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Leopold II

Holy Roman Emperor Leopold II

Profession: Holy Roman Emperor


Biography: One of the most capable of the 18th century reformist rulers known as the "enlightened despots."

Born: May 5, 1747
Birthplace: Vienna, Austria
Star Sign: Taurus

Died: March 1, 1792 (aged 44)

Married Life

  • 1764-08-05 Holy Roman Emperor Leopold II (17) weds queen Maria Luisa of Spain (18) in Innsbruck, Austria

Historical Events

  • 1786-11-30 Grand Duke of Tuscany Leopold II promulgates a penal reform, making his the 1st state to abolish the death penalty. November 30 commemorated as Cities for Life Day.

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