16 June 1873
Antonina Nezhdanova was born
Her parents who were village teachers lived in the village of Krivaya Balka near Odessa. They also were preparing their daughter for this occupation. But she dreamed of music, and was singing in the choir since she was seven. After finishing school, Nezhdanova nevertheless became a teacher of Russian and German, but she never stopped dreaming of musical career. She went to Moscow to enter the conservatory, and after graduating from it, worked as a soloist for the Bolshoi Theatre.