Celebrations to mark the incorporation of the Baltic States - Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania - were held in the Estonian capital of Talin on July 17.
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Background: Celebrations to mark the incorporation of the Baltic States - Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania - were held in the Estonian capital of Talin on July 17.
The highlight of the celebrations was a gathering of members of the Central Committee of the Estonian Communist Party, members of other party groups, workers organisations and trade unions.The commemorative address marking the incorporation of the Estonian Republic into the U.S.S.R.was delivered by the First Secretary of the Estonian Communist Party, Kebin.
Among the official guests was President of the Presidium of the Soviet Communist Party, Anastas Mikoyan, who spoke of the union of the Estonian people with the slavic peoples of the rest of the Soviet Union.
At the conclusion of his address, Mr.Mikoyan announced that the Supreme Soviet had bestowed the Order of Lenin on the people of Lithuania to mark the anniversary.
In Talin, a music festival was held as part of the anniversary celebrations.Choirs and orchestras took part in recitals of Estonian and Russian songs and orchestral pieces.
(The three Baltic States - Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania - became part of the Soviet Union in August 1940.They did not become part of the Soviet Union again until their liberation by the Red Army towards the end of the World War Two.