Date of the day

On February 15, 1989,

the withdrawal of Soviet troops from Afghanistan was completed. According to official data, Belarus lost more than 700 people in that war.

A day in history

1386 -

the Grand Duke of Lithuania

Jagaila

was baptized into Catholicism in the Wawel Cathedral in Krakow and became the Polish king

Vladislav II

.



1563

- during the Livonian War,

Ivan the Terrible's

army captured Polotsk. The king ordered to add "Grand Duke of Polotsk" to his title.



2011

— demonstrations against the authoritarian regime of

Muammar al-Gaddafi

began in the east of Libya .

They were born on this day

1564

-

Galileo Galilei

, Italian physicist, mathematician, astronomer and philosopher.

1890

-

Leokadia Romanovskaya,

Yanka Kupala's

sister

, popularizer of his work.



1904

-

Larisa Aleksandrovskaya

, opera singer and director, People's Artist of Belarus.

Larisa Aleksandrovskaya

1923

Alexander Grigoriev

, dissident, member of the anti-Soviet underground, political prisoner.

1931

-

George Poplauski

, People's Artist of Belarus.

1934

Vladimir Karmilkin

, journalist, photographer, participant of the national-democratic movement.

Rally at the Opera House. 1995. From left to right: Levon Borshcheuski, Valentin Golubev, Vladimir Karmilkin, Zyanon Pazniak, Yuri Khadyka

1945

-

Yevhen Sakhuta

, art critic, laureate of the State Prize of Belarus and the prize of the Ministry of Culture of Belarus.



1959

-

Pyotr Vasyuchenko

, writer and scientist.

Petro Vasyuchenko, photo from the MDLU website

In memory

1857

-

Michal Glinka

, Russian composer.



1863

-

Stanislav Sangin

, a rebel, an associate of

Kastus Kalinouski

, died in a battle in Brest region .

1958

-

Yazep Resyat

, Belarusian religious and cultural figure, theologian, publicist.

1975

-

Michal Sapotska

, Catholic priest, confessor of St.

Faustina Kowalska.

2022 — Paval Zhuk

, Belarusian independent press publisher.