On this day: Russia’s mass deportations of the Baltic peoples began.

Estonian children who had been forcibly deported to Siberia by Russian authorities. 1952.

Estonian children in Siberia in 1952

Operation Priboi (“Coastal Surf”) was the code name for the Soviet mass deportation from the Baltic states on 25–28 March 1949. The action is also known as the March deportation by Baltic historians. More than 90,000 Estonians, Latvians and Lithuanians, labeled as enemies of the people, were deported to forced settlements in inhospitable areas of the Soviet Union.

Over 70% of the deportees were women and children under the age of 16.

On this day: the death of Martina von Trapp

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Martina von Trapp, the inspiration for the character of Gretl in The Sound of Music, died giving birth to her first child on the 25th of February, 1951. She was thirty at the time.

Martina was not particularly similar to her movie version, as she had dark hair and eyes, and was in her late teens when she left Austria, not five, as she is in the movie.

She was buried in Vermont, holding her stillborn daughter.

On this day: the opening of the Sands Hotel and Casino

The Sands Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada opened on the 15th of December, 1952.

The Sands was one of the city’s famous hotels, regularly hosting stars like Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin.

The complex was demolished in 1996 and is now home to The Venetian.

This advertisement for The Sands appeared on the 27th of December, 1952.

Source

Sands_opening_ad_Billboard_1952Opening of the Sands Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas-ad in Billboard December 27, 1952.