Last year, on April 21, 2020, President Volodymyr Zelenskyy of Ukraine marked his one-year anniversary of being elected president of Ukraine in a landslide victory that was seen by observers as an expression of the people’s voice for change from the old order and its ways.
Thirty years ago, on April 10, 2001, thousands of participants demonstrated for the dismissal of President Leonid Kuchma and a “power system change” in Ukraine. The event was organized by the Forum for National Salvation, under the slogan “For Ukraine Without Kuchma and Oligarchs.”
Sixty years ago, on April 8, 1961, The Ukrainian Weekly featured an essay, “Shevchenko, the bard of Ukraine” by Roman Olesnicki, that was read at the Shevchenko Centennial Concert in Newark, N.J., on March 12, 1961.
Ten years ago, on March 27, 2011, Bishop Sviatoslav Shevchuk, the 40-year-old native of Stryi, Lviv Oblast, and who previously served as apostolic administrator of the eparchy of Buenos Aires, Argentina, was enthroned as the major archbishop of Kyiv-Halych of the Ukrainian Greek-Catholic Church at the Patriarchal Cathedral of the Resurrection of Christ in Kyiv.
Thirty years ago, on March 17, 1991, 80.16 percent of Ukraine’s citizens in a national referendum voted “yes” to sovereignty within a union of Soviet sovereign states, based on Ukraine’s July 16, 1990, Declaration of State Sovereignty. A surprising 70.5 percent of the voters were in favor of a renewed federation of Soviet socialist republics, as proposed by Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev.
Fifteen years ago, on March 5, 2006, the Elias artistic-historical museum in Riga, Latvia, hosted an exhibition showcasing the works of Lesia Ukrainka, on the occasion of the 135th anniversary of the poet’s birth.
Twenty-seven years ago, on March 6, 1994, The Ukrainian Weekly’s editorial highlighted the yearlong centennial celebrations marking the founding of the Ukrainian National Association, the publisher of Svoboda and The Ukrainian Weekly newspapers.
Twenty-five years ago, on February 23, 1996, a rift between the Moscow Patriarchate and the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople came to a head with Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew’s recognition of the Orthodox Church of Estonia as independent of Moscow, under the direct jurisdiction of the Ecumenical Patriarchate. The battle for recognition for the Orthodox Church of Estonia came to a close after almost four years of unsuccessful negotiations with Moscow.
Sixty-five years ago, on February 15, 1956, retired Columbia University Prof. Clarence A. Manning was named by Aleksei I. Kirichenko, a Ukrainian delegate to the Communist party congress in Moscow, as “an old American spy and specialist in slandering the Soviet Union.”