Belarusian History

Historical Events

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

Sport awardFrench 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

Tennis Player Steffi Graf
Tennis Player
Steffi Graf
  • 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

Sport awardAustralian 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

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

Sport awardUS Open Women's Tennis

2012-09-09 US Open Women's Tennis: Serena Williams wins her 4th US title; beats Victoria Azarenka of Belarus 6-2, 2-6, 7-5

Tennis Player Serena Williams
Tennis Player
Serena Williams

Sport awardAustralian 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

Tennis Player Li Na
Tennis Player
Li Na
  • 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)

Person of interestMeyer Lansky

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

Mobster Meyer Lansky
Meyer Lansky
  • 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)

Person of interestMenachem 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)

Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin
Israeli Prime Minister
Menachem Begin
  • 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

Person of interestAlexander Lukashenko

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

Dictator and 1st President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko
Dictator and 1st President of Belarus
Alexander Lukashenko

Person of interestOlga Korbut

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

Gymnast Olga Korbut
Olga Korbut
  • 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 athlete
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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)