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22 July – a Georgian sportsman won the Olympic Games
A Georgian wrestler David Tsimakuridze became the first Georgian champion in freestyle wrestling (in 79 kg weight category) at the Olympic Games in Helsinki, in 1952. The team from USSR was led by a Georgian trainer Vakhtang Kukhianidze. David Tsimakuridze won the championship of the USSR seven times.
23 July – David Kezeli was born
A Georgian writer and public person, David Kezeli was born in 1854. In the first half of 1870’s, Kezeli was a leader of the secret group of the Tbilisi Seminary students. He was one of the participants of the Georgian national movement (Khalkhosnebi). He was arrested for keeping the letter against the imperial politics and proclamation To the Georgians of New Generation, in 1873. He was found guilty, but survived the strict punishment because of his minority, and was sentenced to 8 months of imprisonment.
26 July - Simon Janashia was born
Simon Janashia, a distinguished Georgian historian, academician, was born in 1900. He graduated from Tblisi Ivane Javakishvili State University in 1922; afterwards, he was left at the university to work on his doctoral dissertation. In 1936-41, Simon Janashia was a director of the Institute of the Language, History and Material Culture of the Georgian branch of the USSR Academy of Sciences. Simon Janashia was one of the founders of the Georgian Academy of Sciences and became its first Vice-President in 1941.
27 July - Gia Mataradze was born
Gia Mataradze was born in Telavi, in 1939. In 1963 he graduated from Shota Rustaveli State Theatre Institute, Faculty of Acting; later, he finished the Faculty of Cinema at the same institute. He is producer and screenwriter of the films Mokvetili (1992), Gamotskhadeba (1988), Kvelaze Stsrapebi Msoplioshi (1985), Banditi Aguris Karkhnidan (1983), Motkhrobebi Pirvel Sikvarulze (1981), Gola (Shemtkhveva Zurgshi, 1980); He is casting in many films, e.g.: Batoni Avantiuristebi (1985), Skapenis Oinebi (1984), Tskipurtebi (1973) etc.
28 July – Giorgi Giorgadze was born
Giorgi Giorgadze - a famous Georgian historian, professor of Eastern studies, academician of the Georgian Academy of Sciences - was born in 1927. Giorgi Giorgadze was a Head of the Chair at Ivane Javakhishvili Institute of History and Ethnology from 1988; Head of the Chair of Assyrian Studies at Tbilisi State University, Faculty of Eastern Studies (since 1991). He was a chairman of the scientific counselling section for ancient history and religion at the editorial office of Encyclopaedia.
29 July – Bidzina Kvernadze was born
A popular Georgian composer, teacher, public artist of Georgia was born in 1928. He graduated from Tbilisi State Conservatory (class of Meliton Balanchivadze) in 1953. In 1963, Bidzina Kvernadze began to teach Composition at the same conservatory. He became a Professor in 1980, and Head of the Chair of Composition in 1996.
30 July – Viktor Dolidze was born
Viktor Dolidze (1890) was a founder of the genre of musical comedy in Georgia. He studied at Tbilisi Commercial Institute when he established a chamber ensemble (for mandolin and guitar). He virtuosically played both instruments. He won the First Prize at the competition of mandolin players in Tbilisi, in 1910. He graduated from Kiev Commercial Institute in 1917. In the same period, he took classes of violin and composition at the musical institute.
1 August – Leila Abasdhidze was born
Leila Abashidze, a Georgian artist, producer and playwright, was born in Tbilisi in 1929. In 1951, she graduated from Tbilisi Rustaveli Theatre Institute, Faculty of Acting. In 1940, she began to work at the Kartuli Filmi film studio. In 1941, she played her first role, Kato in the film Kajana. Leila Abashidze created many both comic and dramatic characters.
2 August – Revaz Tabukashvili was born
Revaz Tabukashvili, a writer, playwright, translator, film producer, was born in 1927. Tabukashvili graduated from Moscow Institute of International Affairs in 1949. His poems and translations were published since the 1940’s. His plays were staged at many theatres in Tbilisi and soon became very popular among the Georgian audience. Tabukashvili authored a lot of film scenarios and librettos for the Georgian opera performances.
3 August – Tengiz Archvadze was born
The popular artist Tengiz Archvadze was born in Tbilisi, in 1932. In 1956, he graduated from Tbilisi Theatre Institute and began to work at Kote Marjanishvili State Theatre; from 1967, he worked at Rustavi Drama Theatre, and in 1973 returned to Kote Marjanishvili State Theatre.
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