Category Archives: This Day in History - Page 4

29 Dec
2015
Do You Know Who Killed Stalin? Who Killed Stalin? Maybe you have heard about conspiracy theories around the world and especially during wars like the Cold War, First and Second World War, etc. We can say even until these  days the government keeps having its dirty little secrets. I found a very interesting article about ...
29 Dec
2015
Today, I want to share with you an important fact that occurred this day in history on the year of 1735, the production of the world’s largest bell also known as the Tsar Bell. The empress Anna Ioannovna ordered to produced it, because the first 130 ton version was shattered and cast out into broken ...
29 Dec
2015
A Russian lexicographer, ethnographer and writer, he is known by his greatest work the Explanatory Dictionary of the Live Great Russian Language, the first ever written or published in Russia. It is still one of the most popular and widely used resources of the Russian language. His father was a Danish linguist, who worked as ...
29 Dec
2015
On November 9th of 1818 in the city of Oryol (Орёл) located in the center of the country, the Russian writer Ivan Sergeyevich Turgenev was borned, he might not sound very famous to most of you but he is recognized by his novels, poems and theater plays characterized for elegant execution, lucidity and liberal ideology. ...
06 Sep
2015
In Borodino, a small town located 150km away from Moscow, took place on the 7th of September 1812 a decisive battle of the Russian Patriotic war ( known by the French as Campaign of Russia). The great patriotic war opposed two very powerful armies: Napoleon’s Grande Armee and the Russian Imperial Army, commanded by Barclay ...
05 Sep
2015
Imagine being forced to pay tax for having facial hair. For Russian men this became a reality on the 5th of September in 1698 when Peter the Great imposed a beard tax. If Peter the Great had promoted this new tax with an advertising slogan, it probably would have read: Peter’s beard tax, the most ...
28 Jul
2015
Regardless of  weather and season one can always see the change of guards in front of Lenin’s Mausoleum, accompanied by the Kremlin chimes. This daily ceremony was maintained during the time of The Second World War, except then very few people knew that between 1941and 1945 the “inhabitant” of the Mausoleum was over 2 thousand ...
11 Jun
2015
Do you know that tomorrow, the 12th of June, is a national holiday in Russia? Do you know why? As you will learn from this post, even Russians are not exactly sure why tomorrow is a day off. Let’s investigate! On the 12th of June 1990 the Congress of People’s Deputies of the Russian SFSR ...
27 May
2015
May 27th 1703 marked the day that the first stones were laid to build the fortress that would protect St. Petersburg from the Swedes. This fortress is called the St. Peter and Paul Fortress. Peter the Great was adamant to get back access to the Baltic Sea from the Swedes in order to make St. Petersburg ...
18 May
2015
Today we write the 18th of May and by doing so we also mark a day filled with Russian history. First of all it’s the birthday of the last Russian Tsar, Nicholas II. Secondly, it’s been 200 years since the death of the famous Russian general and national hero Alexander Suvorov. Lastly, it is the ...