March 01, 2001

Historical Events in March and April



March

 

1 One-hundred and twenty years ago on this day (1881), Tsar Alexander II died at the hands of the terrorist organization, The People’s Will. Alexander had survived six previous assassination attempts and actually survived a first bomb thrown at his carriage by Nikolai Ryasakov. When the tsar stepped out of his carriage after the bomb blast, Ignaty Grinevetsky threw another bomb at Alexander, this one fatally wounding him. St. Petersburg’s Savior on the Blood Cathedral was subsequently built on the site of Alexander’s assassination.


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