Moscow in History (Part 2)

Historical Events

Events 101 - 200 of 220

  • 1953-01-12 9 "Jewish" physicians arrested for "terrorist activities" in Moscow

Historic Event

1953-03-09 Joseph Stalin's funeral is held in Moscow after four days of national mourning

  • 1954-06-27 1st atomic power station opens - Obninsk, near Moscow in Russia
  • 1956-02-14 20th Congress of CPSU opens in Moscow
  • 1956-02-23 20th Congress of CPSU closes in Moscow

Historic Event

1956-06-02 Yugoslav president Tito visits Moscow

Historic Publication

1956-06-30 Vladimir Lenin's politics testament (1923) published in Moscow

Historic Event

1956-11-18 Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev says the phrase "we will bury you!" to Western ambassadors at a reception at the Polish embassy in Moscow

  • 1957-01-06 Yeshiva Kol Ya'ackov opens in Moscow Russia

Music Premiere

1957-05-10 Dmitri Shostakovich's 2nd Piano concerto premieres in Moscow

Historic Event

1959-10-31 Lee Harvey Oswald announces in Moscow he will never return to USA

Historic Event

1960-08-17 Francis Gary Powers U-2 spy trial opens in Moscow

Historic Event

1962-07-02 Cuba's Minister of Foreign affairs Raúl Castro arrives in Moscow

Historic Event

1963-07-30 British spy Kim Philby found in Moscow

  • 1963-08-30 Hotline communication link between the Pentagon in Washington, D.C. and the Kremlin in Moscow installed. Often known as the "red telephone" no phones were ever used, relying instead on Teletype equipment, fax machines and most recently secure email.
  • 1963-12-17 Ballon d'Or: Dynamo Moscow goalkeeper Lev Yashin wins award for best European football player; beats Milan midfielder Gianni Rivera and Tottenham striker Jimmy Greaves; first Russian national to win trophy
  • 1964-05-19 US diplomats find at least 40 secret microphones in Moscow embassy
  • 1964-11-20 Dmitri Shostakovich's 9th/10th String Quartet premieres in Moscow
  • 1965-07-01 KUID TV channel 12 in Moscow, ID (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • 1965-12-13 Algerian president Boumedienne visits Moscow
  • 1966-09-25 Dmitri Shostakovich's 2nd Cello Concert premieres in Moscow

Ostankino Tower

1967-04-30 Ostankino Tower, the then highest free-standing structure in the world at 540m is finished in Moscow, Russia

Warsaw Pact Invasion of Czechoslovakia

1968-08-21 Warsaw Pact forces complete their invasion of Czechoslovakia by arresting the Czech leader Alexander Dubček and forcing him to sign the Moscow Protocols

Olympic Games

1980-01-20 President Jimmy Carter announces US boycott of Olympics in Moscow

Historic Event

1980-01-22 Russian dissidents Andrei Sakharov and Yelena Bonner arrested in Moscow and banished to Gorky

  • 1980-04-12 US Olympic Committee endorses a boycott of the Moscow Olympic games
  • 1980-04-13 US and its allies boycott the Summer Olympics in Moscow in protest against Russia's invasion of Afghanistan
  • 1980-06-30 West German Chancellor Helmut Schmidt visits Moscow
  • 1980-07-19 XXII Summer Olympic Games open in Moscow, Russia; led by United States, 66 nations boycott event because of Soviet-Afghan war
  • 1980-08-01 East German runner Waldemar Cierpinski wins his second consecutive Olympic Games marathon in 12:11:03 in Moscow
  • 1980-08-01 Gerd Wessig of East Germany becomes the first male to set a high jump world record at the Olympics (2.36m [7' 9"] Moscow)
  • 1980-08-02 Cuban super-heavyweight Teofilo Stevenson becomes the 1st fighter to win 3 Olympic gold medals in the same division, scores 4-1 points decision over Pyotr Zayev (Soviet Union) in Moscow
  • 1982-10-20 During the UEFA Cup match between FC Spartak Moscow and HFC Haarlem, 66 people are crushed to death in the Luzhniki disaster.

Historic Event

1982-11-15 Funeral service held in Moscow's Red Square for Soviet leader Leonid Brezhnev

  • 1983-05-23 Radio Moscow announcer Vladimir Danchev praises Afghanistan Muslims standing up to Russia; he is removed from the air
  • 1984-05-08 The Soviet Union announces it will not participate in Los Angeles Summer Olympics in retaliation for the American boycott of the 1980 Moscow Olympics
  • 1984-09-06 Today Show begins live remote telecasts from Moscow

Historic Event

1985-03-13 Funeral services held for Konstantin Chernenko in Moscow

  • 1985-04-13 "TASS" denounces US boycott of Moscow Olympics
  • 1986-07-07 American athlete Jackie Joyner-Kersee sets world heptathlon record of 7,148 points in the inaugural Goodwill Games at Moscow
  • 1987-05-28 Mathias Rust, 18 year old West German pilot, makes unauthorized landing near Red Square, Moscow in USSR
  • 1987-09-02 Trial begins in Moscow for West German pilot Mathias Rust, who flew a private plane from Finland to Moscow, USSR
  • 1987-11-11 Moscow party secretary Boris Jerusalem resigns

A Beautiful Day in Moscow

1988-06-12 Soviet Union holds its 1st beauty content in Moscow, 16 year old Maria Kalinina crowned the winner

  • 1988-07-28 Israeli diplomats arrive in Moscow for 1st visit in 21 years
  • 1988-12-01 Chinese minister of Foreign affairs Qian Qichen visits Moscow
  • 1990-01-31 1st McDonalds in the Soviet Union opens in Moscow
  • 1990-05-27 Radical Democratic Party holds 1st political meetings in Moscow
  • 1990-10-13 First Russian Orthodox service in over 70 years held in St Basil's Cathedral, in Red Square, Moscow
  • 1991-08-31 Uzbekistan declares independence from the Soviet Union following the failed coup in Moscow

Treaty of Interest

1993-01-03 In Moscow, the Start II arms reduction treaty is signed by George H. W. Bush (USA) and Boris Yeltsin (Russia)

  • 1993-04-06 1st test flight of Ilyushin IL-96M (Moscow)
  • 1993-07-14 Aeroflot starts non-stop flights between Moscow and NY
  • 1993-10-03 Battle at TV station Ostankino, Moscow townhall, about 25 killed
  • 1993-10-03 Boris Yeltsin declares state of emergency in Moscow
  • 1994-12-04 83rd Davis Cup: Sweden beats Russia in Moscow (4-1)

Davis Cup

1995-12-03 Davis Cup Tennis, Moscow: Pete Sampras beats Russian Yevgeny Kafelnikov 6-2, 6-4, 7-6 to give US a winning 3-1 lead (ends 3-2); record 31st US title

  • 1999-08-31 The first of a series of apartment bombings in Moscow, killing one person and wounding 40 others.
  • 1999-09-13 Bomb explodes in Moscow, Russia. At least 119 people are killed.
  • 2000-08-27 540-metre (1,772 ft)-tall Ostankino Tower in Moscow catches fire, three people are killed.
  • 2002-05-24 Russia and the United States sign the Moscow Treaty.
  • 2002-10-23 Moscow Theatre Siege begins: Chechen rebels seize the House of Culture theater in Moscow and take approximately 700 theater-goers hostage
  • 2002-10-26 Moscow Theatre Siege ends: Approximately 50 Chechen rebels and 150 hostages die when Russian Spetsnaz storm a theater building in Moscow, which had been occupied by the rebels during a musical performance three days before
  • 2002-12-27 Two truck bombs kill 72 and wound 200 at the pro-Moscow headquarters of the Chechen government in Grozny, Chechnya.
  • 2003-11-23 Federation Cup Women's Tennis, Moscow, Russia: Amélie Mauresmo beats American Meghann Shaughnessy 6-2, 6-1 to give France an unassailable 3-0 lead (ends, 4-1) and their second title
  • 2003-12-09 A blast in the center of Moscow kills six people and wounds several more.
  • 2004-02-14 In a suburb of Moscow, Russia, the roof of the Transvaal water park collapses, killing more than 25 people, and wounding more than 100 others.
  • 2004-08-24 89 passengers die after two airliners explode after flying out of Domodedovo International Airport, near Moscow. The explosions were caused by suicide bombers (reportedly female) from the Russian Republic of Chechnya.
  • 2004-11-28 Federation Cup Women's Tennis, Moscow, Russia: Anastasia Myskina & Vera Zvonareva beat French pair Marion Bartoli & Émilie Loit 7-6, 7-5 to clinch Russia's first title, 3-2
  • 2006-12-03 Davis Cup Tennis, Moscow: Marat Safin beats José Acasuso of Argentina 6-3, 3-6, 6-3, 7-6 to clinch Russia's 3-2 victory
  • 2006-12-09 Moscow suffers its worst fire since 1977, killing 45 women in a drug rehabitational center.
  • 2007-05-25 The Ostankino Tower in Moscow catches fire for the second time
  • 2007-09-16 Federation Cup Women's Tennis, Moscow, Russia: Svetlana Kuznetsova beats Francesca Schiavonea of Italy 4-6, 7-6, 7-5 to give Russia an unassailable 3-0 lead (ends, 4-0)
  • 2008-05-21 UEFA Champions League Final, Moscow: Manchester United beats Chelsea, 6-5 on penalties after scores tied at 1-1 after extra time; first all-English final in the competition's history
  • 2009-05-16 54th Eurovision Song Contest: Alexander Rybak for Norway wins singing "Fairytale" in Moscow
  • 2010-03-29 Two female suicide bombers hit the Moscow Metro system at the peak of the morning rush hour, killing 40

Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 101 - 200 of 244

  • 1916-03-25 Nikolay Ivanovich Peyko, Russian composer, born in Moscow, Russia (d. 1995)
  • 1917-01-25 Ilya Prigogine, Russian scientist & Nobel laureate, born in Moscow, Russia (d. 2003)
  • 1917-06-20 Igor Śmiałowski, Polish actor (Lalka, Znachor, Niedaleko Warszawy), born in Moscow, Russia (d. 2006)
  • 1917-12-21 Andre Eglevsky, Russian-born ballet dancer & teacher (Limelight), born in Moscow, Russia (d. 1977)
  • 1918-12-10 Anatoly Tarasov, Russian ice hockey player and coach (considered as the father of Russian ice hockey), born in Moscow (d. 1995)
  • 1919-01-27 Nina Milkina, Russian British pianist, born in Moscow (d. 2006)
  • 1920-06-15 Alla Kazanskaya, Russian stage and film actress (Burnt by the Sun), born in Moscow, Russia (d. 2008)
  • 1920-09-19 Karen Khachaturian, Russian composer, born in Moscow, Russia (d. 2011)

Andrei Sakharov

1921-05-21 Andrei Sakharov, Russian nuclear physicist and an activist for disarmament, peace and human rights (1975 Nobel), born in Moscow, Russia (d. 1989)

  • 1922-05-06 Vladimir Etush, Soviet actor and People's Artist of the USSR, born in Moscow, RSFSR
  • 1922-09-07 Kirill Molchanov, Russian-Soviet composer, born in Moscow (d. 1982)
  • 1923-02-15 Yelena Bonner, Soviet dissident and wife of Andre Sakharov, born in Merv, Turkmenistan, Soviet Union (d. 2011) [1]
  • 1924-12-06 Sergey Yablonsky, Soviet and Russian mathematician and one of the founders of the Soviet school of mathematical cybernetics and discrete mathematics (d. 1998), born in Moscow, Russia
  • 1925-10-08 Andrei Donatovich Sinyavsky, Russian writer and critic, born in Moscow, Russia (d. 1997)
  • 1925-11-20 Maya Plisetskaya, Russian prima ballerina (Bolshoi Ballet), born in Moscow (d. 2015)
  • 1926-02-28 Svetlana Alliluyeva, Russian-born daughter of Joseph Stalin who later defected to the West and author (My Life), born in Moscow (d. 2011)
  • 1927-03-16 Vladimir Komarov, Soviet cosmonaut (Voshkod I, Soyuz 1) and the 1st human to die in a space flight, born in Moscow, Russia, Soviet Union (d. 1967)
  • 1927-06-12 Timir Pinegin, Russian sailor (Olympic gold 1960), born in Moscow, Russia (d. 2013)
  • 1927-07-10 Grigory Barenblatt, Russian mathematician, born in Moscow, Russia (d. 2018)
  • 1927-08-08 Yuri Kasakow, Russian writer, born in Moscow (d. 1982)
  • 1928-01-02 Oskar Rabin, Russian painter and dissident during Soviet era, born in Moscow, Soviet Union (d. 2018)
  • 1928-06-21 Valentin Gavriyilovich Yershov, Russian cosmonaut, born in Moscow, Russia
  • 1928-06-25 Alexei Abrikosov, Russian-born American physicist (Nobel Prize 2003), born in Moscow (d. 2017)
  • 1928-07-30 Valentin Muratov, Russian gymnast (4 gold, 1 silver medals 1952, 1956 Olympics), born in Moscow, Russia (d. 2006)
  • 1928-09-06 Evgeny Svetlanov, Russian conductor (USSR State Symphony, 1965-2000; Residentie Orchestra 1992-2000), pianist, and composer (Siberian Fantasy), born in Moscow, USSR (d. 2002)
  • 1930-04-25 Paul Mazursky, American writer/director (Moscow on the Hudson), born in Brooklyn, New York, (d. 2014)
  • 1930-06-28 Nikolai Nikolayevich Karetnikov, Russian composer, born in Moscow (d. 1994)
  • 1930-07-31 Oleg Popov, Russian clown and circus artist, born in Vyrubovo, Moscow (d. 2016)
  • 1931-04-12 Leonid Derbenyov, Russian poet-songwriter, born in Moscow (d. 1995)
  • 1931-04-25 Felix Berezin, Russian physicist and mathematician (Berezin integral), born in Moscow (d. 1980)
  • 1931-05-04 Gennady Rozhdestvensky, Russian conductor (Bolshoi Theatre, 1951-61; USSR State Radio, 1961-74; USSR Ministry of Culture Symphony, 1983-91), born in Moscow, Russia, USSR (d. 2018)
  • 1932-09-26 Vladimir Voinovich, Russian writer and dissident (Moscow 2042), born in Stalinabad, Tajik SSR, Soviet Union (d. 2018)
  • 1932-12-16 Rodion Konstantinovich Schedrin, Soviet-Russian pianist, organist, and composer (The Little Hump-backed Horse), born in Moscow, Russia
  • 1933-01-18 Vladimir Yevgrafovich Bugrov, Russian cosmonaut, born in Moscow
  • 1933-03-05 Evgeni Vasiukov, Russian chess grandmaster (World Senior Champion 1995), born in Moscow, Russia (d. 2018)
  • 1933-09-18 Valentina Ponomaryova, Soviet cosmonaut (Vostok 6 backup), born in Moscow, Russia
  • 1934-03-04 Gleb Yakunin, Russian priest and dissident, born in Moscow (d. 2014)
  • 1935-06-13 Aleksandr Alekseyevich Kiselyov, Russian cosmonaut, born in Moscow
  • 1935-07-19 Vasily Livanov, Russian film actor and screenwriter, born in Moscow, Russia
  • 1935-08-17 Oleg Tabakov, Soviet-Russian actor and artistic director (Moscow Art Theatre), born in Saratov, Russian SFSR (d. 2018)
  • 1935-11-10 Igor Dmitriyevich Novikov, Russian astrophysicist and cosmologist, born in Moscow, Russian SFSR
  • 1935-11-23 Vladislav Volkov, Russian cosmonaut (Soyuz 7, 11), born in Moscow, Russia
  • 1936-09-21 Yury Luzhkov, Russian politician (2nd Mayor of Moscow, 1992-2010), born in Moscow
  • 1937-04-10 Bella Akhmadulina, Russian poet (The String, Fever), born in Moscow (d. 2010)
  • 1937-09-26 Valentin Pavlov, Russian politician and Prime Minister of the Soviet Union (1991), born in Moscow, Soviet Union (d. 2003)
  • 1937-10-11 Georgi Vladimirovich Machinski, Russian cosmonaut, born in Moscow, Russia
  • 1937-11-26 Boris Yegorov, Soviet physician and cosmonaut (Voskhod I), born in Moscow, Soviet Union (d. 1994)
  • 1938-07-30 Vyacheslav Ivanov, Soviet rower (3 Olympic gold single sculls 1956, 60, 64), born in Moscow, Russia
  • 1938-09-26 Andrey Lukanov, Bulgarian politician (40th Prime Minister of Bulgaria), born in Moscow (d. 1996)
  • 1939-04-03 Vitaliy Davidov, Soviet ice hockey player (Olympic gold 1964, 68, 72), born in Moscow
  • 1939-10-02 Yury Glazkov, Soviet Air Force officer and cosmonaut (Soyuz 24), born in Moscow (d. 2008)
  • 1940-06-29 Vyacheslav Artyomov, Russian composer, born in Moscow
  • 1940-07-06 Viktor Kuzkin, Soviet ice hockey player (Olympic gold 1964, 68, 72), born in Moscow (d. 2008)
  • 1940-12-05 Boris Ignatyev, Russian footballer and manager, born in Moscow
  • 1941-05-05 Alexander Ragulin, Russian ice hockey player (Olympic gold 1964, 68, 72), born in Moscow (d. 2004)
  • 1941-07-19 Natalia Bessmertnova, Soviet ballerina (Bolshoi, Lenin Prize 1970), born in Moscow, Russia (d. 2008)
  • 1941-11-15 Daniel Manus Pinkwater, American sci-fi author (Magic Moscow)
  • 1943-04-27 Eugene Polyakov, Russian balletmaster (Paris Opera Ballet), born in Moscow (d. 1996)
  • 1943-05-04 Mihail Chemiakin, Russian painter, born in Moscow
  • 1943-11-07 Boris Gromov, Russian general and politician (Governor of Moscow Oblast, 2000-12), born in Saratov, Russian SFSR, Soviet Union
  • 1944-01-12 Viktoria Postnikova, Russian pianist, born in Moscow, Russia
  • 1944-02-15 Aleksandr Serebrov, Soviet cosmonaut (Soyuz T-7, T-8, TM-8, TM-17), born in Moscow, USSR (d. 2013)
  • 1945-03-26 Mikhail Voronin, Russian and Soviet gymnast (1968 Olympics: 7 medals including 2 gold, 1972 Olympics: 2 silver medals), born in Moscow (d. 2004)
  • 1945-10-20 Vladimir Kozlov, Russian cosmonaut, born in Moscow (d. 2012)
  • 1946-10-08 Aleksandr Gorshkov, Soviet ice dancer (holds 6 titles, Olympic gold 1976), born in Moscow
  • 1946-11-11 Vladimir Alekseyevich Soloviyov, Russian cosmonaut (Soyuz T-10, T-15, TM-10), born in Moscow, Soviet Union
  • 1947-09-08 Valery Afanassiev, Russian pianist and conductor, born in Moscow
  • 1947-10-08 Yelena Ivanovna Dobrokvashina, Russian cosmonaut (Soyuz T-15a), born in Moscow
  • 1947-11-04 Alexei Ulanov, Russian pairs figure skater (Olympic gold [with Irina Rodnina] 1972), born in Moscow, Russia
  • 1949-02-22 Olga Morozova, Russian tennis player, born in Moscow, Soviet Union
  • 1949-04-15 Alla Pugacheva, Russian singer, born in Moscow
  • 1949-06-12 Yuri Baturin, Russian cosmonaut (SK:Soyuz TM-28), born in Moscow, Russia
  • 1949-09-12 Irina Rodnina, Russian pairs figure skater (Olympic gold 1972, 76, 80), born in Moscow, Soviet Union
  • 1950-10-01 Boris Morukov, Russian cosmonaut, born in Moscow, USSR (d. 2015)
  • 1952-01-08 Vladimir Feltsman, Russian-American pianist, born in Moscow, Russia
  • 1952-04-20 Tamara Sergeyevna Zakharova, Russian cosmonaut, born in Moscow, Russia
  • 1953-07-09 Irina D Latysheva, Russian cosmonaut, born in Moscow, Russia
  • 1953-07-30 Aleksandr Nikolayevich Balandin, Russian cosmonaut (Soyuz TM-9), born in Moscow, Russia
  • 1953-10-30 Alexander Fedorovich Poleshchuk, Russian cosmonaut (Soyuz TM-16), born in Moscow, Russia
  • 1955-06-28 Nikolay Zimyatov, Soviet-Russian nordic skier (Olympic-3 golds-1976), born in Moscow
  • 1956-01-16 Ivan Safronov, Russian journalist, born in Moscow, Russia (d. 2007)
  • 1956-03-14 Alexey Pajitnov, Russian video game designer and computer engineer (Tetris), born in Moscow, Soviet Union
  • 1956-06-21 Mikhail Burtsev, Soviet sabre fencer (Olympic gold 1976, 1980), born in Moscow (d. 2015)
  • 1957-06-29 María Conchita Alonso, Venezuelan actress (Moscow on the Hudson), born in Cienfuegos, Cuba
  • 1957-10-30 Aleksandr Lazutkin, Russian cosmonaut (Soyuz TM-25), born in Moscow, Russia
  • 1958-04-20 Viacheslav Fetisov, Russian Hockey Hall of Fame defenseman (Olympic gold 1984, 88; Stanley Cup 1997-98, Detroit Red Wings), born in Moscow, Russia
  • 1958-04-24 Valery Lantratov, Russian ballet dancer, born in Moscow
  • 1959-07-16 Gerd Wessig, East German high jumper (1st male to set high jump world record at Olympics (2.36m [7' 9"] Moscow), born in Lübz, Germany
  • 1960-02-13 Artur Yusupov, Russian chess player, born in Moscow, Russia
  • 1960-11-08 Oleg Menshikov, Russian actor (Burnt by the Sun), born in Serpukhov, Moscow Oblast, Russian SFSR
  • 1960-12-03 Igor Larionov, Russian Hockey Hall of Fame center (Stanley Cup 1997-98, 2002, Detroit Red Wings; Olympic gold 1984, 88), born in Moscow, Russia
  • 1961-07-26 Yolanda Chen, Russian triple jumper (indoor record), born in Moscow, Russia
  • 1961-11-11 Yuri Milner, Russian physicist and entrepreneur, established the Breakthrough Prize, born in Moscow, Soviet Union
  • 1962-11-22 Victor Pelevin, Russian writer (Generation P), born in Moscow, Soviet Union
  • 1963-01-11 Petra Schneider, East German swimmer (Olympic gold 400m, 400m medley Moscow), born in Chemnitz, Germany
  • 1963-06-26 Mikhail Khodorkovsky, Russian businessman and philanthropist, born in Moscow, Russia
  • 1964-01-14 Sergei Nemchinov, Russian NHL center, 1991-2001 (NY Rangers, NJ Devils, and 2 other teams; Olympic silver, 1998), born in Moscow, Russia
  • 1964-07-08 Alexei Gusarov, Russian NHL defenseman (Colorado Avalanche), born in Moscow, Russia
  • 1964-08-09 Yuri Khmylev, Russian NHL left wing (Buffalo Sabres), born in Moscow, Russia
  • 1965-10-16 German Titov, NHL center (Calgary Flames, Olympic silver 1998), born in Moscow, Russia

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