist who helped build the USSR's first hydrogen bomb, was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in recognition of his struggle against "the abuse of power and violations of human dignity in all its forms."

Oct 9 - ON THIS DAY in 1975, Andrei Sakharov, the Soviet physicist who helped build the USSR's first hydrogen bomb, was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in recognition of his struggle against "the abuse of power and violations of human dignity in all its forms."

Andrei Sakharov - the USSR, the H-Bomb and Human Rights

Andrei Sakharov - the USSR, the H-Bomb and Human Rights

Andrei Sakharov: Soviet Physics, Nuclear Weapons and Human Rights

Andrei Sakharov: Soviet Physics, Nuclear Weapons and Human Rights

Andrei Sakharov - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Andrei Sakharov - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Andrei Sakharov with a group of Soviet dissidents, Sakharov is the first from right, the first from the left is Naum Meiman from Moscow Helsinki Group

Andrei Sakharov with a group of Soviet dissidents, Sakharov is the first from right, the first from the left is Naum Meiman from Moscow Helsinki Group

May 21, 1984 - President-elect from El Salvador Josè Napoleon Duartè visits the U.S. and lobbies President Reagan and Congress for military aid, despite rotten Human rights record. Iran continues to attack shipping in Persian Gulf, brings condemnation for Arab League and hints of U.S. involvement. Hindu-Muslim riots claim 100 in Bombay. Soviet dissident Andrei Sakharov celebrates 63rd birthday with 19th day of hunger strike.

May 21, 1984 - President-elect from El Salvador Josè Napoleon Duartè visits the U.S. and lobbies President Reagan and Congress for military aid, despite rotten Human rights record. Iran continues to attack shipping in Persian Gulf, brings condemnation for Arab League and hints of U.S. involvement. Hindu-Muslim riots claim 100 in Bombay. Soviet dissident Andrei Sakharov celebrates 63rd birthday with 19th day of hunger strike.

The Humanist Manifesto II is a stirring document outlining a philosophy for survival and fulfillment in our time. Signed by Andrei Sakharov, B.F. Skinner, Corliss Lamont, Betty Friedan, Sir Julian Huxley, Sidney Hook, Jacques Monod, Gunnar Myrdal, and 275 other distinguished leaders of thought and action, it has been hailed as a classic.  Publication of the Manifesto has provoked world-wide debate over humanist recommendations for the future of humankind in the areas of religion and ethics…

The Humanist Manifesto II is a stirring document outlining a philosophy for survival and fulfillment in our time. Signed by Andrei Sakharov, B.F. Skinner, Corliss Lamont, Betty Friedan, Sir Julian Huxley, Sidney Hook, Jacques Monod, Gunnar Myrdal, and 275 other distinguished leaders of thought and action, it has been hailed as a classic. Publication of the Manifesto has provoked world-wide debate over humanist recommendations for the future of humankind in the areas of religion and ethics…

Frank von Hippel and Andrei Sakharov at the Sakharov apartment in Moscow, January 1987, just after the Sakharovs had returned from house arrest in Gorki.

Frank von Hippel and Andrei Sakharov at the Sakharov apartment in Moscow, January 1987, just after the Sakharovs had returned from house arrest in Gorki.

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