Kazakhstan in History

Historical Events

  • 1965-01-15 Soviet underground nuclear test creates the atomic lake Chagan, Kazakhstan
  • 1978-07-05 Soyuz 30 spacecraft touches down in Soviet Kazakhstan
  • 1986-12-16 Revolt in Kazakhstan against Communist party, known as Zheltoksan, which becomes the first sign of ethnic strife during Gorbachev's tenure
  • 1991-12-01 Nursultan Nazarbayev sworn in as president of Kazakhstan
  • 1991-12-16 Independence of the Republic of Kazakhstan.
  • 1994-01-10 Uzbekistan & Kazakhstan agrees to abolish trade tariffs
  • 1997-05-16 A final agreement creating the Caspian Pipeline Consortium (CPC) is signed by project participants, inc. Russia, Kazakhstan, Chevron Corp and others
  • 1997-07-22 The first shipments of oil produced from Kazakhstan's Tengiz field arrive at terminals on the Black Sea for subsequent export through the Bosphoros Strait
  • 2001-03-26 Kazakhstan's Prime Minister opens an oil pipeline from the giant Tengiz Field to the Russian port of Novorossiysk on Monday, giving the Central Asian producer its first direct link to international markets
  • 2001-06-14 China, Russia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan form the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation.
  • 2003-06-02 Europe launches its first voyage to another planet, Mars. The European Space Agency's Mars Express probe launches from the Baikonur space centre in Kazakhstan.
  • 2005-11-09 The Venus Express mission of the European Space Agency is launched from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.
  • 2005-12-23 Azerbaijan Airlines Flight 217 from Baku, Azerbaijan, to Aktau, Kazakhstan crashes shortly after takeoff killing 23 people.

Film release premierFilm Premier

2006-09-07 Sacha Baron Cohen's mockumentary "Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan" premieres at the Toronto Film Festival

Comedian/Actor Sacha Baron Cohen
Comedian/Actor
Sacha Baron Cohen
  • 2012-12-25 27 people are killed after an Antonov An-72 plane crashes near Shymkent, Kazakhstan
  • 2013-01-28 20 people are killed after a Bombardier CRJ200 airliner crashes outside Almaty, Kazakhstan
  • 2015-01-01 Eurasian Economic Union comes into effect, creating a political and economic union between Russia, Belarus, Armenia, Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan
  • 2015-04-26 Nursultan Nazarbayev is re-elected President of Kazakhstan with 97.7% of the vote
  • 2015-07-17 Scientists solve mystery of sleeping sickness in two villages in northern Kazakhstan - uranium mining had caused increase in carbon monoxide

Famous Birthdays

  • 1940-07-06 Nursultan Nazarbayev, President of Kazakhstan
  • 1946-07-27 Toktar Ongarbajewitch Aubakirov, Kazakhstan, cosmonaut (Soyuz TM-13)
  • 1972-07-20 Jozef Stumpel, NHL forward (Team Kazakhstan 1998, LA Kings)
  • 1975-09-08 Elena Likhovtseva, Alma-Ata Kazakhstan, tennis star
  • 1987-07-02 Ruslana Korshunova, Kazakhstani model (d. 2008)

Famous Deaths

  • 2008-06-28 Ruslana Korshunova, Kazakhstani model (b.1987)