Belarusian History

Historical Events

  • 1918-03-25 The Belarusian People's Republic is established.
  • 1995-09-12 Belarus military shoots down a hydrogen balloon, killing its two American pilots.
  • 2006-03-24 Long-term protests in Belarus are broken by police.
  • 2006-03-25 Protesters demanding a re-election in Belarus following the rigged Belarusian presidential election, 2006 clash with riot police. Opposition leader Aleksander Kozulin is among several protesters arrested.
  • 2011-04-11 Minsk Metro bombing in Belarus kills at least 15 and injures over 200
  • 2012-08-13 Nadzeya Ostapchuk of Belarus is stripped of her shot-put gold medal after failing a drugs test
  • 2015-01-01 Eurasian Economic Union comes into effect, creating a political and economic union between Russia, Belarus, Armenia, Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan
  • 2015-10-08 Nobel prize for Literature awarded to Belarusian journalist and author Svetlana Alexievich

Famous Birthdays

  • 1891-12-09 Maksim Bahdanovič, Belarusian poet (d. 1917)
  • 1892-05-31 Michel Kikoine, Belarus painter (d. 1968)
  • 1900-05-27 Uładzimir Zylka, Belarusian poet (d. 1933)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1902-07-04 Meyer Lansky, Russian-American mobster known as the "Mob's Accountant", born in Grodno, Belarus (d. 1983)

Mobster Meyer Lansky
Mobster
Meyer Lansky
  • 1924-06-19 Wassil Bykau, Belarusian writer, born in Bytschki, Vitebsk Region (d. 2003)
  • 1954-08-30 Alexander Lukashenko, President of Belarus
  • 1957-06-21 Vladimir Romanovsky, Slonim, Belarus, sprint canoer (Oly gld 1972), (d. 2013)
  • 1962-04-28 Evguenni Rochtchin, NHL forward (Team Belarus, Oly-98)
  • 1964-03-17 Alex Shoumidoub, NHL goaltender (Belarus, Oly-98)
  • 1965-01-27 Igor Matoushkin, NHL defenseman (Belarus, Oly-98)
  • 1966-04-02 Andrei Kovalev, NHL forward (Belarus, Olympics-98)
  • 1967-07-28 Alex Galtcheniouk, hockey forward (Team Belarus, Olympics-1998)
  • 1968-01-08 Alexander Alexeev, NHL defenseman (Belarus, Oly-98)
  • 1968-08-10 Alex Andrievski, NHL forward (Team Belarus, Oly-98)
  • 1968-08-12 Viktor Karatchoun, NHL forward (Team Belarus, Oly-98)
  • 1968-08-15 Vassili Pankov, NHL forward (Team Belarus, Oly-98)
  • 1969-04-18 Vladimir Tsyplakov, Inta Russia, NHL left wing (LA Kings, Belarus 1998)
  • 1970-01-30 Oleg Khmyl, NHL defenseman (Belarus, Oly-98)
  • 1970-03-08 Vadim Bekboulatov, NHL forward (Belarus, Oly-98)
  • 1970-03-31 Oleg Romanov, NHL defenseman (Belarus, Olympics-98)
  • 1971-01-20 Andrei Skabelka, NHL forward (Belarus, Oly-98)
  • 1971-04-16 Natasha Zvereva, Minsk Belarus, tennis ace (finals 1995 Indian Wells)
  • 1971-07-01 Oleg Antonenko, hockey forward (Team Belarus, Olympics-1998)
  • 1972-01-13 Vitaly Scherbo, Belarusian gymnast
  • 1974-02-21 Alexei Lojkin, NHL forward (Belarus, Oly-98)
  • 1974-04-28 Sergei Stas, NHL defenseman (Team Belarus, Oly-98)
  • 1974-06-11 Tatiana Ignatieva, Minsk Belarus, tennis star (1994 Futures-Sopot POL)
  • 1974-08-08 Andrei Mezin, NHL goaltender (Team Belarus, Oly-98)
  • 1974-09-03 Sergei Yerkovich, hockey defenseman (Team Belarus 1998)
  • 1974-11-02 Ruslan Salei, NHL defenseman (Belarus, Oly-98, Anaheim)
  • 1975-05-29 Alexander Zhurik, hockey defenseman (Belarus, Oly-98)
  • 1975-09-18 Kanstantsin Lukashyk, Belarusian pistol shooter
  • 1977-04-24 Siarhey Balakhonau, Belarusian writer
  • 1977-06-13 Alexei Kariozhny, NHL forward (Team Belarus, Oly-98)
  • 1978-01-30 Lnd Girchoukevitch, NHL goaltender (Belarus, Oly-98)
  • 1978-04-07 Vladimir Voltchkov, Belarusian tennis player
  • 1979-06-15 Yulia Nestsiarenka, Belarusian athlete
  • 1981-05-01 Aliaksandr Hleb, Belarusian footballer
  • 1981-09-29 Siarhei Rutenka, Belarusian handball player
  • 1987-03-20 Sergei Kostitsyn, Belarusian hockey player
  • 1989-07-31 Victoria Azarenka, Belarusian tennis player, born in Minsk
  • 1995-05-15 Ksenia Sitnik, Belarusian singer
  • 1996-04-18 Alexey Zhigalkovich, Belarusian Singer

Famous Deaths

  • 1917-05-25 Maksim Bahdanovič, Belarusian poet (b. 1891)
  • 1933-03-01 Uładzimir Zylka, Belarusian poet (b. 1900)
  • 1968-11-04 Michel Kikoine, Belarusian painter (b. 1892)
  • 2003-06-22 Wassil Bykau, Belarusian writer, dies at 79
  • 2005-11-07 Anthony Sawoniuk, Belarusian-born Nazi war criminal (b. 1921)