1670, May 121733, Feb 1
of the Albertine line of the House of Wettin was Elector of Saxony (as Frederick Augustus I), Imperial Vicar and became King of Poland (as August II) and Grand Duke of Lithuania (as Augustas II). Augustus' great physical strength earned him the nicknames "the Strong", "the Saxon Hercules" and "Iron-Hand". He liked to show that he lived up to his name by breaking horseshoes with his bare hands and engaging in fox tossing by holding the end of his sling with just one finger while two of the strongest men in his court held the other end.
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04/27/1694-Augustus II ("the Strong") becomes Elector of Saxony (as Frederick Augustus I)
06/02/1697-Augustus II (as Frederick Augustus I, Elector of Saxony), becomes Catholic in order to become emperor of the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth 
06/27/1697-Polish parliament selects monarch Augustus II as king 
10/13/1706-Treaty of Altranstädt: Charles XII of Sweden and Augustus II of Saksen
11/03/1716-Pacification Treaty of Warsaw: Czar Peter the Great guarantees Saxon monarch Augustus II's Polish kingdom 
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