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End Of Empire: 45 Haunting Photos Of The Romanovs’ Last Days

Romanovs Last Days

The Romanovs visiting a regiment during World War I. From left to right: Anastasia, Olga, Nicholas II, Alexei, Tatiana and Maria. Behind them are Kuban Cossacks Source: Wikipedia

On March 15, 1917, Tsar Nicholas II bowed to the chaos sweeping through Russia and abdicated the royal throne. This signified an end to the centuries-old rule of the Romanov dynasty, but it also marked the beginning of what Edmund Walsh would later describe in The Atlantic as the “weaving of the complicated net of death.”

Upon abdicating the throne, the Romanovs–symbols to many of the feckless imperial glut that stood at the root of much of Russia’s hardships–were exiled and shuffled about Russian residences until their violent July 1918 executions in Ekaterinburg. We track their final years, from 1914 to 1918, in the photo gallery below:

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Better Know A Despot: Ivan The Terrible

Ivan The Terrible Gallery

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When you spend your formative years locked in closets, work your way through eight wives as an adult, and go down in history as [Your Name] the Terrible, it’s fair to say you’ve had quite a run. Ivan IV ruled from Moscow between 1547 and his death in 1584, and he can be thought of as the George Washington of Russia; if, instead of chopping down a cherry tree, George Washington had killed his own son by hurling him against a wall in one of his trademark psychotic rages.

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19 Things You Should Know About Amelia Earhart

Earhart Famous Pilot

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Nearly 80 years ago, Amelia Earhart attempted to circumnavigate the globe with fatal results. Before that, though, she captured the world’s attention by breaking a score of records, expanding popular conceptions of womanhood and writing best-selling books, among a host of other things.

Newly discovered footage of Earhart was recently unearthed, depicting the pilot a few months before her last flight in 1937. The video appears to be shot at Burbank Airport, and features the pilot walking around her Lockheed Electra L-10E. The son of John Bresnik, one of Earhart’s photographers, found the film after going through his deceased father’s belongings. While this discovery will likely prompt another investigation into the exact cause of Earhart’s death, we’re more interested in her life.

Check out these surprisings facts about Amelia Earhart–we guarantee they’ll blow your mind.

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