Soviet Union in History (Part 3)

Historical Events

Events 201 - 300 of 1,223

  • 1943-09-17 World War II: Soviet city of Bryansk is liberated from Nazi.
  • 1943-09-21 Soviet 13th/61st Army reconquer Chyernigov
  • 1943-09-21 Soviet forces reach Dnjepr
  • 1943-09-24 Soviet forces reconquer Smolensk
  • 1943-09-25 Soviet troops liberate Smolensk
  • 1943-10-30 Soviet forces under Fyodor Ivanovich Tolbukhin commenced offensive on the 4th Ukrainian Front
  • 1943-11-06 Soviet forces reconquer Kiev
  • 1943-11-06 Soviet troops land on Kertsj peninsula
  • 1943-12-20 "Internationale" is no longer USSR National Anthem
  • 1943-12-28 All Kalmyk inhabitants of the Republic of Kalmukkie deported by the Soviet Union to Central Asia and Siberia. Many die en route.
  • 1944-01-14 Soviet army begins offensive at Oranienbaum/Wolchow
  • 1944-02-01 Supreme Soviet increases Soviet republics' autonomy
  • 1944-03-13 USSR recognizes Italian government of Pietro Badoglio
  • 1944-04-02 Soviet Army marches into pro-German Romania
  • 1944-04-10 Soviet forces liberate Odessa from the Axis powers
  • 1944-04-13 New Zealand and the Soviet Union establish diplomatic relations
  • 1944-05-05 Soviet offensive against Sebastopol, Crimea
  • 1944-05-18 Expulsion of more than 200,000 Tartars from Crimea by Soviet Union begins, they are accused of collaborating with the Germans
  • 1944-06-09 Soviet offensive in Carelia, Finland
  • 1944-06-20 Soviet forces conquer Wiborg
  • 1944-06-22 Opening day of the Soviet Union's Operation Bagration against Army Group Centre
  • 1944-06-23 Soviet offensive in central front sector
  • 1944-06-29 Soviet Armies join in Bobroesjk
  • 1944-07-17 Soviet troops cross Bug River and march into Poland
  • 1944-07-22 Soviets set up Polish Committee of National Liberation
  • 1944-07-23 Soviet Army marches into Lublin, Poland
  • 1944-07-24 Soviet forces liberate concentration camp Majdanek
  • 1944-07-26 Soviet troops arrive in Weichsel
  • 1944-07-27 Soviet Army frees Majdanek concentration camp
  • 1944-08-14 Soviet offensive at Weichsel
  • 1944-08-17 Soviet troops arrive at Austria-Prussia border
  • 1944-08-20 Soviet offensive at Jassy & Kisjinev
  • 1944-08-30 Soviet troops enter Bucharest, Romania
  • 1944-08-31 Soviet & Romanian troops march into Bucharest
  • 1944-09-15 Soviet troops free Sofia, Bulgaria
  • 1944-09-19 Armistice between Finland and Soviet Union is signed. (End of the Continuation War)
  • 1944-09-26 Soviet forces occupy Estonia
  • 1944-09-29 Soviet troops invade Yugoslavia
  • 1944-10-06 Soviet forces march into Hungary & Czechoslovakia
  • 1944-10-18 Soviet troops invade Czechoslovakia during WW II
  • 1944-10-20 Soviet and Yugoslav troops free Belgrade
  • 1944-10-23 Soviet army invades Hungary
  • 1944-12-26 Budapest surrounded by Soviet army
  • 1945-01-12 The Soviets begin a large offensive against the Nazis in Eastern Europe
  • 1945-01-17 Soviet army enters the devastated city of Warsaw and clears German resistance
  • 1945-01-17 Swedish diplomat Raoul Wallenberg, credited with saving tens of thousands of Jews from the Nazis, arrested by Soviet secret police in Hungary
  • 1945-01-18 Soviet Armed Forces enter Krakow, Poland to push Germans out, only to eventually occupy entire country
  • 1945-01-20 The Hungarian Provisional Government concludes an armistice with the USSR, US, and Britain, agree to pay reparations and to join the war against Germany

Historic Event

1945-01-26 Soviet forces reach Auschwitz concentration camp

  • 1945-01-27 Soviet troops liberate Auschwitz and Birkenau Concentration Camps in Poland
  • 1945-01-30 "Wilhelm Gustloff" torpedoed off Danzig by Soviet sub-c 9,400 die
  • 1945-01-31 Soviet troops reach the Oder River, less that 50 miles from Berlin
  • 1945-02-13 USSR captures Budapest, after a 49-day battle with Nazi Germany in which 159,000 die
  • 1945-03-12 USSR returns Transylvania to Romania
  • 1945-03-30 USSR invades Austria
  • 1945-04-02 Diplomatic relations between the Soviet Union and Brazil are established
  • 1945-04-18 Diplomatic relations between the Soviet Union and Bolivia established
  • 1945-04-19 Diplomatic relations between the Soviet Union and Guatemala are established
  • 1945-04-20 Soviet artillery begins shelling Berlin
  • 1945-04-21 Soviet army arrives at outskirts of Berlin
  • 1945-04-25 "Elbe Day" - US and Soviet forces meet at Torgau, Germany on the Elbe River during the invasion of Germany in WWII
  • 1945-04-30 Soviet Army frees Ravensbruck concentration camp
  • 1945-05-01 About 1,000 citizens of Demmin in Germany, commit suicide provoked by occupation by Soviet Red Army
  • 1945-05-01 Soviet army reaches Rostock

Raising a Flag over the Reichstag

1945-05-02 World War II: Battle of Berlin ends as Soviet army takes Berlin forcing German commander of the city general Helmuth Weidling to surrender

Nazi Germany Surrenders

1945-05-08 German General Wilhelm Keitel formally surrenders to the Allies represented by the United States, the UK, France and the Soviet Union in Berlin

  • 1945-05-09 World War II: The Soviet Union marks Victory Day
  • 1945-05-10 Soviet troops occupied Prague
  • 1945-06-05 USA, UK, USSR, France declare supreme authority over Germany
  • 1945-06-28 Polish Provisional government of National Unity set up by Soviets
  • 1945-06-29 Ruthenia, formerly in Czechoslovakia, annexed by Soviet Union, becomes Ukrainian SSR

Nuremberg Trials

1945-08-08 US, USSR, Britain and France sign Treaty of London which sets down procedures for the Nuremberg war trials of Nazi leaders

  • 1945-08-08 USSR declares war against Japan in WW II
  • 1945-08-08 USSR establishes a communist government in North Korea
  • 1945-08-16 Puyi, the last Chinese Emperor and ruler of Manchukuo is captured by Soviet troops
  • 1945-08-20 Soviet troops occupy Harbin & Mukden
  • 1946-03-19 Nikolai Mikhailovich Schwernik succeeds Kalinin as Chairman of the Presidium of the Supreme Soviet of the USSR
  • 1946-05-08 Estonian school girls Aili Jõgi and Ageeda Paavel blow up the Soviet memorial that preceded the Bronze Soldier in Tallinn
  • 1946-10-28 German rocket engineers begin work in USSR
  • 1947-02-10 Province of Petsamo returned to Soviet Union by Finland
  • 1947-02-17 Voice of America begins broadcasting to USSR
  • 1947-07-03 Soviet Union doesn't participate in Marshall Plan

Historic Event

1947-07-06 The Ak-47 goes into production in the Soviet Union

  • 1947-10-11 Brazil & Chile break diplomatic relations with USSR
  • 1947-12-04 USSR joins International Amateur Athletic Union
  • 1947-12-10 USSR & Czechoslovakia sign trade agreement

Historic Event

1948-03-18 Soviet consultants leave Yugoslavia in first sign of Tito-Stalin split

The Berlin Candy Bombers

1948-06-24 Soviet Union begins the West Berlin Blockade by stopping access by road, rail and water

  • 1948-08-20 US expels Soviet Consul General in New York, Jacob Lomakin
  • 1948-10-06 Earthquake in Ashgabat kills 100,000 in the Turkmen Soviet Socialist Republic
  • 1948-11-30 Soviets set up a separate municipal government in East Berlin

Historic Event

1949-03-04 Andrei Vishinsky succeeds Molotov as Soviet Foreign minister

  • 1949-08-29 USSR performs its first nuclear test at Semipalatinsk, Kazakh SSR

Historic Event

1949-09-23 US President Harry Truman announces evidence of USSR's 1st nuclear device detonation

  • 1949-10-02 USSR recognizes People's Republic of China
  • 1950-01-12 USSR re-introduces death penalty for treason, espionage & sabotage

Historic Event

1950-02-01 USSR demands condemnation of Emperor Hirohito for war crimes


Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 201 - 298 of 298

  • 1945-06-09 Faina Melnik, Soviet discus thrower (Olympic gold 1972), born in Bakota, Ukraine
  • 1945-08-31 Leonid Popov, Soviet cosmonaut (Soyuz 35/37, 40, T-7), born in Oleksandriia, Ukrainian SSR. Soviet Union
  • 1945-09-29 Nadezhda Chizova, Russian shot putter (Olympic gold/silver/bronze-68/72/76), born in Usolye-Sibirskoye, Russia
  • 1945-10-03 Viktor Saneyev, Georgian athlete (Olympics 3 x gold, Soviet Union, triple jump 1968, 72, 76; silver 1980), born in Sukhumi, Georgia (d. 2022)
  • 1946-01-11 Ludmila Poradnik, USSR, team handball (Olympic gold 1976, 80)
  • 1946-02-16 Aleksandr Shaparenko, Soviet 1K kayaker (Olympic gold 1972)
  • 1946-05-17 Sinaida Turchina, USSR, team handball (Olympic gold 1976)
  • 1946-08-21 Lev Alburt, International Chess Master (1976), born in Orenburg, Russia
  • 1946-11-20 Patriarch Kirill [Vladimir Mikhailovich Gundyayev] Russian Orthodox church leader (2009-), born in Leningrad, Soviet Union
  • 1947-01-02 Aleksandr Tikhonov, Russian biathlete (Olympic gold biathlon relay 1968, 72, 76, 80), born in Uyskoye, Chelyabinsk, Russia
  • 1947-02-02 Aleksandr Medved, USSR, wrestler (Olympic gold 1964, 68, 72)
  • 1947-07-28 Elena Belova, Russian foils fencer (Olympic gold 1968), born in Sovetskaya Gavan, Soviet Union
  • 1947-08-11 Sergey Kovalneko, USSR, basketball (Olympic bronze 1968)
  • 1947-09-16 Alexander Rutskoy, Russian politician (Vice President of Russia 1991-93) and Soviet military officer (led the putsch against President Boris Yeltsin during Russian constitutional crisis of 1993), born in Proskuriv, Ukrainian SSR, Soviet Union
  • 1947-11-04 Alexei Ulanov, Russian pairs figure skater (Olympic gold [with Irina Rodnina] 1972), born in Moscow, Russia
  • 1947-11-05 Oļegs Antropovs, Latvian volleyball player (Olympic gold 1968), born in Shymkent, Kazakh SSR
  • 1947-12-09 Jaak Jõerüüt, Soviet-born Estonian politician (Minister of Defence 2004-05), born in Tallinn, Estonia
  • 1947-12-10 Zinaida Voronina, Russian and Soviet gymnast (1968 Olympics: 4 medals including 1 gold), born in Yoshkar-Ola, Russia (d. 2001)
  • 1948-02-29 Nikolai Pimenov, Russian rower (World C'ship gold coxless pairs 1981, 85, 86; Olympic silver 1976), born in Moscow, Russia
  • 1948-02-29 Yuri Pimenov, Russian rower (World C'ship gold coxless pairs 1981, 85, 86; Olympic silver 1976), born in Moscow, Russia
  • 1948-09-19 Nadezhda Tkachenko, Ukrainian pentathlete (Olympic gold 1980), born in Kremenchuk, Ukraine
  • 1948-09-29 Viktor Krovopouskov, Russian sabres fencer (Olympic gold, individual and team, 1976, 1980), born in Moscow, Soviet Union
  • 1948-10-20 Andrei Suraikin, Russian pairs figure skater (Olympic silver 1972), born in Leningrad, USSR
  • 1948-11-26 Galina Prozumenshchikova, Soviet 200m backstroke swimmer (Olympic gold 1964), born in Sevastopol, Russian SFSR, Soviet Union (d. 2015)
  • 1949-03-12 Natalia Kuchinskaya, Soviet gymnast
  • 1949-07-21 Ludmila Smirnova, Soviet pairs figure skater (Olympic silver 1972)
  • 1949-08-03 Valeri Vasiliev, Soviet ice hockey defenceman (2x Olympic gold), born in Gorky, Soviet Union (d. 2012)
  • 1949-09-12 Irina Rodnina, Russian pairs figure skater (Olympic gold 1972, 76, 80), born in Moscow, Soviet Union
  • 1949-10-20 Valery Borzov, Ukrainian sprinter (Olympic gold 1972), born in Sambir, USSR
  • 1949-11-03 Roswitha Krause, German swimmer and team handball player (first woman Summer Olympic medals in different sports; silver 4x100m freestyle 1968, handball 1976), born in Dahme, Germany
  • 1949-11-25 [Boris] Alexander Godunov, Sakhalin USSR, dancer/actor (Die Hard)
  • 1949-12-13 Nana Alexandria, Georgian International Woman's Chess Grandmaster (1976), born in Poti, Georgian Soviet Socialist Republic, Soviet Union
  • 1950-06-25 Tatyana Averina, Russian speed skater 1K, 3K (Olympic gold 1976), born in Nizhny Novgorod, Russia (d. 2001)
  • 1950-10-01 Boris Morukov, Russian cosmonaut, born in Moscow, USSR (d. 2015)
  • 1951-03-22 Musa Manarov, Soviet cosmonaut who spent 541 days in space (Soyuz TM-4, TM-11), born in Baku, Azerbaijan, USSR

Anatoly Karpov

1951-05-23 Anatoly Karpov, Russian chess player (world champion 1975-85, 93-99), born in Zlatoust, Russia

Edward Lee Howard

1951-10-27 Edward Lee Howard, American CIA Case Officer and alleged Soviet spy who defected to the Soviet Union in 1985, born in Alamogordo, New Mexico (d. 2002)

  • 1951-12-17 Tatyana Kazankina, USSR, middle distance runner (Olympic gold 1976)
  • 1952-02-29 Raisa Smetanina, Soviet cross country skier (Olympic gold 10k & 4x5k relay 1976; 10k 1980; 4x5k relay 1992), born in Mokhcha, Russia
  • 1952-03-08 Vladimir Vladimirovich Vasyutin, USSR, cosmonaut (Soyuz T-14)
  • 1952-03-09 Uljana Semjonova, Soviet-Latvian basketball player (Olympic gold 1976), born in Zarasai, Lithuanian SSR, Soviet Union
  • 1952-04-25 Vladislav Tretiak, Russian hockey player (Olympic gold 1972, 76), born in Dmitrovsky District, Russia
  • 1952-06-16 Alexander Zaitsev, Russian figure skater (Olympic gold USSR pairs [Irina Rodnina] 1976, 80; 6 x World C'ship gold), born in Saint Petersburg, Russia
  • 1952-10-07 Ludmilla Tourischeva, Russian gymnast (9 x Olympic medalist USSR, 4 x gold [3 x team, 1 x All Around]; 7 x World C'ship gold), born in Grozny, Russia

Vladimir Putin

1952-10-07 Vladimir Putin, Russian politician (President and Prime Minister), born in Leningrad, Soviet Union

  • 1952-10-14 Nikolai Adrianov, Soviet-Russian gymnast (Olympic-4 gold/2 silver/bronze-1976), born in Vladimir, Russia (d. 2011)
  • 1952-12-29 Nikolai Andrianov, Soviet/Russian gymnast (Olympic gold 1972, 76, 80), born in Vladimir, Russia (d. 2011)
  • 1953-02-04 Svetlana Ulmasova, USSR, 3K (world title 1978)
  • 1953-05-19 Shavarsh Karapetyan, Soviet Armenian finswimmer
  • 1953-11-28 Nadezhda Olizarenko, USSR, 800m/1500m runner (Olympic gold 1980)
  • 1953-12-14 René Eespere, Soviet-born Estonian composer, born in Tallinn, Estonia
  • 1954-01-02 Lyudmila Borozna, Russian volleyball player (Olympic gold 1972), born in Saint Petersburg, Russia
  • 1954-05-28 Youri Egorov, Soviet classical pianist, born in Kazan, USSR (d. 1988)
  • 1955-03-10 Youssra [Seveen Nessim], Egyptian actress and singer, born in Cairo, Egypt
  • 1955-03-13 Olga Rukavishnikova, Soviet pentathlete (Olympic silver 1980), born in Severodvinsk, Arkhangelsk
  • 1955-06-11 Yuriy Sedykh, Russian field athlete (Olympic gold hammer throw 1976, 80 Soviet Union; WR 86.74m), born in Novocherkassk, Russia (d. 2021)
  • 1955-06-28 Nikolay Zimyatov, Soviet-Russian nordic skier (Olympic-3 golds-1976), born in Moscow
  • 1955-07-11 Sergey Babinov, USSR, ice hockey star (Olympic gold 1972)
  • 1955-07-24 Lubov Odinokova, USSR, team handball (Olympic gold 1976, 80)
  • 1956-01-15 Vera Sosulya, Soviet tobogganist (Olympic gold 1980)
  • 1956-03-26 Tatyana Kochergina, Ukrainian handball player (Olympic gold 1976, 80 USSR), born in Ovidiopol, Ukraine
  • 1956-06-03 Suren Nalbandyan, Soviet Armenian Greco-Roman wrestler (Olympic gold 1976), born in Geghard, Armenia, Soviet Union
  • 1956-06-21 Mikhail Burtsev, Soviet sabre fencer (Olympic gold 1976, 1980), born in Moscow (d. 2015)
  • 1956-09-16 Anatoly Beloglazov, Russian 52 kg freestyle wrestler (Olympic gold 1980), born in Kaliningrad, Russia
  • 1956-09-16 Sergei Beloglazov, Russian 57 kg freestyle wrestler (Olympic gold 1980, 88), born in Kaliningrad, Russia
  • 1957-03-11 Elena Donaldson-Akhmilovskaya, Leningrad, Soviet Union, Chess Grandmaster, (d. 2012)
  • 1957-07-29 Nellie Kim, Soviet gymnast (Olympic-3 golds-1976), born in Shurab, Tajik SSR
  • 1957-07-31 Irina Nazariva, USSR, 4 X 400m relay (Olympic gold 1980)
  • 1957-08-07 Alexander Dityatin, Russian gymnast (Olympic gold USSR Team, All-around, Rings 1980; World C'ship gold x 7), born in Leningrad, Russia
  • 1957-09-20 Vladimir Tkachenko, Ukrainian-Russian basketball player (Olympic bronze 1980), born in Sochi, Russian SFSR, Soviet Union
  • 1957-11-04 Aleksandr Tkachev, Russian gymnast (Olympic gold team, parallel bars 1980), born in Semiluki, Voronezh Oblast
  • 1958-01-10 Anatoly Pisarenko, Soviet weightlifter, born in Kyiv, Ukraine
  • 1958-06-28 Sergei Shakrai, Russian figure skater (Olympic silver 1980), born in Soviet Union
  • 1958-08-07 Larisa Karlova, Ukrainian handball player (Olympic gold USSR 1976, 80; World C'ship gold 1982, 86), born in Kyiv, Ukraine
  • 1958-12-02 Vladimir Parfenovich, Soviet canoeist, Olympic gold K1-500, K-2 500, K-2 1,000 1980; 9 gold World C'ships 1979-83), born in Minsk, Belarus
  • 1959-02-08 Irina Kalinina, Soviet, springboard diver (Olympic gold 1980)
  • 1959-10-09 Boris Nemtsov, Russian politician, born in Sochi, Soviet Union (d. 2015)
  • 1960-06-29 Sergei Kopylov, Soviet cyclist (Olympic gold 1980), born in Tula, Soviet Union
  • 1961-01-17 Maia Chiburdanidze, Soviet women's world chess champ, born in Kutaisi, USSR
  • 1961-05-30 Ella Arolovich, Leningrad USSR, model
  • 1961-06-24 Natalya Shaposhnikova, Soviet artistic gymnast (Olympic gold 1980), born in Rostov-on-Don, USSR
  • 1961-07-19 Maria Filatova, Soviet gymnast (Olympic 1976, 80 Gold), born in Leninsk-Kuznetsky, Kemerovo Oblast, Russia
  • 1961-07-28 Alexander Kurlovitch, Soviet weightlifter, born in Grodno, Soviet Union
  • 1961-08-07 Yelena Davydova, Russian gymnast (Olympic gold USSR All-round, Team 1980), coach (Canadian Women's Artistic Team 2012) and international judge (Rio Olympics 2016), born in Voronezh, Russia
  • 1963-01-18 Yury Zakharevich, Soviet weightlifter, born in Tver Oblast, Russia
  • 1963-05-21 Elena Vodorezova, Russian figure skater (Olympic-1976) and coach, born in Moscow, USSR
  • 1965-01-26 Natalia Yurchenko, Russian gymnast, (World C'ship gold USSR team, all-round 1983, team 1985), born in Norilsk, Russia

Dmitry Medvedev

1965-09-14 Dmitry Medvedev, Russian politician (President and Prime Minister of Russia), born in Leningrad, Soviet Union

  • 1966-12-17 Valeri Liukin, Soviet gymnast
  • 1966-12-22 Dmitry Bilozerchev, Soviet/Russian gymnast, born in Moscow, Russia
  • 1967-12-21 Mikhail Saakashvili, Soviet-born President of Georgia, born in Tbilisi, Georgia
  • 1969-02-18 Alexander Mogilny, Russian ice hockey player & 1st soviet to defect to NHL (Sabres), born in Khabarovsk, Russia
  • 1970-07-04 Andrei Cherkasov, Russian tennis player, born in Ufa, Russia
  • 1970-11-01 Alla Korot, American actress (Jenna Norris-Another World), born in Odessa, Ukraine

Pavel Bure

1971-03-31 Pavel Bure, Russian Hockey Hall of Fame right wing (Vancouver Canucks, Florida Panthers), born in Moscow, Russia

  • 1973-02-09 Svetlana Boginskaya, Soviet-Belarusian gymnast (3X Olympic gold - 1988, 1992), born in Minsk, Belorussian SSR, USSR

Milla Jovovich

1975-12-17 Milla Jovovich, Russian born American actress (The Fifth Element, Resident Evil), born in Kiev, Ukrainian SSR, Soviet Union

  • 1989-03-11 Anton Yelchin, Russian-born American actor (Star Trek), born in Leningrad, Soviet Union (d. 2016)

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