Riga in History

Historical Events

  • 1917-09-03 German troops overrun Riga, Latvia
  • 1920-08-01 Peace of Riga-Independence of Latvia
  • 1920-08-11 1st peace of Riga-Soviet Union recognizes Independence of Latvia
  • 1921-03-18 2nd Peace of Riga, Poland enlarged
  • 1941-10-14 1st mass deportation of Kowno, Lodz, Minsk & Riga
  • 1943-11-02 Jewish ghetto of Riga Latvia is destroyed
  • 1944-03-27 40 Jewish policemen in Riga, Latvia, ghetto are shot by the Gestapo

Music Premiere

1963-01-08 Dmitri Shostakovich' opera "Katharina Ismailova" premieres in Riga

  • 1988-10-07 Latvian flag raised in Riga for first time since annexation by USSR
  • 2003-05-24 48th Eurovision Song Contest: Sertab Erener for Turkey wins singing "Everyway That I Can" in Riga
  • 2013-11-21 54 people are killed after the roof of a supermarket collapses in Riga, Latvia

Famous Birthdays

  • 1764-11-22 Barbara Juliane, baroness von Krüdener, Baltic German religious mystic, author, and Pietist Lutheran theologian, born in Riga, Latvia (d. 1824)
  • 1794-07-24 Heinrich Christian Pander, Baltic German biologist and embryologist, born in Riga, Latvia (d. 1865)
  • 1886-11-07 Aron Nimzowitsch, Latvian chess player (openings theorist), born in Riga, Russian Empire (d. 1935)
  • 1887-08-14 Marija Leiko, Latvian film actress (Falscher Start), born in Riga, Russian Empire (d. 1937)
  • 1890-10-09 Jānis Mediņš, Latvian composer, born in Riga, Latvia (d. 1966)
  • 1898-01-22 Sergei Eisenstein, Russian director (Battleship Potemkin), born in Riga, Latvia [NS] (d. 1948)
  • 1903-12-22 Marc Lavry [Levin], Latvian-Israeli composer (Emek; Independence Symphony; Song of Songs], and conductor, born in Riga, Latvia (d. 1967) [1]
  • 1906-05-02 Philippe Halsman, American portrait photographer, born in Riga, Latvia (d. 1979)
  • 1909-06-06 Isaiah Berlin, Latvian-British philosopher, born in Riga, Latvia, Russian Empire (d. 1997)
  • 1924-01-10 Ludmilla Chiraeff, Latvian-born Canadian ballet dancer, born in Riga, Latvia (d. 1996)
  • 1936-06-30 Pauls Dambis, Latvian composer, conductor, and pedagogue, born in Riga, Latvia
  • 1936-09-07 Romualds Kalsons, Latvian composer, born in Riga, Latvia
  • 1942-11-25 Rosa Von Praunheim [Holger Mischwitzky], Riga Latvia, dir (Affengeil)
  • 1943-01-14 Mariss Jansons, Latvian conductor (Bavarian RSO (2003-2019); Royal Concertgebouw (2004-2015), born in Riga, Latvia (d. 2019)
  • 1947-02-27 Gidon Kremer, Latvian violinist (Tchaikovsky Prize 1970), born in Riga, Latvia
  • 1948-01-10 Mischa Maisky, Latvian cellist, born in Riga, Latvia
  • 1948-01-16 Anatoli Yakovlevich Solovyov, Soviet cosmonaut (TM-5,9,15,26, STS 71), born in Riga, Latvia
  • 1948-01-27 Mikhail Baryshnikov, Russian-American ballet dancer,and choreographer (American Ballet Theater), and actor (The Turning Point; Sex In The City), born in Riga, Latvian SSR, Soviet Union (now Latvia)
  • 1952-07-31 Helmuts Balderis, Latvian International Hockey Hall of Fame right wing, coach (Latvia, Soviet Union, Minnesota North Stars), born in Riga, Latvia
  • 1956-05-22 Natasha Shneider, Russian musician (Eleven), born in Riga, Latvia (d. 2008)
  • 1969-12-21 Mihails Zemļinskis, Latvian footballer, born in Riga, Latvia
  • 1972-08-03 Sandis Ozolinsh, NHL defenseman (Colorado Avalanche), born in Riga, Latvia
  • 1973-07-07 Kārlis Skrastiņš, Latvian ice hockey player, born in Riga, Latvia (d. 2011)
  • 1982-01-31 Jānis Sprukts, Latvian ice hockey player, born in Riga, Latvia

Famous Deaths

  • 1229-01-17 Albert, Bishop of Riga/Albert of Buxhoeveden, founder of the Livonian Brothers of the Sword, dies at about 68
  • 1968-12-11 Nadine Riga, American actress, dies of cerebral hemorrhage at 59