Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Pop History Moment: The Assassination of Nikolai Bobrikov

Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at PhotobucketOn this day in 1904 Finnish nationalist Eugen Schauman (shown, at right) assassinated Nikolai Bobrikov, the Russian Governor-General of Finland.

What makes this particular event notable for our purposes - apart from its utter obscurity - is the fact that it's mentioned in the 1922 novel Ulysses by James Joyce; being so noted in a hugely influential novel makes this obscure killing legitimately pop.

The novel takes place on this day in 1904, the same day as the killing; fortunately for him Leopold Bloom has an airtight alibi.
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