04/19 – The Kishinev Pogrom

An American political illustration from soon after the Kishinev pogrom. President Theodore Roosevelt is pictured, admonishing Tsar Nicholas II for his treatment of Russia's Jewish population. (Public Domain) On this day in 1903, an angry mob began attacking Jewish people in Moldova's capital city, Kishinev. Then a part of the Russian Empire, Kishinev had recently…

12/30 – Rasputin’s Murder

Rasputin (middle) with two Russian officers in the early 20th century. (Wikimedia Commons) On this day in 1916, Russian mystic Grigori Rasputin was murdered by enemies of Tsar Nicholas II, ruler of the Russian Empire. Rasputin - spiritual advisor to the Tsar and his family - was hated by many in the royal court for…