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World History Minute: The Opening of Tamerlane’s Tomb

On June 20, 1941, a group of Russian scientists opened up the tomb of Tamerlane, a Mongol chieftain. The scientists wanted to study his remains. Residents warned against it, afraid of what would happen. As it happens, two days after the tomb was opened, Germany launched a surprise invasion of Russia. 

That’s not all that happened, either. Historian John Schmidt fills us in.

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