February 21

Mikhail IOn this day in 1613, 16-year-old Mikhail Romanov was unanimously elected tsar of Russia, launching the Romanov dynasty which would rule Russia for the next 305 years. The 400th anniversary of the Romanov Dynasty is being celebrated this year throughout Russia. The dynasty survived until the 1917 abdication of Tsar Nicholas II which was followed shortly thereafter by the 1918 execution of the tsar and his family.

Ironically (coincidentally?), 235 years to the day after Mikhail I was elected tsar, Karl Marx and Frederich Engels published The Communist Manifesto on this date in 1848. The Communist Manifesto inspired Lenin who led the Russian Revolution and ordered the execution of Nicholas II.

No recipe today. I’m finishing up a short article for National Geographic Traveler on the 400th Anniversary of the Romanov Dynasty and couldn’t resist posting this. (And happy birthday to Alan Rickman, born February 21, 1946!)


2 responses to “February 21

  1. Probably not coincidental. Happy writing and I’ll forgive you for not giving us a garlic recipe today.

  2. It’s interesting how certain dates gain significance over time – and this one certainly carries a lot of weight in Russian history. Thanks for bringing it to our attention – and congratulations on your article for National Geographic Traveler!

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