Today in History, May 23

File PhotoThe Order of Lenin.

Eighty-three years ago today, on May 23, 1930, the first Order of Lenin was awarded to a group of military officers, ordinary workers and the Komsomolskaya Pravda newspaper for its assistance in the development of socialism.

The Order of Lenin — first mooted in 1926 and meant to reward those who displayed great merit in their service to the revolution, society and to the state — was handed out to more than 6,500 people before World War II and more than 41,000 during the war.