On this day: a Communist Ballet in China

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US President Richard Nixon’s historic visit to China in 1972 resulted in significant changes in relations between the two countries.

During the visit, Nixon and his wife attended a performance of the communist ballet Red Detachment of Women. The ballet, based on a 1961 film of the same name, which itself was based on a book, was staged on the 22nd of February, 1972.

Red Detachment of Women, one of only a few ballets permitted in China during the Cultural Revolution, is still in the repertoire of the National Ballet of China.

On this day: the birth of Aleksandr Shaparenko

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Ukrainian sprint canoeist Aleksandr Shaparenko was born in Stepanivka on the 16th of February, 1946.

Competing for the Soviet Union, he won Olympic gold in 1968 and 1972, as well as a silver in the 1968 Games.

Shaparenko also won thirteen World Championship medals, including the gold seven times.

On this day: Bloody Sunday

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On the 30th of January, 1972, the largest single shooting incident of The Troubles in Northern Ireland occurred at a protest against internment.

Significant because of the high number of civilians who were shot or otherwise injured by British soldiers, thirteen people were killed at the scene, while another died of their injuries a few months later. A further twelve people were injured by gunshots, while others were hurt by vehicle impact, and from being shot at with rubber bullets.

The massacre occurred in the Bogside area of Derry, beginning shortly before 4pm. In the aftermath of the massacre, recruitment for the IRA significantly rose.

On this day: Lubov Egorova dies

Lubov Egorova in the title role of the choreographer Marius Petipa's and the composer Cesare Pugni's ballet The Blue Dahlia, 1905.

Lubov Egorova in the title role of The Blue Dahlia, 1905.

Ballerina Lubov Egorova was born in St Petersburg on the 8th of August, 1880. Graduating from the Imperial Theatre School in her eighteenth year, with famous classmates including Enrico Cecchetti, she joined the Imperial Ballet as a coryphée.

An extremely successful dancer, amongst her great achievements was performing the lead role in The Sleeping Beauty opposite Ukrainian ballet superstar Vaslav Nijinsky.

Egorova married well, to Prince Nikita Sergeievitch Troubetzkoy. However, she eventually lost her husband, her son and her fortune. She died in Paris on the 18th of August, 1972. She was ninety-two.