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December 16. Kazinform's timeline of major events

16 December 2017 07:00 1204
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December 16. Kazinform's timeline of major events

ASTANA. ASTANA. KAZINFORM Kazinform's Timeline is the one-stop shop where you can learn about historical events for the 16th of December. See what notable events happened throughout Kazakhstan's history on December 16.


In 1991, Kazinform (the then KazTAG) was the first to let the world know about the declaration of the state independence of the Republic of Kazakhstan.

In 1996, the Independence Monument was unveiled at the Republic Square, Almaty. The center of the monument is a 28 meter-high vertical plastic stele. Its upper part was made as a "golden man"  who stands on a winged snow leopard symbolizing strong powers of the state in the land of the Kazakhs.

The same day the grand opening of Ankara Hotel took place in Almaty. The presidents of Kazakhstan and Turkey attended the opening ceremony. It is worthwhile noting that $73 million was spent for the construction of the new five-star hotel.

In 2007, Az i Ya, a book by Olzhas Suleimenov which was popular in the 1970s-1980s, was presented in Sofia. Bulgarian readers had the opportunity to get familiar with the author's study on the phenomenon of the interpenetration of the Turkic and Slavic cultures, the history of written monuments of antiquity.

The Kazakhstan Way, a book by Head of State Nursultan Nazarbayev translated into Armenian, was published in Yerevan in 2009. In his book, Nursultan Nazarbayev tells about the hardest and brightest episodes in the modern history of Kazakhstan, describing the most important steps taken to establish a young state.

In 2010, the Kazakh Embassy in Austria and the Permanent Mission of our country to the OSCE held a state reception in Hofburg Palace in Vienna timed to the Kazakhstan Independence Day and the end of the year of the Republic's Chairmanship in the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe. One of the main events at the reception was that Deputy Foreign Minister of Kazakhstan Konstantin Zhigalov, on behalf and by the instruction of the Head of State, awarded "Dostyk" Order (Friendship Order state award) to OSCE Secretary General Marc Perrin de Brichambaut.

A state reception on the occasion of the 19th Anniversary of the Independence of the Republic of Kazakhstan was held the same day in the Pavilion Dauphine in Paris. On the occasion of the national holiday, the Kazakh Embassy in France arranged a photo exhibition showing the beauty of Kazakhstan's nature, the rapid development of Astana, and the historical cultural heritage. The highlights of the exhibition were the OSCE Summit in Astana and the presentation of our capital as a candidate to host the EXPO 2017.

In 2011, in Astana, Head of State Nursultan Nazarbayev took part in the unveiling of Mangilik Yel, the first triumphal arch in Kazakhstan, which became a new symbol of modern Kazakhstan and the triumph of its people who fulfilled the centuries-old dream of independence and sovereignty of their country. The height of the arch is 20 meters, which symbolizes the 20th Anniversary of Kazakhstan's independence.

In 2014, In the Heart of Eurasia, a book by Nursultan Nazarbayev, was published in Baku. The book was created with the use of President Nazarbayev's diary entries and notes about Astana, a new capital of Kazakhstan.

In 2015, representing Kazakhstan in the grand finale of "Bala Turkvizyon" International Children's Song Contest, 12-year-old Tursynkhan Yerkin was awarded the "Golden Voice" title.

In 2016, for the first time in the country's history, mountaineers Magzhan Sagimbayev and Ilyas Galimbekov planted the National Flag at Mount Vinson (4,892 m), the highest peak in Antarctica, on Kazakhstan's Independence Day.

The same day Head of State Nursultan Nazarbayev unveiled a monument dedicated to the 25th Anniversary of Independence of Kazakhstan on the territory of the EXPO town in Astana.


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