On This Day
Notable events on this day in Russian history
1718: Peter the Great signs decree on conducting the first census in Russia, which was then done every 10 years between 1719 and 1858
1852: Pavel Fedotov, artist, died (born 1815)
1855: Vladimir Gilyarovsky, writer, born (died 1935). Beloved by Russians as "Uncle Gilya," his masterpiece, Moscow and Muscovites, has now been translated into English.
1994: Russia invaded Grozny, starting the first Chechen War of the 1990s. It lasts until August 31, 1996.