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Rasputin Is Murdered
Rasputin had won favor with Czar Nicholas II and Czarina Alexandra.
self-styled holy man managed to exert influence over the Czarina, and, when Czar
Nicholas left to lead Russian forces in WW1, Rasputin became virtual ruler through
group of nobles, fearing his power, attempted to poison him at Yusupovsky Palace.
However, when the poison failed to work, Rasputin was shot at close range. One
minute later he got up and beat one of his assailants before trying to escape
from the Palace. He was shot again. He was bound and gagged (still alive) and
thrown into a freezing river.
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Percy Bysshe Shelley and Mary Wollstonecraft Godwin get married.
The Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (USSR), made up of Russia, Belarus, the
Ukraine, and the Transcaucasian Federation, is born.