Georgia in History

Georgia: South Ossetia

Historical Events

  • 1185-08-15 The cave city of Vardzia is consecrated by Queen Tamar of Georgia.
  • 1907-03-24 The first issue of the Georgian Bolshevik newspaper Dro is published.
  • 1920-01-16 Georgia declares independence
  • 1921-02-12 Soviet troops invade Georgia
  • 1921-02-21 Constituent Assembly of the Democratic Republic of Georgia adopts the country's first constitution
  • 1930-04-17 Abkhazian ASSR forms in Georgian SSR
  • 1936-12-05 Armenian SSR, Azerbaijan SSR, Georgian SSR, Kazakh SSR & Kirghiz SSR becomes constituent republics of Soviet Union
  • 1990-09-20 South Ossetia declares its independence from Georgia.
  • 1991-03-31 Georgian SSR votes on whether to remain in the Soviet Union
  • 1991-03-31 Soviet Rep of Georgia endorsed independence; Warsaw Pact dissolves
  • 1991-04-29 Earthquake in Georgia, kills 100
  • 1992-02-23 The Socialist Labour Party is founded in Georgia.
  • 1993-09-22 A Transair Georgian Airlines Tu-154 is shot down by a missile in Sukhumi, Georgia.
  • 1994-08-13 Train crash in Tbilisi, Georgia, 24 killed
  • 1998-02-09 Failed assassination attempt on Georgian President Eduard Shevardnadze
  • 2003-11-22 In Tbilisi, Georgia, opponents of President Eduard Shevardnadze seize the parliament building and demand the president's resignation.
  • 2003-11-23 Georgian president Eduard Shevardnadze resigns following weeks of mass protests over flawed elections.
  • 2004-01-04 Mikheil Saakashvili is elected President of Georgia
  • 2006-11-12 The former Soviet republic of South Ossetia holds a referendum on independence from Georgia.
  • 2012-08-29 Georgian hostage crisis results in 3 police officers and 10 militants being killed
  • 2013-10-27 Giorgi Margvelashvili wins the Georgian Presidential election in a landslide victory
  • 2013-11-17 Giorgi Margvelashvili¬†becomes the President of Georgia
  • 2015-06-13 Floods in Tbilisi Georgia, kill 12 people and free animals from the city's zoo including bears and hippos to roam the city

Famous Birthdays

  • 1757-07-20 Garsevan Chavchavadze, Georgian diplomat and politician (d. 1811)
  • 1868-01-15 Noach Zjordanija, Georgian veterinarian/premier (1918-21)
  • 1893-05-03 Konstantine Gamsakhurdia, Georgian writer and public benefactor (d. 1975)
  • 1893-07-19 Vladimir Mayakovsky, Russian poet (Ode to Revolution), born in Baghdati, Soviet Georgia [OS=7/7]
  • 1898-03-14 Arnold Chikobava, Georgian linguist (d. 1985)
  • 1928-11-18 Otar Gordeli, Georgian composer
  • 1931-11-21 Revaz Dogonadze, Georgian scientist (d. 1985)
  • 1933-01-04 Ilia II Catholicos-Patriarch of all Georgia.
  • 1936-08-21 Radish Tordia, painter of Figurative Art from Georgia
  • 1939-03-31 Zviad Gamsakhurdia, first President of Georgia (d. 1993)
  • 1939-05-26 Merab Kostava, Georgian anti-Soviet leader
  • 1967-12-21 Mikhail Saakashvili, Soviet-born President of Georgia
  • 1968-01-05 Leila Meskhi, Tbilisi Georgia SSR, tennis star (1995 Hobart)
  • 1969-07-13 Kakhi Kakhiashvili, Georgian-born Greek weightlifter
  • 1971-04-15 Guivi Sissaouri, Tbilisi Georgia, Canada freestyle wrestler (Oly-s-96)
  • 1973-10-14 Lasha Zhvania, Georgian politician
  • 1979-06-10 Jake Tsakalidis, Georgian-Greek basketball player
  • 1979-07-02 Diana Gurtskaya, Georgian singer
  • 1981-10-06 Zurab Khizanishvili, Georgian footballer
  • 1984-09-16 Katie Melua, Georgian-British singer
  • 1990-01-07 Elene Gedevanishvili, Georgian figure skater

Famous Deaths

  • 1027-08-16 Giorgi I, King of Georgia (b. 998)
  • 1125-01-24 David IV of Georgia (b. 1073)
  • 1289-03-12 King Demetre II of Georgia (b. 1259)
  • 1629-10-03 Giorgi Saakadze, Georgian military leader (b. 1570)
  • 1811-04-07 Garsevan Chavchavadze, Georgian diplomat and politician (b. 1757)
  • 1846-11-06 Alexander Chavchavadze, Georgian poet and general
  • 1868-11-19 Ivane Andronikashvili, Georgian general (b. 1798)
  • 1975-07-17 Konstantine Gamsakhurdia, Georgian writer and public benefactor (b. 1893)
  • 1985-11-05 Arnold Chikobava, Georgian linguist (b. 1898)
  • 1993-12-31 Zviad Gamsachurdia, President of Georgia SSR (1991-1993), suicide at 54
  • 1994-03-06 Tengis Abuladze, Georgia SSR MP (Penalty), dies at 71
  • 1994-12-03 Giorgi Chanturia, President of Georgia, assassinated
  • 2003-03-04 Jaba Ioseliani, Georgian bank robber (b. 1926)
  • 2005-02-03 Zurab Zhvania, Prime Minister of Georgia (b. 1963)
  • 2010-02-12 Nodar Kumaritashvili, Georgian luger (b. 1988)
  • 2011-05-03 Sergo Kotrikadze, Georgian footballer (b. 1936)