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Anniversary of the birth of the Romanov dynasty in Russia
« on: February 21, 2015, 01:06:45 PM »
1613 - 1917, a pretty long run for a European dynasty:

On February 21, 1613, Michael Romanov, the first Russian tsar from the Romanov dynasty  came to power, and the Time of Troubles, the long period of revolts, was over.
Ivan the Terrible died in 1584. His eldest son and successor, Feodor, was ailing and was not able to manage the state affairs, and his youngest son Dmitry was still a child and died in 1591 in suspicious circumstances. In 1598, Feodor died too, and the Rurik dynasty, founded by the first ruler of Russia, Prince Rurik, was over. One of the nobles, Boris Godunov , headed the country...

Michael Romanov was one of the four aspirants to throne. He came from an old and noble family, members of which had always been serving to the Russian tsars. He was only sixteen years old when he became a tsar. His mother, Ksenia, did not want him to take such a great responsibility, and when he was enthroned, she actually ruled the country instead of him until 1819 [that must be 1619]. Michael stopped the wars with Poland and Sweden, restored diplomatic relations with Europe and reorganized the Russian army

Yes, I realize that in 1613 Russia was not using the Gregorian calendar that all of us now use, so the date will be off by a week or so.