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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