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Notable Russian Men and Women Born on August 12th

12. August 2010 by Christy 0 Comments

On this day in history, a tsar, a theosophist, a tsar-to-be, and an Olympic athlete all came into this world. Here is a little information about these notable figures.


Alexei I, 1629 (Tsar)

Alexei Mikhailovich Romanov was Tsar of Russia from 1645-1676. He ascended to the throne at age sixteen and ruled during some of the most eventful decades of the mid-17th century. Known as the “most quiet” or “most peaceful,” Alexei fathered thirteen children and passed the throne to his son, Feodor III, upon his death in 1676. 



H. P. Blavatsky, 1831 (Theosophist)

Ukrainian woman Helena Petrovna Blavatsky was a founder of Theosophy, a doctrine of religious philosophy and mysticism, and the Theosophical Society. Helena spent many years traveling around the world and claimed to have levitation, clairvoyant, telepathic, and materialization powers, among others. She was a well-known and controversial figure and a prolific writer who published thousands of pages. She died in 1891 at the age of 59.



Alexei Nikolaevich, 1904 (Tsarevich of Russia)

Alexei Nikolaevich, Tsarevich (heir apparent) was the youngest of five children and the only son of Emperor Nicholas II of Russia and Alexandra Feodorovna. He and the rest of the royal family were arrested after the Russian Revolution in 1917 and held in captivity until their brutal murder in the summer of 1918. Because Alexei’s body was not located with the bodies of his family members, rumors circulated that the Tsarevich was still alive and several pretenders claimed to be him (the same thing happened with his sister Anastasia). However, an archaeologist discovered a body matching Alexei’s description in 2007 and DNA tests the following year proved the youth had indeed been murdered with the rest of his family. Alexei was just two weeks shy of his fourteenth birthday when he was killed.



Andrey Plotnikov, 1967 (Race Walker)

Andrey Plotnikov is a race walker who represented Russia in the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta, Georgia. He won the bronze medal in the 50 km race at the 1998 European Championships and has competed in a number of other international competitions.


Source: Wikipedia