Kaleidoscope of history unveiled
November of decades and centuries past comes to life
November 14th. In 1933, writer Leonid Prokopchik was born — an author of essays about his native land and a playwright for Napoleon Orda and Belarusian Towers films.
November 14th. In 1938, Valery Soroko was born in Minsk — a violinist and an Honoured Artiste.
November 15th. In 1938, ethnographer, historian and teacher Victor Titov was born. He developed a concept for dividing Belarus into historical-ethnographical districts, while studying our national ethnography, folk culture and Polish-Belarusian ties.
November 16th. In 1945, Belarusian art expert and cinema worker Oleg Belousov was born. He founded and led Belarusfilm Studio’s animation workshop.
November 17th. In 1914, Soviet Union Hero Kuzma Gnidash (Gnedash) was born. He led partisan groups on Belarusian territory during the Great Patriotic War, taking part in reconnaissance and guerrilla work.
November 18th. In 1924, Ivan Timoshenko was born — a full cavalier of the Order of Glory. During the Great Patriotic War, he fought on the 2nd and 3rd Ukrainian frontlines and, until 1970, served with the Soviet Army (reaching the rank of lieutenant-colonel).
November 19th. In 1879, Dmitry Tyapin was born in the Mogilev Region — a cavalier of three George crosses and an honorary soldier of the Soviet Army.
November 20th. In 1954, Belarusian gymnast and Olympic champion Antonina Koshel was born.
November 14th. In 1896, the first Belarusian telephone station (with a hundred numbers) came into operation.
November 14th. In 1909, the first issue of the daily Minsky Golos (Minsk Voice) public-political liberal-bourgeois newspaper was published. Its weekly supplement was entitled Severno-Zapadnaya Kopeika (Northern-Western Kopeck).
November 15th. In 1812, the Battle of Koidanovo took place near the Minsk District’s Koidanovo (now known as Dzerzhinsk). Napoleon’s troops were crushed, and the retreating French Army lost its direct path to the West.
November 15th. In 1925, the first broadband radio station — РВ-10 — began work in Minsk. At 6.30pm, the words ‘Minsk is speaking’ travelled across the land for the first time.
November 15th. In 1932, the Belarusian State Conservatory opened (since 1992, known as the Belarusian Music Academy).
November 15th. In 1962, the Belarusian Union of Cinematographers was established.
November 16th. In 1884, the first permanent Belarusian wooden circus launched: the Nikitin Brothers’ Circus.
November 16th. In 1871, the Smolensk-Minsk-Brest railway line came into operation.
November 16th. In 1993, Minsk Radio-technical Institute was reorganised as the Belarusian State University of Informatics and Radioelectronics.
November 16th. In 1999, a memorial was unveiled to Tadeusz Kosciuszko, in his native Merechevshchina, near the Brest Region’s Kossovo.
November 17th. In 1871, a college was launched for organists in Minsk: the only such of its kind in Belarus and enjoying huge popularity.
November 17th. In 1949, the Minsk City Executive Committee chose to rename Tobukhin, Instrumentalnaya and Kaliningradskaya streets, in addition to Kaliningradsky Lane.
November 17th. In 2007, the founding congress of Belaya Rus organisation took place.
November 18th. In 1936, the House of the Red Army opened in Minsk, in the reconstructed building of the former archbishop’s house. Since 1946, it has been known as the House of Officers and, in 1992, was renamed as the Central House of Officers of Belarus’ Armed Forces.
November 19th. In 1898, the Society of Fine Arts Lovers was founded in Minsk, proposing to establish a public library in the city (named after Pushkin).
November 20th. In 1864, the District Court began its work in the Minsk District, comprising two departments: criminal and civil.
November 20th. In 1995, the Belarusian President launched his Special Fund for Supporting Talented Young People.
November 20th. In 2001, the Minskzelenstroy City Parks unitary enterprise was set up, at the decision of Minsk City Executive Council.