Belarusian History

Historical Events

  • 1918-03-25 Belarusian People's Republic is established

French Open Women's Tennis

1988-06-04 French Open Women's Tennis: Steffi Graf dominates Natalia Zvereva of Belarus 6-0, 6-0; shortest women's singles Grand Slam final in Open Era; 32 minutes

  • 1992-08-02 Vitaly Scherbo of Belarus becomes the first gymnast to win 6 gold medals at one Olympics in Barcelona, also first to win 4 gold in one day's competition (pommel, vault, rings & parallel bars)
  • 1995-09-12 Belarus military shoots down a hydrogen balloon, killing its two American pilots.
  • 2004-08-21 Belarusian sprinter Yulia Nestsiarenka runs 10.93 to beat American Lauryn Williams and win the 100m gold medal at the Athens Olympics
  • 2004-08-29 Future undisputed world light heavyweight boxing champion Andre Ward of the US wins the light heavyweight gold medal at the Athens Olympics beating Magomed Aripgadjiev of Belarus on points
  • 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.
  • 2008-08-18 Belarus weightlifter Andrei Aramnau breaks 3 world records, for the snatch, clean & jerk, and total, on the way to winning the men's 105kg gold medal at the Beijing Olympics
  • 2011-04-11 Minsk Metro bombing in Belarus kills at least 15 and injures over 200
  • 2011-10-30 Czech tennis star Petra Kvitová beats Victoria Azarenka of Belarus 7–5, 4–6, 6–3 in the WTA Championship decider in Istanbul, Turkey

Australian Open Women's Tennis

2012-01-28 Australian Open Women's Tennis: Victoria Azarenka becomes first Belarusian player to win Grand Slam singles title; beats Maria Sharapova of Russia 6-3, 6-0

  • 2012-08-13 Nadzeya Ostapchuk of Belarus is stripped of her shot-put gold medal after failing a drugs test

Australian Open Women's Tennis

2013-01-26 Australian Open Women's Tennis: Victoria Azarenka of Belarus wins her 2nd straight Australian title; beats Li Na of China 4-6, 6-4, 6-3

  • 2013-09-08 US Open Women's Tennis: Serena Williams successfully defends her title; beats Victoria Azarenka of Belarus 7-5, 6-7, 6-1
  • 2014-02-17 Belarusian biathlete Darya Domracheva wins her 3rd gold medal of the Sochi Winter Olympics in the mass start; also wins individual and pursuit gold
  • 2014-02-17 Belarus takes the aerials double at the Sochi Winter Olympics when Anton Kushnir wins the men's event; Alla Tsuper claims the women's section
  • 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
  • 2017-11-12 Federation Cup Women's Tennis, Minsk, Belarus: American pair Shelby Rogers & Coco Vandeweghe beats Aryna Sabalenka & Aliaksandra Sasnovich of Belarus 6-3, 7-6 to wrap up 3-2 win and record extending 18th title for the US

Famous Birthdays

  • 1672-10-21 Pylyp Orlyk, Ukrainian Zaporozhian Cossack starshina and diplomat, born in Vileyka Raion, Belarus (d. 1742)
  • 1798-12-24 Adam Mickiewicz, Polish national poet (Pan Tadeusz), born in Zavosse, Belarus (d. 1855)
  • 1819-05-05 Stanisław Moniuszko, Polish conductor, composer (Straszny dwór - The Haunted Manor), and teacher, born in Ubiel, Minsk Governate, Russian Empire (now Belarus) (d. 1872)
  • 1838-02-06 Yisrael Meir Kagan [Chofetz Chayim], Belarusian rabbi, born in Dzyatlava, Belarus (d. 1933)
  • 1866-05-10 Léon Bakst, Russian painter and scene and costume designer, born in Grodno, Belarus (d. 1924)
  • 1876-12-11 Mieczysław Karłowicz, Polish composer and conductor (Rebirth Symphony, Op. 7), born in Vishnyeva, Russian Empire (now Belarus) (d. 1909)
  • 1880-12-05 Alexander Schmuller, Russian-Dutch violinist and conductor, born in Mazyr, Belarus (d. 1933)
  • 1881-06-26 Ya'akov Cahan, Hebrew poet and writer, born in Slutsk, Belarus (d. 1960)
  • 1884-08-03 Louis Gruenberg, Russian-American composer (Daniel Jazz), born in Brest-Litovsk, Russia (now Belarus) (d. 1964)
  • 1891-02-27 David Sarnoff, American radio and television pioneer (RCA, NBC), born in Uzlyany, Belarus, Russian Empire (d. 1971)
  • 1891-12-09 Maksim Bahdanovič, Belarusian poet, born in Minsk, Minsk Governorate, Russian Empire (d. 1917)
  • 1892-05-31 Michel Kikoine, Belarus painter (d. 1968)
  • 1900-05-27 Uładzimir Žyłka, Belarusian poet, born in Makaszy, Nesvizh, Russian Empire (d. 1933)

Meyer Lansky

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

  • 1903-04-17 Nicolas Nabokov, Russian composer (Holy Devil), born in Lubcza, Minsk, Belarus (d. 1978)
  • 1913-08-13 Anatoly Bogatyrev, Belarusian composer, born in Vitebsk, Belarus (d. 2003)

Menachem Begin

1913-08-16 Menachem Begin, 6th Prime Minister of Israel (1977-80, 81-83) and 1979 Nobel Peace Prize winner, born in Brest, Belarus, Russian Empire (d. 1992)

  • 1924-06-19 Wassil Bykau, Belarusian writer, born in Bytschki, Vitebsk Region (d. 2003)
  • 1941-07-10 Pyotr Ilyich Klimuk, Polish cosmonaut (Soyuz 13, 18B, 30), born in Komarovka, Belarus

Alexander Lukashenko

1954-08-30 Alexander Lukashenko, 1st and only President of Belarus, born in Kopys, Byelorussian SSR, Soviet Union

Olga Korbut

1955-05-16 Olga Korbut, Soviet-Belarusian gymnast (4 x Olympic gold 1972, 76), born in Grodno, Belarus, Soviet Union

  • 1957-06-21 Vladimir Romanovsky, Soviet sprint canoeist (Olympic gold 1972), (d. 2013), born in Slonim, Belarus
  • 1962-04-28 Evguenni Rochtchin, NHL forward (Team Belarus, Olympics 1998)
  • 1964-03-17 Alex Shoumidoub, NHL goaltender (Belarus, Olympics 1998)
  • 1965-01-27 Igor Matoushkin, NHL defenseman (Belarus, Olympics 1998)
  • 1966-04-02 Alexei Kovalev, Russian ice hockey right wing (NHL All-Star Game 2001, 03, 09 [MVP]; Stanley Cup 1994, New York Rangers; Olympic gold 1998), born in Minsk, Belarus
  • 1967-07-28 Alex Galtcheniouk, American hockey forward (Team Belarus, Olympics 1998), born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • 1968-01-08 Alexander Alexeyev, American NHL defenseman (Belarus, Olympics 1998), born in Saint Petersburg, Russia
  • 1968-08-10 Alex Andrievski, NHL forward (Team Belarus, Olympics 1998)
  • 1968-08-12 Viktor Karatchoun, NHL forward (Team Belarus, Olympics 1998)
  • 1968-08-15 Vassili Pankov, NHL forward (Team Belarus, Olympics 1998)
  • 1969-04-18 Vladimir Tsyplakov, Belarusian NHL left wing (LA Kings, Belarus 1998), born in Inta, Soviet Union
  • 1970-03-08 Vadim Bekboulatov, NHL forward (Belarus, Olympics 1998)
  • 1971-01-20 Andrei Skabelka, Belarusian ice hockey player & coach (Belarus, Olympics 1998), born in Minsk, Belarus
  • 1971-04-16 Natasha Zvereva, Belarusian tennis ace (18 Grand Slam double titles), born in Minsk, Belarus
  • 1972-01-13 Vitaly Scherbo, Belarusian gymnast (6 Olympic gold medals Barcelona 1992), born in Minsk, Belarus
  • 1974-02-21 Alexei Lojkin, Belarusian NHL forward (Belarus, Olympics 1998), born in Minsk, Belarus
  • 1974-04-28 Sergei Stas, NHL defenseman (Team Belarus, Olympics 1998)
  • 1974-06-11 Tatiana Ignatieva, Belarusian tennis star (1994 Futures-Sopot POL), born in Minsk, Soviet Union
  • 1974-08-08 Andrei Mezin, NHL goaltender (Team Belarus, Olympics 1998)
  • 1974-11-02 Ruslan Salei, Belarusian ice hockey defenceman (917 NHL games; died in Lokomotiv Yaroslavl plane crash), born in Minsk, Belarus (d. 2011)
  • 1975-05-29 Alexander Zhurik, Belarusian hockey defenseman (Belarus, Olympics 1998), born in Minsk, Belarus
  • 1975-09-18 Kanstantsin Lukashyk, Belarusian pistol shooter (OLympic gold 1992), born in Hrodna, Belarus
  • 1977-04-24 Siarhey Balakhonau, Belarusian writer, born in Gomel Region, Belarus
  • 1977-06-13 Alexei Kariozhny, NHL forward (Team Belarus, Olympics 1998)
  • 1978-04-07 Vladimir Voltchkov, Belarusian tennis player
  • 1979-06-15 Yulia Nestsiarenka, Belarusian sprinter (Olympic gold, 2004), born in Brest, Byelorussian SSR, Soviet Union
  • 1981-05-01 Aliaksandr Hleb, Belarusian soccer winger (80 caps; VfB Stuttgart, Arsenal), born in Minsk, Belarus
  • 1981-09-29 Siarhei Rutenka, Belarusian handball player, born in Minsk, Soviet Union
  • 1985-01-12 Artem Milevskiy, Ukrainian footballer, born in Minsk, Belarus
  • 1987-03-20 Sergei Kostitsyn, Belarusian hockey player
  • 1988-07-01 Aleksander Lesun, Russian modern pentathlete (Olympic gold pentathlon 2016), born in Barysaw, Belarus

Victoria Azarenka

1989-07-31 Victoria Azarenka, Belarusian tennis player (Australian Open 2012-13), born in Minsk, Belarus

  • 1995-05-15 Ksenia Sitnik, Belarusian singer
  • 1996-04-18 Alexey Zhigalkovich, Belarusian singer (S druz'yami), born in Minsk, Belarus

Famous Deaths

  • 1917-05-25 Maksim Bahdanovič, Belarusian poet, dies at 25
  • 1933-03-01 Uładzimir Žyłka, Belarusian poet, dies at 32
  • 1968-11-04 Michel Kikoine, Belarusian painter (b. 1892)
  • 2003-06-22 Wassil Bykau, Belarusian writer, dies at 79
  • 2003-09-19 Anatoly Bogatyrev, Belarusian composer, dies at 90
  • 2005-11-07 Anthony Sawoniuk, Belarusian-born Nazi war criminal (b. 1921)