Riga in History

Historical Events

  • 1201-08-18 The city of Riga is founded.
  • 1621-09-15 Swedish troops occupy Riga
  • 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
  • 1963-01-08 Dmitri Shostakovitch' 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

  • 1887-08-14 Marija Leiko, Latvian film actress (Falscher Start), born in Riga, Russian Empire (d. 1937)
  • 1890-10-09 Janis Medins, 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, Israeli composer, born in Riga, Latvia (d. 1967)
  • 1942-11-25 Rosa Von Praunheim, [Holger Mischwitzky], Riga Latvia, dir (Affengeil)
  • 1947-02-27 Gidon Kremer, Riga Latvia, violinist (Tchaikovsky Prize 1970)
  • 1948-01-16 Anatoli Yakovlevich Solovyov, Riga, cosmonaut (TM-5,9,15,26, STS 71)
  • 1948-01-27 Mikhail Baryshnikov, Riga Latvia, ballet dancer (That's Dancing)
  • 1972-08-03 Sandis Ozolinsh, NHL defenseman (Colorado Avalanche), 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, dies of cerebral hemorrhage at 59