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May 16. Kazinform's timeline of major events

16 May 2018 07:00 1130
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May 16. Kazinform's timeline of major events

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

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A commemorative plaque was installed on the façade of the building in Astana where Omirbek Zholdasbekov used to live on May 16, 2000. Omirbek Zholdasbekov (1931-1999) is a prominent statesman and laureate of several republican and international prizes.

A bronze statue to The Beatles appeared on the Kok Tobe mountain in Almaty in 2007. All four life-size members of the legendary band in bronze can be found near the Almaty Tower. John Lennon sits on a bench with a guitar in his hands with three other members Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr standing behind the bench.

President of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev signed the Decree awarding Kazakhstani poet Olzhas Suleimenov with Dostlug Order for his merits in promotion of Azerbaijani culture worldwide on May 16, 2011.

The Dolls of Japan exhibition was unveiled at the Museum of the First President in Astana on the same day. It was organized by the Japanese Embassy to Kazakhstan and the Japan Foundation. The exposition consisted of 67 Japanese dolls.

Almaty hosted the first graduation ceremony of the SCO University on May 16, 2013. The university embraces over 60 leading universities of the SCO member states. Its goal is to train specialists who will work for various international projects, mostly innovative ones, implemented by the organization.

A special collection of documentaries dedicated to the 70th anniversary of the Great Patriotic War was released and gifted to the National Museum of the Republic of Kazakhstan on May 16, 2015. The collection consists of 70 documentaries based on the documents and video files found in the archives of Russia, Ukraine and Belarus.

Kunanbai feature film was screened in Astana on May 16, 2015. The film is about Abai's father - Kunanbai Oskenbaiuly who was born in 1804 in Semipalatinsk region and served as a judge.


Konstantin Zhigalov who has been serving as the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Kazakhstan to the Kingdom of Spain since April 2018 turns 59 years on May 16, 2018.

Native of Semipalatinsk is a graduate of the Kirov Kazakh State University and the Abai Kazakh Pedagogical University.

Throughout his professional carrier Konstantin Zhigalov worked as Assistant to the President of the Republic of Kazakhstan (1991-1993, 1995-1996) and held various posts at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Kazakhstan. His diplomatic career took Mr. Zhigalov to Great Britain (1996-2000), Poland (2000-2003), Belgium (2003), Luxemburg, the Netherlands (2003-2009), the EU (2009-2012), Canada (2012-2018), Cuba, the Dominican Republic and Jamaica (2013-2018).



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