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Saint Petersburg
Saint Petersburg is a city and a federal subject of Russia located on the Neva River at the head of the Gulf of Finland on the Baltic Sea...
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1703
5.27.1703
Tsar Peter the Great founds the city of Saint Petersburg.
1756
7.30.1756
In Saint Petersburg, Bartolomeo Rastrelli presents the newly-built Catherine Palace to Empress Elizabeth and her courtiers.
1768
8.19.1768
Saint Isaac's Cathedral is founded in Saint Petersburg, Russia.
1837
12.17.1837
Fire in the Winter Palace of Saint Petersburg occurred.
1845
8.6.1845
The Russian Geographical Society is founded in Saint Petersburg.
1878
1.24.1878
The revolutionary Vera Zasulich shoots at Fyodor Trepov, the Governor of Saint Petersburg.
1895
5.7.1895
In Saint Petersburg, Russian scientist Alexander Stepanovich Popov demonstrates to the Russian Physical and Chemical Society his invention, the Popov lightning detector — a primitive radio receiver. In some parts of the former Soviet Union the anniversary of this day is celebrated as Radio Day.
1912
4.22.1912
''Pravda,'' the "voice" of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union, begins publication in Saint Petersburg.
1917
2.23.1917
First demonstrations in Saint Petersburg, Russia. The beginning of the February Revolution.
1918
3.12.1918
Moscow becomes the capital of Russia again after Saint Petersburg held this status for 215 years.
1924
1.24.1924
Petrograd, formerly Saint Petersburg, Russia, is renamed ''Leningrad''.
1934
12.1.1934
In the Soviet Union, Politburo member Sergei Kirov is shot dead by Leonid Nikolayev at the Communist Party headquarters in Leningrad.
1941
8.22.1941
World War II: German troops reach Leningrad, leading to the siege of Leningrad.
9.8.1941
World War II: Siege of Leningrad begins. German forces begin a siege against the Soviet Union's second-largest city, Leningrad.
1944
1.18.1944
Soviet forces liberate Leningrad, effectively ending a three year Nazi siege, known as the Siege of Leningrad.
1991
9.6.1991
The name ''Saint Petersburg'' is restored to Russia's second largest city, which had been renamed ''Leningrad'' in 1924.