1868 – Born in Saint Petersburg on the 18th of May.
1894 – He ruled until his forced abdication.
1914 – A member of the Serb nationalist association known as the Black Hand, in Sarajevo on the 28th of June, Nicholas vacillated as to Russia’s course.
– The Russians had no contingency plans for a partial mobilization, and on the 31st July, Nicholas took the fateful step of confirming the order for a general mobilization.
– The outbreak of war on the 1st of August, found Russia grossly unprepared, yet an immediate attack was ordered against the German province of East Prussia.
1916 – Anger at Nicholas’s failure to act and the extreme damage that Rasputin’s influence was doing to Russia’s war effort and to the monarchy led to his murder by a group of nobles, led by Prince Felix Yusupov and Grand Duke Dmitri Pavlovich, a cousin of the Tsar, on the 16th of December.
1917 – His rule ended with the Russian Revolution, after which he and his family were executed by Bolsheviks.
1918 – Died on the 17th of July.a