1904 – Born on December 30th in Saint Petersburg. Russian composer.
1905 – He was baptized by a Russian Orthodox priest on January 5th.
1925 – Played piano for silent movies and studied composition under ‘Nikolai Miaskovsky’ at Moscow Conservatory, from which he graduated as a composer.
1932 – He joined the Union of Soviet Composers and became professor of Moscow Conservatory.
1940 – Joined the Communist Party and was made Chief Editor of the "Soviet Music" magazine.
1946 – Included in the bad list of "anti-Soviet" composers by the communist censor Andrei Zhdanov.
1948 – Repented to the Communist party and was cleared, but his teacher ‘Nikolai Miaskovsky’, and his famous colleagues Sergei Prokofiev, and Dmitri Shostakovich were viciously attacked by censor Zhdanov.
1949 – Became the Head of Music Department of Moscow Art Institute.
– Wrote music scores for several Soviet films, including ‘Ivan Pavlov’, a film about Doctor Pavlov and his research on conditioning dogs and humans to sounds, lights, and food.
1952 – Made Secretary of the Soviet Composers Union and remained in the leadership for 35 years.
1956 – Became the Chairman of Commission in charge of music.
– He was awarded the Order of Lenin and was made the People’s Artist of the USSR.
1987 – Died on February 18th in Moscow.