Thousands of people on Sunday jumped into the Bosphorus to swim from the Asian side to the European side of the iconic city of Istanbul
Around 2400 people participated in the Samsung Bosphorus Cross Continental swim which is organised annually by the Turkish Olympic Committee. This was the 30th race, the first being held in 1989. Swimmers came from 55 countries but mostly were Turks since only a few slots are reserved for foreign swimmers. The Bosphorus, one of the most important ans strategic sea lanes in the world was closed for traffic during the race.
source: commonspace.eu with Hurriyet Daily News.
On 20 January 26,000 Soviet troops entered Baku and massacred large numbers of civilians who were calling for the restoration of Azerbaijan independence. In Azerbaijan the day is often referred to as Black January.