Ukrainian History

Ukraine: Dnipro - Donetsk - Kharkiv - Kyiv - Lviv - Odesa - Sevastopol

Historical Events

  • 4000-06-01 BC Approximate domestication of the horse in the Eurasian steppes near Dereivka, central Ukraine (hypothesis only)
  • 1482-09-01 Tatars plunder Kyiv, Ukraine
  • 1648-04-29 Beginning of 18 day battle of Zhovti Vody in Ukraine - Polish King John II Casimir eventually defeated by Cossacks
  • 1648-06-24 Cossacks slaughter 2,000 Jews and 600 Polish Catholics in Ukraine
  • 1651-06-28 Battle of Beresteczko between Poles and Ukrainians starts.
  • 1653-10-01 Russian parliament accepts annexation of Ukraine
  • 1659-06-29 The Russians, led by Prince Trubetskoy are defeated by the Ukrainian armies of Ivan Vyhovsky in the Battle of Konotop
  • 1673-11-11 Second Battle of Khotyn in the Ukraine, Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth forces under the command of Jan Sobieski. defeat the Ottoman army. In this battle, rockets of Kazimierz Siemienowicz were successfully used.
  • 1727-05-07 Jews are expelled from Ukraine by Empress Catherine I of Russia
  • 1881-05-05 Anti-Jewish rioting in Kyiv, Ukraine
  • 1881-11-19 A meteorite lands near the village of Großliebenthal, southwest of Odessa, Ukraine
  • 1892-07-18 First human test of a vaccine against cholera; Ukrainian bacteriologist Waldemar Huffkine risks his life by testing it on himself
  • 1897-01-10 Ukrainian bacteriologist Wademar Haffkine performs the first human trial for a vaccine for the plague on himself during the Bombay epidemic
  • 1898-10-01 Jews are expelled from Kyiv, Ukraine
  • 1913-08-20 Piotr Nesterow 1st flight (Kiev Ukraine)
  • 1915-01-17 Russia occupies Bukovina & Western Ukraine
  • 1917-11-20 Ukrainian Republic declared
  • 1917-12-06 Taking advantage of the temporary relaxation of authority in Russia, Finland declares itself a republic, following the Ukraine on 20 November
  • 1918-01-22 Ukraine proclaimed a free republic (German puppet)
  • 1918-01-29 Ukrainian-Soviet War: Battle of Kruty
  • 1918-02-22 Germany claims Baltic states, Finland & Ukraine from Russia
  • 1918-03-09 Ukrainian mobs massacre Jews of Seredino Buda
  • 1918-12-16 German troops evacuate Finland, give over Kiev in the Ukraine to revolutionary forces and pull back from Estonia as Bolshevik forces move in
  • 1919-08-10 Ukrainian National Army massacres 25 Jews in Podolia Ukraine
  • 1919-08-31 Petlyura's Ukrainian Army kills 35 members of a Jewish defense group
  • 1919-08-31 Ukrainian (Petlyura) Army recaptures Kiev
  • 1920-01-31 1st Ukrainian daily newspaper in US (NYC) begins publication
  • 1920-04-24 Polish troops attack Ukraine
  • 1920-04-27 Pogrom leader Petljoera declares Ukraine Independence

Soviet Union Founded

1922-12-30 Creation of the USSR formally proclaimed in Moscow from the Bolshoi Theatre, Soviet Union organized as a federation of RSFSR, Ukrainian SSR, Belorussian SSR and Transcaucasian SSR

  • 1926-05-25 Sholom Schwartzbard assassinates Symon Petliura, the head of the Paris-based government-in-exile of the Ukrainian People's Republic
  • 1939-03-16 Hungary annexes republic of Karpato-Ukraine
  • 1941-06-25 -26] Soviet counter attack at Rovno, Ukraine
  • 1941-06-25 Germans invade Dubno Poland, giving permission to Ukrainians to do whatever they want to 12,000 Jews living there
  • 1941-06-30 Ukrainian Nationalists (OUN) declare Ukraine independent
  • 1941-06-30 World War II: Operation Barbarossa - Germany captures Lviv, Ukraine
  • 1941-07-21 200 Jewish Torahs are burned in Ukraine
  • 1941-07-27 German army enters Ukraine
  • 1941-09-16 German armoured troops surround Kyiv, Ukraine
  • 1941-09-29 Nazi massacre at Babi Yar ravine (near Kiev) Ukraine begins, 33,771 mostly Jews murdered
  • 1941-09-30 Approximately 33,771 Jews are shot to death or buried alive at Babi Yar ravine (near Kiev) Ukraine by Nazi troops over two days
  • 1941-10-03 All elderly Jewish men of Kerenchug Ukraine, are killed by SS
  • 1941-10-25 16,000 Jews massacred in Odessa, Ukraine
  • 1941-11-06 Einsatz Gruppe kills 15,000 Jews of Rovno Ukraine

Historic Event

1941-12-03 Adolf Hitler views Poltava, Ukraine

  • 1942-01-28 Soviet troops under General Timoshenko's troops move into Ukraine
  • 1942-06-30 Col-general Von Paul's 6th Army enters Ukraine
  • 1942-07-03 Adolf Hitler visits Field Marshal Von Bock's headquarters in Ukraine
  • 1942-07-13 5,000 Jews of Rovno Polish Ukraine, executed by Nazis
  • 1942-11-24 German Fieldmarshal Erich von Manstein arrives in Starobelsk, Ukraine
  • 1943-02-17 Adolf Hitler visits field marshal Erich von Manstein's headquarters in Zaporozje, Ukraine and stays until the 19th
  • 1943-09-29 Zjadovs 5th Gardeleger/Managarovs 53rd Army reconquer Kremenchuk (Ukraine)
  • 1943-10-30 Soviet forces under Fyodor Ivanovich Tolbukhin commenced offensive on the 4th Ukrainian Front
  • 1945-06-29 Ruthenia, formerly in Czechoslovakia, annexed by Soviet Union, becomes Ukrainian SSR
  • 1954-04-26 USSR Supreme Soviet transfer the Crimean oblast from Russian SFSR to Ukrainian SSR
  • 1979-03-28 Frank Lazarus & Dick Vosburgh's stage musical comedy "A Day in Hollywood/A Night in Ukraine" premieres at the Mayfair Theatre, London, England
  • 1979-08-17 2 Russian passenger planes collide above Ukraine, 173 killed

The Motherland Monument

1981-05-09 The Motherland Monument at 62 m (203 ft) high is opened in Kyiv, Ukraine in ceremony attended by Soviet leader Leonid Brezhnev

  • 1986-12-30 Ballon d'Or: Dynamo Kyiv's Ukrainian forward Igor Belanov is named best football player in Europe ahead of Barcelona striker Gary Lineker and Real Madrid forward Emilio Butragueño
  • 1988-09-28 Despite totally dominating his sport for 14 years, Ukrainian pole vaulter Sergey Bubka wins his only Olympic gold medal with a vault of 5.90m at the Seoul Games
  • 1990-07-16 Ukraine declares independence
  • 1991-08-24 Ukraine declares independence from USSR
  • 1991-12-01 Ukrainian people vote for independence
  • 1991-12-08 Russia, Belorussia & Ukraine form Commonwealth of Ind States
  • 1993-03-14 Worlds Ladies' Figure Skating Championship in Prague won by Ukrainian Oksana Baiul
  • 1993-09-21 Ukraine government of Kutshma resigns
  • 1993-09-22 Ukrainian Prime Minister Leonid Kuchma resigns due to the "slow pace of reform"
  • 1993-11-24 End of world, according to Ukrainian sect White Brotherhood
  • 1994-01-10 Ukraine says it will give up world's 3rd largest nuclear arsenal
  • 1994-07-19 Leonid Kvetjsma sworn in as Ukraine president
  • 1994-09-24 Parliamentary election in Ukraine

Hopman Cup

1995-01-07 Hopman Cup Tennis, Perth: Boris Becker beats Andrei Medvedev of the Ukraine 6-3, 6-7, 6-3 for a 2-0 win, and Germany's second title

  • 1995-03-01 Ukraine premier Vitaly Massol resigns

Election of Interest

1996-05-28 Pavlo Lazarenko becomes Prime Minister of Ukraine

  • 1996-06-28 The Constitution of Ukraine is signed into law.

French Open Men's Tennis

1999-06-06 French Open Men's Tennis: Andre Agassi wins his 1st and only French title; beats Andrei Medvedev of Ukraine 1-6, 2-6, 6-4, 6-3, 6-4

Boxing Title Fight

2000-04-01 American boxer Chris Byrd wins WBO Heavyweight title after Ukrainian champion Vitali Klitschko retires with a shoulder injury at the end of the 9th round in Berlin, Germany

  • 2000-11-28 Ukrainian politician Oleksander Moroz begins the Cassette Scandal by publicly accusing President Leonid Kuchma of involvement in the murder of journalist Georgiy Gongadze

Beatification

2001-06-27 Pope John Paul II beatifies 28 Ukrainian Greek Catholics, including 27 martyrs most of whom were killed by the Soviet secret police. Beatification takes place at the service in Lviv, western Ukraine during his first visit to this country.

Sports History

2001-08-06 Two-time champion Marion Jones is disqualified and has her string of 42 consecutive 100m final victories snapped by Zhanna Pintusevich-Block of Ukraine at the World Athletics Championships in Edmonton, Canada

  • 2001-10-04 Siberia Airlines Flight 1812: a Sibir Airlines Tupolev TU-154 crashes into the Black Sea after being struck by an errant Ukrainian S-200 missile. 78 people are killed.
  • 2002-07-27 A Sukhoi Su-27 fighter crashes during an airshow at Lviv, Ukraine, killing 85 and injuring more than 100 in the largest airshow disaster in history
  • 2004-05-15 49th Eurovision Song Contest: Ruslana for Ukraine wins singing "Wild Dances" in Istanbul
  • 2004-05-16 Day of Mourning at Bykivnia forest, just outside of Kyiv, Ukraine where during 1930s and early 1940s communist bolsheviks executed over 100,000 Ukrainian civilians
  • 2004-08-17 Yana Klochkova of Ukraine wins the 200m individual medley in 2:11.14 at the Athens Olympics to wrap up the 200/400m medley double
  • 2004-11-21 The second round of the Ukrainian presidential election is held, unleashing massive protests and controversy over the election's integrity.
  • 2004-11-22 The Orange Revolution begins in Ukraine, resulting from the presidential elections

Football Awards

2004-12-13 Ballon d'Or: Milan's Ukrainian striker Andriy Shevchenko is named best football player in Europe ahead of Deco (Porto/FC Barcelona) and Barcelona midfielder Ronaldinho

  • 2005-12-28 A U.S. immigration judge orders John Demjanjuk deported to Ukraine for crimes against humanity committed during World War II.
  • 2006-08-25 Former Ukrainian Prime Minister Pavlo Lazarenko is sentenced to 9 years in federal prison for money laundering, wire fraud, and extortion
  • 2006-10-28 Funeral service for the peace of the executed at Bykivnia forest, outside of Kyiv, Ukraine, with reburial of 817 Ukrainian civilians (out of some 100,000) executed by Bolsheviks at Bykivnia in 1930s - early 1940s.
  • 2012-04-27 Four explosions in Dnipropetrovsk, Ukraine, kill 27 people
  • 2012-07-01 UEFA European Championship Final, Olympic Stadium, Kyiv, Ukraine: Spain crush Italy, 4-0 to retain their title
  • 2012-12-01 Ukrainian Anna Ushenina beats Antoaneta Stefanova of Bulgaria, 3½-2½ in 2 rapid tie breaks to win the World Women's Chess Championship in Khanty-Mansiysk, Russia
  • 2013-02-01 Zenit-3SL, a Ukrainian-Russian carrier rocket, fails 40 seconds after liftoff and crashes into the Pacific Ocean

Boxing Title Fight

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

  • 2014-02-02 Protests in Ukraine turn violent after parliament passes legislation that outlaws protest

Revolution in Ukraine

2014-02-18 Ukrainian Revolution of 2014 begins as protesters, riot police and unknown shooters take part in violent events in the capital, Kiev, culminating after five days in the ouster of President Viktor Yanukovych

  • 2014-02-19 Death toll in Ukraine reaches 26 after Government crackdown on protesters

Historic Event

2014-02-22 Viktor Yanukovych is ousted as President of Ukraine by the parliament following the Euromaidan revolution


Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 1 - 100 of 332

  • 1151-04-03 Igor Svyatoslavich, Ukrainian prince (d. 1202)
  • 1672-10-21 Pylyp Orlyk, Ukrainian Zaporozhian Cossack starshina and diplomat, born in Vileyka Raion, Belarus (d. 1742)
  • 1681-06-18 Feofan Prokopovich, Russian Orthodox theologian and Archbishop of Novgorod, born in Kyiv, Ukraine, Russian Empire (d. 1736)
  • 1722-12-03 Hryhorii Skovoroda, Ukrainian poet and philosopher, born in Chernukhi, Lubny Regiment, Cossack Hetmanate (d. 1794)
  • 1751-10-28 Dmitry Stepanovich Bortniansky, Russian-Ukrainian harpsichordist and composer (Tantum Ergo), born in Glukhov, Russian Empire (now Ukraine) (d. 1825)
  • 1757-07-24 Vladimir Borovikovsky [Vоlоdymyr Borovyk], Russian painter, born in Myrhorod (now Ukraine) (d. 1825)
  • 1770-04-28 Nikita P. Panin, Russian diplomat and minister of Foreign affairs, born in Kharkiv, Ukraine (d. 1837)
  • 1772-04-04 Nachman of Breslov, Ukrainian founder of Breslov Hasidut, born in Międzybóż, Kingdom of Poland (d. 1810)
  • 1809-03-31 Nikolai Gogol [Nikolay], Ukrainian-born Russian novelist, humorist, and dramatist (Dead Souls, The Inspector-General), born in Sorochintsy, Poltava Governorate, Russian Empire (d. 1852)
  • 1813-02-16 Semyon Stepanovich Gulak-Artemovsky, Ukrainian baritone, playwright and composer, born in Gorodishche
  • 1814-02-25 Taras Shevchenko, Ukrainian national poet and painter, born in Moryntsi, Ukraine (d. 1861) [OS]
  • 1814-03-09 Taras Shevchenko, Ukrainian national poet and painter, born in Moryntsi, Ukraine (d. 1861) [NS]
  • 1815-03-04 Mykhailo Verbytsky, Ukrainian Greek Catholic priest and composer (Prostachka; The State Anthem of Ukraine), born in Nadsyannia, Russian Empire (now Poland) (d. 1870)
  • 1818-04-25 Marek Konrad Sokolowski, Polish guitarist and composer, born in Zhytomyr, Ukraine (d. 1883)
  • 1821-10-16 Albert Franz Doppler, Austrian flautist and composer, born in Lemberg, Austrian Empire (now Lviv, Ukraine) (d. 1883)
  • 1831-07-30 Helena Blavatsky, Russian occultist, philosopher, and author (co-founded Theosophical Society), born in Yekaterinoslav, Ukraine (d. 1891)
  • 1832-09-26 Pyotr Petrovich Sokal'sky, Russian composer, born in Kharkiv, Ukraine (d. 1887)
  • 1833-06-27 Władysław Zaremba, Ukrainian pianist and composer, born in Dunajowce, Ukraine (d. 1902)
  • 1836-05-18 Sydir Vorobkevych, Ukrainian composer, poet, newspaper editor, and Orthodox priest, born in Chernivtsi, Ukraine (d. 1903)
  • 1839-11-25 Stanisław Duniecki, Polish composer, born in Lviv, Ukraine (d. 1870)
  • 1841-10-01 Anatol' Vakhnyanyn, Ukrainian composer, born in Sin′yava, Galicia (d. 1908)
  • 1842-03-22 Mykola Lysenko, Ukrainian composer (Taras Bulba), conductor and ethno-musicologist, born in Hrynky, Russian Empire (now Ukraine) (d. 1912)
  • 1842-08-16 Jakob Rosanes, German mathematician (algebraic geometry and invariant theory), born in Brody, Ukraine (d. 1922)
  • 1847-03-20 Gavriil Musicescu, Romainian composer, born in Izmail, Bessarabia Governorate, Russian Empire (now Ukraine) (d. 1903)
  • 1848-07-27 Vladimir de Pachmann, Russian-German pianist, born in Odessa, Ukraine (d. 1933)
  • 1853-01-07 Nikolai Arkas, Ukrainian composer (Katerina), and musicologist, born in Nikolayev (d. 1909)
  • 1854-02-28 Juliusz Zarębski, Polish pianist, composer, and pedagogue, born in Zhytomyr, Kingdom of Poland, Russian Empire (now Ukraine) (d. 1885)
  • 1855-11-06 Iosif Kotek, Russian composer and violinist, born in Kamenets-Podolsk, Ukraine (d. 1885)
  • 1856-08-27 Iwan Franko, Ukrainian writer and political activist, born in Nahuievychi, Galicia (d. 1916)
  • 1860-03-15 Waldemar Haffkine, Ukrainian bacteriologist (1st to develop and use vaccines against cholera and bubonic plague), born in Odessa, Russian Empire (d. 1930)
  • 1861-06-11 Sigismund Vladislavovich Zaremba, Ukrainian-Russian composer, born in Zhytomyr, Ukraine (d. 1915)
  • 1863-04-19 Felix Blumenfeld, Russian composer, conductor and pianist, born in Kirovohrad, Ukraine (d. 1931)
  • 1863-10-09 Alexander Siloti, Russian pianist and composer, born in Kharkiv, Ukraine, Russian Empire (d. 1945)
  • 1864-08-31 Max Wilhelm Zach, Polish-American violinist and conductor (Boston Symphony 1896-1907; St. Louis Symphony, 1907-21), born in Lemberg, Galicia (now Lviv, Ukraine) (d. 1921)
  • 1865-03-03 Alexander Winkler, Russian composer, born in Kharkiv, Russian Empire (now Ukraine) (d. 1935)
  • 1866-09-29 Mykhailo Hrushevsky, Ukrainian historian and statesman, born in Chełm, Congress Poland (d. 1934)
  • 1872-11-09 Bohdan Lepky, Ukrainian writer and poet, born in Zhukiv, Ukraine (d. 1941)
  • 1873-05-03 Pavlo Skoropadsky, Ukrainian politician and general, born in Wiesbaden, Germany (d. 1945)
  • 1873-07-20 Witold Maliszewski, Polish composer (founder and first director of Odessa Conservatory), born in Mohyliv-Podilskyi, Russian Empire (now Ukraine) (d. 1939)
  • 1875-01-11 Reinhold Glière, Russian-Soviet composer, born in Kyiv, Ukraine (d. 1956)
  • 1876-02-20 Théodore "Fyodor" Akimenko, Ukrainian composer, born in Kharkiv Drapeau, Ukraine (d. 1945)
  • 1876-11-19 Tatyana Afanasyeva, Russian-Dutch mathematician and physicist (fields of statistical mechanics and statistical thermodynamics), born in Kyiv, Ukraine (d. 1964)
  • 1877-12-13 Mykola Leontovych, Ukrainian composer (Carol of the Bells), born in Selevyntsi, Podolia, Russian Empire (d. 1921)
  • 1878-02-23 Kazimir Malevich, Ukrainian painter and art theorist (d. 1935)
  • 1878-08-13 Leonid Vladimirovich Nikolayev, Russian-Soviet composer, born in Kyiv, Ukraine (d. 1942)
  • 1878-12-21 Jan Łukasiewicz, Polish logician, philosopher, professor, and author, born in Lembeck, Galacia (now Lviv, Ukraine) (d. 1956)
  • 1878-12-23 Stephen Timoshenko, Ukrainian-born mechanical engineer (d. 1972)
  • 1879-05-10 Symon Petliura, Ukrainian socialist leader (pogroms), born in Poltava, Ukraine, Russian Empire (d. 1926)
  • 1879-05-22 Alla Nazimova, Ukrainian-born actress, scriptwriter, and producer (Blood and Sand), born in Yalta, Taurida Governorate, Russian Empire (d. 1945)
  • 1879-07-07 Jacob Weinberg, Russian-born Jewish composer, born in Odessa, Ukraine (d. 1956)

Leon Trotsky

1879-11-07 Leon Trotsky, Ukrainian-Russian Marxist revolutionary, political theorist and founder of the Red Army [OS 26-10-1879], born in Yanovka, Ukraine, Russian Empire (d. 1940)

  • 1880-07-26 Volodymyr Vynnychenko, Ukrainian politician and statesman, born in Yelisavetgrad, Russian Empire (d. 1951)
  • 1882-05-12 Kyrylo Stetsenko, Ukrainian composer (Burlaka), choral conductor, music critic, teacher, and later, Ukrainian Orthodox priest, born in Kvitkiv, Russian Empire (now Ukraine) (d. 1922)
  • 1882-07-21 David Burliuk, Ukrainian artist (d. 1967)
  • 1882-10-06 Karol Maciej Szymanowski, Polish pianist and composer (Symphony No. 3 - Song Of The Night), born in Tymoszówka, Russian Empire (now Tymoshivka, Ukraine) (d. 1937)
  • 1883-04-13 Demjan Bednyi, Russian writer and satirist, born in Hubivka, Ukraine (d. 1945)
  • 1885-01-23 Boleslaw Wallek-Walewski, Polish composer and conductor, born in Lviv, Ukraine (d. 1944)
  • 1886-05-28 Nikolai Sokoloff, Russian-American violinist and conductor (Cleveland Orchestra, 1918-32; Seattle Symphony, 1938-41; co-founder & director of La Jolla Music Society, 1941-65), born in Kyiv, Ukraine (d. 1965)
  • 1887-05-30 Alexander Archipenko, Ukrainian-American sculptor and lithographer, born in Kyiv, Russian Empire (d. 1964)
  • 1887-11-08 Yury Alexandrovich Shaporin, Russian-Ukrainian Soviet composer, born in Hlukhiv, Russian Empire (d. 1966)
  • 1888-02-20 Vasyl Barvinsky, Ukrainian pianist, composer, conductor, musicologist ("Béla Bartók in Lviv"), and teacher (Lysenko Higher Institute of Music, 1915-48), born in Ternopil, Russian Empire (now Ukraine (d. 1963)
  • 1888-07-02 Selman Waksman, Ukrainian-American microbiologist (Nobel 1951-ingenious, systematic and successful studies of the soil microbes that led to the discovery of streptomycin), born in Nova Pryluka, Kiev Governorate, Russian Empire (d. 1973)
  • 1888-10-26 Nestor Makhno, Ukrainian anarchist Insurrectionary leader, born in Hulai-Pole, Russian Empire (d. 1934)
  • 1889-02-20 Levko Revutsky, Ukrainian composer, music editor, and pedagogue, born in Irzhavets, Russian Empire (now Ukraine) (d. 1977)
  • 1889-02-20 Levko Revutskyi, Ukrainian composer, pedagogue, and musicologist, born in Irzhavets, Russian Empire (now Ukraine) (d. 1977)

Igor Sikorsky

1889-05-25 Igor Sikorsky, Russian-American pioneer of aviation in both helicopters and fixed-wing aircraft, born in Kyiv, Ukraine (d. 1972)

  • 1889-06-23 Anna Akhmatova, Russian poet, born in Odessa, Ukraine (d. 1966)
  • 1890-02-28 Vaslav Nijinsky, Russian ballet dancer 'the God of Dance', born in Kyiv, Ukraine (d. 1950) 3/12 NS
  • 1890-03-12 Vaslav Nijinsky, Ukrainian/US ballet dancer (Petroesjka) [OS=Feb 28]
  • 1891-01-20 Mischa Elman, Russian-American concert violinist, born in Talnoye, Kiev Governorate, Russian Empire (now Talne, Ukraine (d. 1967)
  • 1891-01-26 Ilya G Ehrenburg, writer (Fall of Paris, The Thaw), born in Kyiv, Ukraine
  • 1891-02-07 Joachim Stutschewsky, Austrian-Israeli cellist, composer, and musicologist, born in Romni, Ukraine (d. 1982)
  • 1891-04-23 Sergei Prokofiev, Russian composer (Peter and the Wolf; Alexander Nevsky), born in Sontsovka, Russian Empire (now Sontsivka, Ukraine) (d. 1953)
  • 1891-08-25 Samuel Gardner, American composer, born in Kropyvnytskyi, Ukraine (d. 1984)
  • 1892-01-27 Mitya Stillman, Russian-American violist and composer, born in Ukraine, Russian Empire (d. 1936)
  • 1892-06-23 Mieczyslaw Horszowski, Polish-American pianist, born in Lviv, Ukraine (d. 1993)
  • 1893-08-15 Alexander Gauk, Russian-Soviet composer, born in Odessa, Ukraine (d. 1963)
  • 1894-01-16 Irving Mills [Isadore Minsky], American jazz music publisher, manager (Duke Ellington, 1926-48), singer and lyricist, born in Odessa, Ukraine (d. 1985)
  • 1894-03-26 Viorica Ursuleac, Romanian operatic soprano, the favorite of Richard Strauss, born in Czernowitz, Duchy of Bukovina, Austrian Empire (now Chernivtsi, Ukraine) (d. 1985)
  • 1894-06-15 Nikolai Chebotaryov, Ukrainian mathematician (d. 1947)
  • 1894-11-27 Amphilochius of Pochayiv [Yakov Varnavovich Golovatyuk], Ukrainian Orthodox Christian saint, born in Mala Ilovytsya, Ternopil Oblast, Ukraine (d. 1971)
  • 1895-01-03 Borys Lyatoshynsky, Ukrainian composer, conductor, teacher, known as the father of modern Ukrainian music, born in Zhytomyr, Russian Empire (now Ukraine) (d. 1968)
  • 1895-05-11 Jan Parandowski, Polish writer and translator, born in Lwów, Austria-Hungary (now Lviv, Ukraine) (d. 19780
  • 1895-07-03 Oles' Semyonovich Chishko, Russian-Ukrainian composer, born in Dvorichnyi Kut, Ukraine (d. 1976)

Paul Muni

1895-09-22 Paul Muni, American actor (Angel on My Shoulder, Juarez), born in Lviv, Ukraine (d. 1967)

  • 1896-01-15 Jacobo Ficher, Argentine composer, born in Odesa, Ukraine (d. 1978)
  • 1896-09-13 Tadeusz Szeligowski, Polish composer (The Peacock and the Girl), born in Lemberg, Austro-Hungarian Galicia (now Lviv, Ukraine) (d. 1963)
  • 1896-11-09 Mykhaylo Verikivsky, Ukrainian composer, born in Kremenets, Ukraine (d. 1962)
  • 1896-11-23 Viktor Kosenko, Russian-Ukrainian pianist, composer (Moldavian Poem), and educator, born in Saint Petersberg, Russian Empire (d. 1938)
  • 1897-01-28 Valentin Kataev, novelist/playwright (Embezzled), born in Odessa Ukraine (d. 1986)
  • 1897-05-29 Ignace Lilien, Dutch-Austrian composer, born in Lemberg (now in Lviv, Ukraine) (d. 1964)
  • 1897-09-20 Efim Golishev, Ukrainian painter and composer, born in Kherson, Ukraine (d. 1970)
  • 1897-10-20 Yevsei Liberman, Ukrainian Soviet economist (Plan, profit, bonuses), born in Slavuta, Russia (d. 1983)
  • 1898-01-22 Alexander Abramsky, Russian-Soviet composer, born in Lutsk, Ukraine, Russian Empire (d. 1985)

Golda Meir

1898-05-03 Golda Meir [Mabovitch], Israeli teacher, stateswoman and 4th Prime Minister of Israel (1969-74) known as the "Iron Lady" of Israeli politics, born in Kyiv, Ukraine (d. 1978)

  • 1898-06-01 Lieb Glantz, Ukrainian-born tenor, composer and Zionist, born in Kyiv, Ukraine (d. 1964)
  • 1898-07-23 Jacob Marschak, Ukrainian-American economist (econometrics), born in Kiev, Russia (d. 1977)
  • 1898-08-15 Jan Brzechwa, Polish poet (The Beetle), born in Zhmerynka, Ukraine (d. 1966)
  • 1898-09-25 Robert Brackman, American artist, born in Odes'ka Oblast, Ukraine (d. 1980)
  • 1898-09-29 Trofim Lysenko, Soviet biologist and agronomist, born in Karlovka, Ukraine, Russian Empire (d. 1976)

Famous Weddings

  • 1850-03-14 French writer and playwright Honoré de Balzac marries Ewelina Hańska in Berdyczów, Ukraine
  • 2005-10-02 Former Ukrainian Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko's daughter Evhenya Tymoshenko weds "Death Valley Screamers" musician Sean Carr at 11th century Vydubychi Monastery in Kyiv, Ukraine

Famous Deaths

  • 1621-12-30 Saint Job of Maniava, Ukrainian Orthodox Saint (b. 1550)
  • 1722-09-03 Ivan Skoropadsky, Hetman of Ukraine (b. 1646)
  • 1742-05-26 Pylyp Orlyk, Ukrainian Zaporozhian Cossack starshina and diplomat, dies at 69
  • 1810-10-16 Nachman of Breslov, Ukrainian founder of Breslov Hasidut, dies at 38
  • 1825-10-10 Dmitry Stepanovich Bortniansky, Russian-Ukrainian harpsichordist and composer (Tantum Ergo), dies at 73
  • 1852-03-04 Nikolai Gogol [Nikolay], Ukrainian-born Russian novelist, humorist, and dramatist (Dead Souls, The Inspector-General), dies at 43
  • 1861-03-10 Taras Shevchenko, Ukrainian national poet and painter, dies at 47
  • 1870-12-07 Mykhailo Verbytsky, Ukrainian Greek Catholic priest and composer (Prostachka; The State Anthem of Ukraine), dies at 55
  • 1873-04-17 Semyon Stepanovich Gulak-Artemovsky, Ukrainian born Russian composer, dies at 60
  • 1879-07-17 Maurycy Gottlieb, Ukrainian painter (b. 1856)
  • 1902-10-24 Władysław Zaremba, Ukrainian pianist and composer, dies at 69
  • 1908-02-24 Anatol' Vakhnyanyn, Ukrainian composer, dies at 66
  • 1909-03-26 Nikolai Arkas, Ukrainian composer, dies at 56
  • 1912-11-06 Mykola Lysenko, Ukrainian composer (Taras Bulba), conductor and ethno-musicologist, dies at 70
  • 1915-11-27 Sigismund Vladislavovich Zaremba, Ukrainian-Russian composer, dies at 54
  • 1916-05-28 Ivan Franko, Ukrainian writer and political activist, dies at 59
  • 1921-01-25 Mykola Leontovych, Ukrainian composer, dies at 43
  • 1922-04-29 Kyrylo Stetsenko, Ukrainian composer (Burlaka), choral conductor, music critic, teacher, and later, Ukrainian Orthodox priest, dies of typhus while tending to the sick during an outbreak at 39
  • 1926-05-25 Symon Petliura, Ukrainian socialist leader (pogroms), assassinated in Paris at 47 by Sholom Schwartzbard
  • 1926-05-26 S V Petlura, Ukrainian ataman, assassinated by Shalom Schwarzbard
  • 1929-03-27 Samuil Shatunovsky, Ukrainian mathematician, dies at 70
  • 1930-09-29 Ilya Repin, Ukrainian-Russian painter (Reply of the Zaporozhian Cossacks), dies at 86
  • 1930-10-26 Waldemar Haffkine, Ukrainian bacteriologist (1st to develop and use vaccines against cholera and bubonic plague), dies at 70
  • 1934-07-25 Nestor Makhno, Ukrainian anarchist Insurrectionary leader, dies at 45
  • 1934-11-26 Mykhailo Hrushevsky, Ukrainian historian and statesman, dies at 68
  • 1935-05-15 Kazimir Malevich, Polish-Ukrainian avant-garde painter, diesof cancer at 56
  • 1938-10-03 Viktor Kosenko, Russian-Ukrainian pianist, composer (Moldavian Poem), and educator, dies of kidney cancer at 41
  • 1941-07-21 Bohdan Lepky, Ukrainian writer and poet, dies at 68
  • 1944-03-10 David Vogel, Ukrainian author, dies in Auschwitz at 52
  • 1944-08-23 Nikolay Andreyevich Roslavets, Ukrainian composer, dies at 63
  • 1945-01-03 Théodore "Fyodor" Akimenko, Ukrainian composer, dies at 68
  • 1945-04-26 Pavlo Skoropadsky, Ukrainian politician & general, dies at 71
  • 1950-03-05 Roman Shukhevych, Ukrainian nationalist and military leader, dies at 42
  • 1950-04-08 Vaslav Fromich Nijinsky, Ukrainian ballet dancer, dies in London
  • 1951-03-06 Volodymyr Vynnychenko, Ukrainian politician and statesman, dies at 70
  • 1958-04-07 Klimenty Arkad'yevich Korchmaryov, Ukrainian composer, dies at 58
  • 1959-11-24 Yuri Nikolayevich Libedinski, Ukrainen writer (Commissioners), dies at 60
  • 1962-06-14 Mykhaylo Verikivsky, Ukrainian composer, dies at 65
  • 1963-06-09 Vasyl Barvinsky, Ukrainian pianist, composer, conductor, musicologist ("Béla Bartók in Lviv"), and teacher (Lysenko Higher Institute of Music, 1915-48), dies at 75
  • 1964-01-27 Lieb Glantz, Ukrainian-born tenor, composer and Zionist, dies at 65
  • 1964-02-25 Alexander Archipenko, Ukrainian-American sculptor and water colors painter, dies at 76
  • 1966-03-05 Anna Achmatova, Ukrainian poet, dies at 76
  • 1966-12-09 Yury Alexandrovich Shaporin, Russian-Ukrainian Soviet composer, dies at 79
  • 1967-01-15 David Burliuk, Ukrainian artist (b. 1882)
  • 1967-04-04 Mischa Elman, Ukraine/US violinist, dies at 76
  • 1968-04-15 Borys Lyatoshynsky, Ukrainian composer, conductor, and teacher, known as the father of modern Ukrainian music, dies at 73
  • 1968-08-19 George Gamow, Ukrainian-born American nuclear physicist and cosmologist (Big Bang Theory, DNA), dies at 64
  • 1969-06-12 Alexander Deyneka, Ukrainian painter (b. 1899)
  • 1970-09-25 Efim Golishev, Ukrainian painter and composer, dies at 73
  • 1971-01-01 Amphilochius of Pochayiv [Yakov Varnavovich Golovatyuk], Ukrainian Orthodox Christian saint, dies at 76
  • 1972-05-29 Stephen Timoshenko, Ukrainian-born mechanical engineer (b. 1878)
  • 1972-12-11 Semjon I. Kirsanov, Ukrainian poet (Zolushka), dies at 66
  • 1973-06-30 Vasyl Velychkovsky, Ukrainian Bishop and Catholic Martyr, dies under Soviet imprisonment at 70
  • 1973-08-16 Selman Waksman, Ukrainian-American microbiologist (Nobel 1951-ingenious, systematic and successful studies of the soil microbes that led to the discovery of streptomycin), dies at 85
  • 1976-08-06 Gregor Piatigorsky, Ukrainian-American cellist, dies at 73
  • 1977-03-30 Levko Revutsky, Ukrainian composer, pedagogue, and musicologist, dies at 88
  • 1977-07-27 Jacob Marschak, Ukrainian-American economist (econometrics), dies at 79
  • 1977-12-09 Clarice Lispector, Ukrainian-Brazilian writer (Laços de Família), dies at 56
  • 1981-03-21 Mark Donskoy, Soviet-Ukrainian film director (Rainbow, A Mother's Heart) and screenwriter, dies at 80
  • 1982-12-07 George Kistiakowsky, Ukrainian-American chemist who helped develop the first atomic bomb (Manhattan Project) but later opposed nuclear weapons, dies at 82
  • 1983-03-12 Yevsei Liberman, Ukraine Soviet economist (Plan, profit, bonus), dies at 85
  • 1984-07-01 Moshé Feldenkrais, Ukrainian-Israeli engineer and physicist (founder of the Feldenkrais method), dies at 80
  • 1986-10-10 Gleb Wataghin, Ukrainian-Italian physicist, dies at 86
  • 1987-09-03 Viktor Nekrasov, Ukrainian journalist and novelist (V okopakh Stalingrada - Front-line Stalingrad; Kira Georgijevna), dies at 76
  • 1992-12-21 Nathan Milstein, Ukrainian/US violist (Beethoven, Bach), dies at 87
  • 1993-03-04 Art Hodes, Ukrainian-born American jazz, blues pianist and editor (Jazz Record), dies at 88
  • 1994-01-14 Zino Davidoff, Ukrainian businessman, dies at 87
  • 1994-06-13 Igor Youskevitch, Russian-Ukrainian ballet dancer, dies at 82
  • 1994-10-11 Maja Bulgakova, Ukrainian actress (Krylja), dies in auto-accident at 62
  • 1994-11-15 Volodymyr Ivashko, President of Ukraine (1990-91), dies
  • 1995-05-04 Louis Krasner, Ukrainian-American violinist, dies at 91
  • 1995-08-21 Anatole Fistoulari, Ukrainian conductor, dies at 88
  • 1995-09-18 Oleg Tverdokhleb, Ukrainian athlete (b. 1969)
  • 1997-02-13 Mark Krasnosel'skii, Russian-Ukrainian mathematician (nonlinear functional analysis), dies at 76
  • 2000-09-16 Georgiy Gongadze, Ukrainian journalist (b. 1969)
  • 2001-09-22 Isaac Stern, American-Ukrainian concert violinist (debut San Francisco Symphony), dies at 81
  • 2002-01-20 Ivan Karabits, Ukrainian composer, conductor, and educator, dies at 57
  • 2002-05-13 Valeri Lobanovsky, Ukrainian footballer and manager (b. 1939)
  • 2005-01-10 Metropolitan Wasyly Fedak, primate of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of Canada (b. 1909)
  • 2005-01-24 Vladimir Savchenko, Ukrainian writer (b. 1933)
  • 2005-03-04 Yuriy Kravchenko, Ukrainian statesman (b. 1951)
  • 2005-08-05 Polina Astakhova, Soviet-Ukrainian gymnast (5 Olympic gold 1956, 60, 64), dies at 68
  • 2006-12-05 David Bronstein, Ukrainian-born chess grandmaster, dies at 82
  • 2007-01-17 Yevhen Kushnaryov, Ukrainian politician (b. 1951)
  • 2007-01-20 Anatol Rapoport, Ukrainian-American mathematician and biologist (game theory), dies at 95
  • 2007-02-04 Jules Olitski, Ukrainian-born American abstract painter and sculptor (b. 1922)
  • 2007-11-26 Mel Tolkin, Ukrainian television comedy writer, dies at 94
  • 2009-07-06 Leo Mol, Ukrainian Canadian artist and sculptor (b. 1915)
  • 2009-09-29 Pavel Popovich, Ukrainian cosmonaut (Vostok IV, Soyuz 14), dies at 78
  • 2010-05-25 Alexander Belostenny, Ukrainian basketball player (b. 1959)
  • 2012-03-10 Mykola Plaviuk, Ukrainian president (1978-81), dies at 86
  • 2013-01-19 Anatoly Bannik, Ukrainian chess master, dies at 91
  • 2013-02-12 Hennadiy Udovenko, Ukrainian politician and diplomat (UN General Assembly President, 1997-98), dies at 81
  • 2014-06-01 Valentin Mankin, Ukrainian yachtsman (Olympic gold, USSR, Finn class 1968), dies at 75
  • 2020-06-01 Myroslav Skoryk, Ukrainian contemporary classical composer (Carpathian Rhapsody), and pedagogue, dies at 81
  • 2020-07-05 Volodymyr Troshkin, Ukrainian soccer defender (31 caps, USSR; Dynamo Kiev 205 games), dies at 72
  • 2020-08-31 Nina Bocharova, Soviet-Ukrainian gymnast (Olympic gold balance beam, team 1952), dies at 95
  • 2020-12-25 Ivan Bohdan, Ukrainian Greco-Roman wrestler (Olympic gold Soviet Union heavyweight 1960; World C'ship gold 1958, 61), dies at 92
  • 2022-01-04 Anatoliy Kuksov, Ukrainian soccer midfielder (8 caps USSR; FC Zorya Luhansk 489 games) and manager (Hirnyk Rovenky), dies at 72
  • 2022-02-20 Aleksandr Sidorenko, Ukrainian swimmer (Olympic gold USSR 400m IM 1980; World C'ship gold 200m IM 1982), dies at 61