Russian History (Part 11)

Historical Events

Events 1001 - 1,100 of 1,138

Historic Event

2017-06-12 Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny sentenced to 30 days administrative arrest for organizing rallies

Historic Event

2017-06-13 US Attorney General Jeff Sessions testifies before Senate Intelligence Committee, denies secretly meeting Russians

  • 2017-06-14 US Senate approves new sanctions against Russia as punishment for meddling in the 2016 election
  • 2017-06-19 Russia warns the US it will target US and allied aircraft over Syria after US fighter shoots down Syrian warplane
  • 2017-07-02 FIFA Confederations Cup: Germany defeats Chile 1-0 to win for the 1st time at Krestovsky Stadium in Saint Petersburg, Russia

Historic Event

2017-07-24 Donald Trump’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner says he did not collude with Russia after meeting with Senate investigators

Historic Event

2017-07-30 Russian President Vladimir Putin announces American diplomats in Russia cut by 755 in response to American sanctions

Historic Event

2017-08-02 US President Donald Trump signs legislation imposing sanctions on Russia, limiting his ability to ever lift them

  • 2017-10-13 Hungry bear crisis due to over-fishing leaves 2 people dead and 83 hostile bears shot on Sakhalin Island, Eastern Russia
  • 2017-12-05 Russia is banned from the next Winter Olympics in South Korea over state-sponsored doping
  • 2018-02-11 Russian airliner crashes south-east of Moscow, killing all 71 on board
  • 2018-02-17 Russian biathlete Anastasiya Kuzmina wins her 3rd career Olympic gold medal in women's 12.5k mass start in Pyeongchang; 7.5k sprint champion in Vancouver (2010) and Sochi (2014)
  • 2018-02-23 Russian figure skater Alina Zagitova wins the women's singles gold medal at the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics; earlier sets a new ISU best short program score of 82.92
  • 2018-02-25 Russian national team, competing under the name of Olympic Athletes from Russia (OAR), wins Olympic ice hockey gold medal in Pyeongchang; beat Germany, 4-3 in overtime in the final
  • 2018-03-01 Vladimir Putin in his annual state address claims Russia has an "invincible” intercontinental cruise missile
  • 2018-03-04 Former Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia Skripal are poisoned by nerve agent in Salisbury, England

Historic Event

2018-03-12 British Prime Minister Theresa May says Russia was "highly likely" to have poisoned a Russian spy and his daughter on March 4 with nerve agent

  • 2018-03-14 UK announces it will expel 23 Russian diplomats after Russian-made nerve agent used on former spy in UK
  • 2018-03-18 Vladimir Putin is elected to a new six-year term as Russian President with 76% of the vote, his fourth term
  • 2018-03-23 A Sahara sandstorm turns snow in Sochi, Russia, orange in one of the largest-ever transfers of desert sand
  • 2018-03-25 Fire in a shopping mall in the Siberian city of Kemerovo, Russia, kills at least 64
  • 2018-03-26 US, European Union and Ukraine expel more than 100 Russian diplomats in response to Russian use of nerve gas in UK
  • 2018-05-07 Vladimir Putin is sworn in as Russian President for another 6 years
  • 2018-05-15 Controversial Kerch bridge linking Russia and annexed Crimea opened by Russian President Vladimir Putin. At 19km the longest bridge in Europe.
  • 2018-05-29 Russian journalist Arkady Babchenko fakes his own death with Ukrainian security services to foil an assassination plot

FIFA World Cup

2018-06-14 21st FIFA World Cup opens at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow, Russia with British singer Robbie Williams and Russian soprano Aida Garifullina performing

  • 2018-07-13 US Department of Justice charges 12 Russian intelligence officers with cyber-attacks against Democratic officials during 2016 US election
  • 2018-07-14 Russian covert agent Maria Butina arrested by the FBI in Washington, D.C. and charged with being an unregistered foreign agent
  • 2018-07-14 US President Donald Trump calls the EU a "trade foe" in interview with CBS ahead of meeting with Russian President Putin

FIFA World Cup

2018-07-15 FIFA World Cup Final, Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow, Russia: Former captain Didier Deschamps becomes only the 3rd man to win the event as a player and coach as France beats Croatia, 4-2

  • 2018-07-16 US President Donald Trump appears to accept the word of Russian President Vladimir Putin over US intelligence services about Russian meddling in the 2016 US election, in an interview after the two leader's Helsinki Summit
  • 2018-07-19 Russian ship Dmitri Donskoii, with possible cargo of gold coins is discovered in waters between South Korea and Japan where it sunk in 1905
  • 2018-07-31 Facebook discloses and removes Russian-linked network of sites attempting to interfere in American politics
  • 2018-08-08 US State Department imposes new sanctions on Russia for nerve attack in Britain
  • 2018-08-29 Russian President Vladimir Putin announces new retirement ages, 60 for women, 65 for men in TV address, amid protests
  • 2018-09-05 UK Prime Minister Theresa May confirms in parliament two Russian military intelligence officers undertook novichok nerve agent attack, prompts international condemnation
  • 2018-09-09 Russian police detain over 1000 people amid nationwide protests against pension reform
  • 2018-09-11 Russia launches its largest military exercise since 1981 involving 300,000 personal with Chinese troops participating

Sports History

2018-09-15 Russian boxer Gennady Golovkin (38-1-1, 34 KOs) loses his first pro fight in record 20th title defence as well as undisputed world middleweight crown when outpointed by Mexican Canelo Álvarez (50-1-2, 34 KOs) in Las Vegas

  • 2018-09-21 Fossil of Dickinsonia, “the Holy Grail of palaeontology” proven to be oldest known animal fossil, 558 million years old from White Sea, Russia
  • 2018-10-11 Russian Soyuz spacecraft makes emergency landing when rocket fails two minutes after liftoff, with American astronaut and Russian cosmonaut aboard
  • 2018-10-20 President Trump threatens to pull the US out of an arms control agreement with Russia because Russia has violated its terms
  • 2018-11-26 Ukraine declares martial law in areas bordering Russia after Russia seizes three of its naval vessels
  • 2018-12-07 Court filings by US federal prosecutors and Special Counsel Robert Mueller against Michael Cohen appear to implicate President Donald Trump on campaign fraud and Russian dealings
  • 2018-12-10 Russia's most prolific mass murderer Mikhail Popkov sentenced to second life sentence for total of 56 murders
  • 2018-12-12 Russian cosmonauts Oleg Kononenko and Sergey Prokopyev compete complex spacewalk to fix hole in Soyuz spacecraft

Historic Event

2018-12-15 Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko announces establishment of independent Ukrainian Orthodox Church, splitting from Russian Orthodox

  • 2018-12-17 New reports to US Senate say Russian propaganda efforts on social media much more extensive than thought, including targeting African Americans
  • 2019-01-02 United States international Christian Pulisic becomes the most expensive American soccer player when he moves from Borussia Dortmund to Chelsea for £57.6M ($73M); remains at Dortmund on loan until the end of the season
  • 2019-01-05 Orthodox Church of Ukraine granted independence from the Russian Orthodox Church by Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew
  • 2019-01-14 US President Donald Trump denies he is a Russian agent after NY Times article states the FBI started an investigation and the Washington Post raised issues over a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin
  • 2019-01-15 LGBTQ activists accuse the Russian republic of Chechnya of a new gay purge with 40 detained and two killed

Hall of Fame

2019-01-21 Li Na of China becomes first Asian player to be elected to the International Tennis Hall of Fame; joins Russian Yevgeny Kafelnikov and Mary Pierce of France as Class of 2019 inductees

  • 2019-01-30 Russian Senator Rauf Arashukov arrested within parliament on two murder charges
  • 2019-02-01 US President Donald Trump confirms US withdrawal from the Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces Treaty because of Russia's violation of the treaty
  • 2019-03-24 US Attorney William Barr summarizes report submitted by Special Council Robert S. Mueller (The Mueller Report) in a letter to Congress stating "investigation did not establish that members of the Trump Campaign conspired or coordinated with the Russian government in its election interference activities" and "Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein and I have concluded that the evidence developed during the Special Counsel's investigation is not sufficient to establish that the President committed an obstruction-of-justice offense"
  • 2019-05-05 At least 41 people die when a Russian Aeroflot plane catches fire after an emergency landing at Sheremetyevo Airport, Moscow
  • 2019-06-11 Russian journalist Ivan Golunov released from prison and drug charges dropped after major public outcry with unprecedented joint campaign by Russian news sources
  • 2019-06-22 Russian volcano Raikoke erupts from 700m-wide-crater, seen from International Space Station. Turns sunsets purple across the Northern Hemisphere all summer.
  • 2019-07-04 Russian President Vladmir Putin meets with Pope Francis at the Vatican
  • 2019-07-22 Air strikes have killed at least 31 people in Maarat al-Numan, north-western Syria, with Russian planes supporting Syrian government being blamed
  • 2019-07-24 Special counsel Robert Mueller reports to the US Senate that President Trump was not exonerated of obstruction of justice and that Russia interfered in US election to benefit Trump
  • 2019-07-31 Russian President Vladimir Putin orders Russian army to help put out huge wildfires in Siberia covering three million hectares (7.4 million acres) after 700,000 people sign petition
  • 2019-08-08 Nuclear accident at Russian nuclear-weapon testing site at closed city Sarov kills five scientists in mysterious circumstances
  • 2019-08-22 Russia launches Fedor, the first life-sized robot, into space to the International Space Station on a Soyuz rocket from Baikonur cosmodrome, Kazakhstan
  • 2019-08-23 Russia launches the 1st floating nuclear power station the Akademik Lomonosov from port of Murmansk

US Men's Tennis Open

2019-09-08 US Open Men's Tennis: Rafael Nadal defeats Daniil Medvedev of Russia 7-5, 6-3, 5-7, 4-6, 6-4 to win his 19th Grand Slam singles title, and 4th US crown

  • 2019-09-25 Hazzaa Al Mansoori becomes first Emirati in space and the first Arab astronaut to travel to the International Space Station, travelling on Russian Soyuz-MS 15 spacecraft
  • 2019-10-21 Facebook says it has taken down four state-backed disinformation campaigns, three from Iran, one from Russia in addition to dozens earlier this year
  • 2019-10-22 Russian President Vladimir Putin and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan agree deal to jointly control former Kurdish territory in Northern Syria
  • 2019-11-09 Prominent Russian history professor Oleg Sokolov discovered with severed arms of his murder victim in his backpack when rescued from Moika River, St Petersburg
  • 2019-11-24 Davis Cup Tennis, Madrid: Rafael Nadal beats Denis Shapovalov of Russia 6-3, 7-6 to give Spain an unassailable 2-0 lead and a 6th Cup title; first competition under new week-long format at one venue
  • 2019-12-09 World Anti-Doping Agency bans Russia from all major sporting events including 2020 Tokyo Olympics and 2022 football World Cup in Qatar for manipulating laboratory data
  • 2020-03-02 Russian President Vladimir Putin proposes constitutional amendment banning gay marriage
  • 2020-03-06 Russia refuses to reduce oil production over COVID-19 fears, breaking with Saudi Arabia and OPEC and prompting a price war
  • 2020-03-10 Russian lower house of Parliament passes legislation to allow Vladimir Putin to hold office of President for life
  • 2020-03-30 Russian city Moscow begins a city-wide lockdown after 4 hours notice due to COVID-19
  • 2020-04-28 President Vladimir Putin warns Russia has not yet reached the peak of COVID-19 infections, with 93,000 recorded cases and 867 deaths
  • 2020-04-30 Russian Prime Minister Mikhail V. Mishustin says he has COVID-19
  • 2020-05-04 World leaders pledge $8 billion to research treatments and a vaccine for COVID-19, with the US and Russia not taking part
  • 2020-05-12 Russia's confirmed cases of COVID-19 reach 232,000, 2nd highest in the world, a day after President Vladimir Putin eased the country's lockdown
  • 2020-06-04 State of Emergency declared after 20,000 tonnes of diesel oil spills near Russian city of Norilsk, Siberia within the Arctic Circle
  • 2020-06-24 Russia celebrates its victory 75 years ago over Nazi Germany with huge military parade through Red Square in Moscow (delayed from May 9 due to pandemic)
  • 2020-06-26 New York Times says Russia secretly offered bounties to Taliban-linked forces to kill US and coalition troops in Afghanistan
  • 2020-07-01 Europe opens its borders to 15 safe countries after months of lockdown, excluding the US, Brazil and Russia
  • 2020-07-01 Russian President Vladimir Putin wins national referendum allowing longer presidential terms of office
  • 2020-07-07 India surpasses Russia to become the world's third-worst affected country, daily COVID-19 cases exceeding 20,000 and total cases over 700,000
  • 2020-07-21 Russian interference in British politics is 'the new normal' according to report by British Intelligence and Security Committee
  • 2020-08-11 President Vladimir Putin in a propaganda stunt announces Russia has become the 1st country to grant regulatory approval to a Covid-19 vaccine, called “Sputnik V", despite no scientific data being published or phase 3 trials having even begun
  • 2020-08-20 Russian opposition figure Alexei Navalny falls into a coma after a suspected poisoning (later confirmed to be Novichok poisoning)
  • 2020-10-19 US charges six Russian military officers with massive cyber-attack meant to disrupt 2020 Tokyo Olympics, 2017 French presidential election, and Ukraine's power grid
  • 2020-10-21 FBI says Iran and Russia have US voter information and are trying to influence outcome of US election
  • 2020-11-10 Ceasefire announced signed between Armenia, Azerbaijan and Russia ending military conflict over Nagorno-Karabakh region after over a month of fighting

Sports History

2020-11-22 24 year old Russian Daniil Medvedev wins ATP World Tour Finals tennis title beating Dominic Thiem of Austria 4-6, 7-6 (7-2), 6-4 in London

  • 2020-12-05 Russia begins vaccinating people with its Sputnik V vaccine in Moscow, despite the vaccine not finishing clinical trials
  • 2020-12-14 Russia revealed to have been behind massive cyberattack on US government agencies and private companies since the Spring
  • 2021-01-17 Russian opposition leader Alexey Navalny is arrested immediately on his return to Russia after recovering from nerve-agent poisoning [1]
  • 2021-01-31 Widespread protests in Russia against detention of opposition leader Alexei Navalny and the government with 5,000 people arrested
  • 2021-02-02 Russia's Sputnik V COVID-19 vaccine deemed 91.6% effective according to analysis published in "The Lancet" [1]
  • 2021-02-02 Russian opposition leader Alexey Navalny jailed for three and a half years in jail over alleged parole violations in Moscow

Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 1001 - 1,100 of 1,823

  • 1915-09-24 Margarita Aliger, Russian poet (Zoja), born in Odessa, Ukraine (d. 1992) [OS]
  • 1915-10-07 Margarita Aliger, Russian poet (Zoja), born in Odessa, Ukraine (d. 1992) [NS]
  • 1915-10-07 Roman Padlewski, Polish violinist and composer, born in Moscow, Russia (d. 1944)
  • 1915-12-16 Georgy Sviridov, Soviet Russian neo-romantic composer (The Blizzard; Time; Forward!), born in Fatezh, Kursk Governorate, Russian Empire (d. 1998)
  • 1916-01-29 Kyra Vayne [Knopmuss], English stage and opera soprano, born in St. Petersburg, Russia (d. 2001)
  • 1916-02-14 Wawrzyniec Żuławski, Polish composer, born in Zakopane, Poland, Russian Empire (d. 1957)
  • 1916-02-17 Alexander Obolensky, Russian prince and English rugby union winger (4 caps; Leicester Tigers RUFC, Oxford Uni RFC), born in Saint Petersburg, Russia (d. 1940)
  • 1916-02-26 Mordecai Seter, Israeli composer, born in Novorossiysk, Russia (d. 1994)
  • 1916-03-25 Nikolay Ivanovich Peyko, Russian composer, born in Moscow, Russia (d. 1995)
  • 1916-05-16 Ephraim Katzir, biophysicist and President of Israel (1973-78), born in Kiev, Russian Empire (d. 2009)
  • 1916-05-20 Alexei Petrovich Maresiev, Russian flying ace (d. 2001)
  • 1916-06-18 Roman Toi, Estonian-Canadian composer, choral conductor and organist, born in Kõo Parish, Viljandi, Estonia, Russian Empire (d. 2018)

Lyudmila PavlichenkoLyudmila Pavlichenko (1916-1974)

1916-07-12 Soviet sniper during World War II known as 'Lady Death' - the most successful female sniper in history with 309 confirmed kills, born in Bila Tserkva, Ukraine, Russian Empire

  • 1916-09-25 Tolia Nikiprowetzky, Russian-French composer, ethno-musicologist and broadcaster, born in Feodosia, Crimea, Russian Empire (d. 1997)
  • 1916-10-19 Emil Gilels, Soviet concert pianist (Brussels Competition - 1st prize, 1938), born in Odessa, Russian Empire (now Ukraine) (d. 1985)
  • 1917-01-25 Ilya Prigogine, Russian scientist & Nobel laureate, born in Moscow, Russia (d. 2003)
  • 1917-03-30 Els Aarne, Estonian composer, born in Makiivka, Russian Empire (d. 1995)
  • 1917-05-01 Ahron Soloveichik, Orthodox Jewish rabbi, born in Khislavichi, Russia (d. 2001)
  • 1917-05-03 George Gaynes, Dutch-Finnish-American singer, stage and screen actor (Tootsie; Police Academy; General Hospital), born in Helsinki, Grand Duchy of Finland, Russian Empire (d. 2016)
  • 1917-05-09 John Arnatt, British actor (A Challenge for Robin Hood, Circumstantial Evidence), born in Petrograd, Russia (d. 1999)
  • 1917-06-20 Igor Śmiałowski, Polish actor (Lalka, Znachor, Niedaleko Warszawy), born in Moscow, Russia (d. 2006)
  • 1917-10-30 Nikolai Ogarkov, Soviet field marshal, born in Molokovo, Tver, Russian Republic (d. 1994)
  • 1917-12-21 Andre Eglevsky, Russian-born ballet dancer & teacher (Limelight), born in Moscow, Russia (d. 1977)
  • 1918-03-28 Youly Algaroff, Russian-French ballet dancer, born in Simferopol, Crimea (d. 1995)
  • 1918-05-01 Gersh Budker, Russian physicist (d. 1977)
  • 1918-07-29 Vladimir Dudintsev, Soviet writer (Not by Bread Alone), born in Kupyansk, Ukraine, Soviet Union (d. 1998)
  • 1918-10-09 Lila Kedrova, Russian-born actress (Zorba the Greek (1964), Sword of the Valiant, The Tenant), born in Petrograd, Russia (d. 2000)
  • 1918-12-10 Anatoly Tarasov, Russian ice hockey player and coach (considered as the father of Russian ice hockey), born in Moscow (d. 1995)

Aleksandr SolzhenitsynAleksandr Solzhenitsyn (1918-2008)

1918-12-11 Russian writer (Cancer Ward, Nobel Prize for Literature 1970), born in Kislovodsk, Russia

  • 1919-01-27 Nina Milkina, Russian British pianist, born in Moscow (d. 2006)
  • 1919-01-30 Nikolay Glazkov, Russian poet, born in Lyskovo, Russia (d. 1979)
  • 1919-04-23 Oleg Penkovsky, Soviet military intelligence (GRU), born in Vladikavkaz, Russia (d. 1963)
  • 1919-06-17 Galina Ustvolskaya, Russian composer, born in Petrograd, Russia (d. 2006)
  • 1919-10-17 Isaak Markovich Khalatnikov, Russian physicist, Ekaterinoslav (now Dnipro), Ukraine (d. 2021)

Mikhail KalashnikovMikhail Kalashnikov (1919-2013)

1919-11-10 Russian general and inventor of the AK-47, born in Kurya, Kuryinsky District, Altai Krai, Russia

Isaac AsimovIsaac Asimov (1920-1992)

1920-01-02 Russian scientist and sci-fi writer (I Robot, Foundation Trilogy), born in Petrovichi, Russia

  • 1920-01-30 George Skibine, Russian-American ballet dancer & choreographer (Tragedy in Verona), born in Yasnaya Polyana, Russia (d. 1981)
  • 1920-02-20 Evgeny Dragunov, Russian weapons designer (d. 1991)
  • 1920-02-29 Ivan Petrov, Russian operatic bass (d. 2003)
  • 1920-04-27 Mark Krasnosel'skii, Russian-Ukrainian mathematician (nonlinear functional analysis), born in Starokostiantyniv, Ukraine (d. 1997)
  • 1920-06-14 Helmer-Rayner Sinisalo, Karelian-Soviet composer (Sampo), and educator, born in Zlatoust, Ural, Russia (d. 1989)
  • 1920-06-15 Alla Kazanskaya, Russian stage and film actress (Burnt by the Sun), born in Moscow, Russia (d. 2008)

Yul BrynnerYul Brynner (1920-1985)

1920-07-11 Russian-Swiss Tony and Academy Award-winning stage and screen actor (The King and I; The Ten Commandments), born in Primorsky Krai, Russia

  • 1920-09-19 Karen Khachaturian, Russian composer, born in Moscow, Russia (d. 2011)
  • 1920-09-30 Ghazar Saryan, Armenian composer (Symphonic Panels on motifs by Saryan; Day of Peace), and educator (Komitas State Conservatory, 1960-86), born in Rostov-on-Don, Russia (d. 1998)
  • 1920-12-18 Rita Streich, Russian-German soprano, born in Barnaul, southern Siberia (d. 1987)
  • 1920-12-24 Evgeniya Rudneva, Russian World War II heroine, born in Berdyansk, Ukraine (d. 1944)

Andrei SakharovAndrei Sakharov (1921-1989)

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

  • 1921-06-04 Nina Vyroubova, Russian-French ballerina (Pavlova Prize, 1957), born in Gurzuf, Crimea, Ukrainian S.S.R. (d. 2007)
  • 1921-07-02 Maria Britneva, Russian actress (A Room with a View, Maurice), born in Petrograd, Russia (d. 1994)
  • 1921-10-06 Evgenii Landis, Soviet Russian mathematician, born in Kharkiv, Ukrainian SSR, Soviet Union (d. 1997)
  • 1921-10-17 Maria Gorokhovskaya, Russian gymnast (equal record 7 x Olympic medals, Soviet Union 1952; 2 x gold [team, all-round], 5 x silver), born in Yevpatoria, Russia (d. 2001)
  • 1921-10-22 Alexander Kronrod, Russian mathematician (d. 1986)
  • 1921-11-13 Yoshiro Irino, Japanese composer, born in Vladivostok, Russia (d. 1980)
  • 1922-02-08 Joeri Averbach, Russian chess grandmaster
  • 1922-03-07 Olga Aleksandrovna Ladyzhenskaya, Russian mathematician (fluid dynamics), born in Kologriv, Soviet Russia (d. 2004)
  • 1922-03-30 German Galynin, Soviet-Russian composer, born in Tula, Russia (d. 1966)
  • 1922-04-02 Nicolay G. Basov, Soviet physicist who specialized in quantum electronics (laser, maser) and 1964 Nobel laureate, born in Usman, Russia (d. 2001)
  • 1922-04-19 Erich Hartmann, German WW II pilot (downed 352 Russian aircraft), born in Weissach, Württemberg, Weimar Republic (d. 1993)
  • 1922-09-07 Kirill Molchanov, Russian-Soviet composer, born in Moscow (d. 1982)
  • 1922-09-26 Nicholas Romanov, French-born pretender to the Russian throne, born in Antibes, France (d. 2014)
  • 1922-10-31 Anatoli Papanov, Russian actor (Cold Summer of 1953) named as a People's Artist of the USSR (1973), born in Vyazma, Russia (d. 1987)
  • 1922-11-18 Viktor Afanasyev, Soviet politician and editor (Pravda), born in Aktamysh, Tatar A.S.S.R., Russian Soviet Federated Socialist Republic (d. 1994)
  • 1922-11-19 Yuri Knorozov, Russian linguist and epigrapher (major role indeciphering Mayan script), born in Kharkov, Ukraine, U.S.S.R. (d. 1999)
  • 1922-12-01 Vsevolod Bobrov, Soviet ice hockey left wing (Olympic gold 1956) and soccer striker (3 caps), born in Morshansk, Tambov, Russia (d. 1979)
  • 1923-02-21 Zvi Zeitlin, Russian-American classical violinist and music professor (Eastman School, 1967-2012), born in Dubroŭna, Russia (now Belarus) (d. 2012)
  • 1923-06-03 Igor Shafarevich, Russian mathematician, born in Zhitomir, Ukraine (d. 2017)
  • 1923-11-06 Aleksandra Chudina, Soviet athlete, track jumper (Olympic-2 silver-1952), born in Kurkinsky District, Russia (d. 1990)
  • 1923-11-08 Dmitry Jazov, Russian Minister of Defense (1991 coup), born in Omsk Oblast, Soviet Union
  • 1923-12-05 Vladimir Tendryakov, Russian writer (Three, Seven, Ace), born in Makarovskaya, Vologda Oblast (d. 1984)
  • 1923-12-15 Valentin Varennikov, Soviet-Russian general and statesman, born in Krasnodar, Russian SFSR, Soviet Union (d. 2009)
  • 1924-03-15 Yuri Bondarev, Russian writer (Silence), born in Orsk
  • 1924-05-02 Theodore Bikel, Austrian-American stage and screen singer and actor (The Sound of Music; Fiddler On The Roof; The Russians Are Coming, The Russians Are Coming; 200 Motels), folk singer (co-founder Newport Folk Festival), and political activist, born in Vienna, Austria (d. 2015)
  • 1924-05-04 Tatiana Nikolayeva, Russian pianist and composer, born in Bezhitsa, Russia (d. 1993)
  • 1924-05-09 Bulat S Okudzjava, Russian author (Student!)
  • 1924-05-11 Eugene Dynkin, Russian mathematician
  • 1924-05-12 Alexander Esenin-Volpin, Russian mathematician (ultrafinitism) and human rights activist, born in Leningrad, Soviet Union (d. 2016)
  • 1924-05-18 Maya Kopitseva, Russian painter of the Leningrad school, born in Gagry, USSR (d. 2005)
  • 1924-06-14 Vladimir Solouchin, Russian writer, born in Alepino (d. 1997)
  • 1924-10-03 Arkady Vorobyov, Russian weightlifter (Olympic gold Middle-heavyweight 1956, 60), born in Mordovo, Tambov Oblast, Russia (d. 2012)
  • 1924-10-08 Arkady Vorobyev, Russian middle heavyweight (Olympic gold 1956, 60), born in Tetyushi, Republic of Tatarstan, Russia (d. 2012)
  • 1924-11-14 Leonid Kogan, Soviet Russian violinist (Lenin Prize, 1952), born in Dnepropetrovsk, Ukrainian SSR, USSR (now Ukraine) (d. 1982)
  • 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
  • 1924-12-24 Grigory Kriss, Russian Olympic champion fencer, born in Kyiv, Ukraine
  • 1925-03-28 Innokenti Smoktunovsky, Soviet actor (Bely Prazdnik, Zakoldovannye), born in Tat'yanovka, Russia (d. 1994)
  • 1925-06-26 Pavel Belyayev, Soviet fighter pilot and cosmonaut (Voskhod II), born in Chelishchevo, Russia (d. 1970)
  • 1925-08-28 Arkady Natanovich Strugatsky, Soviet-Russian sci-fi author (Tale of the Troika), born in Batumi, Georgia (d. 1991)
  • 1925-09-08 Alexander Kholminov, Russian composer, born in Moscow, Russia (d. 2015)
  • 1925-10-08 Andrei Donatovich Sinyavsky, Russian writer and critic, born in Moscow, Russia (d. 1997)
  • 1925-10-19 Victor Zorza, journalist/Russian specialist
  • 1925-11-15 Yuli Daniel, Russian writer (d. 1988)
  • 1925-11-20 Maya Plisetskaya, Russian prima ballerina (Bolshoi Ballet), born in Moscow (d. 2015)
  • 1925-12-12 Vladimir Shainsky, Soviet and Russian composer, born in Kyiv, Ukraine (d. 2017)
  • 1926-01-11 Lev Stepanovich Demin, Russian cosmonaut (Soyuz 15)
  • 1926-02-07 Konstantin Petrovich Feoktistov, Soviet cosmonaut (Voskhod 1 - 1st to carry three members), born in Voronezh, Russia (d. 2009)
  • 1926-02-07 Mark Taimanov, Russian pianist, born in Kharkiv, Ukraine (d. 2016)
  • 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)
  • 1926-08-15 Lyutsian Abramovich Prigozhn, Russian composer, born in Tashkent (d. 1994)
  • 1926-08-31 Georgiy Petrovich Katys, Russian cosmonaut (Voskhod 1 backup)
  • 1926-10-25 Galina Vishnevskaya, Russian soprano opera singer (Britten's "War Requiem"), born in Leningrad, Russia (d. 2012)

Famous Weddings


Famous Divorces


Famous Deaths

Deaths 1001 - 1,100 of 1,100

  • 2011-12-14 Boris Chertok, Soviet & Russian rocket engineer, dies at 99
  • 2012-03-30 Viktor Kosichkin, Russian speed skater and 1960 Olympic gold medalist, dies at 74
  • 2012-05-02 Zvi Zeitlin, Russian-American classical violinist and music professor (Eastman School, 1967-2012), dies at 90
  • 2012-05-29 Mark Minkov, Russian/Soviet theater and film score composer, dies at 67
  • 2012-06-06 Vladimir Krutov, Russian ice hockey forward (Canada Cup 1981; Olympic gold 1984, 88; World C'ship gold 1981, 82, 83, 86, 89; Vancouver Canucks 1989-90), dies from liver failure at 52
  • 2012-11-18 Elena Donaldson-Akhmilovskaya, Russian Woman Grandmaster of chess, dies from brain cancer at 55
  • 2012-11-19 Boris Strugatsky, Soviet-Russian science fiction author (Tale of Troika), dies at 79
  • 2012-12-01 Galina Vishnevskaya, Russian soprano opera singer (Britten's "War Requiem"), dies at 85
  • 2012-12-04 Vasily Belov, Russian author, dies at 80
  • 2012-12-22 Arkady Vorobyov, Russian weightlifter (Olympic gold Middle-heavyweight 1956, 60), dies at 88
  • 2012-12-27 Valentin Boreyko, Russian rower (Olympic gold coxless pair [Oleg Golovanov] 1960), dies at 79
  • 2013-01-15 Yuli Turovsky, Russian-Canadian cellist (Borodin Trio, 1976-91), conductor (I Musici de Montreal Chamber Orchestra, 1983-2011), and teacher, dies at 73 [1]
  • 2013-01-31 Timir Pinegin, Russian sailor (Olympic gold 1960), dies at 85
  • 2013-10-12 Eduard Martsevich, Soviet-Russian actor and People's Artist of the RSFSR, dies at 76

Mikhail KalashnikovMikhail Kalashnikov (1919-2013)

2013-12-23 Russian general and inventor of the AK-47, dies at 94

  • 2014-01-31 Alexander Ivashkin, Russian cellist, conductor, and sitar player, dies at 65
  • 2014-02-19 Valeri Nikolayevich Kubasov, Russian cosmonaut, dies at 79
  • 2014-02-28 Rostislav Belyakov, Russian chief designer of the MiG fighter jet, dies at 94
  • 2014-09-15 Nicholas Romanov, French-born pretender to the Russian throne, dies at 91
  • 2014-12-25 Gleb Yakunin, Russian priest and dissident, dies at 80
  • 2015-01-01 Boris Morukov, Russian cosmonaut, dies at 64
  • 2015-01-31 Udo Lattek, German football striker (VfL Osnabrück) and coach (Bayern Munich, Borussia Mönchengladbach, Borussia Dortmund, Barcelona), dies from Parkinson's disease and dementia at 80
  • 2015-02-27 Boris Nemtsov, Russian politician, dies at 55, shot four times in Moscow
  • 2015-03-14 Valentin Rasputin, Russian writer (To Live and Remember), dies at 77
  • 2015-05-02 Maya Plisetskaya, Russian prima ballerina (Bolshoi Ballet), dies at 89
  • 2015-07-17 Jules Bianchi, French auto racer (Marussia Formula 1 Racing Team), dies from injuries during accident at 2014 Japanese F1 GP, at 25
  • 2015-07-21 Theodore Bikel, Austrian-American stage and screen singer and actor (The Sound of Music; Fiddler On The Roof; The Russians Are Coming, The Russians Are Coming; 200 Motels), folk singer (co-founder Newport Folk Festival), and political activist, dies at 91
  • 2015-08-01 Anatoly Kremer, Russian composer and conductor (Eksperiment), dies at 82
  • 2015-11-26 Alexander Kholminov, Russian composer, dies at 90
  • 2015-11-30 Eldar Ryazanov, Russian film director and screenwriter (Carnival Night), dies at 88
  • 2016-01-01 Fazu Aliyeva, Russian poet, novelist and journalist who helped develop Dagestani in Russian literature, dies from heart failure at 83
  • 2016-06-06 Viktor Korchnoi, Russian-born chess grandmaster, dies at 85
  • 2016-06-13 Oleg Karavaichuk, Russian pianist and composer, dies at 88
  • 2016-06-19 Anton Yelchin, Russian-born American actor (Star Trek), dies in an accident at 27
  • 2016-11-28 Mark Taimanov, Russian pianist, dies at 90
  • 2016-11-30 Aleksei Maslennikov, Russian tenor (Bolshoi Theater, 1953-88), dies at 87
  • 2016-12-25 Valery Khalilov, Russian military conductor and composer, dies in a plane crash in the Black Sea, near Sochi, at 64
  • 2017-02-19 Igor Shafarevich, Russian mathematician, dies at 93
  • 2017-03-29 Alexei Abrikosov, Russian-born American physicist (Nobel Prize 2003), dies at 88
  • 2017-04-01 Yevgeny Yevtushenko, Russian poet (Bratsk Station), dies at 83
  • 2017-05-02 Grigori Zhislin, Russian concert violinist, and viola player, dies at 71
  • 2017-05-23 Alexander Burdonsky, Russian theater director and Joseph Stalin's grandson, dies at 75
  • 2017-06-15 Aleksey Batalov, Russian actor named a People's Artist of the USSR (1976) and a Hero of Socialist Labour (1989), dies at 88
  • 2017-08-29 Dmitri Kogan, Russian concert violinist (Five Great Violins), dies of cancer at 38
  • 2017-09-29 Ludmila Belousova, Russian pairs skater (Olympic gold USSR 1964, 68; World C'ship gold x 4; with Oleg Protopopov), dies at 81
  • 2017-11-22 Dmitri Hvorostovsky, Russian operatic baritone, dies of brain cancer at 55
  • 2017-12-25 Vladimir Shainsky, Soviet and Russian composer, dies at 92
  • 2018-01-26 Igor Zhukov, Russian pianist, conductor (Moscow Chamber Orchestra), and sound engineer, dies at 80
  • 2018-03-12 Oleg Tabakov, Soviet-Russian actor and artistic director (Moscow Art Theatre), dies at 82
  • 2018-05-07 Mikhail German, Russian writer, dies at 85
  • 2018-05-10 Evgeni Vasiukov, Russian chess grandmaster (World Senior Champion 1995), dies at 85
  • 2018-06-08 Eunice Gayson, British actress and 1st Bond Girl (Sylvia Trench- "Dr. No" and "From Russia With Love"), dies at 90 [1]
  • 2018-06-16 Gennady Rozhdestvensky, Russian conductor (Bolshoi Theatre, 1951-61; USSR State Radio, 1961-74; USSR Ministry of Culture Symphony, 1983-91), dies at 87
  • 2018-06-22 Grigory Barenblatt, Russian mathematician, dies at 90
  • 2018-07-27 Vladimir Voinovich, Russian writer and dissident (Moscow 2042), dies of a heart attack at 85
  • 2018-08-16 Yelena Shushunova, Russian gymnast (Olympic gold USSR Team, All-around 1988; World C'ship gold x 5), dies of pneumonia at 49
  • 2018-11-07 Oskar Rabin, Russian painter and dissident during Soviet era, dies at 90
  • 2018-12-03 Andrei Bitov, Russian writer (Pushkin House), dies at 81
  • 2018-12-08 Lyudmila Alexeyeva, Russian 'Grandmother of Russian Human Rights', dies at 91
  • 2019-03-01 Zhores Alferov, Soviet/Russian physicist (2000 Nobel Prize in Physics), dies at 88
  • 2019-10-11 Alexei Leonov, Russian cosmonaut (Voskhod 2, first person to walk in space), dies at 85
  • 2020-01-05 Hans Tilkowski, German soccer goalkeeper (39 caps, West Germany; Westfalia Herne, Borussia Dortmund, Eintracht Frankfurt), dies at 84
  • 2020-01-29 Irina Laricheva, Russian trap shooter (World C'ships x 6 gold individual, team, double trap), dies at 55
  • 2020-02-04 Alexander Skvortsov, Russian ice hockey left wing (Olympic gold 1984; World C'ship gold 1979, 81, 83), dies at 65
  • 2020-02-29 Andrei Vedernikov, Russian road cyclist (first Soviet to win individual amateur road race at World C'ships 1981), dies as a result of a falling tree at 60
  • 2020-04-09 Dmitri Smirnov, Russian-British classical composer (Solo for Harp; Thel; Red Bells), and teacher, dies of Covid-19 at 71
  • 2020-05-23 Saturn, American-born alligator that escaped Berlin Zoo during WWII, dies at about 84 in Moscow Zoo (Moscow, Russia)
  • 2020-06-10 Hans Cieslarczyk, German soccer striker (7 caps; West Germany; Borussia Dortmund, Karlsruher SC) and manager (FC Augsburg), dies at 83
  • 2020-06-30 Aleksandr Kabanov, Russian water polo player (Olympic gold 1972, 80; World C'ship gold 1975, 82) and coach (Russian men's & women's teams), dies at 72
  • 2020-07-02 Nikolai Kapustin, Russian jazz pianist and composer, dies at 82
  • 2020-07-16 Vladimir Obukhov, Russian basketball coach (Soviet Union & Malta men's national teams; MBC Dynamo Moscow), dies at 84
  • 2020-07-28 Aleksandr Aksinin, Russian athlete (Olympic gold, 4×100m relay 1980; bronze 1976), dies at 65
  • 2020-08-01 Vitold Kreyer, Russian athlete (Olympic bronze, triple jump 1956, 60) and coach (Soviet athletics team 1967–80; head Russian team 2000 Olympics), dies at 87
  • 2020-08-07 Gennadi Touretski, Russian swimming coach (Soviet Union, Australia national teams; Alexander Popov, Michael Klim, Ian Thorpe), dies at 71
  • 2020-10-10 Vasili Kulkov, Russian soccer defensive utility (20 caps Soviet Union, 21 Russia; Spartak Moscow, Benfica), dies from cancer at 54
  • 2020-12-01 Maria Itkina, Russian athlete (9 sprint world records, 60m-400m), dies at 88
  • 2020-12-05 Viktor Ponedelnik, Russian soccer striker (29 caps Soviet Union; FC SKA Rostov-on-Don), dies at 83
  • 2021-01-07 Vladimir Kiselyov, Russian athlete (Olympic gold, Soviet Union, shot put 1980), dies at 64
  • 2021-01-09 Isaak Markovich Khalatnikov, Russian physicist, dies at 101
  • 2021-02-26 Aleksandr Klepikov, Russian rower (Olympic gold Soviet Union coxed four 1976), dies at 70
  • 2021-03-03 Yuri Rozanov, Russian sports broadcaster (NTV Plus, Match TV; TEFI Award 2012), dies from cancer at 59
  • 2021-04-02 Valentin Afonin, Russian soccer defender (42 caps; SKA Rostov-on-Don, CSKA Moscow), dies at 81
  • 2021-04-03 Yevgeniy Zagorulko, Russian high jump coach (Andrey Silnov, Yelena Yelesina, Anna Chicherova), dies of COVID-19 at 78
  • 2021-04-16 Serhiy Novikov, Russian judoka (Olympic gold heavyweight 1976), dies at 71
  • 2021-05-14 Olga Domuladzhanova, Russian boxer (World amateur heavyweight gold 2001), dies from COVID-19 at 52
  • 2021-05-24 Dmitry Mindiashvili, Soviet and Russian wrestling coach (coach Olympic champions Ivan Yariguin 1972, 76 and Buvaisar Satiev (1992, 96, 2004), dies from pneumonia at 87
  • 2021-06-12 Anatoly Chukanov, Russian cyclist (Olympic gold Soviet Union team time trial 1976; UCI Road World C'ships gold 1977), dies at 67
  • 2021-06-24 Ludwig Müller, German soccer defender (6 caps; FC Nürnberg, Borussia Mönchengladbach, Hertha BSC), dies at 79
  • 2021-08-14 Igor Oistrakh, Soviet-Russian concert violinist (Wieniawski Competition, 1952), and educator (Moscow Conservatory, Brussels Royal Conservatory), dies at 90
  • 2021-08-26 Vladimir Shadrin, Russian Hockey HOF centre (Olympic gold Soviet Union 1972, 76; 5 x World C'ship gold; HC Spartak Moscow, Oji Seishi), dies at 73
  • 2021-09-14 Yuriy Sedykh, Russian field athlete (Olympic gold hammer throw 1976, 80 Soviet Union; WR 86.74m), dies at 66
  • 2021-11-12 Aleksandr Lenyov, Russian soccer midfielder / defender (10 caps Soviet Union; Torpedo Moscow), dies at 77
  • 2021-11-26 Aleksandr Timoshinin, Russian rower (Olympic gold Soviet Union double sculls 1968, 72), dies at 73
  • 2021-12-12 Yury Sharov, Russian fencer (Olympic gold Soviet Union, team foil 1964, silver 1968), dies at 82
  • 2022-01-08 Viktor Mazin, Russian weightlifter (Olympic gold USSR 60kg [5 x WR] 1980), dies at 67
  • 2022-01-11 Anatoly Alyabyev, Russian biathlete (Olympic gold USSR 20km individual, 4 × 7.5km relay 1980), dies from COVID-19 at 70
  • 2022-02-10 Nikolai Manoshin, Russian soccer midfielder (8 caps; FC Torpedo Moscow, CSKA Moscow) and manager (Somalia, Yemen, Mali), dies at 83
  • 2022-03-01 Alevtina Kolchina, Russian cross-country skier (Olympic gold 3×5km relay 1964, silver 1956, bronze 1968; bronze 5k 1964, 68), dies at 91
  • 2022-03-21 Nikolai Osyanin, Russian soccer striker (3 caps; PFC Krylia Sovetov Kuibyshev, FC Spartak Moscow), dies at 80
  • 2022-03-27 Alexandra Zabelina, Russian fencer (Olympic gold USSR women's team foil 1960, 68, 72), dies at 85