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December 16. Kazinform's timeline of major events

16 December 2018 07:00 271

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.


The Republic of Kazakhstan Independence Day
The Supreme Council of Kazakhstan passed the Constitutional Law of the Republic of Kazakhstan "On the State Independence of the Republic of Kazakhstan" on December 16, 1991, and it was signed the same day by the President of Kazakhstan Nursultan Nazarbayev. According to the Law "On Holidays in the Republic of Kazakhstan", the holiday is celebrated on 16th and 17th December.

Energy Worker Day in Kazakhstan
The professional holiday of all workers of the energy industry of Kazakhstan is annually celebrated on the third Sunday of December.


In 1991, Kazinform News Agency (the then KazTAG) was the first to announce to the world that the Republic of Kazakhstan declared Independence.

In 1996, the Independence Monument was unveiled in Almaty. The center of the composition is a 28-meter-high vertical stele. On its top, there is a "golden man" standing on a winged snow leopard. It symbolizes the strong power in the Land of the Kazakhs.

The same day Ankara Hotel in Almaty opened its doors. The presidents of Kazakhstan and Turkey participated in the grand opening ceremony.

In 2010, in Hofburg Palace in Vienna, Deputy Foreign Minister of Kazakhstan Konstantin Zhigalov presented OSCE Secretary General Marc Perrin de Brichambaut with the Order of Dostyk (the Order of Friendship) on behalf and at the instruction of the Head of State.

In Astana, Head of State Nursultan Nazarbayev in 2011 took part in the unveiling of Mangilik Yel, the first triumphal arch in Kazakhstan. It 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, prominent Kazakh playwright Dulat Issabekov won the Chingiz Aitmatov International Prize.

Kazakhstan's 12-year-old Tursynkhan Yerkin was awarded the Golden Voice title at Bala Turkvizyon International Children's Song in 2015.

In 2016, 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 President Nursultan Nazarbayev unveiled a monument dedicated to the 25th Anniversary of Independence of Kazakhstan at the EXPO town in Astana.