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November 16, 1581

On November 16, 1581, crazy Russian Tsar, Ivan the Terrible, grew angry and physically assaulted his daughter-in-law, Yelena Sheremeteva, for wearing ‘unconventionally’ light clothing. Ivan’s son and heir, Ivan Ivanovich heard his wife’s screams and rushed in to protect her. … Continue reading

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April 6, 1722

On April 6, 1722, Peter the Great, Tsar of Russia ended the beard tax that he imposed back in 1698. He imposed the tax, along with other measures to modernize Russia so it could compete with the Englands, Frances, and … Continue reading

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