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  • Chechnya, Russia
    Thursday Dec 1, 1994

    First Chechen War

    Russian forces openly carried out heavy aerial bombardments

    Chechnya, Russia
    Thursday Dec 1, 1994

    Beginning on 1 December, Russian forces openly carried out heavy aerial bombardments of Chechnya.




  • Japan
    Saturday Dec 3, 1994

    Sony Corporation

    Launch The 1st PlayStation

    Japan
    Saturday Dec 3, 1994

    Launched in 1994, the first PlayStation gained 61% of global console sales and broke Nintendo's long-standing lead in the market.




  • Tokyo, Japan
    Saturday Dec 3, 1994

    PlayStation

    PlayStation

    Tokyo, Japan
    Saturday Dec 3, 1994

    The original PlayStation, released in Japan on December 3, 1994, was the first of the ubiquitous PlayStation series of console and hand-held game devices. It has included successor consoles and upgrades including the Net Yaroze (a special black PlayStation with tools and instructions to program PlayStation games and applications), "PS one" (a smaller version of the original) and the PocketStation (a handheld which enhances PlayStation games and also acts as a memory card). It was part of the fifth generation of video game consoles competing against the Sega Saturn and the Nintendo 64.




  • Grozny, Chechnya, Russia
    Sunday Dec 11, 1994

    First Chechen War

    Russian forces launched a three-pronged ground attack towards Grozny

    Grozny, Chechnya, Russia
    Sunday Dec 11, 1994

    On 11 December 1994, Russian forces launched a three-pronged ground attack towards Grozny. The main attack was temporarily halted by the deputy commander of the Russian Ground Forces, General Eduard Vorobyov, who then resigned in protest, stating that it is "a crime" to "send the army against its own people".




  • Chechnya, Russia
    Sunday Dec 11, 1994

    First Chechen War

    Russian forces entered the republic

    Chechnya, Russia
    Sunday Dec 11, 1994

    On 11 December 1994, five days after Dudayev and Russian Minister of Defense Gen. Pavel Grachev of Russia had agreed to "avoid the further use of force", Russian forces entered the republic in order to "establish constitutional order in Chechnya and to preserve the territorial integrity of Russia".




  • Khankala, Chechnya, Russia
    Wednesday Dec 28, 1994

    First Chechen War

    Battle of Khankala

    Khankala, Chechnya, Russia
    Wednesday Dec 28, 1994

    The Battle of Khankala was a failed attempt by the Chechen separatists to counterattack at the strategic position at Khankala from Grozny and Argun using armoured vehicles.




  • Chechnya, Russia
    Saturday Dec 31, 1994

    First Chechen War

    Major Russian defeat

    Chechnya, Russia
    Saturday Dec 31, 1994

    When the Russians besieged the Chechen capital, thousands of civilians died from a week-long series of air raids and artillery bombardments in the heaviest bombing campaign in Europe since the destruction of Dresden. The initial assault on New Year's Eve 1995 ended in a major Russian defeat, resulting in heavy casualties and at first nearly a complete breakdown of morale in the Russian forces. The disaster claimed the lives of an estimated 1,000 to 2,000 Russian soldiers, mostly barely trained and disoriented conscripts; the heaviest losses were inflicted on the 131st 'Maikop' Motor Rifle Brigade, which was completely destroyed in the fighting near the central railway station.


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