Russian History (Part 10)

Historical Events

Events 901 - 1,000 of 1,138

  • 2012-05-09 A Russian passenger jet disappears with 45 people on board
  • 2012-07-07 Floods in the Krasnodar region, Russia, kill 140 people
  • 2012-07-15 A Russian Soyuz rocket with an international team launches for a mission to the International Space Station
  • 2012-07-24 Four barrels containing 248 human fetuses are found in Sverdlovsk, Russia
  • 2012-08-17 Three members of Russian punk band Pussy Riot are jailed for two years
  • 2012-08-22 Russia and Vanuatu become members of the World Trade Organization

Historic Event

2012-09-13 Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev calls for Russian punk band Pussy Riot to be freed

Sports History

2012-10-28 American Serena Williams wins her 3rd season ending tennis title; beats Maria Sharapova of Russia 6–4, 6–3 in the WTA Championship decider in Istanbul, Turkey

  • 2012-12-01 Ukrainian Anna Ushenina beats Antoaneta Stefanova of Bulgaria, 3½-2½ in 2 rapid tie breaks to win the World Women's Chess Championship in Khanty-Mansiysk, Russia

Historic Event

2012-12-28 Vladimir Putin signs into law a ban on US adoption of Russian children

  • 2013-01-24 Russian police kill 13 rebels in Vedeno District, Chechnya
  • 2013-02-01 Zenit-3SL, a Ukrainian-Russian carrier rocket, fails 40 seconds after liftoff and crashes into the Pacific Ocean
  • 2013-02-11 18 coal miners are killed in an explosion in the Komi region, Russia
  • 2013-02-15 Chelyabinsk meteor breaks up over Chelyabinsk, Russia, injuring over 1,200 people, with 26 to 33 times energy of Hiroshima bomb
  • 2013-04-22 6 people are killed in a shooting rampage in Belgorod, Russia
  • 2013-04-25 38 people are killed in a psychiatric hospital fire in Ramensky, Russia

Sports History

2013-05-25 UEFA Champions League Final, London: Arjen Robben scores twice as Bayern Munich beats Borussia Dortmund, 2-1 in first all-German final

  • 2013-06-08 French Open Women's Tennis: Serena Williams wins her second French title; beats defending champion Maria Sharapova of Russia 6-4, 6-4
  • 2013-06-12 Russia passes a law banning gay propaganda
  • 2013-06-18 Russia passes a law banning foreign same-sex couples from adopting children
  • 2013-07-13 18 people are killed and 40 are injured after a gravel truck collides with a bus in Podolsk, Russia
  • 2013-08-10 14th Athletics World Championships open at Moscow, Russia

Sports History

2013-08-11 Usain Bolt of Jamaica records best time of the year (9.77s) to edge out American Justin Gatlin and win 100m at the World Athletics Championships in Moscow, Russia

  • 2013-08-20 9 Islamist militants are killed by Russian police in North Caucasus
  • 2013-08-28 China and Russia walk out of a UN Security Council meeting after the US pushes for immediate action against Syria's use of chemical weapons
  • 2013-09-20 Greenpeace ship Arctic Sunrise is boarded by Russian military

Boxing Title Fight

2013-10-05 Ukrainian Wladimir Klitschko beats Russian Alexander Povetkin in a 12 round unanimous points decision in Moscow to retain his WBA, WBO, IBF, IBO heavyweight titles

  • 2013-11-03 Federation Cup Women's Tennis, Cagliari, Italy: Sara Errani of Italy outclasses Russia's Alisa Kleybanova 6-1, 6-1 for an unassailable 3-0 lead (ends 4-0) and 4th title for the home country
  • 2013-11-17 50 people are killed after a Boeing 737 aircraft crashes in Kazan, Russia
  • 2013-12-29 16 people are killed and 40 are wounded by a suicide bomb attack at Volgograd-1 railway station, Russia
  • 2013-12-30 15 people are killed in a trolley-bus bomb attack in Voglograd, Russia
  • 2014-01-14 American journalist David Satter is expelled from Russia
  • 2014-02-07 XXII Winter Olympic Games open in Sochi, Russia
  • 2014-02-09 Olympic teams figure skating event debuts in Sochi with Russia taking the gold medal; pairs champions Tatiana Volosozhar and Maxim Trankov win first of 2 gold at the Games
  • 2014-02-15 World champion Aleksandr Tretyakov of Russia wins the men's skeleton gold medal at his home Sochi Winter Olympics
  • 2014-02-20 Adelina Sotnikova convincingly wins the women's singles figure skating gold medal at the Sochi Winter Olympics for Russia's first title in the ladies event
  • 2014-02-21 Viktor An of Russia wins 6th career Olympic short track speed skating gold medal as part of the 5,000m relay team in Sochi; 2nd gold of the day (500m) and 3rd of Games (1,000m)
  • 2014-02-22 After winning the men's parallel giant slalom at the Sochi Winter Olympics, Russian snowboarder Vic Wild wins his 2nd gold in the parallel slalom
  • 2014-02-22 Snowboard Olympic parallel special slalom event debuts and is run for the only time at the Sochi Winter Games; Russian Vic Wild and Julia Dujmovits of Canada win unique gold medals
  • 2014-02-23 A pro-Euromaidan rally is held in Simferopol, Ukraine, while in Kerch, protesters attempt to replace the Ukrainian flag from city hall with a Russian flag
  • 2014-02-23 Russia sweeps the medals in the men's 50k cross country skiing at the Sochi Winter Olympics; Alexander Legkov wins gold ahead of teammates Maxim Vylegzhanin and Ilia Chernousov
  • 2014-02-23 XXII Winter Olympic Games close in Sochi, Russia
  • 2014-02-25 Hundreds of pro-Russian protesters block the Crimean parliament and demand a referendum on Crimea's independence
  • 2014-02-28 Russia moves troops into the Crimea to protect its interests against Ukraine
  • 2014-03-01 US President Barack Obama warns Russian President Vladimir Putin over involvement in Ukraine
  • 2014-03-02 President Vladimir Putin receives unanimous approval from Russia's parliament to send troops to Ukraine
  • 2014-03-06 Crimean parliament votes unanimously to make the Crimea part of Russia

Historic Event

2014-03-10 German Chancellor Angela Merkel warns Russia's Vladimir Putin that making Crimea part of Russia is illegal and in violation of Ukraine's constitution

  • 2014-03-16 Voters in Crimea vote overwhelmingly to leave Ukraine and rejoin Russia amid international condemnation of its design
  • 2014-03-18 Russia formally annexes Crimea, previously part of Ukraine. by signing Treaty on Accession
  • 2014-03-18 Transnistria formally requests to join the Russian Federation
  • 2014-03-19 Russia captures the Ukrainian naval base in Sevastopol
  • 2014-03-21 Russia formally annexes Crimea amid international condemnation
  • 2014-03-22 The US and EU impose sanctions on Russia
  • 2014-03-27 UN General Assembly condemns Russia's annexation of Crimea
  • 2014-03-28 Russia increases the price of gas to Ukraine by 80%
  • 2014-04-01 NATO suspends all practical civilian and military cooperation with Russia
  • 2014-04-10 The Council of Europe suspends Russia's right to vote
  • 2014-04-30 Masked gunmen and pro-Russian separatists take control of more buildings in eastern Ukraine
  • 2014-05-02 The Kiev regime launch a raid against pro-Russian forces, who respond by shooting down two helicopters
  • 2014-05-07 Fighting between pro-Russian and Kiev forces continue amid fears internationally of a civil war in Ukraine
  • 2014-05-17 Bayern Munich defeats Borussia Dortmund to win the 2013–14 DFB-Pokal
  • 2014-05-21 Russian President Putin signs agreements with China in Beijing in relation to trade and infrastructure
  • 2014-05-23 Russia and China veto the U.N. Security Council resolution to establish an International Criminal Court for war crimes in Syria

French Open Women's Tennis

2014-06-07 French Open Women's Tennis: Maria Sharapova of Russia wins her 5th Grand Slam singles title; beats Romanian Simona Halep 6-4, 6-7, 6-4

  • 2014-07-17 Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 is shot down over Eastern Ukraine by a Buk surface-to-air missile launched from pro-Russian separatist-controlled territory, killing all 283 passengers and 15 crew on board
  • 2014-07-30 The EU and US extend sanctions on Russia to include banks, energy, and defense firms; Moscow denies the allegation that Russia is arming rebels in Eastern Ukraine

Historic Event

2014-11-08 Mikhail Gorbachev warns that tensions between America and Russia over Ukraine have put the world on the brink of a new Cold War

  • 2014-11-15 Vladimir Putin's press secretary says media reports that the Russian president plans to leave the G20 Summit in Brisbane early are nonsense
  • 2014-12-04 Ukraine and Pro-Russian rebels agree to cease fire in the eastern war zone, beginning December 9
  • 2015-01-01 Eurasian Economic Union comes into effect, creating a political and economic union between Russia, Belarus, Armenia, Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan
  • 2015-01-31 Australian Open Women's Tennis: Serena Williams wins 19th career Grand Slam singles title; beats arch rival Maria Sharapova of Russia 6-3, 7-6
  • 2015-02-27 Russian politician Boris Nemtsov is assassinated in Moscow
  • 2015-03-27 Russia's Soyuz TMA-16M launches to deliver three crew members to the international space station to research the long-term effects of micro gravity
  • 2015-04-01 56 people are killed after the Russian trawler Dalniy Vostok sinks off the coast of the Kamchatka Peninsula
  • 2015-05-17 Canada defeats Russia to win gold at the 2015 IIHF World Championship
  • 2015-08-04 A plague of locusts in Southern Russia prompts a state of emergency to be declared
  • 2015-10-31 Russian airliner crashes killing all 224 on board in Sinai Peninsula, Egypt - Russia's worst air disaster
  • 2015-11-09 World Anti-Doping Agency commission report recommends Russian Federation be banned from athletics competitions for running a "state-supported" doping programme
  • 2015-11-15 Federation Cup Women's Tennis, Prague, Czech Republic: Czech pair Karolína Plíšková & Barbora Strýcová beats Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova & Elena Vesnina of Russia 4-6, 6-3, 6-2 for a 3-2 win and 9th title for the home country
  • 2015-11-24 Turkey shots down a Russian fighter jet after claiming it had flown into Turkish airspace

Meeting of Interest

2016-02-12 Pope Francis meets Patriarch Kirill in Havana - first meeting between Catholic and Russian Orthodox church heads for nearly 1,000 years

  • 2016-02-28 Explosion at Severnaya coal mine in Vorkuta, Russia kills 36, including 5 rescuers

Historic Event

2016-03-02 US astronauts Scott Kelly and Russian cosmonaut Mikhail Kornienko return to earth after nearly a year (340 days), setting an ISS record

  • 2016-03-07 Russian tennis star Maria Sharapova reveals failed drug test for meldonium at Australian Open in January, subsequently suspended for 15 months
  • 2016-03-14 President Putin orders Russian troops out of Syria
  • 2016-06-18 Soyuz capsule returns to Earth 1st British International Space Station astronaut Tim Peake, Russian Yuri Malenchenko and American Timothy Kopra after 186 days
  • 2016-07-07 Deadlock in battle for Aleppo broken when Russian air strikes cut rebel access to the city, 250,000 people put under siege
  • 2016-08-16 Russian pair Natalia Ishchenko and Svetlana Romashina retain their Olympic synchronised swimming duet title at the Rio de Janeiro Games with final score 194.9910
  • 2016-09-18 In Russian elections Putin-backed United Russia party wins 54% of Parliamentary seats led by Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev
  • 2016-10-18 US White Houses says it is "confident" Russia behind recent email hacking and attempts to influence US election
  • 2016-12-19 Russian ambassador to Turkey shot dead at an art gallery in Ankara by Turkish gunman
  • 2016-12-25 Russian military defence plane crashes into the Black Sea after takeoff from Sochi airport, killing all 92 on board

Historic Event

2016-12-29 US President Barack Obama retaliates against Russia for hacking American computer systems and trying to influence the 2016 presidential election by ejecting 35 Russian spies and imposing sanctions

  • 2016-12-30 A ceasefire organised by Russia, Iran and Turkey between Syria's government and opposition groups takes effect

Historic Event

2017-02-13 US President Donald Trump accepts the resignation of national security adviser Michael Flynn over his dealings with Russia

Historic Event

2017-03-02 US Attorney General Jeff Sessions recuses himself from the investigation into Trump campaign contacts with Russia after revelations he met Russian ambassador

Historic Event

2017-03-26 Anti-corruption protests in Russia result in hundreds arrested including opposition leader Alexei Navalny

Historic Event

2017-05-10 US President Donald Trump shares classified information about ISIS plot with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and Ambassador Sergey Kislyak in the Oval Office

  • 2017-05-29 Violent storm and high winds in Moscow, Russia leaves 13 dead

Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 901 - 1,000 of 1,824

  • 1906-09-12 Ruvim Pergament, composer, born in Petrozavodsk, Russia (d. 1965)

Dmitri ShostakovichDmitri Shostakovich (1906-1975)

1906-09-25 Russian composer (The Gadfly; The Nose), born in St Petersburg, Russia

  • 1906-10-24 Alexander Gelfond, Russian mathematician, born in Saint Petersburg, Russian Empire (d. 1968)
  • 1906-11-02 Daniil Andreev, Russian writer, poet and Christian mystic, born in Berlin, Germany (d. 1959)
  • 1906-12-14 Alexander Tsfasman, Soviet Russian jazz pianist, composer, and arranger, in Alexandrovsk, Russian Empire (now Zaporizhya, Ukraine) (d. 1971)
  • 1907-01-12 Sergei Korolev, Soviet Russian rocket engineer & spacecraft designer (Sputnik; Voskhod), born in Zhytomyr, Russian Empire (now Ukraine) (d. 1966)
  • 1907-01-28 Constantin Regamey, Ukranian pianist, composer and music critic, born in Kiev, Russian Empire (now Kyiv, Ukraine) (d. 1987)
  • 1907-02-17 Charles B Timmer, Dutch translator/writer (Russia Black on White)
  • 1907-02-25 Shimen Ruskin, Polish actor (Beau Brummel, Having a Wonderful Time), born in Vilna, Russian Empire (d. 1976)
  • 1907-02-27 Massimo Amfiteatrof [Maksim Amfiteatrov], Russian-Italian classical musician, known as 'the Cellists' Caruso', born in St. Petersburg, Russian Empire (d. 1990)
  • 1907-04-22 Ivan Yefremov, Russian paleontologist (originator of the concept of taphonomy) and author (Andromeda Nebula), born in Vyritsa, Saint Petersburg Governorate, Russian Empire (d. 1972)
  • 1907-04-25 Vasily Pavlovich Solov'yov-Sedoy, Russian composer, born in Saint Petersburg, Russia (d. 1979)
  • 1907-06-03 Antonio Emmanvilovich Spadavecchia, Russian composer, born in Odessa (d. 1988)
  • 1907-06-24 Arseny Tarkovsky, Russian poet (d. 1989)
  • 1907-08-17 Marian Viktorovich Koval, Russian composer, born in Pristan Voznesenya, Olonets district, Russian Empire (d. 1971)
  • 1907-09-28 Heikki Savolainen, Finnish pommel horse gymnast (Olympic medalist, 1928-52, including gold, 1948), and medical doctor, born in Joensuu, Grand Duchy of Finland, Russian Empire (d. 1997)
  • 1908-01-19 Aleksandr Gennadievich Kurosh, Russian mathematician (d. 1971)
  • 1908-02-08 Grigor Eghiazaryan, Armenian composer, born in Blur, Russian Empire (d. 1988)
  • 1908-03-14 Nikolay Rakov, Russian composer, born in Kaluga, Russia (d. 1990)
  • 1908-03-17 Boris Polevoy, Russian journalist and writer, born in Moscow, Russian Empire (d. 1981) [OS=Mar 4]
  • 1908-04-11 Leo Rosten, American writer and humourist (Joys of Yiddish), born in Łódź, Russian Empire (d. 1997)
  • 1908-06-07 Boris Goldovsky, Russian-American conductor, educator (Tangle wood, 1942-62), and opera broadcast commentator (Metropolitan Opera, 1946-85), born in Moscow, Russia (d. 2001)
  • 1908-06-12 Marina Semyonova, Russian ballerina, born in Saint Petersburg, Russian Empire (d. 2010)
  • 1908-08-23 Arthur Adamov, Russian-French playwright (Paolo Paoli), born in Kislovodsk, Terek Oblast, Russia (d. 1970)
  • 1908-09-03 Lev Pontryagin, Russian mathematician, born in Moscow, Russian Empire (d. 1988)
  • 1908-09-18 Victor Ambartsumian, Russian astronomer (Stalin Prize 1946, 50), born in Tiflis, Russian Empire (d. 1996)
  • 1908-09-30 David Oistrakh, Soviet violinist considered one of the pre-eminent violinists of the 20th century (Moscow Conservatory), born in Odessa, Ukraine, Russian Empire (d. 1974)
  • 1908-10-06 Sergei Lvovich Sobolev, Russian mathematician (d. 1989)
  • 1908-10-23 Ilya Mikhaylovich Frank, Russian Physicist and Nobel Laureate (Cherenkov radiation), born in Saint Petersburg, Russia (d. 1990
  • 1908-12-13 Victor Babin, Russian-American concert pianist (Vronsky & Babin), composer, and educator (Cleveland Institute, 1961-72), born in Moscow, Russia (d. 1972)
  • 1908-12-28 Felicja Blumental, Polish-Brazilian concert pianist (Villa-Lobos' Piano Concerto No. 5; Penderecki's Partita for Harpsichord), born in Warsaw, Poland, Russian Empire (d. 1991)
  • 1909-01-22 Lev D Landau, Russian physicist (Nobel 1962)
  • 1909-04-09 Ivan Ivonovich Dzerzhinsky, Russian composer, born in Tambov, Dzerzhinsky, Russian Empire (d. 1978)
  • 1909-06-06 Isaiah Berlin, Latvian-British philosopher, born in Riga, Latvia, Russian Empire (d. 1997)
  • 1909-07-05 Andrei Gromyko, Soviet politician (President of Union of Soviet Socialist Republics), born in Staryya Hramyki, Mogilev Governorate, Russian Empire (d. 1989) [NS 7/18]
  • 1909-07-18 Andrei Gromyko, Soviet politician (President of Union of Soviet Socialist Republics), born in Staryya Hramyki, Mogilev Governorate, Russian Empire (d. 1989) [OS 7/5]
  • 1909-07-29 Georgy Mushel, Uzbek pianist and composer, born in Tambov, Russia (d. 1989)
  • 1909-08-02 Ace Gutowsky, Russian/American football fullback (Portsmouth Spartans, Brooklyn Dodgers; NFL C'ship 1935, Detroit Lions), born in Komolty, Russian Empire (d. 1976)
  • 1909-08-21 Nikolay Bogolyubov, Russian mathematician, born in Nizhny Novgorod, Russia (d. 1992)
  • 1909-08-22 Sergius Kagen, American pianist and composer, born in Saint Petersburg, Russia (d. 1964)
  • 1909-08-22 Vitya Vronsky, Russian-American concert pianist (Vronsky & Babin), and educator (Cleveland Institute), born in Yevpatoria, Russia (d. 1992)
  • 1909-09-07 Natalia Dmitrevna Shpiller, Czech-Russian lyric soprano, born in Kyiv, Russian Empire (now Ukraine) (d. 1995)
  • 1909-10-23 Zellig S. Harris, Russian-American linguist, born in Balta, Russia (d. 1992)
  • 1909-11-10 Paweł Jasienica, Polish historian, born in Ulyanovsk, Russia (d. 1970)
  • 1909-11-22 Mikhail Mil, Russian aviation designer (d. 1970)
  • 1909-11-27 Anatoly Maltsev, Russian mathematician (decidability of various algebraic groups), born in Moscow (d. 1967)
  • 1910-01-08 Galina Ulanova, ballerina (Bolshoi), born in St Petersburg, Russia
  • 1910-01-20 Nina Verchinina, Russian-Brazilian dancer & choreographer, born in Russia (d. 1995)
  • 1910-04-02 Joeri German, Russian writer
  • 1910-05-16 Olga Berggolts, Russian poet (d. 1975)
  • 1910-05-24 Marģeris Zariņš, Latvian composer and writer, born in Jaunpiebalga, Russian Empire (d. 1993)
  • 1910-06-08 Aleksandr Tvardovsky, Russian poet and editor in chief (Novyj Mir), born in Zagorye, Russian Empire (d. 1971) [NS=June 21]
  • 1910-06-21 Aleksandr Tvardovsky, Russian poet and editor in chief (Novyj Mir), born in Zagorye, Russian Empire (d. 1971) [OS=June 8]
  • 1910-12-25 David Lichine [Lichtenstein], Russian-American dancer (Make Mine Music)
  • 1911-01-06 Nikolai Afanasyevich Kryuchkov, Soviet film actor (Telegram, Town People), born in Moscow, Russia (d. 1994)
  • 1911-01-14 Anatoly Rybakov, Russian writer, born in Chernihiv, Ukraine (d. 1998)
  • 1911-04-17 Mikhail Botvinnik, Russian World Chess Champion (1948-63), born in Repino, Russia (d. 1995)
  • 1911-05-22 Anatol Rapoport, Ukrainian-American mathematician and biologist (game theory), born in Lozova, Kharkov Governorate, Russia (d. 2007)
  • 1911-06-30 Czesław Miłosz, Polish-American writer (Bells in Winter, Nobel 1980), born in Szetejnie, Kovno Governorate, Russian Empire (d. 2004)
  • 1911-07-01 Sergey Sokolov, Soviet marshal and Minister of Defence of the Soviet Union (1984-87), born in Yevpatoria, Russian Empire (d. 2012)

Konstantin ChernenkoKonstantin Chernenko (1911-1985)

1911-09-24 General Secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union (1984-85), born in Bolshaya Tes, Yeniseysk Governorate, Russian Empire

  • 1911-11-01 Henri Troyat, Russian-French author and historian, born in Moscow (d. 2007)
  • 1911-11-04 Jack Rose, American screenwriter, born in Warsaw, Russian Empire (d. 1995)
  • 1911-11-26 Samuel Reshevsky, Polish-American chess grandmaster, born in Ozorków, Congress Poland, Russian Empire (d. 1992)
  • 1911-12-05 Władysław Szpilman, Polish pianist and classical composer, born in Sosnowiec, Congress Poland, Russian Empire (d. 2000)
  • 1912-01-01 Boris Vladimirovich Gnedenko, Russian mathematician (d. 1995)
  • 1912-01-19 Leonid V Kantorovich, economist (Nobel), born in St Petersburg, Russia
  • 1912-02-21 Nikita Magaloff, Russian/Swiss pianist (Arkadia 598-Schubert)
  • 1912-03-13 Igor Youskevitch, Russian-Ukrainian ballet dancer, born in Pyriatyn, Poltava Oblast, Ukraine (d. 1994)
  • 1912-03-28 Marina Raskova, Russian navigator, born in Moscow (d. 1943)
  • 1912-04-09 Lew Kopelew, Russian author, born in Kiev, Russian Empire (d. 1997)
  • 1912-05-09 Pedro Armendáriz, Mexican actor (From Russia With Love, Fort Apache), born in Mexico City, Distrito Federal, Mexico (d. 1963)
  • 1912-07-27 Igor Markevitch, Russian conductor (Le Paradis Perdu), born in Kyiv, Ukraine (d. 1983)
  • 1912-08-04 Aleksandr Danilovich Aleksandrov, Russian mathematician, physicist, philosopher, and mountaineer, born in Volyn, Ryazan Governorate, Russian Empire (d. 1999)
  • 1912-09-04 Alexander Liberman, Russian-American magazine editor, painter and photographer (639), born in Kiev, Russian Empire (d. 1999)
  • 1912-11-04 Vadim Nikolayevich Salmanov, Russian composer, born in St. Petersburg, Russia (d. 1978)
  • 1912-12-08 Jura Soyfer, Austrian political journalist and cabaret writer, born in Kharkov, Russian Empire (d. 1939)
  • 1913-01-07 Francis De Wolff, British character actor (A Christmas Carol, From Russia With Love), born in Essex, England (d. 1984)
  • 1913-01-22 Verdina Shlonsky, Israeli pianist and avant-garde composer, born in Kremenchug, Ukraine, Russian Empire (d. 1990)
  • 1913-03-02 Georgy Nikolaevich Flerov, Rostov-on-Don, Russian Physicist (nuclear fission)
  • 1913-03-13 Sergey Mikhalkov, Soviet writer and poet, born in Moscow (d. 2009) [NS]
  • 1913-03-14 Witold Rudzinski, Polish composer, born in Sebezh, Russia Empire (d. 2004)
  • 1913-06-10 Tikhon Nikolayevich Khrennikov, Soviet composer and leader of the Union of Soviet Composers, born in Yelets, Russia (d. 2007)
  • 1913-08-21 Victor Rosow, Russian dramatist, born in Yaroslavl (d. 2004)
  • 1913-11-11 German Leont'yevich Zhukovsky, Ukrainian composer (From The Whole Heart), born in Radziwiłłowo, Russian Empire (d. 1976)
  • 1913-11-20 Irina Nijinska, Russian-Polish-American ballet dancer, and teacher, born in St Petersburg, Russia (d. 1991)
  • 1913-11-29 Benjamin Markarian, Armenian astrophysicist (Markarian galaxies), born in Shaumiani, Russian Empire (d. 1985)
  • 1914-01-01 Noor Inayat Khan, Indian princess and British Special Operations Executive agent in WWII posthumously awarded the George Cross, born in Moscow, Russian Empire (d. 1944)
  • 1914-01-05 Nicolas de Staël, French-Russian painter, born in Saint Petersburg, Russia (d. 1955)
  • 1914-03-06 Kirill Kondrashin, Russian conductor (Bolshoi Theatre, 1943-56; Moscow Philharmonic, 1960-75; Concertgebouw, 1978-81), born in Moscow, Russia (d. 1981)
  • 1914-03-08 Yakov Borisovich Zel'dovich, Russian physicist, born in Minsk, Russian Empire (d. 1987)

Yuri AndropovYuri Andropov (1914-1984)

1914-06-15 General Secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union (1982-84) and KGB Chief (1967-82), born in Nagutskaya, Stavropol Region, Russian Empire

  • 1914-06-19 Anthony Bloom, Metropolitan of the Russian Orthodox Church (d. 2003)
  • 1914-08-01 Jack Delano [Jacob Ovcharov], Russian-born American composer and photographer, born in Voroshilovka, Russian Empire (d. 1997)

Tove JanssonTove Jansson (1914-2001)

1914-08-09 Finnish author and illustrator (Moomins), born in Helsinki, Grand Duchy of Finland, Russian Empire

  • 1914-10-26 Alexander "Sasha" Argov [Abramovich], Israeli composer, born in Moscow, Russian Empire (d. 1995)
  • 1914-11-25 Léon Zitrone, Russian-born French journalist and television host (d. 1995)
  • 1915-03-20 Sviatoslav Richter, Soviet pianist considered one of the greatest pianists of the 20th century, born in Zhytomyr, Ukraine, Russian Empire (d. 1997)
  • 1915-03-22 Georgiy Zhzhonov, Russian actor and writer (The Secret Agent's Blunder), born in Petrograd, Russian Empire (d. 2005)
  • 1915-06-02 Alexandru Nicolschi, Russian communist (d. 1992)

Famous Weddings


Famous Divorces


Famous Deaths

Deaths 901 - 1,000 of 1,100

  • 1997-08-21 Yuri Nikulin, Russian clown and actor (b. 1921)
  • 1997-10-22 Leonid Amalrik, Russian animator (b. 1905)
  • 1997-12-09 Tamara Geva, Russian-born dancer and actress, dies at 91
  • 1997-12-12 Evgenii Landis, Soviet Russian mathematician, dies at 77
  • 1998-01-06 Georgy Sviridov, Soviet Russian neo-romantic composer (The Blizzard; Time; Forward!), dies of a heart attack at 82
  • 1998-03-21 Galina Ulanova, Russian prima ballerina assoluta (b. 1910)
  • 1998-05-26 Sergey Yablonsky, Soviet and Russian mathematician and one of the founders of the Soviet school of mathematical cybernetics and discrete mathematics, dies at 73
  • 1998-07-15 Gennadi Volnov, Russian basketball player (Olympic gold 1972), dies at 68
  • 1998-08-03 Alfred Schnittke, Russian composer and musicologist, dies after a series strokes at 63
  • 1998-08-04 Yuri Artyukhin, Russian cosmonaut (b. 1930)
  • 1998-08-19 Vasily Arkhipov, Soviet-Russian naval officer who saved the world by refusing to launch a nuclear torpedo from submarine B-59 during the Cuban Missile Crisis, dies of kidney cancer at 72
  • 1998-09-18 Leonid Kinskey, Russian actor (Casablanca, Duck Soup), dies at 95
  • 1998-11-20 Galina Starovoitova, Russian politician and dissident, assassinated at 52
  • 1999-02-05 Wassily Leontief, Russian economist, Nobel Prize Laureate (b. 1906)
  • 1999-03-31 Yuri Knorozov, Russian linguist and epigrapher (major role indeciphering Mayan script), dies at 77
  • 1999-07-27 Aleksandr Danilovich Aleksandrov, Russian mathematician, physicist, philosopher, and mountaineer, dies at 86
  • 1999-11-19 Alexander Liberman, Russian-American magazine editor, painter and photographer (639), dies at 87
  • 2000-02-16 Lila Kedrova, Russian-born actress (Zorba the Greek (1964), Sword of the Valiant, The Tenant), dies of congestive heart disease and Alzheimer's disease at 81
  • 2000-02-20 Anatoly Sobchak, Russian politician (b. 1937)
  • 2000-05-08 Alexander Chislenko, Russian-American transhumanist (b. 1959)
  • 2000-06-02 Svyatoslav Fyodorov, Russian ophthalmologist (b. 1927)
  • 2000-07-24 Anatoli Firsov, Russian ice hockey left wing (Olympic gold 1964, 68, 72; 8 x World C'ship gold), dies at 59
  • 2001-02-15 Boris Goldovsky, Russian-American conductor, educator (Tanglewood, 1942-62), and opera broadcast commentator (Metropolitan Opera, 1946-85), dies at 92
  • 2001-03-17 Zinaida Voronina, Russian and Soviet gymnast (1968 Olympics: 4 medals including 1 gold), dies at 53
  • 2001-05-12 Alexei Tupolev, Russian aircraft designer (b. 1925)
  • 2001-06-25 Yuri Petrovich Sheffer, Russian cosmonaut, dies at 53
  • 2001-07-07 Maria Gorokhovskaya, Russian gymnast (equal record 7 x Olympic medals, Soviet Union 1952; 2 x gold [team, all-round], 5 x silver), dies at 79
  • 2001-08-22 Tatyana Averina, Russian speed skater 1K, 3K (Olympic gold 1976), dies at 61
  • 2002-02-18 Nathan Perelman, Soviet Russian pianist and pedagogue, dies at 95
  • 2002-02-24 Leo Ornstein, Russian-American composer and pianist, (born about 1893)
  • 2002-04-28 Alexander Lebed, Russian general, dies at 52
  • 2002-05-03 Evgeny Svetlanov, Russian conductor (USSR State Symphony, 1965-2000; Residentie Orchestra 1992-2000), pianist, and composer (Siberian Fantasy), dies at 73
  • 2002-08-24 Nikolay Guryanov Russian Orthodox Christian mystic and priest (b. 1909)
  • 2003-03-30 Valentin Pavlov, Russian politician and Prime Minister of the Soviet Union (1991), dies at 65
  • 2003-05-28 Ilya Prigogine, Russian-born physicist and chemist, recipient of the Nobel Prize in Chemistry (b. 1917)
  • 2003-06-24 Vladimir Garin, Russian actor (b. 1987)
  • 2003-07-05 Roman Lyashenko, Russian ice hockey player, dies at 24
  • 2003-09-23 Yuri Senkevich, Russian TV anchorman (b. 1937)
  • 2003-11-03 Rasul Gamzatov, Russian poet (b. 1923)
  • 2004-01-12 Olga Aleksandrovna Ladyzhenskaya, Russian mathematician (fluid dynamics), dies at 81
  • 2004-05-22 Mikhail Voronin, Russian and Soviet gymnast (1968 Olympics: 7 medals including 2 gold, 1972 Olympics: 2 silver medals), dies at 59
  • 2004-05-26 Nikolai Stepanovich Chernykh, Russian astronomer (b. 1931)
  • 2004-08-22 Konstantin Aseev, Russian chess player (b. 1960)
  • 2004-09-28 Victor Rosow, Russian dramatist, dies at 91
  • 2004-11-17 Alexander Ragulin, Russian ice hockey player (Olympic gold 1964, 68, 72), dies at 63
  • 2004-12-25 Gennadi Strekalov, Russian cosmonaut (Soyuz T-3, T-8, T-11, TM-21), dies at 64
  • 2005-02-06 Lazar Berman, Russian pianist (b. 1930)
  • 2005-06-06 Maya Kopitseva, Russian painter of the Leningrad school, dies at 81
  • 2005-07-09 Yevgeny Grishin, Russian speed skater (4 Olympic gold 1956, 60), dies at 74
  • 2005-08-04 Anatoly Larkin, Russian American physicist, dies at 72
  • 2005-12-08 Georgiy Zhzhonov, Russian actor and writer (The Secret Agent's Blunder), dies at 90
  • 2006-03-12 Victor Sokolov, Russian dissident journalist and priest (b. 1947)

Sofia MuratovaSofia Muratova (1929-2006)

2006-09-25 Russian gymnast (1952-60 Olympics: 6 gold, 3 silver & 4 bronze), dies at 77

  • 2006-10-06 Valentin Muratov, Russian gymnast (4 gold, 1 silver medals 1952, 1956 Olympics), dies at 78
  • 2006-10-07 Anna Politkovskaya, Russian journalist and human rights activist, dies at 48
  • 2006-11-08 Lyudmila Buldakova, Russian volleyball player (Olympic gold USSR 1968, 72), dies at 68
  • 2006-11-16 Yuri Levada, Russian sociologist (b. 1930)
  • 2006-11-23 Alexander Litvinenko, Russian KGB officer, dies at 43
  • 2006-11-28 Lyubov Polishchuk, Russian actress (b. 1949)
  • 2006-11-29 Nina Milkina, Russian-British concert pianist, dies at 87
  • 2006-12-22 Elena Mukhina, Russian gymnast (3 x World C'ship gold 1978; 2 x World Cup gold 1977), dies of complications from quadriplegia at 46
  • 2006-12-22 Galina Ustvolskaya, Russian composer, dies at 87
  • 2007-01-19 Murat Nasyrov, Russian singer and composer, dies at 37
  • 2007-01-28 Yelena Romanova, Russian athlete (Olympic gold Unified Team 3,000m 1992), dies at 43
  • 2007-02-04 Ilya Kormiltsev, Russian poet and translator (b. 1959)
  • 2007-03-02 Henri Troyat, Russian-French author and historian, dies at 95
  • 2007-03-02 Ivan Safronov, Russian journalist (b. 1956)

Boris YeltsinBoris Yeltsin (1931-2007)

2007-04-23 Russian politician and 1st President of Russian Federation (1991-99), dies of congestive heart failure at 76

  • 2007-04-27 Mstislav Rostropovich, Russian cellist and conductor, dies at 80
  • 2007-06-25 Nina Vyroubova, Russian-French ballerina (Pavlova-prize 1957), dies at 86
  • 2007-11-02 Igor Moiseyev, Russian choreographer, dies at 101
  • 2008-01-03 Aleksandr Abdulov, Russian actor (b. 1953)
  • 2008-01-10 Mikhail Minin, Russian Soviet soldier (b. 1922)
  • 2008-02-19 Yegor Letov, Russian rock poet, songwriter, and singer (Grazhdanskaya Oborona), dies of heart failure at 43
  • 2008-06-25 Alla Kazanskaya, Russian stage and film actress (Burnt by the Sun), dies at 88
  • 2008-07-02 Natasha Shneider, Russian musician (Eleven), dies at 52

Aleksandr SolzhenitsynAleksandr Solzhenitsyn (1918-2008)

2008-08-03 Russian writer (Cancer Ward, Nobel Prize for Literature 1970), dies at 89

  • 2008-10-13 Alexei Cherepanov, Russian hockey player (b. 1989)
  • 2008-12-05 Patriarch Alexy II of Russia, head of the Russian Orthodox Church (b. 1929)
  • 2009-04-28 Ekaterina Maximova, Russian ballerina, dies at 70
  • 2009-05-06 Valentin Varennikov, Soviet-Russian general and statesman, dies at 85
  • 2009-06-05 Boris Pokrovsky, Russian operatic stage director, dies at 97
  • 2009-07-06 Vasily Aksyonov, Soviet-Russian novelist (The Burn), dies at 76
  • 2009-09-27 Ivan Dykhovichnyy, Russian film director and screenwriter (b. 1947)
  • 2009-11-08 Vitaly Ginzburg, Russian physicist (b. 1916)
  • 2009-12-16 Yegor Gaidar, Russian politician (b. 1956)
  • 2010-03-27 Vasily Smyslov, Russian grandmaster (b. 1921)
  • 2010-05-23 Leonida Georgievna, Grand Duchess Of Russia (b. 1914)
  • 2010-06-03 Vladimir Arnold, Russian mathematician (Kolmogorov–Arnold–Moser theorem), dies at 72
  • 2010-06-09 Marina Semyonova, Russian ballerina, dies at 101
  • 2010-11-03 Viktor Chernomyrdin, Russian politician (Prime Minister of Russia), dies at 72
  • 2010-11-29 Bella Akhmadulina, Russian poet (The String, Fever), dies at 73
  • 2011-03-04 Mikhail Simonov, Russian aircraft designer (b. 1920)
  • 2011-03-21 Nikolai Adrianov, Soviet-Russian gymnast (Olympic-4 gold/2 silver/bronze-1976), dies at 58
  • 2011-04-10 Mikhail Rusyayev, Russian footballer (b. 1964)
  • 2011-07-19 Karen Khachaturian, Russian composer, dies at 90
  • 2011-09-12 Alexander Galimov, Russian ice hockey player (b. 1985)
  • 2011-10-09 Pavel Karelin, Russian ski jumper (b. 1989)
  • 2011-11-25 Vasiliy Alekseyev, Russian weightlifter (Olympic gold 1972, 76), dies at 69
  • 2011-12-05 Gennady Logofet, Russian footballer (b. 1942)