Ivan the Terrible

  • Aug 25, 1530

    Ivan IV was born

    Ivan IV was born August 25, 1530 in Kolomenskoye, which is very close to Moscow.
  • Dec 4, 1533

    Grand Prince

    He was made the grand prince of Moscow on December 4, 1533.
  • Jan 1, 1547

    Tsar of Russia

    In 1547 he proclaimed to be tsar of Russia, Ivan was the first to do so.
  • Feb 1, 1547

    1st Marriage

    In February 1547, Ivan married Anastasiya Romanovna, his first wife.
  • Jan 1, 1556

    Caspian Sea Trade Route Open

    In 1556 the khanate of Astrakhan, located at the mouth of the Volga, was seized without contest. From that moment onward, the Volga became a Russian river, and the trade route to the Caspian Sea was rendered nonthreatening.
  • Jan 1, 1558

    War against Livonia

    In 1558 he went to war in an attempt to establish Russian rule over Livonia because Russia would no longer be landlocked.
  • Jan 1, 1564

    Russian left to go to Poland: formation of Oprichinina

    In 1564, Andrey Kurbsky, defected to Poland, which made Ivan disgruntled and that is when he started the Oprichnina.
  • Jan 1, 1565

    Organization of Secret Service

    In 1565, he formed the Oprichnina, which was like a secret service. You would not want to mess with them.
  • Period: Jan 1, 1570 to Dec 31, 1579

    Could not keep a Wife

    During the 1570s he married five wives in succession in only nine years.
  • Jan 1, 1571

    Moscow burnt to the Ground

    In 1571, the Tatars burned Moscow leaving only the Kremlin standing.
  • Jan 1, 1572

    Dismantling of Secret Service

    In 1572, the Oprichnina was dismantled after failing to complete Ivan’s needs.
  • Jan 1, 1575

    Quitting Rule

    In 1575, Ivan the Terrible did not try at all to rule and let Simeon Bekbulatovich, a Tatar prince.
  • Jan 1, 1581

    Arguement with Son

    After an argument with his son Ivan in 1581, he killed him.
  • Death

    He died on March 18, 1584 of an apparent stroke, his health was failing and that finished him off.