Full Name: Leo Tolstoy [Lev Nikolayevich Tolstoy]
Why Famous: A master of realistic fiction and widely considered one of the greatest novelists of all time, Tolstoy is best known for two long novels, War and Peace (1869) and Anna Karenina (1877).
- 1862-09-23 Russian novelist and author of "War and Peace" Leo Tolstoy (34) marries Sophia Andreevna Behrs (18) daughter of a physician
- 1867-01-12 Leo Tolstoy's "Smert Ioonna Groznogo" premieres in St Petersburg
- 1884-02-18 Police seize all copies of Tolstoy's "What I Believe In"