Today in Heritage History, April 14, 1961, the first live television broadcast in the Soviet Union takes place. Audiences wept in disappointment all across the U.S.S.R. as Boris the ventriloquist* and his Nikita Khrushchev puppet, lost to Sven the snowshoe rabbit juggler,on the season finale of Siberia’s Got Talent.

*Boris is scheduled for a parole hearing from a Moscow prison in June of 3015