Today in History, April 22

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143 years ago today, on April 22, 1870, Vladimir Lenin was born into a devout Russian Orthodox family. He renounced his belief in God at the age of 16 after his father died prematurely of a brain hemorrhage and went on to embrace Marxism and establish the Soviet Union.