1729, Apr 211796, Nov 6
a Russian monarch. She was the longest-ruling female leader of Russia, reigning from 1762 until her death in 1796 at the age of 67, and arguably the most renowned. She came to power following a coup d'état when her husband, Peter III, was assassinated. Russia was revitalised under her reign, growing larger and stronger than ever and becoming recognised as one of the great powers of Europe.
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08/06/1726-Emperor Charles VI and tsarina Catherine the Great sign military treaty 
06/28/1762-Russian tsarina Catherine the Great grabs power
06/29/1762-Czar Peter III of Russia divorces his wife Catherine the Great 
04/08/1783-Catherine the Great of Russia annexes Crimea
04/21/1785-Russian tsarina Catherine the Great ends noble privileges 
06/23/1794-Empress Catherine the Great grants Jews permission to settle in Kiev
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Jacob Philipp Hackert
...became famous everywhere in Europe due to his works for Catherine the Great, the cycle of paintings about Battle of Chesma,...
Vasily Pashkevich
...violinist and teacher who lived during the time of Catherine the Great. Pashkevich wrote important comic operas, often re-working...
Paul I of Russia
...(whom he resembled physically and by character) and of Catherine the Great (reigned 1762–96), though Catherine hinted that...
Vasili Popugaev
...political direction that arose during the reign of Catherine the Great, only to stall under Czar Paul but to be renewed with...
Grigory Potemkin
...military leader, statesman, nobleman and favourite of Catherine the Great. He died during negotiations over the Treaty of...
Alexander Radishchev
...and social critic who was arrested and exiled under Catherine the Great. He brought the tradition of radicalism in Russian...
Tommaso Traetta
...Traetta served from 1768 to 1775 as music director for Catherine the Great of Russia, to which he relocated. Still, opera...
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