The Persian carpet mosaic on Rudolf Nureyev's gravesite

The iconic ballet dancer RUDOLF NUREYEV died on this date (b. 1938) Nureyev’s artistic skills explored expressives areas of the dance, providing a new role to the ballet male dancer who once served only as support to the women.

He defected from the Soviet Union despite KGB efforts. According to KGB archives studied by his biographer Peter Watson, Nikita Khrushchev personally signed an order to kill Nureyev.  Meow. Nyet means Nyet Nikita.