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The Time Russia Ran Out of Vodka

by Judy Dutton © Yevgeny Khaldei/Corbis At 1:10 a.m. on May 9, 1945, night owls in the USSR heard a radio report that Nazi Germany had officially surrendered to the Soviet Union. Rather than wait until morning to celebrate, citizens took to the streets in their pajamas. The revelry reached such a fever pitch that by the [...]