September 1, 1689

On This Date in in 1689 Tsar Peter the Great of Russia placed a tax on men’s beards. Peter the Great wanted to drag Russia into the 17th Century and by forcing Russian men to shave their facial hair, he hoped to at the very least improve their looks. Russian women were allowed to keep their beards as their husbands might not recognize them without them.

About Joel Byers

Born in North Georgia and educated at some very fine public institutions. Real education started after graduating from college and then getting married and raising two boys. Has the ability to see the funny and absurd in most things and will always remark on it, even if it means getting the stink-eye from his victims.
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