Profession: Key Figure of Medieval Rus
Why Famous: The Prince of Novgorod, Grand Prince of Kiev and Grand Prince of Vladimir during some of the most trying times in the city's history. He rose to legendary status on account of his military victories over the German and Swedish invaders.
- 1240-07-15 A Novgorodian army led by Alexander Nevsky defeats the Swedes in the Battle of the Neva.
- 1242-04-05 Alexander Nevsky of Novgorod defeats Teutonic Knights in the Battle of the Ice
- 1725-05-21 The Order of St. Alexander Nevsky is instituted in Russia by the empress Catherine I. It would later be discontinued and then reinstated by the Soviet government in 1942 as the Order of Alexander Nevsky.