Ukrainian History (Part 2)

Historical Events


Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

Soviet General Secretary Mikhail Gorbachev
Soviet General Secretary
Mikhail Gorbachev
  • 2014-12-04 Ukraine and Pro-Russian rebels agree to cease fire in the eastern war zone, beginning December 9
  • 2015-08-31 Violent protests in Kiev after Ukraine parliament vote leave 1 national guard dead, 100 injured
  • 2015-11-28 British boxer Tyson Fury beats Ukrainian Wladimir Klitschko by unanimous decision to win WBA, WBO, IBF, IBO, The Ring magazine and lineal heavyweight titles in Düsseldorf, Germany; ends Klitschko's 9 year reign as champion
  • 2016-05-14 61st Eurovision Song Contest: Ukraine's Jamala wins singing "1944"
  • 2018-03-26 US, European Union and Ukraine expel more than 100 Russian diplomats in response to Russian use of nerve gas in UK
  • 2018-05-26 UEFA Champions League Final, Kiev: Real Madrid beats Liverpool, 3-1 for third straight title. Zinédine Zidane first manager to win 3 consecutive titles
  • 2018-05-29 Russian journalist Arkady Babchenko fakes his own death with Ukrainian security services to foil an assassination plot
  • 2018-10-28 Ukrainian tennis star Elina Svitolina registers biggest win of her career when she rallies for a 3-6, 6-2, 6-2 triumph over American Sloane Stephens in a classic WTA Finals title decider in Singapore
  • 2018-11-26 Ukraine declares martial law in areas bordering Russia after Russia seizes three of its naval vessels

Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 101 - 200 of 209

  • 1915-10-07 Margarita Aliger, Russian poet (Zoja), born in Odessa, Ukraine (d. 1992) [NS]
  • 1917-04-29 Maya Deren (born Eleanora Derenkowskaia), American filmmaker , born in Kiev, Ukraine
  • 1920-04-03 John Demjanjuk, Ukrainian-born American auto worker, alleged Nazi and convicted war criminal (under appeal at death), born in Berdychiv uyezd, Kiev Governorate, Ukrainian People's Republic (d. 2012)
  • 1920-04-27 Mark Krasnosel'skii, Russian-Ukrainian mathematician (nonlinear functional analysis), born in Starokostiantyniv, Ukraine (d. 1997)
  • 1920-07-21 Isaac Stern, American-Ukrainian violinist (debut San Francisco Symphony), born in Kremenets, Ukraine, Soviet Union (d. 2001)
  • 1920-09-25 Sergei Bondarchuk, Soviet director (Destiny of a Man, War and Peace), born in Belozerka, Ukraine (d. 1994)
  • 1920-12-10 Clarice Lispector, Ukrainian-Brazilian writer (Laços de Família), born in Chechelnyk, Ukrainian People's Republic (d. 1977)

Person of interestDmitri Polyakov

1921-07-06 Dmitri Polyakov, Soviet Major General and spy for the CIA, born in Ukraine (d. 1988)

Soviet General and Cold War Spy Dmitri Polyakov
Soviet General and Cold War Spy
Dmitri Polyakov
  • 1921-11-02 Bill Mosienko, Canadian Hockey Hall of Fame right wing (fastest hat trick in NHL history, 21 seconds 1952; 5-time All Star), born in Winnipeg, Manitoba (d. 1994)
  • 1921-11-09 Viktor Chukarin, Soviet gymnast (Olympic gold 1952, 56), born in Mariupol, Ukraine (d. 1984)
  • 1923-06-03 Igor Shafarevich, Russian mathematician, born in Zhitomir, Ukraine (d. 2017)
  • 1924-02-19 David Bronstein, Ukrainian chess player (d. 2006)
  • 1924-09-05 Krystyna Moszumanska-Nazar, Polish composer, born in Lviv, Ukraine (d. 2009)
  • 1924-09-24 Nina Bocharova, Soviet-Ukrainian gymnast (Olympic gold 1952), born in Suprunivka, Ukraine
  • 1925-05-05 Mykola Plaviuk, Ukranian president (1978-81), born in Rusiv, Ukraine (d. 2012)
  • 1925-12-12 Vladimir Shainsky, Soviet and Russian composer, born in Kiev, Ukraine (d. 2017)
  • 1928-09-06 Rudolf Plyukfelder, Soviet light heavyweight lifter (Olympic gold 1964), born in Novoorlivka, Ukraine
  • 1929-01-23 Patriarch Filaret (Mykhailo Denysenko) of Ukrainian Orthodox Church - Kyiv Patriarchate
  • 1929-06-06 Bogusław Schaffer, Polish composer and playwright, born in Lviv, Ukraine (d. 2019)
  • 1930-10-05 Pavel Popovich, Ukrainian cosmonaut (Vostok IV, Soyuz 14), born in Uzyn, Kiev Oblast, Soviet Union (d. 2009)
  • 1931-04-27 Igor Oistrach, Russian violinist, son of David Oistrach, born in Odessa, Ukraine
  • 1931-06-22 Hennadiy Udovenko, Ukranian politician and diplomat (UN General Assembly President, 1997-98), born in Kryvyi Rih, Ukraine (d. 2013)
  • 1934-01-10 Leonid Kravchuk, Ukrainian politician, born in Wołyń Voivodeship, Poland
  • 1934-12-27 Larisa Latynina, Ukrainian Soviet gymnast (Olympic gold 1956, 60, 64), born in Kherson, Soviet Union
  • 1935-06-06 Misha Mengelberg, Dutch jazz pianist and composer (Reconstruction), born in Kiev, Ukrainian Soviet Socialist Republic (d. 2017)
  • 1935-06-27 Eduard Pavlovich Kugno, Russian cosmonaut, born in Poltava, Ukraine (d. 1994)
  • 1935-08-03 Georgy Shonin, Soviet cosmonaut (Soyuz 6), born in Odessa, Ukraine (d. 1997)
  • 1935-09-05 Mikhail Ivanovich Lisun, Russian cosmonaut, born in Gruzkoye, Ukraine (d. 2012)
  • 1935-12-05 Yury Vlasov, Soviet weightlifter and writer, born in Makeyevka, Ukrainian SSR
  • 1936-07-30 Yuri Alexandrovich Falik, Russian composer, born in Odessa, Ukraine
  • 1936-10-30 Polina Astakhova, Soviet-Ukrainian gymnast (5 Olympic gold 1956, 60, 64), born in Zaporizhia, Ukrainian SSR, Soviet Union (d. 2005)
  • 1937-04-12 Igor Volk, Soviet cosmonaut (Soyuz T-12) and test pilot, born in Zmiiv, Ukraine (d. 2017)
  • 1937-06-12 Vladimir Arnold, Russian mathematician (Kolmogorov–Arnold–Moser theorem), born in Odessa, Ukraine (d. 2010)
  • 1937-09-11 Iosif Kobzon, Soviet-Russian singer and businessman, born in Chasiv Yar, Ukraine (d. 2018)
  • 1938-01-28 Leonid Zhabotynsky, Ukrainian weightlifter
  • 1938-08-09 Leonid Kuchma, 2nd President of Ukraine (1994-2005) and 2nd Prime Minister of Ukraine (1992-93), born in Chaikyne, Ukraine
  • 1940-03-04 Volodymyr Morozov, Ukrainian flatwater canoer
  • 1940-08-03 Joseph Dorfman, Israeli composer, born in Odessa, Ukraine (d. 2006)
  • 1941-04-15 Roman Balayan, Ukrainian-Armenian director (Filer, Biryuk), born in Nerkin Horatagh, Nagorno-Karabakh AO, Azerbaijan
  • 1941-04-28 Iryna Zhylenko, Ukrainian poet (An Evening Party in an Old Winery), born in Kyiv, Ukraine
  • 1941-09-15 Mirosław Hermaszewski, Polish cosmonaut (Soyuz 30), born in Lipniki, Reichskommissariat Ukraine, German-occupied Poland
  • 1945-04-10 Vera Misevich, Ukrainian equestrian dressage (Olympic gold 1980), born in Ukraine (d. 1995)
  • 1947-04-11 Lev Bulat, Russian physicist, born in Chernovtsy, Ukraine
  • 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
  • 1948-05-31 Svetlana Alexievich, journalist and author (Noble Prize for Literature 2015), born in Stanislav, Ukraine
  • 1948-09-19 Nadezhda Tkachenko, Ukrainian pentathlete (Olympic gold 1980), born in Kremenchuk, Ukraine
  • 1949-06-08 Emanuel Ax, Polish American classical pianist, born in Lviv, Ukraine

Person of interestViktor Yanukovych

1950-07-09 Viktor Yanukovych, Ukrainian politician (President of Ukraine from 2010 until overthrow in 2014 revolution), born in Yenakiyevo, Ukraine

President of Ukraine Viktor Yanukovych
President of Ukraine
Viktor Yanukovych
  • 1951-01-28 Leonid Konstantinovich Kadenyuk, Kkishkov Ukraine, astronaut (STS 87)
  • 1952-11-05 Oleg Blokhin, Ukrainian footballer, born in Kiev, Ukrainian SSR

Person of interestPavlo Lazarenko

1953-01-23 Pavlo Lazarenko, Prime Minister of Ukraine (1996-97), born in Karpivka, Ukraine

Prime Minister of Ukraine Pavlo Lazarenko
Prime Minister of Ukraine
Pavlo Lazarenko
  • 1954-02-23 Viktor Yushchenko, President of Ukraine
  • 1954-03-24 Irina Ratushinskaya, Odessa Ukraine, disident poet (Beyond the Limit)
  • 1955-07-09 Sergei Krichevsky, Ukrainian cosmonaut, born in Primorya, Russia
  • 1957-07-16 Alexandra Marinina, Russian writer (Igra Na Chuzhom Pole), born in Lviv, Ukraine
  • 1960-03-13 Yuri Andrukhovych, Ukrainian writer, poet and political essayist, born in Ivano-Frankivsk, Ukraine
  • 1960-09-25 Igor Belanov, Soviet-Ukrainian footballer, born in Kiev, Ukraine
  • 1960-11-27 Yulia Tymoshenko, Ukrainian prime minister
  • 1961-12-22 Yuri Ivanovich Malinchenko, Russian cosmonaut (1st person to marry in space), born in Khrushchev, Ukrainian SSR, USSR
  • 1962-07-26 Galina Chistyakova, Russian jumper (world record 1988), born in Izmail, Ukraine
  • 1963-01-22 Andrei Tchmil, Ukrainian-Belgian cyclist, born in Khabarovsk, Russia
  • 1963-12-04 Sergey Bubka, Ukrainian pole vaulter (Olympic gold 1988; World C'ship gold 1983, 87, 91, 93, 95, 97), born in Luhansk, Ukraine
  • 1966-07-21 Larisa Neiland, Lvov Ukraine, tennis star (1996 Essen winner)
  • 1966-10-05 Inessa Kravets, Ukraine, long/triple jumper (Olympic silver/gold-92, 96)
  • 1967-08-06 Archbishop Alexy (Bondarenko), Ukrainian-born theologian
  • 1967-10-03 Walter Polovchak, Ukrainian-American asylum seeker, born in Ukraine
  • 1968-08-05 Oleg Luzhny, Ukrainian footballer
  • 1969-01-23 Andrei Kanchelskis, Ukrainian soccer winger (17 caps Soviet Union, 6 caps CIS, 36 caps Russia; Manchester United, Rangers) , born in Kropyvnytskyi, Ukraine
  • 1969-03-18 Vassily Ivanchuk, Ukrainian chess player
  • 1969-07-23 Dmitri Khristich, Ukrainian NHL left wing (LA Kings), born in Kiev, Ukraine
  • 1970-07-03 Serhiy Honchar, Ukrainian cyclist
  • 1970-10-10 Alexei Zhitnik, NHL defenseman (Team Russia Olympic silver 1998, Buffalo), born in Kiev, Ukraine
  • 1970-11-01 Alla Korot, American actress (Jenna Norris-Another World), born in Odessa, Ukraine
  • 1970-12-29 Yaroslav Ihorovych Pustovyi, Ukrainian cosmonaut, born in Kostroma, Ukraine
  • 1971-06-08 Elena Brioukhovets, Odessa Ukraine, tennis star (finalist 1990 Moscow)
  • 1971-07-19 Vitali Klitschko, Ukrainian boxer (3-time world heavyweight champion; only heavyweight to reign as world champion in 3 different decades), born in Belovodskoye, Kyrgyzstan
  • 1971-09-18 Oleg Ladik, Canadian 100 kg freestyle wrestler (Olympics 1996), born in Kiev, Ukraine
  • 1971-11-15 Natalia Medvedeva, tennis star (1993 Prague Essen), born in Kiev, Ukraine
  • 1972-07-30 Olga Chernyak, US fencer-foil (Olympics 1996), born in Kiev, Ukraine
  • 1972-10-21 Evhen Tsybulenko, Ukrainian professor of international law
  • 1973-05-24 Ruslana [Lyzhychko], Ukrainian singer and songwriter, born in Lviv, Ukraine
  • 1973-10-02 Verka Serduchka, Ukrainian entertainer
  • 1974-08-31 Andrei Medvedev, tennis star (1991 French Open junior), born in Kiev, Ukraine
  • 1975-03-24 Julia Bikbova, dance skater (& John Lee), born in Kiev, Ukraine

Person of interestMilla Jovovich

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

  • 1976-03-25 Wladimir Klitschko, Ukrainian boxer (2-time world heavyweight champion; Olympic gold super-heavyweight 1996), born in Semey, Kazakhstan
  • 1976-09-05 Tatiana Gutsu, Ukrainian gymnast (1992 Olympic Champion), born in Odessa, Soviet Union
  • 1976-09-29 Andriy Shevchenko, Ukrainian football player
  • 1977-11-16 Oksana Baiul, Ukrainian figure skater (Olympic gold 1994), born in
  • 1978-01-02 Karina Smirnoff, Ukrainian-American ballroom dancer and TV personality (Dancing with the Stars), born in Kharkiv, Ukraine
  • 1978-08-15 Lilia Podkopayeva, Ukrainian gymnast (World Champion 1995, Olympic Gold 1996), born in Donetsk, Ukrainian SSR
  • 1980-01-04 Yaroslav Popovych, Ukrainian cyclist, born in Drohobych, Ukraine
  • 1980-01-17 Maksim Chmerkovskiy, Ukrainian ballroom dancer, born in Odessa, Ukraine
  • 1981-12-16 Anna Sedokova, Ukrainian singer
  • 1982-05-03 Igor Olshansky, Ukrainian-American football player, born in Dnipro, Ukraine
  • 1982-08-07 Yana Klochkova, Ukrainian swimmer, born in Simferopol, Ukrainian SSR, Soviet Union
  • 1982-08-31 Alexei Mikhnov, Ukrainian-born ice hockey player
  • 1983-08-14 Elena Baltacha, Ukrainian-British tennis player, born in Kyiv, Ukraine (d. 2014)
  • 1983-08-14 Mila Kunis, Ukrainian-American actress (Friends with Benefits), born in Chernivtsi, Ukraine
  • 1983-09-05 Eugen Bopp, Ukrainian-German footballer, born in Kiev, Ukraine

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