April 01, 1999

April and May in History



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1 April Fool’s Day is also the 190th birthday of Nikolai Vassiliyevich Gogol. Far from being a fool, Gogol, born Ukrainian, is one of the diamonds in the fund of great Russian literature.

3 This is the 215th birthday of the sculptor Stepan Pimenov (1784-1833). Born in St. Petersburg, he began his studies at the Academy of Arts at the age of 11 and graduated from the Academy with a gold medal. He dedicated his life to beautifying Petersburg with his works. He created the famous sculptures near Kazansky Cathedral, namely the statue of Alexander Nevsky (which earned him a diamond ring from the state), the 16 sculptures near the Admiralty, the chariot on top of Alexandrinsky Theater and many more.


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