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Major dates in history

  • 862 AD – the town of Polotsk was first mentioned in chronicles as a center of local tribes
  • 10th century, second half – the Polotsk Principality was created
  • 10th century, end – the Turov Principality was founded
  • 1230 – Belarus was incorporated into the Great Duchy of Lithuania
  • 1569 – Belarus was incorporated into Rzecz Pospolita
  • 1772–1795 – Rzecz Pospolita together with Belarus were annexed to the Russian Empire
  • 1918 – the Belarusian People’s Republic was proclaimed
  • 1919 – the Byelorussian Soviet Socialist Republic was created as part of the USSR
  • 1941–1945 – Belarus together with the USSR participated in the World War II
  • 1945 – Belarus became one of the founding members of the United Nations
  • 1990 – Belarus became a sovereign state
  • 1994 – Belarus adopted Constitution and elected its first President

 


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