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Events 1 - 73 of 73
1009-02-14 - First known mention of Lithuania, in the annals of the monastery of Quedlinburg.
1236-09-22 - The Lithuanians and Semigallians defeat the Livonian Brothers of the Sword in Battle of Šiauliai.
1253-07-06 - Mindaugas is crowned King of Lithuania.
1370-02-17 - Battle at Rudau: Germany beats Lithuania
1390-09-11 - Lithuanian Civil War (1389-1392): the Teutonic Knights begin a five-week siege of Vilnius.
1398-10-12 - the Treaty of Salynas is signed between Grand Duke of Lithuania Vytautas the Great and the Teutonic Knights, who received Samogitia.
1514-09-08 - Battle of Orsha: Polish/Lithuania army defeat the Russian army
1563-02-15 - Russian troops occupy Polotsk Lithuania
1594-02-19 - Having already inherited the throne of the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth through his mother Catherine Jagellonica of Poland, Sigismund III of the House of Vasa is crowned King of Sweden, succeeding his father John III of Sweden.
1605-09-27 - The armies of Sweden are utterly defeated by the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth in the Battle of Kircholm.
1655-07-31 - Russo-Polish War (1654-1667): the Russian army enters the capital of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania, Vilnius, which it holds for six years.
1667-01-30 - Treaty/Truce of Andrusovo signed between Tsardom of Russia & Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth
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.
1791-05-03 - The Constitution of May 3 (the first modern constitution in Europe) is proclaimed by the Sejm of Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth.
1795-03-28 - Partitions of Poland: The Duchy of Courland, a northern fief of the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth, ceases to exist and becomes part of Imperial Russia.
1826-07-26 - Vilnus Lithuanian riots cause death of many Jews
1905-05-29 - Pogrom against Jewish community in Brisk Lithuania
1917-12-11 - German-occupied Lithuania proclaims independence from Russia
1918-02-15 - Estonia, Latvia & Lithuania adopt Gregorian calendar
1918-02-16 - Lithuania declares independence from Russia & Germany (National Day)
1918-03-23 - Lithuania proclaims independence
1919-01-02 - Lithuania gains independence
1919-04-20 - Polish Army captures Vilno, Lithuania from Soviet Army
1920-07-12 - Lithuania & USSR sign peace treaty, Lithuania becomes independent rep
1921-09-22 - Estonia & Lithuania admitted to League of Nations
1922-02-20 - Vilinus, Lithuania, agrees to separate from Poland
1923-01-10 - Lithuania seizes & annexes country of Memel
1923-02-01 - Allied ultimatum on Lithuanian occupation of Memel
1923-04-18 - Poland annexes Central Lithuania
1924-05-08 - Memel territories given to Lithuania
1926-12-17 - Lithuanian military state under gen Augustine Woldemaras
1926-12-17 - Antanas Smetona assumes power in Lithuania as the 1926 coup d'état is successful.
1929-04-05 - Lithuania signs Litvinov-pact
1933-07-17 - After successfully crossing the Atlantic Ocean, the Lithuanian research aircraft Lituanica crashes in Europe under mysterious circumstances.
1934-09-12 - Estonia, Latvia & Lithuania signs Baltic Entente, against USSR
1939-03-20 - 7,000 Jews flee German occupied Memel Lithuania
1939-03-22 - Lithuania state, forced to give Memel territory to Germany
1939-09-28 - Soviet-German treaty agree on 4th partition of Poland (WW II) & gives Lithuania to USSR, last Polish troops surrender
1940-06-15 - Soviet Army occupies Lithuania
1940-06-16 - Communist government installed in Lithuania
1940-07-14 - Lithuania becomes Lithuanian SSR
1940-07-21 - Soviet Union annexes Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania
1940-08-03 - Lithuanian SSR is accepted into USSR
1940-08-25 - Lithuania, Latvia & Estonia incorporated into Soviet Union
1941-06-22 - The Lithuanian 1941 independence begins.
1941-06-24 - Entire Jewish male population of Gorzhdy Lithuania, exterminated
1941-06-26 - Lithuanian fascist massacre 2,300 Jews in Kovno
1941-07-07 - Nazis executed 5,000 Jews in Kovono Lithuania
1941-07-14 - 6,000 Lithuanian Jews are exterminated at Viszalsyan Camp
1941-07-24 - Nazi execute entire Jewish population of Grodz Lithuania
1941-08-15 - Kovono Lithuanian Jews are herded into Slobodka ghetto
1941-09-08 - Entire Jewish community of Meretsch, Lithuania is exterminated
1941-09-15 - Nazis kill 800 Jewish women at Shkudvil Lithuania
1943-09-15 - Concentration Camp Kauwen in Lithuania opens
1944-03-27 - 2,000 Jews are murdered in Kaunas Lithuania
1944-07-13 - Vilnius, Lithuania, liberated
1990-01-11 - 200,000 demand return of Lithuania's independence
1990-03-11 - Lithuania declares it's Independence
1990-12-01 - Lithuania, Estonia & Latvia hold their 1st joint session
1991-01-11 - Soviets storm buildings in Vilnius to block Lithuania independence
1991-02-10 - Lithuania votes for independence from USSR
1991-02-12 - Iceland recognizes Lithuania's independence
1991-07-31 - The Medininkai Massacre in Lithuania. Soviet OMON attacks Lithuanian customs post in Medininkai, killing 7 officers and severely wounding one other.
1991-09-02 - US officially recognizes independence of Estonia, Latvia & Lithuania
1992-10-25 - Lithuania holds a referendum on its first post-Soviet constitution.
1996-03-07 - British Steel in Workington wins Lithuanian multi-million pound order
2002-11-21 - NATO invites Bulgaria, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Romania, Slovakia and Slovenia to become members.
2002-12-13 - Enlargement of the European Union: The European Union announces that Cyprus, the Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Poland, Slovakia, and Slovenia will become members from May 1, 2004.
2004-03-29 - Bulgaria, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Romania, Slovakia and Slovenia join NATO as full members.
2004-04-06 - Rolandas Paksas becomes the first president of Lithuania to be peacefully removed from the post by impeachment.
2004-05-01 - Cyprus, Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Poland, Slovakia, and Slovenia join the European Union, celebrated at the residence of the Irish President in Dublin.
2004-06-28 - Estonia, Lithuania and Slovenia join the European Exchange Rate Mechanism
2007-12-21 - The Schengen Agreement area increases to include 9 European Union member states; Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Poland, Slovakia, and Slovenia on land and sea borders.
Birthdays 1 - 32 of 32
1440-01-22 - Ivan III, the Great, Russian czar (1462-1505)/conquered Lithuania
1461-08-05 - Alexander Jagiellon, Grand Duke of Lithuania (d. 1506)
1533-09-15 - Catherine of Austria, queen consort of Poland and Lithuania (d. 1572)
1653-05-21 - Eleonora Maria Josefa of Austria, queen consort of Poland and Lithuania (d. 1697)
1714-01-01 - Kristijonas Donelaitis, Lutheran pastor, Lithuanian poet (The Seas)
1720-04-23 - Vilna Gaon, Lithuanian rabbi (d. 1797)
1746-02-04 - Tadeusz Kościuszko, Polish, Lithuanian and American National hero and general (d. 1817)
1835-01-17 - Antanas Baranauskas, Lithuanian bishop/poet/dialectologist
1835-01-18 - Caesar A Cui, Vilna Lithuania, fort architect/composer
1870-02-13 - Leopold Godowsky, Lithuania, virtuoso pianist/composer
1877-09-11 - Feliks E Dzjerzjinski, Lithuania, founder (KGB)
1882-10-19 - Vincas Kreve-Mickievicius, Lithuania, poet/philologist/playwright
1885-02-26 - Aleksandras Stulginskis, President of Lithuania (d. 1969)
1887-02-28 - William Zorach, Lithuania, US sculptor (Spirit of the Dance)
1901-01-17 - Aron Gurwitsch, Lithuanian-born philosopher (d. 1973)
1901-02-02 - Jascha Heifetz, Vilna Lithuania, US violin virtuoso (Carnegie Hall)
1907-02-02 - Bernardas Brazdzionis, Lithuania, poet/editor/critic
1924-04-28 - Donatas Banionis, Lithuanian actor
1925-07-30 - Jacques Sernas, Lithuania, actor (La Dolce Vita, Helen of Troy)
1926-11-03 - Valdas Adamkus, President of the Republic of Lithuania
1932-10-18 - Vytautas Landsbergis, Lithuanian politician
1937-01-31 - Regimantas Adomaitis, Lithuanian actor
1940-03-04 - Kas Garas, Kaunas Lithuania, actor (Hamlyn-Strange Report)
1943-09-07 - Lena Valaitis, Lithuanian-German Schlager singer
1951-02-03 - Eugenijus Riabovas, Lithuanian football manager
1963-01-01 - Lina Kačiušytė, Lithuanian swimmer
1972-01-14 - Raimondas Rumšas, Lithuanian cyclist
1975-03-18 - Tomas Žvirgždauskas, Lithuanian footballer
1978-06-16 - Dainius Zubrus, Lithuanian ice hockey player
1982-02-04 - Tomas Vaitkus, Lithuanian professional road racing cyclist
1983-09-03 - Valdas Vasylius, Lithuanian basketball player
1984-05-02 - Saulius Mikoliūnas, Lithuanian footballer
Weddings 1 - 1 of 1
1576-05-01 - Stefan Batory, the reigning Prince of Transylvania, marries Anna Jagiellon and they become the co-rulers of the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth.
Deaths 1 - 26 of 26
1430-10-27 - Vytautas the Great, Grand Duke of Lithuania (b. 1350)
1434-06-01 - Władysław II Jagiełło , King of Lithuania and later also Poland, dies (b.1351)
1545-06-19 - Abraomas Kulvietis Lithuanian reformer (b. 1509)
1608-02-13 - Konstanty Wasyl Ostrogski, Lithuanian prince (b. 1526)
1631-08-08 - Konstantinas Sirvydas, Lithuanian lexicographer (b. 1579)
1657-08-06 - Bohdan Khmelnytsky, Polish-Lithuanian noble
1690-01-03 - Hillel ben Naphtali Zevi, Lithuanian rabbi (b. 1615)
1780-02-18 - Kristijonas Donelaitis, Lithuanian poet (b. 1714)
1812-12-27 - Shneur Zalman of Liadi, Lithuanian rabbi and founder of Chabad Hasidism (b. 1745)
1833-04-07 - Antoni Henryk Radziwill, Lithuanian/Polish composer, dies at 57
1915-04-23 - Rupert Chawner Brooke, English poet (Lithuania), dies at 27
1918-03-26 - Caesar A Cui, Lithuanian fort builder/composer, dies at 83
1924-12-02 - Kazimieras Būga, Lithuanian philologist (b. 1879)
1926-03-30 - Feliks E Dzerzjinski, Lithuanian organizer (KGB), dies at 48
1927-01-27 - Blessed Jurgis Matulaitis-Matulevičius (Matulewicz), Lithuanian bishop
1944-01-03 - Jurgis Baltrušaitis, Lithuanian poet (b. 1873)
1955-03-05 - Antanas Merkys, President of Lithuania (b. 1888)
1957-11-20 - Mstislav Dobuzhinsky, Russian-Lithuanian artist (d. 1875)
1961-08-11 - Antanas Škėma, Lithuanian writer actor and director (b. 1910)
1980-12-02 - Romain Gary, Lithuanian-born French writer (b. 1914)
2002-09-04 - Vlado Perlemuter, Lithuanian pianist (b. 1904)
2007-02-17 - Jurga Ivanauskaitė, Lithuanian writer (b. 1961)
2008-01-13 - Sergei Larin, Lithuanian tenor (b. 1956)
2008-03-15 - Vytautas Kernagis, Lithuanian singer, TV shows announcer (b. 1951)
2010-06-26 - Algirdas Brazauskas, President of Lithuania (b. 1932)
2011-02-16 - Justinas Marcinkevičius, Lithuanian poet and playwright (b. 1930)