Russian History (Part 9)

Historical Events

Events 801 - 900 of 1,138

Historic Event

1999-08-09 Russian President Boris Yeltsin fires his Prime Minister, Sergei Stepashin, and for the fourth time fires his entire cabinet.

  • 1999-09-13 Bomb explodes in Moscow, Russia. At least 119 people are killed.
  • 1999-09-19 Federation Cup Women's Tennis, Stanford, California: Lindsay Davenport beats Elena Likhovtseva of Russia 6-4, 6-4 to give US an unassailable 3-0 lead (ends, 4-1) and their record extending 16th title
  • 1999-12-31 Boris Yeltsin resigns as President of Russia, leaving Prime Minister Vladimir Putin as acting President

Australian Men's Tennis Open

2000-01-30 Australian Open Men's Tennis: Andre Agassi beats defending champion Yevgeny Kafelnikov of Russia 3-6, 6-3, 6-2, 6-4; Agassi makes 4 consecutive Grand Slam finals, 1st since Rod Laver (1969)

  • 2000-08-12 The Oscar class submarine K-141 Kursk of the Russian Navy explodes and sinks in the Barents Sea during a military exercise.

US Men's Tennis Open

2000-09-10 US Open Men's Tennis: Marat Safin of Russia wins his first Grand Slam title; beats home favourite Pete Sampras 6-4, 6-3, 6-3

  • 2000-09-20 The British MI6 Secret Intelligence Service building is attacked by a Russian-built Mark 22 anti-tank missile.
  • 2000-10-01 Cuban boxer Félix Savon wins his 3rd consecutive Olympic heavyweight gold medal at the Sydney Games; easily beats Russian Sultan Ibragimov on points 21-13; retires after victory ceremony
  • 2001-03-23 The Russian Mir space station is disposed of, breaking up in the atmosphere before falling into the southern Pacific Ocean near Fiji
  • 2001-03-26 Kazakhstan's Prime Minister opens an oil pipeline from the giant Tengiz Field to the Russian port of Novorossiysk on Monday, giving the Central Asian producer its first direct link to international markets
  • 2001-06-14 China, Russia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan form the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation.
  • 2001-07-02 UN Security Council, facing an almost certain Russian veto, agrees to postpone indefinitely a vote on the US-led "smart sanctions" package for Iraq
  • 2001-07-03 A Vladivostok Avia Tupolev TU-154 jetliner crashes on approach to landing at Irkutsk, Russia killing 145 people
  • 2001-10-15 The first tanker loading of the new $2.5-billion Kazakh-Russia Pipeline takes place
  • 2001-10-29 ExxonMobil announces that a consortium it leads will spend $4 billion over 5 years to develop large offshore oil and natural gas fields in Russia's far eastern Sakhalin region
  • 2002-01-27 Australian Open Men's Tennis: Thomas Johansson of Sweden wins his only Grand Slam title; beats Russian star Marat Safin 3-6, 6-4, 6-4, 7-6
  • 2002-05-09 In Kaspiysk, Russia, a remote-controlled bomb explodes during a holiday parade killing 43 and injuring at least 130
  • 2002-05-24 Russia and the United States sign the Moscow Treaty.
  • 2002-05-28 NATO declares Russia a limited partner in the Western alliance.
  • 2002-08-19 A Russian Mi-26 helicopter carrying troops is hit by a Chechen missile outside of Grozny, killing 118 soldiers.
  • 2002-09-20 The Kolka-Karmadon rock and ice slide starts in North Ossetia–Alania, Russia
  • 2002-09-25 The Vitim event, a possible bolide impact in Siberia, Russia.
  • 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
  • 2002-12-01 Davis Cup Tennis, Paris: Mikhail Youzhny beats Paul-Henri Mathieu 3-6, 2-6, 6-3, 7-5, 6-4 to give Russia 3-2 win over France; only time in event history that a 2-set deficit turned around in a live 5th rubber of a Final
  • 2003-02-02 Russian pop girl duo Tatu start a four-week run at #1 on the UK singles chart with "All The Things She Said"

Boston Marathon

2003-04-21 107th Boston Marathon: Robert Kipkoech Cheruiyot of Kenya men's champion in 2:10:11; Svetlana Zakharova of Russia women's winner in 2:25:19

Music Concert

2003-05-24 Paul McCartney performs in his first-ever concert in Russia, in Moscow's Red Square, to a crowd of over 100,000 people

Federation Cup

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

Australian Men's Tennis Open

2004-02-01 Australian Open Men's Tennis: Roger Federer wins his first Australian title; beats Marat Safin of Russia 7-6, 6-4, 6-2

  • 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.
  • 2004-03-19 A Swedish DC-3 shot down by a Russian MiG-15 in the 1950s is finally recovered after years of work. The remains of the crew are left in place, pending further investigations.
  • 2004-05-21 Stanislav Petrov awarded World Citizen Award for averting a potential nuclear war in 1983 after correctly guessing Russian early warning system at fault
  • 2004-06-05 French Open Women's Tennis: In an all-Russian final Anastasia Myskina wins her lone major title; beats Elena Dementieva 6-1, 6-2

Wimbledon Women's Tennis

2004-07-03 Wimbledon Women's Tennis: Maria Sharapova becomes first Russian player to win Wimbledon beating defending champion Serena Williams 6-1, 6-4

  • 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.
  • 2004-08-24 Yelena Isinbayeva of Russia vaults 4.91m to break her own pole vault world record and win the gold medal from teammate Svetlana Feofanova at the Athens Olympics
  • 2004-08-25 Olga Kuzenkova of Russia throws an Olympic record 75.02m to edge the field and win the women's hammer throw gold medal at the Athens Games
  • 2004-09-01 Beslan school hostage crisis begins as armed terrorists take hundreds of school children and adults hostage in the Russian town of Beslan in North Ossetia
  • 2004-09-11 US Open Women's Tennis: In an all-Russian final Svetlana Kuznetsova wins her first Grand Slam title; beats Elena Dementieva 6-3, 7-5
  • 2004-11-06 Russian owned, Liberian flagged tanker 'Tropical Brilliance' gets stuck in the Suez Canal for 3 days, blocking all traffic
  • 2004-11-15 Maria Sharapova becomes the first Russian to win the tennis season-ending WTA Tour Championship; beats American Serena Williams 4–6, 6–2, 6–4 at the Staples Center, Los Angeles
  • 2004-11-18 Russia officially ratifies the Kyoto Protocol
  • 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
  • 2005-01-30 Australian Open Men's Tennis: Marat Safin of Russia wins his second and final Grand Slam title; beats local hero Lleyton Hewitt 1-6, 6-3, 6-4, 6-4
  • 2005-02-16 The Kyoto Protocol comes into force following its ratification by Russia committing industrialized nations to limit and reduce greenhouse gases
  • 2005-07-02 Live 8 concert in Red Square, Moscow, Russia; performers include Pet Shop Boys, Agata Kristi, Splean, and Red Elvises
  • 2005-08-19 The first-ever joint military exercise between Russia and China, called Peace Mission 2005 begins
  • 2005-09-08 Two EMERCOM Il-76 aircraft land at a disaster aid staging area at Little Rock Air Force Base; the first time Russia has flown such a mission to North America.
  • 2005-09-18 Federation Cup Women's Tennis, Paris, France: Russian pair Elena Dementieva & Dinara Safina win deciding doubles rubber 6-4, 1-6, 6-3 over Amélie Mauresmo & Mary Pierce of France; clinches Russia's 2nd consecutive title, 3-2
  • 2006-06-10 French Open Women's Tennis: Justine Henin-Hardenne retains her title; beats Svetlana Kuznetsova of Russia 6-4, 6-4 for 5th Grand Slam singles crown
  • 2006-09-09 US Open Women's Tennis: Maria Sharapova of Russia wins her first US title; overpowers Belgian Justine Henin-Hardenne 6-4, 6-4

Film & TV History

2006-10-07 Novaya Gazeta Russian journalist Anna Politkovskaya shot and killed outside her apartment in Moscow

  • 2006-11-01 Pittsburgh Penguins rookie Evgeni Malkin (20) scores to become the first NHL player since 1917 with goals in his first 6 games (joining Joe Malone, Newsy Lalonde and Cy Denneny) in 4-3 win over the Kings in Los Angeles
  • 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
  • 2007-01-05 Hopman Cup Tennis, Perth: Dmitry Tursunov beats Spaniard Tommy Robredo 6-4, 7-5 to give Russia an unassailable 2-0 lead, and first title

Historic Event

2007-01-14 Legendary Russian test pilot Marina Popovich is awarded the honorary title "The Hero of the Nation" by the Russian Federation

  • 2007-04-16 111th Boston Marathon: Robert Kipkoech Cheruiyot of Kenya goes back-to-back for 3rd title in 2:14:13; Lidiya Grigoryeva of Russia wins women's race in 2:29:18
  • 2007-04-25 Boris Yeltsin's funeral, the first to be sanctioned by the Russian Orthodox Church for a head of state since the funeral of Tsar Alexander III in 1894
  • 2007-04-27 Estonian authorities remove the Bronze Soldier, a Soviet Red Army war memorial in Tallinn, amid political controversy with Russia.

Historic Event

2007-06-12 Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, Russian novelist and historian, is awarded the State Prize of the Russian Federation for his humanitarian work by President Putin

  • 2007-07-14 Russia withdraws from the Treaty on Conventional Armed Forces in Europe
  • 2007-09-08 US Open Women's Tennis: Belgian Justin Henin beats Svetlana Kuznetsova of Russia 6-1, 6-3; Henin wins event without losing a set
  • 2007-09-11 Russia tests the largest conventional weapon ever, the Father of all bombs.
  • 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)
  • 2007-11-11 Justine Henin of Belgium beats Russian Maria Sharapova 5–7, 7–5, 6–3 to win $1m winners cheque and her 2nd straight season-ending WTA Tour Championship in Madrid, Spain
  • 2007-12-01 Davis Cup Tennis, Portland, Oregan: Bob and Mike Bryan team to give US an unassailable 3-0 lead (ends 4-1) over Russia; beat Nikolay Davydenko and Igor Andreev 7-6, 6-4, 6-2; 32nd US title
  • 2008-01-26 Australian Open Women's Tennis: Russian Maria Sharapova wins her first and only Australian title; beats Ana Ivanović of Serbia 7-5, 6-3
  • 2008-02-18 Laureus World Sports Awards, Marinsky Theatre, St. Petersburg, Russia: Sportsman: Roger Federer; Sportswoman: Justine Henin; Team: South African Men's National Rugby Union team

Historic Event

2008-04-30 Two skeletal remains found near Ekaterinburg, Russia, were confirmed by Russian scientists to be the remains of Alexei Nikolaevich, Tsarevich of Russia and one of his sisters

Historic Event

2008-05-07 Dmitry Medvedev is sworn in as the 3rd President of the Russian Federation

  • 2008-05-24 53rd Eurovision Song Contest: Dima Bilan for Russia wins singing "Believe" in Belgrade

French Open Women's Tennis

2008-06-07 French Open Women's Tennis: Ana Ivanović of Serbia wins her only Grand Slam singles title; beats Russian Dinara Safina 6-4, 6-3

  • 2008-08-07 Beginning of the Russo-Georgian War: Georgia moves troops into self-proclaimed republics of South Ossetia and Tskhinva who are supported by Russia. First European war of the 21st century.
  • 2008-08-17 Gulnara Samitova-Galkina of Russia wins the 3,000m steeplechase gold medal at the Beijing Olympics in world record 8:58.81
  • 2008-08-18 Russian pole-vaulter Yelena Isinbayeva sets a new world record of 5.05m to win the gold medal at the Beijing Olympics; her 24th world record
  • 2008-08-20 Russian long-distance swimmer Larisa Ilchenko wins inaugural women's open water marathon (10k) in 1:59:27.7 at the Beijing Olympics
  • 2008-08-22 Russia wins the women's 4 × 100 m relay ahead of Belgium & Nigeria at the Beijing Olympics; disqualified in 2016 when reanalysis of Yulia Chermoshanskaya’s samples result in positive test for prohibited substances
  • 2008-08-26 Russia unilaterally recognizes the independence of the former Georgian breakaway republics Abkhazia and South Ossetia
  • 2008-09-14 Federation Cup Women's Tennis, Madrid, Spain: Svetlana Kuznetsova beats Spaniard Anabel Medina Garrigues 5-7, 6-3, 6-4 to give Russia its 4th title in 5 years (ends, 4-0)

Sports History

2008-11-09 American tennis star Venus Williams wins her first career year-ending title; beats Russian Vera Zvonareva 6–7, 6–0, 6–2 in the WTA Tour Championship final at Doha, Qatar

Sports History

2008-11-16 Novak Đoković of Serbia wins his first career season-ending Tennis Masters Cup title beating Russian Nikolay Davydenko 6-1, 7-5 in the final in Shanghai, China

  • 2008-11-25 A car bomb in St. Petersburg, Russia, kills three people and injures one

Historic Event

2008-12-05 Human remains previously found in 1991 are finally identified by Russian and American scientists as those of Tsar Nicholas II

  • 2008-12-12 Andrei Klepach, Deputy Economic Minister of Russia, states that Russia has entered a recession, with two quarters of contraction expected, meaning Russia will fall short of reaching the 6.8% growth forecast for 2008
  • 2009-01-09 Hopman Cup Tennis, Perth: Dominik Hrbatý beats Russia's Marat Safin 6-7, 7-5, 7-6 for an unassailable 2-0 lead, and Slovakia's 3rd title

Australian Open Women's Tennis

2009-01-31 Australian Open Women's Tennis: Serena Williams wins 10th Grand Slam singles title; outclasses Dinara Safina of Russia 6-0, 6-3

  • 2009-06-06 French Open Women's Tennis: Svetlana Kuznetsova beats fellow Russian and World #1 Dinara Safina 6-4, 6-2
  • 2009-11-29 Nikolay Davydenko of Russia wins his only ATP World Tour Finals tennis title with a 6-3, 6-4 victory over Argentine star Juan Martín del Potro in the final in London, England
  • 2010-04-10 Polish Air Force Tu-154M crashes near Smolensk, Russia, killing all 96 people on board including President Lech Kaczyński
  • 2010-07-03 Wimbledon Women's Tennis: Serena Williams successfully defends her crown overpowering Vera Zvonareva of Russia 6-3, 6-2

US Open Women's Tennis

2010-09-11 US Open Women's Tennis: Belgian defending champion Kim Clijsters beats Vera Zvonareva of Russia 6-2, 6-1 for her third US singles crown

  • 2011-09-07 Plane crash in Russia kills 43 people, including nearly the entire roster of the Lokomotiv Yaroslavl Kontinental Hockey League team
  • 2011-11-06 Federation Cup Women's Tennis, Moscow, Russia: Czech pair Lucie Hradecká & Květa Peschke beats Maria Kirilenko & Elena Vesnina of Russia to clinch a 3-2 win for the visitors in the final
  • 2012-01-28 Australian Open Women's Tennis: Victoria Azarenka becomes first Belarusian player to win Grand Slam singles title; beats Maria Sharapova of Russia 6-3, 6-0
  • 2012-03-04 Vladimir Putin wins Russian presidential election amid allegations of voter fraud
  • 2012-05-01 China and Russia sign $15 billion dollar trade deal
  • 2012-05-07 Vladimir Putin sworn in for third six-year term as President of Russia
  • 2012-05-08 Dmitry Medvedev is confirmed as Russian Prime Minister by the State Duma, after being nominated by Vladimir Putin

Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 801 - 900 of 1,824

  • 1901-06-09 Marion Gering, Russian actress (Sarumba, Rumba, Ready for Love, 24 Hours), born in Rostov-on-Don, Russia (d. 1977)

Anastasia NikolaevnaAnastasia Nikolaevna (1901-1918)

1901-06-18 Russian Grand Duchess, youngest daughter of Tsar Nicholas II and Tsarina Alexandra Feodorovna, born in Peterhof Palace, Saint Petersburg, Russia

  • 1901-07-05 Sergey Vladimirovich Obraztsov, Soviet puppet master, born in Moscow, Russia (d. 1992)
  • 1901-08-03 Stefan Wyszyński, Polish Cardinal, born in Zuzela, Congress Poland, Russian Empire (d. 1981)
  • 1901-08-15 Pyotr Sergeyevich Novikov, Russian mathematician (group theory), born in Moscow, Russia (d. 1975)
  • 1901-09-22 Nadezhda Alliluyeva, Russian woman who was the 2nd wife of Joseph Stalin, born in Baku, Russian Empire (d. 1932)
  • 1901-10-18 Vladimir Grigor'yevich Zakharov, Soviet-Russian composer, born in Bogodukhov, Ukraine, Russian Empire (d. 1956)
  • 1901-10-29 Daniele Amfitheatrof [Amfiteatrov], Russian-Italian pianist, conductor, and composer of concert and Hollywood film score music (American Panorama; The Naked Jungle), born in Saint Petersburg, Russian Empire (d. 1983)
  • 1901-12-22 Andre Kostelanetz, Russian-American conductor (Lincoln Portrait), born in St Petersburg, Russia (d. 1980)

Georgy MalenkovGeorgy Malenkov (1902-1988)

1902-01-08 Soviet leader who was briefly leader of the Soviet Union after Stalin's death (1953-55), born in Orenburg, Russian Empire

  • 1902-03-28 Paul Godwin, Polish-Dutch violinist, born in Sosnowitz, Russian Empire (d. 1982)
  • 1902-04-06 Veniamin Kaverin, Russian writer (d. 1989)
  • 1902-04-14 Menachem Mendel Schneerson, Russian-American rabbi (head of Lubavitcher Jews), born in Nikolaev, Kherson Governorate, Russian Empire (d. 1994)
  • 1902-05-10 Anatole Litvak, Russian-born American film director, writer and producer (Mayerling, Anastasia, The Snake Pit), born in Kiev, Russian Empire (d. 1974)
  • 1902-06-11 Vissarion Yakovlevich Shebalin, Soviet composer, born in Omsk, Russia (d. 1963)

Meyer LanskyMeyer Lansky (1902-1983)

1902-07-04 Polish-born American mobster known as the "Mob's Accountant", born in Grodno, Russian Empire

  • 1902-07-16 Alexander Luria, Russian neuropsychologist (Higher Cortical Functions in Man), born in Kazan, Russian Empire (d. 1977)
  • 1902-07-22 Vladimir Nikolayevich Kryukov, Russian composer, born in Moscow (d. 1960)
  • 1902-08-06 Vladimir M Kirshon, Russian playwright (Ultimatum Factory) [OS]
  • 1902-08-19 Vladimir Kirshon, Russian playwright (Ultimatum Factory), born in Nalchik, Russia (d. 1938) [NS]
  • 1902-10-11 Leon Belasco [Leonid Simeonovich Berladsky], Russian actor (Lucky Partners, My Sister Eileen), born in Odessa, Russian Empire (d. 1988)
  • 1902-11-21 Mikhail Suslov, Soviet statesman and party ideologist, born in Shakhovskoye, Russian Empire (d. 1982)
  • 1902-11-25 Tamara Shayne, Russian-American actress (Moma Yoelson-The Jolson Story), born in Perm, Russia (d. 1983
  • 1902-12-20 Max Lerner, American journalist & educator (NY Post), born in Minsk, Russia (d. 1992)
  • 1902-12-26 Anatoli Lvovich Kaplan, Russian painter (d. 1980)
  • 1903-01-07 Vladimir Alexandrovich Vlasov, Russian composer and conductor, born in Moscow (d. 1986)
  • 1903-01-12 Igor Kurchatov, Russian nuclear physicist, born in Sim, Chelyabinsk Oblast, Russia (d. 1960)
  • 1903-02-10 Matvey Isaakovich Blanter, Russian-Soviet composer of popular songs and film music ("Katyusha"), born in Pochep, Russian Empire (d. 1990)
  • 1903-02-18 Nikolai Podgorny, Ukrainian Soviet statesman, Premier of the USSR (1965-77), born in n Karlovka, Russian Empire (d. 1983)
  • 1903-02-23 Grigori V Aleksandrov, Russian director (Veselye Rebjata)
  • 1903-03-16 Nikolai Lopatnikoff, Estonian-American composer (Variazioni Concertanti), born in Reval, Russian Empire (now Tallinn, Estonia) (d. 1976)
  • 1903-04-17 Nicolas Nabokov, Russian composer (Holy Devil), born in Lubcza, Minsk, Belarus (d. 1978)
  • 1903-04-18 Leonid Kinskey, Russian actor (Casablanca, Duck Soup), born in St Petersburg, Russia (d. 1998)
  • 1903-04-18 Yury Sergeyevich Milyutin, Russian composer, born in Moscow (d. 1968)
  • 1903-04-25 Andrey Nikolayevich Kolmogorov, Russian mathematician (theory of probability), born in Tambov, Russia (d. 1987)
  • 1903-05-20 Jerzy Fitelberg, Polish composer, born in Warsaw, Russian Empire (d. 1951)
  • 1903-06-17 Mikhail Svetlov, Russian poet and writer, born in Yekaterinoslav, Russian Empire (d. 1964)
  • 1903-07-17 Valerian Mikhaylovich Bogdanov-Berezovsky, Russian composer, born in Starozhilovka (d. 1971)
  • 1903-07-27 Nikolai Cherkasov, Russian actor (Ivan the Terrible), born in St Petersburg, Russia (d. 1966)
  • 1903-10-01 Vladimir Horowitz, Russian-American classical pianist (Variations on a Theme from Carmen), born in Kiev, Russian Empire (now Ukraine) (d. 1989)
  • 1903-10-10 Vernon Duke [Vladimir Alexandrovich Dukelsky], American composer and songwriter ("Taking A Chance On Love"), born in Parafianovo, Russian Empire (d. 1969)
  • 1903-11-17 Joseph Kaminski, Russian born Israeli composer, born in Odessa, Ukraine (d. 1972)
  • 1903-12-22 Barbara Moore, Russian-born British engineer (walked across US in 86 days in 1960), born in Russia (d. 1977)
  • 1903-12-23 Michael Kalatozov, Russian producer (When the Cranes Fly)
  • 1904-01-03 Boris Kochno, Russian ballet dancer (La Chatte)
  • 1904-01-22 Arkady Gaidar, Russian children's writer (d. 1941)

George BalanchineGeorge Balanchine (1904-1983)

1904-01-22 Russian-American ballet composer and choreographer who founded the New York City Ballet, born in St. Petersburgh, Russian Empire

  • 1904-02-27 Yulii Borisovich Khariton, Russian physicist (d. 1996)
  • 1904-03-04 George Gamow, Ukrainian-born American nuclear physicist and writer (Big Bang Theory, DNA), born in Odessa, Russian Empire (d. 1968)
  • 1904-04-14 Sonia Gaskell, Russian-Dutch choreographer (Diaghilev), born in Vilkaviškis, Lithuania (d. 1974)
  • 1904-05-06 Moshé Feldenkrais, Ukrainian-Israeli engineer and physicist (founder of the Feldenkrais method), born in Slavuta, Russian Empire (d. 1984)
  • 1904-05-22 Paul Viiding, Estonian poet, born in Valga, Governorate of Livonia, Russian Empire (d. 1962)
  • 1904-05-28 Shalva Mikhailovich Mshvelidze, Russian composer, born in Tiflis (d. 1984)
  • 1904-06-19 Balys Dvarionas, Lithuanian pianist, composer and educator, born in Liepāja, Russian Empire (now Latvia) (d. 1972)
  • 1904-07-04 Isaac Bashevis Singer, Polish-American yiddish writer (Yentl, Nobel Prize for Literature 1978), born in Leoncin, Russian Empire (d. 1991)
  • 1904-07-24 Nikolay Kuznetsov, Russian naval commander (Admiral of the Fleet during World War II), born in Medvedki, Russian Empire (d. 1974)
  • 1904-08-04 Witold Gombrowicz, Polish author (Ferdydurke, Pornography), born in Małoszyce, Russian Empire (d. 1969)

Alexei NikolaevichAlexei Nikolaevich (1904-1918)

1904-08-12 son of Tsar Nicholas II, and last Tsarevich of Russia, born in St. Petersburg, Russian Empire

  • 1904-09-12 Gavriil Popov, Soviet Russian composer, born in Novocherkassk, Russia (d. 1972)
  • 1904-09-15 Tom Conway, Russian actor (Mark Saber, Betty Hutton Show), born in St Petersburg, Russian Empire (d. 1967)
  • 1904-09-23 Meyer Schapiro, Lithuanian-born American art historian, born in Šiauliai, Russian Empire
  • 1904-11-03 Jānis Kalniņš, Latvian-Canadian organist, composer (Ugunī; New Brunswick Rhapsody), and conductor (Latvian National Opera, 1933–1944), born in Pärnu, Russian Empire (now Estonia) (d. 2000)
  • 1904-11-20 Alexandra Danilova, Russian-American ballerina (The Turning Point), born in Petergof, Russia (d. 1997)
  • 1904-12-07 Konstantin Sokolsky, Russian singer, born in Saint Petersburg, Russia (d. 1991)
  • 1904-12-28 Sergei Yutkevich, director (Otello, Banya), born in St Petersburg, Russia
  • 1904-12-30 Dmitry Kabalevsky, Russian pianist and composer (In the Fire) [OS 17 Dec], born in St. Petersburg, Russia (d. 1987)
  • 1904-12-31 Nathan Milstein, Ukrainian-American Grammy Award-winning concert violinist, transcriber and composer, born in Odessa, Russian Empire (now Ukraine) (d. 1992)
  • 1905-01-02 Lev Schnirelmann, Gomel, Russian Empire, mathematician (d. 1938)
  • 1905-02-02 Ayn Rand [Alisa Zinov'yevna Rosenbaum], Russian-American author, screenwriter and philosopher who developed the philosophical system of "Objectivism" (Atlas Shrugged, The Fountainhead), born in St. Petersburg, Russian Empire (d. 1982)
  • 1905-03-07 Vera Fjodorova Panova, Russian author (Sputniki)
  • 1905-03-22 Grigorij Kosinzev, Russian director of film and theater, born in Kiev, Russian Empire (d. 1973)
  • 1905-04-02 Serge Lifar, Russian-French dancer, choreographer (Paris Opera Ballet), born in Kyiv, Ukraine (d. 1986)
  • 1905-05-01 Nikolai Tikhonov, Soviet politician (Chairman of the Council of Ministers of the Soviet Union 1980-85), born in Kharkiv, Kharkov Governorate, Russian Empire (d. 1997)
  • 1905-05-24 Mikhail Sholokhov, Soviet writer (And Quiet Flows the Don, Nobel 1965), born in Veshenskaya, Don Host Oblast, Russian Empire (d. 1984)
  • 1905-06-06 John Gart, Russian-American orchestra leader, composer (Robert Montgomery Presents), and actor (Paul Winchell Show), born in Russia (d. 1989)
  • 1905-07-08 Leonid Amalrik, Russian animator (d. 1997)
  • 1905-08-04 Boris Alexandrov, Soviet-Russian conductor (Alexandrov Ensemble, 1946-86), and composer, chiefly of patriotic and military music, born in Bologoye, Russian Empire (d. 1994)
  • 1905-08-28 Sam Levene, American Broadway actor (Demon, Gung Ho, Boomerang), born in Russia (d. 1980)
  • 1905-08-29 Lan Adomian, Russian-born American composer, born in Moghiler-Podolsk (d. 1979)
  • 1905-09-09 Vytautas Bacevičius [Bacewicz], Lithuanian avant garde composer (Della Guerra Symphony), born in Łódź, Russian Empire (now Poland) (d. 1970)
  • 1905-09-12 Boris Arapov, Russian composer, born in St. Petersburg, Russia (d. 1992)
  • 1905-10-15 Alexey Fedorovich Kozlovsky, Russian composer, born in Kyiv, Ukraine (d. 1977)
  • 1905-11-12 Yevgeny Brusilovsky, Soviet composer (wrote 1st Kazakh opera), born in Rostov-on-Don, Russia (d. 1981)
  • 1905-11-17 Mischa Auer [Ounskowsky], Russian actor (My Man Godfrey), born in St Petersburg, Russia (d. 1967)
  • 1905-12-30 Daniil Kharms [Yuvatchov], Russian surrealist and absurdist writer, poet, and playwright, born in St. Petersburg, Russian Empire (d. 1942)
  • 1906-01-03 Aleksey Stachanov, Russian model miner, born in Lugovaya, Russian Empire (d. 1977)
  • 1906-01-08 Serge Poliakoff, Russian/French painter/guitarist
  • 1906-01-21 Igor Moiseyev, Russian choreographer (d. 2007)
  • 1906-02-16 Vera Menchik, Russian-born British chess master, 1st official women's world chess champion (1927-39), born in Moscow, Russian Empire (d. 1944)
  • 1906-02-19 Louis Gesensway, Latvian-American violinist (Philadelphia Orchestra, 1926-71), and composer (Ode To Peace), born in Dvinsk, Russian Empire (now Daugavpils, Latvia) (d. 1976)
  • 1906-03-17 Tamara Geva, Russian-born dancer and actress, born in St. Petersburg (d. 1997)
  • 1906-03-20 Pavel P Parenago, Russian astronomer
  • 1906-03-24 Klavdiya Shulzhenko, Soviet jazz and pop singer ("Let's Smoke"), born in Kharkiv, Russian Empire (now Ukraine) (d. 1984)
  • 1906-06-29 Ivan Chernyakhovsky, Russian general (youngest ever Soviet general of the army), born in Uman, Kiev Governorate, Russian Empire (d. 1945)
  • 1906-07-03 George Sanders, Russian actor (All About Eve-Academy Award 1950), born in St. Petersburg, Russian Empire (d. 1972)
  • 1906-07-27 Jerzy Giedroyc, Polish writer and political activist, born in Minsk, Russian Empire (d. 2000)
  • 1906-08-01 Nathan Perelman, Soviet Russian pianist and pedagogue, born in Zhitomir, Russian Empire (now Ukraine) (d. 2002)
  • 1906-08-05 Wassely Leontief, Russian American economist (Nobel 1973), born in Munich, Germany (d. 1999)

Albert SabinAlbert Sabin (1906-1993)

1906-08-26 Polish American physician who invented the oral polio vaccine, born in Bialystok, Russian Empire

  • 1906-09-08 Andrei Kirilenko, Russian member of Central Committee of Communist Party, born in Alexeyevka, Voronezh Governorate, Russian Empire (d. 1990)

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Deaths 801 - 900 of 1,100

  • 1990-03-20 Lev Yashin, Soviet- Russian soccer goalie, known as 'The Black Spider' (Dynamo Moscow, 1950-70), and namesake of FIFA award for best World Cup Finals goalkeeper, dies of stomach cancer at 60
  • 1990-04-19 Vladislav Ivanovich Gulyayev, Russian cosmonaut, dies at 52
  • 1990-05-02 Oleg Anatolyevich Yakovlev, Russian cosmonaut, dies at 49
  • 1990-05-12 Andrei Kirilenko, Russian member of Central Committee of Communist Party, dies at 83
  • 1990-05-13 Venedikt Jerofejev, Russian writer, dies at 51
  • 1990-06-22 Ilya Mikhaylovich Frank, Russian Physicist and Nobel Laureate (Cherenkov radiation), dies at 81
  • 1990-08-15 Viktor Tsoi, Russian musician (Kino), dies in a car accident at 28
  • 1990-08-24 Sergei Dovlatov, Russian writer, dies at 48
  • 1990-09-15 Valentin Ignatyevich Filatyev, Russian cosmonaut, dies at 60
  • 1990-09-27 Matvey Isaakovich Blanter, Russian-Soviet composer of popular songs and film music ("Katyusha"), dies at 87
  • 1990-11-19 Georgy Nikolaevich Flerov, Russian Physicist (nuclear fission), dies at 77
  • 1990-12-19 Massimo Amfiteatrof [Maksim Amfiteatrov], Russian-Italian classical musician, known as 'the Cellists' Caruso', dies at 83
  • 1991-01-01 Charles B. Timmer, Dutch writer (Russia Black on White), dies at 83
  • 1991-02-11 Ajla Rachmanova, Russian-Austrian author (Students), dies at 92
  • 1991-03-02 Serge Gainsbourg, Russian-French singer (Ford Mustang), dies at 62
  • 1991-07-03 Irina Nijinska, Russian American dancer, dies at 77
  • 1991-10-12 Arkady Natanovich Strugatsky, Soviet-Russian sci-fi author (Tale of the Troika), dies at 66
  • 1992-02-13 Nikolay Bogolyubov, Russian mathematician, dies at 82
  • 1992-03-05 Yevgeny Yevstigneev, Russian actor (Welcome Kosta), dies at 65

Isaac AsimovIsaac Asimov (1920-1992)

1992-04-06 Russian scientist and sci-fi writer (I Robot, Foundation Trilogy), dies from kidney failure at 72

  • 1992-05-02 Lee Salk, Russian-American child psychologist and author, dies of cardiac arrest at 65
  • 1992-05-04 Vitali Andreyevich Grishchenko, Russian cosmonaut, dies at 50
  • 1992-05-22 Zellig S. Harris, Russian-American linguist, dies at 82
  • 1992-06-20 Nikolay Nikolayevich Sidel'nikov, Russian composer, dies at 62
  • 1992-06-28 Vitya Vronsky, Russian-American concert pianist (Vronsky & Babin), and educator (Cleveland Institute), dies at 82
  • 1992-07-18 Viktor Louis, Russian journalist, dies
  • 1992-08-01 Margarita Aliger, Russian poet (Zoja), dies at 76
  • 1992-12-05 Sergei Aleksandrovich Yemelyanov, Russian cosmonaut, dies at 41
  • 1992-12-26 Nikita Magaloff, Russian/Swiss pianist, dies at 80
  • 1993-01-05 George L George, Russian/American journalist/director/producer, dies at 85
  • 1993-01-06 Rudolph Nureyev, Russian ballet dancer and choeographer (Kirov Ballet), dies of AIDS at 54
  • 1993-02-11 Oksana Kostina, Russian gymnast, dies in an auto accident
  • 1993-03-20 Claudia Yeltsin, mother of Russian president Yeltsin, dies at 85
  • 1993-04-02 Eugenie Leontovitch, Russian actress (Homicidal, The Rains of Ranchipur), dies at 93
  • 1993-07-17 Vladimir Barmyn, Russian inventor (Stalinorgel), dies at 84
  • 1993-07-18 Sergei Vozovikov, Russian Air Force major and cosmonaut, dirowns in water recovery training accident at 35
  • 1993-08-01 Anatoli Koretski, Russian major general, murdered
  • 1993-09-20 Erich Hartmann, German WW II pilot (downed 352 Russian aircraft), dies at 71
  • 1993-09-27 Andrei Solovyiov, Russian photographer, dies in battle at 38
  • 1993-10-12 Tofik Bakhramov, Russian footballer (b. 1926)
  • 1993-10-25 Vladimir Yevgenyevich Preobrazhensky, Russian cosmonaut, dies at 54
  • 1993-11-01 Anatoli Voronov, Russian cosmonaut (Soyuz 12a backup), dies at 63
  • 1993-11-03 Leon Theremin, Russian-Soviet electronic musical instrument inventor, dies at 97
  • 1993-11-08 Andrey Nikolayevich Tychonoff, Russian mathematician (b. 1906)
  • 1993-11-23 Tatiana Nikolajeva, Russian pianist (Bach), dies at 69
  • 1994-01-23 Nikolai Ogarkov, Russian marshal (Flight KAL 007), dies at 76
  • 1994-01-29 Jevgeni P Leonov, Russian actor (Gori, Moja Zvezda), dies at 67
  • 1994-02-14 Andrei Chikatilo, Soviet-Russian serial killer who murdered at least 52 women and children between 1978 and 1990, executed by a single gunshot at 57
  • 1994-02-15 Andrei Tsjikatilo [Rostov Ripper], Russian mass murdered, executed
  • 1994-02-15 Maria Britneva, Russian actress (A Room with a View, Maurice), dies of heart failure 72
  • 1994-02-24 Eduard Pavlovich Kugno, Russian cosmonaut, dies at 58
  • 1994-03-22 Igor Aleinikov, Russian director (tractors, air crash), dies at 32
  • 1994-03-26 Constantine Koukouchkine, Russian diplomat, murdered in Algeria at 41
  • 1994-06-12 Menachem Mendel Schneerson, Russian-American rabbi (head of Lubavitcher Jews), dies at 92
  • 1994-06-13 Igor Youskevitch, Russian-Ukrainian ballet dancer, dies at 82
  • 1994-06-14 Michel Vitold, Russian/French actor (Madame et le Mort), dies at 78
  • 1994-06-16 Boris Alexandrov, Russian conductor (Red Army Song and Dance Ensemble), dies at 88
  • 1994-06-17 Joeri Nagibin, Russian screenwriter (Babje Karstvo), dies at 74
  • 1994-07-27 Tatiana Tauer, Russian classical harpist, dies of cancer at 48
  • 1994-08-03 Innokenti Smoktunovski, Russian actor (Hamlet), dies at 69
  • 1994-08-08 Leonid Leonov, Russian writer and playwright (Russky Lesson), dies at 95
  • 1994-09-13 Kaleria Fadicheva, Russian ballerina (Kirov) and choreographer, dies at 58 [1]
  • 1994-10-10 Nikolai Nikolayevich Karetnikov, Russian composer, dies at 64
  • 1994-10-17 Dmitri Cholodov, Russian journalist, murdered at 27
  • 1995-01-07 Viktor Vorobyov, Russian general-major, dies in battle during war in Chechnya
  • 1995-01-11 Josef Gingold, Russian-American violinist (b. 1909)
  • 1995-02-02 Alexis d'Anjou de Bourbon-Condé, French prince/Russian, dies at 47
  • 1995-03-01 Vladislav Listyev, Russian journalist, murdered at 38
  • 1995-03-26 Vladimir Maksimov, Russian writer and dissident, dies at 64
  • 1995-05-05 Mikhail Botvinnik, Russian influential World Chess Champion, dies at 83
  • 1995-05-18 Alexander Gudonov, Russian dancer & actor (Witness), dies at 45
  • 1995-06-23 Anatoly Tarasov, Russian ice hockey player and coach (considered as the father of Russian ice hockey), dies at 76
  • 1995-06-27 Efrem Kurtz, Russian conductor (Houston Symphony, 1948-54), dies at 94
  • 1995-07-20 Natalia Dmitrevna Shpiller, Czech-Russian lyric soprano, dies at 85
  • 1995-08-06 Youly Algaroff, Russian-French ballet dancer, dies at 77
  • 1995-09-19 Yevgeni Nikolayevich Khludeyev, Russian cosmonaut, dies at 55
  • 1995-11-02 Ivan Metropolitan Ioann Snychev, Russian Orthodox Priest, dies at 68
  • 1995-11-20 Sergei Grinkov, Russian figure skater (with Ekaterina Gordeeva - Pairs World Championship, 1986-87, 1989-90; Olympic gold, 1988 & 94), dies at 28 of a heart attack on the practice rink in Lake Placid, New York,
  • 1995-12-06 Dmitri Volkogonov, Russian historian (biographies of Stalin and Lenin) and colonel general, dies at 67
  • 1995-12-25 Nicolas Slonimsky, Russian-American pianist, conductor, musicologist (Thesaurus of Scales and Melodic Patterns; Baker's Biographical Dictionary of Musicians), and composer, dies at 101
  • 1996-01-28 Joseph Brodsky, Russian-American poet and writer (Less than One, Nobel 1987), dies at 55
  • 1996-03-20 Victor Zorza, journalist/Russian specialist, dies at 71
  • 1996-05-08 Serge Chermayeff, Russian-British architect and designer, dies at 95
  • 1996-08-12 Victor Ambartsumian, Russian astronomer (Stalin Prize 1946, 50), dies at 87
  • 1996-10-24 Eugene Polyakov, Russian balletmaster (Paris Opera Ballet), dies at 53
  • 1996-11-24 Edison Vasalievich Denisov, Russian avant-garde composer (Sun of the Incas), dies at 67
  • 1996-12-17 Elizabeth Hill, Russian-English teacher of Salvonic languages, dies at 96
  • 1996-12-19 Yuli Borisovich Khariton, Russian physicist and "chief nuclear weapon designer" for the Soviet Union, dies at 92
  • 1997-02-07 Danil Shafran, Soviet Russian concert cellist, dies at 74
  • 1997-02-13 Mark Krasnosel'skii, Russian-Ukrainian mathematician (nonlinear functional analysis), dies at 76
  • 1997-02-25 Andrei Donatovich Sinyavsky, Russian writer and critic, dies at 71
  • 1997-03-03 Stanislav Shatalin, Russian economist (500 Days), dies
  • 1997-04-04 Vladimir Solouchin, Russian writer, dies at 72
  • 1997-05-05 Tolia Nikiprowetzky, French composer, ethno-musicologist and broadcaster of Russian heritage, dies at 80
  • 1997-05-05 Walter Gotell, German actor (James Bond, From Russia With Love), dies at 73
  • 1997-06-12 Bulat Okudzhava, Russian poet, writer, and singer-songwriter, dies at 73
  • 1997-06-18 Lev Kopelev, Russian writer and dissident (b. 1912)
  • 1997-07-13 Alexandra Danilova, Russian-American ballerina (The Turning Point), dies at 92
  • 1997-08-01 Svyatoslav Richter, Russian pianist, dies of a heart attack at 82
  • 1997-08-12 Jack Delano [Jacob Ovcharov], Russian-born American composer and photographer, dies at 83