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First Rock Festival Held in the Soviet Union

Dubbed the "Soviet Woodstock," the "Spring Rhythms. Tbilisi-80" festival is widely considered the turning point in the history of Soviet and Russian rock music. The event, held in the capital of the Georgian Socialist Soviet Republic, was the USSR's first official rock festival. Despite this, many viewed the state-sanctioned competition as an obvious attempt by the Soviet establishment to secure control over the country's rock movement. Which bands performed at the event?



The Vein of Love

According to tradition, the vena amoris, or "vein of love," runs directly from the heart to the fourth finger of the left hand. This belief has been cited in Western cultures as one reason why engagement and wedding rings are worn on that finger. The earliest known use of the phrase is found in A Treatise of Spousal or Matrimonial Contracts, published in 1686 by Henry Swinburne, who claims the concept derives from what ancient culture?

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Tapio Rautavaara

The multitalented Tapio Rautavaara of Finland was a successful athlete, singer, and actor. He won a gold medal in the javelin throw event at the 1948 Summer Olympics and was also a top archer. He acted in numerous Finnish films and recorded a total of 310 songs before his death in 1979. Rautavaara suffered a brain injury during a slip-and-fall accident, but medical officials failed to identify the symptoms of a fatal cerebral hemorrhage and sent him home. What did they think was wrong with him?

Last updated on Sunday, 8th March 2009

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