Moscow in History

Historical Events

Events 1 - 100 of 221

  • 1380-09-08 Battle on Kulikovo: Moscow's great monarch Dimitri defeats the Mongols beginning the decline of the Tatars
  • 1408-12-05 Emir Edigu of Golden Horde reaches Moscow
  • 1448-12-05 Bishop Jona of Moscow chosen as metropolitan of Kiev/Intoxication

Historic Event

1472-06-24 Byzantine princess Sophia Palaiologina departs Rome with a large entourage for Moscow to marry Ivan III

  • 1478-01-18 Grand Duke Ivan II of Moscow occupies Novgorod

Historic Event

1547-01-16 Ivan IV the Terrible (17) crowns himself first tsar of Moscow

  • 1547-06-21 Great fire in Moscow, a third of the largely wooden city destroyed and 2-3,000 killed
  • 1552-10-29 Tsar Ivan IV returns to Moscow after conquering the Khanate of Kazan in the Siege of Kazan
  • 1561-07-12 "Trinity Church" (now Saint Basil's Cathedral) is consecrated in Moscow, Russia
  • 1589-01-26 Job is elected as Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia
  • 1612-11-01 (22 October O.S.) Time of Troubles in Russia: Moscow, Kitai-gorod, is captured by Russian troops under command of Dmitry Pozharsky
  • 1613-02-21 Michael Romanov, son of Patriarch of Moscow, elected first Russian Tsar of the house of Romanov
  • 1619-06-24 Tsar Michail's father Filaret becomes patriarch of Moscow
  • 1642-03-27 The sixth Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia Joseph takes office.
  • 1648-06-10 Moscow's people uprise against regent Boris Morozov
  • 1649-06-01 Russian Tsar Alexis throws English merchants out of Moscow
  • 1665-05-05 Nicolaas Witsen visits patriarch Nikon in Moscow

Historic Event

1698-08-25 Tsar Peter the Great returns to Moscow after trip through Western Europe

  • 1699-02-04 350 rebellious Streltsi executed in Moscow

Victory in Battle

1708-09-11 Great Northern war: Charles XII of Sweden stops his march to conquer Moscow outside Smolensk, marking the turning point in the war

Historic Event

1742-04-25 Elizabeth of Russia crowns herself Empress in the Dormition Cathedral in Moscow

Historic Event

1763-09-01 Catherine II of Russia endorses Ivan Betskoy's plans for a Foundling Home in Moscow

Great Fire of Moscow

1812-09-14 Great Fire of Moscow begins as Napoleon approaches the city and retreating Russians burn it - fire continues to burn for five days

Historic Event

1812-09-15 French army under Napoleon Bonaparte reaches the Kremlin in Moscow

  • 1812-09-18 Great Fire of Moscow burns out after 5 days, 75% of the city destroyed and 12,000 killed
  • 1812-10-19 Napoleon Bonaparte and his Grande Armée begin their retreat from Moscow numbering just 100,000 (started campaign with 500,000)
  • 1812-10-24 Napoleonic Wars: The Battle of Maloyaroslavets takes place near Moscow, French army then forced to retreat through the snow towards Smolensk
  • 1812-11-17 Napoleonic Wars: Battle of Krasnoi during Napoleon's retreat from Moscow
  • 1854-01-25 Aleksandr Ostrovsky's play "Bednost ne Porok" premieres in Moscow
  • 1859-11-16 Aleksandr Ostrovsky's play "Groza" (The Storm) premieres in Moscow
  • 1862-07-01 The Russian State Library is founded in Moscow

Music Premiere

1876-11-17 Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky's patriotic Slavonic March makes its premiere in Moscow to a warm reception

  • 1877-03-04 Tchaikovski's incomplete ballet "Zwanenmeer" premieres in Moscow
  • 1878-11-10 Aleksandr Ostrovsky's "Bespridannitsa" premieres in Moscow
  • 1879-03-29 Tsjaikovski's opera "Jevgeni Onegin" premieres in Moscow

Historic Event

1880-06-08 Russian writer Fyodor Dostoyevsky delivers an emotional speech at the unveiling of a monument to Pushkin in Moscow

Royal Coronation

1883-05-27 Alexander III crowned Tsar of Russia in Moscow

  • 1888-03-20 The premiere of the very first Romani language operetta staged in Moscow, Russia.
  • 1891-04-23 Jews are expelled from Moscow, Russia
  • 1892-10-08 Sergei Rachmaninoff first performs "Prelude in C-sharp-Minor" in Moscow

Royal Coronation

1896-05-30 Khodynka Tragedy: Stampeding crowd on Khodynka Field, Moscow, during the festivities for coronation of Russian Tsar Nicholas II, results in the deaths of about 1,300 people

Historic Event

1901-01-31 Chekhov's "Three Sisters" opens at Moscow Art Theater

Theater Premiere

1902-10-25 Maxim Gorky's play "The Lower Depths" premieres in Moscow

  • 1904-01-17 Anton Chekhov's play "Cherry Orchard" opens at Moscow Art Theater
  • 1904-02-06 Japan notifies Russia that in view of Russia's delaying tactics and provocative military action, Japan is ending negotiations and recalling its members from Moscow
  • 1905-12-22 Arrest of St Petersburg Soviet members leads to an uprising of Moscow workers and fighting in the street

Theater Premiere

1908-09-30 Maurice Maeterlinck's play "L'Oiseau bleu" (The Blue Bird) premieres at the Moscow Art Theatre

  • 1914-12-15 Battle of Lodz ends; Russians retreat toward Moscow

Historic Event

1918-03-12 Fearing foreign invasion Vladimir Lenin shifts revolutionary Russia's capital from Petrograd (St. Petersburg) to Moscow

  • 1919-03-23 8th Congress of the Russian Communist Party re-establishes a five-member Politburo which becomes the center of political power in the Soviet Union. Original members Vladimir Lenin, Leon Trotsky, Joseph Stalin, Lev Kamenev and Nikolai Krestinsky
  • 1921-03-16 Britain signs a trade agreement with the USSR and sends a trade mission to Moscow: this goes against the US, who in the same month refused to sign a trade agreement
  • 1922-05-21 Rollin Kirby's "On the Road to Moscow" is the 1st cartoon to receive a Pulitzer Prize
  • 1922-09-17 Radio Moscow begins transmitting (12 KWs-most powerful station)

Soviet Union Founded

1922-12-30 Creation of the USSR formally proclaimed in Moscow from the Bolshoi Theatre, Soviet Union organized as a federation of RSFSR, Ukrainian SSR, Belorussian SSR and Transcaucasian SSR

  • 1923-07-06 The Central Executive Committee accepts the Treaty of Union, signed in Moscow in December 1922, and the Russian Empire becomes the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics
  • 1924-01-27 Lenin placed in Mausoleum in Red Square, Moscow
  • 1924-10-12 Sokolnicheskaya Radio begins broadcasting from Moscow
  • 1925-12-21 "Battleship Potemkin", Soviet silent film directed by Sergei Eisenstein, starring Aleksandr Antonov, Vladimir Barksy and Grigori Aleksandrov, premieres in Moscow

Music History

1927-01-09 Dmitri Shostakovich' Octet opus 11 premieres in Moscow

  • 1927-12-04 Dmitri Shostakovich's 2nd Symphony premieres in Moscow
  • 1928-09-28 Valentin Katayev's "Kvadratura Kruga" premieres in Moscow
  • 1929-02-13 Vladimir Mayakofsky's "Klop" premieres in Moscow
  • 1930-04-21 Vladimir Mayakovsky's "Moskva Golid" premieres in Moscow
  • 1933-05-24 Dmitri Shostakovich's Preludes premieres in Moscow
  • 1935-04-28 Moscow underground railway opens (81 km long)
  • 1935-05-15 Moscow Metro opens to public; initial phase was 11 km (6.8 mi) long and included 13 stations
  • 1936-05-02 Sergei Prokofiev's musical "Peter and the Wolf" premieres in Moscow
  • 1936-08-19 Trial against Ljev Kamenev & Grigori Zinovjev because of "Trotskyism" opens in Moscow

Historic Event

1937-01-23 Karl Radek and sixteen others go on trial in Moscow as part of the Great Purge, many are sentenced to death

  • 1937-07-12 -13) Tupolev ANT-25 non-stop flight Moscow to San Jacinto, California
  • 1940-03-12 Finland signs the Moscow Peace Treaty in Moscow, surrendering to Russia and ceding 11% of their pre-WWII territory, ending the "Winter War"
  • 1941-09-30 German assault on Moscow, Operation Typhoon, begins
  • 1941-10-01 Dmitri Shostakovich evacuated by plane to Moscow
  • 1941-10-02 Germans launch attack on Moscow
  • 1941-10-12 Soviet government moves from Moscow to Volga as Nazis forces close in on Moscow
  • 1941-10-16 Germany advances within 60 miles (96 K) of Moscow
  • 1941-10-25 Germany attacks Moscow
  • 1941-11-12 Germany's drive to take Moscow halted
  • 1941-11-23 German troops conquer Klin, NW of Moscow
  • 1941-12-05 Soviet anti-offensive in Moscow drives out Nazi army

Conference of Interest

1942-08-12 British Prime Minister Winston Churchill arrives in Moscow for a conference with Joseph Stalin and US representative W. Averrell Harriman

  • 1942-08-16 British Prime Minister Winston Churchill travels back to Cairo from Moscow
  • 1942-08-26 Soviet counter offensive begins in Moscow
  • 1943-10-01 Averell Harriman named US ambassador to Moscow
  • 1943-10-19 Conference of foreign ministers in Moscow
  • 1943-11-03 Dmitri Shostakovich's 8th Symphony premieres in Moscow
  • 1944-04-28 Soviet leader Joseph Stalin meets Polish-American priest Stanislaus Orlemanski in Moscow to discuss religion and the future of post-war Poland
  • 1944-10-19 British Prime Minister Winston Churchill flies back to London from Moscow
  • 1944-12-02 General De Gaulle arrives in Moscow
  • 1945-01-13 Sergei Prokofiev's 5th Symphony premieres by the USSR State Symphony Orchestra conducted by Prokofiev, in the Great Hall of Moscow Conservatory
  • 1945-02-07 London, Washington and Moscow discuss final phase of World War II
  • 1945-06-24 The Moscow Victory Parade takes place
  • 1948-07-08 500th anniversary of the Russian Orthodox Church celebrated in Moscow

Historic Event

1948-10-16 Demonstration by Moscow Jews honoring Israeli ambassador Golda Meir

  • 1949-07-29 Moscow ends the blockade of West Berlin

Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 1 - 100 of 244

  • 1350-10-12 Dmitry Donskoy, Grand Prince of Moscow (1359-89), born in Moscow (d. 1389)

Ivan the Great

1440-01-22 Ivan III, the Great, Grand Prince of Moscow and Russia (1462-1505) who conquered Lithuania, born in Moscow, Russia (d. 1505)

  • 1479-03-26 Vasili III of Russia, Great Prince of Moscow (1505-33), son of Ivan III (d. 1533)
  • 1557-05-31 Feodor I (Fyodor/Theodore Ivanovich), Tsar of Russia (1584-98), born in Moscow, Russia (d. 1598)
  • 1578-11-01 Dmitry Pozharsky, Russian prince (known for his military leadership during the Polish–Muscovite War 1611-12), born in Klin County, Moscow Governorate, Tsardom of Russia (d. 1642)
  • 1596-07-22 Michael I, first Russian Tsar of the House of Romanov (1613-45), born in Moscow, Russia (d. 1645)
  • 1629-03-09 Tsar Alexis I of Russia [Aleksey Mikhaylovich], Tsar of Russia (1645-76), born in Moscow (d. 1676)
  • 1657-09-27 Sophia Alekseyevna, Regent of Russia (1682-89), born in Moscow, Russia (d. 1704)
  • 1666-08-27 Ivan V, co-tsar of Russia (1682-89), born in Moscow, Russia (d. 1696)
  • 1669-08-09 Yevdokiya Lopukhina, Tsarina of Russia, first wife of Peter I of Russia, born in Moscow (d. 1731)

Peter the Great

1672-06-09 Peter the Great [Pyotr Alexeyevich Romanov], Tsar of Russia (1682-1725), born in Moscow (d. 1725)

Elizabeth of Russia

1709-12-29 Elizabeth of Russia [Elizaveta Petrovna], Empress of Russia (1741-62) and daughter of Peter the Great, born in Kolomenskoye, Moscow, Russia (d. 1762)

  • 1727-11-01 Ivan Shuvalov, 1st Russian Minister of Education and founder of the Moscow University, born in Moscow (d. 1797)
  • 1749-08-31 Alexander Radishchev, Russian writer (Journey from St. Petersburg to Moscow), born in Moscow (1802)
  • 1770-07-13 Alexander Balashov, Russian general and statesman, born in Moscow (d. 1837)
  • 1782-12-26 Filaret Drozdov, Metropolitan of Moscow (d. 1867)
  • 1784-07-27 Denis Davydov, Russian general and poet, born in Moscow, Russia (d. 1839)
  • 1793-07-05 Pavel Ivanovich Pestel, Russian officer, born in Moscow, Russia (d. 1826)
  • 1795-01-15 Alexandr Griboyedov, Russian playwright, born in Moscow, Russia (d. 1829)
  • 1799-06-06 Alexander Pushkin, Russian writer and poet (Eugene Onegin), born in Moscow, Russian Empire (d. 1837)
  • 1801-11-27 Alexander Egorovich Varlamov, Russian composer, born in Moscow (d. 1848)
  • 1803-08-13 Vladimir Odoevsky, Russian philosopher & writer, born in Moscow (d. 1869)
  • 1803-09-03 Alexander Gurilyov, Russian composer, born in Moscow, Russia (d. 1858)
  • 1804-05-01 Aleksey Stepanovich Khomyakov, Russian poet, born in Moscow (d. 1860) [NS 13/05]
  • 1806-04-03 Ivan Kireyevsky, Russian literary critic and philosopher, born in Moscow (d. 1856)
  • 1813-06-18 Pavel Annenkov, Russian literature historian (Zametsjatelnoje desjatileti), born in Moscow, Russia (d. 1887)
  • 1814-08-01 Ivan Gagarin, Russian Jesuit and founding editor of Études, born in Moscow (d. 1882)
  • 1814-10-03 Mikhail Lermontov, Russian poet and writer (Demon & other poems), born in Moscow (d. 1841)

Alexander II

1818-04-29 Alexander II, Tsar of Russia (1855-81), born in the Moscow Kremlin in Russia (d. 1881)

  • 1821-06-04 Apollon Maykov, Russian poet, born in Moscow, Imperial Russia (d. 1897)

Fyodor Dostoyevsky

1821-11-11 Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Russian novelist (Crime and Punishment, The Dream of a Ridiculous Man) who helped shape literary modernism and existentialism, born in Moscow, Russian Empire (d. 1881)

  • 1823-04-12 Aleksandr Ostrovsky [Alexander Ostrovsky], Russian playwright (Artists & Admirers), born in Moscow, Russian Empire (d. 1886)
  • 1827-05-21 Konstantin Pobedonostsev, Russian reactionary lawyer and senator, born in Moscow, Russian Empire (d. 1907)
  • 1830-05-24 Alexei Savrasov, Russian painter, born in Moscow, Russia (d. 1897)
  • 1832-12-27 Pavel Tretyakov, Russian businessman and patron of art, born in Moscow (d. 1897)
  • 1835-06-14 Nikolay Rubinstein, Russian composer and pianist, born in Moscow, Russia (d. 1881) (O.S. 2 June)
  • 1842-09-13 John H. Bankhead, U.S. Senator from Alabama, born in Moscow, Marion County, Alabama (d. 1920)
  • 1842-12-09 Pyotr Alexeyevich Kropotkin, Russian activist and anarchist, born in Moscow (d. 1921)
  • 1850-01-15 Sofia Kovalevskaya, Russian mathematician, born in Moscow, Russia (d. 1891)
  • 1856-11-28 Alexander Kastalsky, Russian composer, born in Moscow (d. 1926)
  • 1861-04-27 Georgy Catoire, Russian composer, born in Moscow, Russia (d. 1926)
  • 1862-07-18 Nikolai Nikolayevich Yudenich, Russian WWI general, born in Moscow, Russian Empire (d. 1933)
  • 1864-10-25 Alexander Gretchaninov, Russian-American composer, born in Moscow, Russia (d. 1956)
  • 1866-02-28 Vyacheslav Ivanov, Russian philosopher, playwright and poet, born in Moscow, Russian Empire (d. 1949)
  • 1866-12-04 Wassily Kandinsky, Russian-French abstract painter (Dreamy Inspiration), born in Moscow (d. 1944)
  • 1867-11-21 Vladimir Ipatieff, Russian-American chemist, born in Moscow, Russia (d. 1952)
  • 1869-05-05 Hans Pfitzner, German composer (Palestrina), born in Moscow, Russia (d. 1949)
  • 1869-12-22 Dmitri Egorov, Russian-Soviet mathematician, born in Moscow, Russia (d. 1931)
  • 1872-01-06 Alexander Scriabin, Russian composer (Prometheus) and pianist, born in Moscow, Russia (d. 1915)
  • 1872-03-08 Paul Juon, Russian-Swiss violinist and composer, born in Moscow, Russia (d. 1940)
  • 1874-06-16 Mikhail Vladimirovich Ivanov-Boretsky, composer, born in Moscow, Russia (d. 1936)
  • 1875-10-24 Konstantin Yuon, Russian painter, born in Moscow, Russian Empire (d. 1958)
  • 1877-06-24 Aleksei M Remizov, Russian writer (Iveren), born in Moscow (d. 1957)
  • 1877-10-24 Pavel Chesnokov, Russian-Soviet composer, born in Voskresensk, Moscow Oblast, Russia (d. 1944)
  • 1880-01-05 Nikolai Medtner, Russian pianist and composer (Skazi), born in Moscow, Russia (d. 1951)
  • 1880-06-26 Natalia Brassova, Russian noblewoman, wife of Grand Duke Michael Alexandrovich of Russia, born in Perovo, Moscow, Russian Empire (d. 1952)
  • 1880-10-26 Andrei Bely [Boris Nikolaevich Bugaev], Russian writer (Petersburg), born in Moscow, Russia (d. 1934)
  • 1881-10-01 Leonid Sabaneyev, Russian composer, born in Moscow (d. 1968)
  • 1882-01-22 Theodore Kosloff, Russian-born actor, ballet dancer and choreographer, born in Moscow, Russian Empire (d. 1956)
  • 1883-02-01 Yevgeny Vakhtangov, Armenian-Russian theatrical director of the Moscow Art Theatre (Vakhtangov Theatre), born in Vladikavkaz, Russia (d. 1922)
  • 1886-04-05 Jacques Handschin, Swiss musicologist (Der Toncharakter), born in Moscow, Russia (d. 1955)
  • 1887-11-25 Nikolai Vavilov, Soviet botanist and geneticist (identified the centers of origin of cultivated plants), born in Moscow, Russian Empire (d. 1943)
  • 1888-10-09 Nikolai Ivanovich Bukharin, Russian politician and intellectual, born in Moscow, Russia (d. 1938)
  • 1889-04-21 Paul Karrer, Swiss organic chemist (Nobel 1937), born in Moscow, Russia (d. 1971)
  • 1889-04-24 Lyubov Popova, Russian avant-garde artist and painter, born in Ivanovskoe, Moscow (d. 1924)
  • 1889-12-24 Vladimir Sokoloff, Russian actor (Road to Morocco), born in Moscow, Russia (d. 1962)

Boris Pasternak

1890-02-10 Boris Pasternak, Russian novelist and poet (Doctor Zhivago, Nobel 1958), born in Moscow, Russia (d. 1960)

  • 1891-08-24 Alexander Mikhaylovich Dzegelyonok, Russian composer, born in Moscow (d. 1969)
  • 1892-10-09 Marina Tsvetaeva, Russian poet (The Train of Life), born in Moscow (d. 1941)
  • 1892-11-01 Alexander Alekhine, Russian, French chess player (world champion 1927-35, 37-46), born in Moscow, Russia (d. 1946)
  • 1893-08-19 Olga Baclanova, Russian actress (Freaks, Docks of NY), born in Moscow, Russia (d. 1974)
  • 1896-05-07 Pavel Sergeevich Aleksandrov, Russian mathematician (topology), born in Moscow, Russia (d. 1982)
  • 1896-08-09 Leonide Massine, Russian ballet dancer and choreographer (Diaghilev Ballet Russe 1914-20), born in Moscow, Russian Empire (d. 1979)
  • 1896-09-25 Elsa Triolet [Ella Kagan], Russian-French writer and Resistance fighter, born in Moscow (d. 1970)
  • 1896-10-11 Roman Jakobson, Russian-American linguist and Slavic scholar (Fundamentals of Language), born in Moscow, Russia (d. 1982)
  • 1896-11-20 Yevgenia Ginzburg, Russian writer, born in Moscow, Russian Empire (d. 1977)
  • 1899-05-31 Leonid Leonov, Russian writer, born in Moscow (d. 1994)
  • 1899-06-04 Leo Spies, Russian-born German composer, born in Moscow (d. 1965)
  • 1899-12-06 Nikolai Batalov, Russian actor (Tretya meshchanskaya, Mother), born in Moscow, Russia (d. 1937)
  • 1900-01-20 Boris Semyonovich Shekhter, Russian composer, born in Moscow, Russia (d. 1961)
  • 1900-03-21 Eugenie Leontovitch, Russian actress (Homicidal, The Rains of Ranchipur), born in Moscow, Russia (d. 1993)
  • 1901-07-05 Sergey Vladimirovich Obraztsov, Soviet puppet master, born in Moscow, Russia (d. 1992)
  • 1901-08-15 Pyotr Sergeyevich Novikov, Russian mathematician (group theory), born in Moscow, Russia (d. 1975)
  • 1903-01-07 Vladimir Alexandrovich Vlasov, Russian composer and conductor, born in Moscow (d. 1986)
  • 1903-04-18 Yury Sergeyevich Milyutin, Russian composer, born in Moscow (d. 1968)
  • 1904-02-16 George .F Kennan, US ambassador to Moscow, born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • 1906-02-16 Vera Menchik, Russian-born British chess master, 1st official women's world chess champion (1927-39), born in Moscow, Russian Empire (d. 1944)
  • 1906-09-24 Victor Wong, American actor (Mission to Moscow, War Correspondent, King Kong), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 1972)
  • 1908-09-03 Lev Pontryagin, Russian mathematician, born in Moscow, Russian Empire (d. 1988)
  • 1908-09-30 David Oistrakh, Soviet violinist considered one of the pre-eminent violinists of the 20th century (Moscow Conservatory), born in Odessa, Ukraine, Russian Empire (d. 1974)
  • 1908-12-13 Victor Babin, Russian-American concert pianist (Vronsky & Babin), composer, and educator (Cleveland Institute, 1961-72), born in Moscow, Russia (d. 1972)
  • 1909-11-27 Anatoly Maltsev, Russian mathematician (decidability of various algebraic groups), born in Moscow (d. 1967)
  • 1911-01-06 Nikolai Afanasyevich Kryuchkov, Soviet film actor (Telegram, Town People), born in Moscow, Russia (d. 1994)
  • 1911-11-01 Henri Troyat, Russian-French author and historian, born in Moscow (d. 2007)
  • 1912-03-28 Marina Raskova, Russian navigator, born in Moscow (d. 1943)
  • 1913-03-13 Sergey Mikhalkov, Soviet writer and poet, born in Moscow (d. 2009) [NS]
  • 1913-11-30 John K M McCaffery, TV host (One Minute Please), born in Moscow, Idaho
  • 1914-01-01 Noor Inayat Khan, Indian princess and British Special Operations Executive agent in WWII posthumously awarded the George Cross, born in Moscow, Russian Empire (d. 1944)
  • 1914-03-06 Kirill Kondrashin, Russian conductor (Bolshoi Theatre, 1943-56; Moscow Philharmonic, 1960-75; Concertgebouw, 1978-81), born in Moscow, Russia (d.1981)
  • 1915-10-07 Roman Padlewski, Polish violinist and composer, born in Moscow, Russia (d. 1944)

Famous Weddings

Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

1877-07-06 Composer Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky (37) weds Antonina Miliukova (29) at the Church of Saint George in Moscow, Russia

Valentina Tereshkova

1963-11-03 Cosmonaut Valentina Tereshkova (26) weds cosmonaut Andriyan Nikolayev (34) at the Moscow Wedding Palace

Pavel Bure

2009-10-10 Ice hockey right winger Pavel Bure (38) weds model Alina Khasanova (23) in Moscow, Russia


Famous Deaths

  • 1303-03-04 Daniel of Moscow, Russian Saint, Grand Prince of Muscovy (b. 1261)
  • 1340-03-31 Ivan I of Moscow, Prince of Moscow and Grand Prince of Vladimir (b. 1288)
  • 1359-11-13 Ivan II, great ruler of Moscow & Vladimir, dies
  • 1406-09-16 Cyprian, Metropolitan of Moscow (b. 1336)
  • 1462-03-27 Vasili II 'the Blind' Grand Prince of Moscow, dies at 47

Ivan the Great

1505-10-27 Ivan the Great, Grand Prince of Moscow and Russia (1462-1505) who conquered Lithuania, dies at 65

  • 1533-12-03 Vasili III of Russia, Great Prince of Moscow (1505-33), dies at 54
  • 1569-12-23 St Philip II, Metropolitan of Moscow, martyred by Ivan the Terrible
  • 1633-10-01 Filaret [Fjodor N Romanov], patriarch of Moscow, dies
  • 1671-06-16 Stenka Razin, Cossack rebel leader, tortured & executed in Moscow
  • 1797-11-14 Ivan Shuvalov, 1st Russian Minister of Education and founder of the Moscow University, dies at 70
  • 1812-11-11 Platon Levshin, Metropoitan of Moscow (b. 1737)
  • 1905-02-17 Serge Alexandrovich, Governor-General of Moscow, assassinated by a terrorist bomb; his carriage driver also died, the assailant survived, was tried and hanged
  • 1918-07-06 Count von Mirbach, German ambassador to Moscow, dies
  • 1922-05-29 Yevgeny Vakhtangov, Armenian-Russian theatrical director of the Moscow Art Theatre (Vakhtangov Theatre), dies of cancer at 39
  • 1955-05-03 Philips C Visser, explorer/ambassador to Moscow, dies
  • 1974-10-24 David Oistrakh, Soviet violinist considered one of the pre-eminent violinists of the 20th century (Moscow Conservatory), dies at 66
  • 2015-02-27 Boris Nemtsov, Russian politician, dies at 55, shot four times in Moscow
  • 2018-03-12 Oleg Tabakov, Soviet-Russian actor and artistic director (Moscow Art Theatre), dies at 82
  • 2018-07-27 Vladimir Voinovich, Russian writer and dissident (Moscow 2042), dies of a heart attack at 85