Category Archives: This Day in History - Page 2

05 Oct
2016
Latvia the colonial power Latvia is the smallest nation that ever was a colonial power. In the 17th century the legendary Duchy of Courland set up colonies in Tobago and Gambia. The ancient Baltic tribes (Curonians, Semigallians, Latgalians,  Selonians) were not really peaceful farmers – they were fierce warriors and excellent sailors. Some say they were ...
09 Sep
2016
Ever heard of Lev Nikolayevich Tolstoy? Probably yes. The Russian writer counts to one of the greatest authors of all time. He was born on  9th September 1828, hence today is his birthday! The novels War and Peace (1869) and Anna Karenina (1877) are regarded as his most known compositions. Tolstoy was born in Tula ...
18 Aug
2016
“Lolita, light of my life, fire of my loins. My sin, my soul. Lo-lee-ta: the tip of the tongue taking a trip of three steps down the palate to tap, at three, on the teeth. Lo. Lee. Ta.” With these words opens the book with the enticing accolade of ‘most controversial ever written’. Exactly fifty eight ...
15 Aug
2016
Today marks  the anniversary of one of the most significant days for Russian cultural heritage, as on August 15th 1893, the Tretyakov gallery was officially opened to the public. The gifting of the gallery to the state was a major stepping stone in raising the profile of Russian art. Pavel Tretyakov, the eponoymous founder, came ...
08 Aug
2016
Today marks the 71st Anniversary of the beginning of the Russian-Japanese war. The invasion liberated Manchuria, and Mongolia from the control of Imperial Japan. It proved to be decisive in forcing Japan’s eventual unconditional surrender. In 1941, Japan and the USSR signed a neutrality pact. This prevented conflict between the USSR and the areas of ...
28 Jul
2016
Pavel Cherenkov Today (July 28th) would be the 112th birthday of Nobel prize winning Russian scientist Pavel Alekseyevich Cherenkov. Cherenkov was born into a peasant family in the small village of Novaya Chigla, on the central belt of the European part of Russia. Despite this difficult upbringing, he still managed to go to university and ...
11 Jul
2016
How the Dynasty Begun With Michael I – The First Romanov 12th July was the birthday of Michael (Михаил) Romanov of Russia. Michael was the first Tsar of the house of Romanov in 1613. The dynasty lasted for 300 years on the Russian throne. Nicholas II and his family celebrated its tercentenary in 1913, but ...
10 Jul
2016
25 years since the election of Boris Yeltsin Today marks 25 years since the Russian people chose Boris Yeltsin as their first popularly elected president in Russia’s history. Boris Nikolayevich Yeltsin was born in a small Village outside of the Russian city of Yekaterinburg. He spent his early working life in the construction industry.  In 1961 he joined ...
07 Jul
2016
The Treaty of Tilsit On 7th July 1807, Napoleon and Alexander I signed the Treaty of Tilsit, which marked the end of the war between Russia and France. The treaty was unusual in that it was signed on a raft in the middle of the Neman river near the town of Tilsit, which is now ...
05 Jul
2016
The Decembrist – Pavel Pestel 5th July marks the birthday one of the most famous of the Decembrists, Pavel Ivanovich Pestel. The Decembrists were young revolutionary army officers, who led a revolt against Tsar Nicholas I in 1825. The Decembrists wanted Russia to adopt democracy, a western style constitution and abolition of serfdom. However the Decembrist Revolt failed. ...