Ivan the Terrible

  • Jan 1, 1519

    Spanish Conquistadors arrive in Mexico

    Spanish Conquistadors arrive in Mexico
    During the beginning of Ivan's era the Spanish had sent conquistadors to Mexico to recover gold from the new world. This marked the first time that colonies of any sort were sent over to the New world for any practical purpose. This was one of the most important events in the 16th century because it set the stage for colonizing the new world for centuries to come. (Mexconnect.com)
  • Jan 1, 1521

    Martin Luther reformation to Protestantism.

    Martin Luther reformation to Protestantism.
    In 1521 Martin Luther begun to question Roman Catholicism. Soon after this he was excommunicated from the church. Subsequent to that he branched of and formed the Protestant Sect of Christianity.(Theopedia.com)
  • Aug 25, 1530

    The birth of Ivan IV (Ivan the Terrible)

    The birth of Ivan IV (Ivan the Terrible)
    On August 25th, 1530 Ivan IV was born to Basil III and Elena Glinskya, who were at the time the royalty of Russia. Little did anyone know how influential or well-known (for better or worse) that this man would become.One day this little boy would grow up to be the first Czar of Russia, and be known simply as "Ivan the Terrible". (Biography.com)
  • Oct 1, 1533

    Ivan IV's father Basil III dies.

    Ivan IV's father Basil III dies.
    Basil III was the father of Ivan the Terrible. His untimely death in 1533 left a large impact in Ivan's life because he had no father figure to raise him. He didn't have someone to lear from and this easily could have been a cause for his sociopathic problems in later years. (Encyclopedia of Russian History)
  • Apr 3, 1538

    Ivan IV's mother Elena Glinskaya dies.

    Ivan IV's mother Elena Glinskaya dies.
    Ivan's mother was killed when Ivan was only 8 years old. This event deeply saddened the young Czar-to-be and this left him in the care of the boyars who constantly starved and sometimes beat the young child, leading to his anti-boyar mentality in later years, as shown by his policies against the boyars. (Encyclopedia of World Biography)
  • Jan 1, 1543

    Japanese civil war of the 1500's

    Japanese civil war of the 1500's
    In 1543 a Portugese shipwreck brought muskets to Japan. After this, all the wealthy warlords gained an upper hand because they were able to utilize muskets. This modernized Japanese warfare, and synchronized it with the rest of the world for good. (columbia.edu)
  • Jan 16, 1547

    Ivan crowned as first Russian Czar.

    Ivan crowned as first Russian Czar.
    Ivan IV was the first ever so-called Czar of Russia. He gained this power at the age of 17 and his first act was to replace his cabinet of advisors with men of modest social standing. In this time Ivan also married his first wife Anastasia Romanov. After she died in 1560 he never quite recovered thogh he remarried multiple times.
  • Jan 1, 1550

    Ming Dynasty in China

    Ming Dynasty in China
    During the time period of Ivan the terrible, the Ming dynasty was doing well in China. The chinese ruled much of the Eastern world at this point. Also, the Ming dynasty was still going to rule China for the next 200 years. (travelchinaguide.com)
  • Aug 7, 1560

    Ivan's first wife, Anastasia Romanov dies.

    Ivan's first wife, Anastasia Romanov dies.
    When his first wife died Ivan's sanity, or whatever was left of it snapped. He became paranoied about everything that had ever happened to him, and was convinced the boyars were behind the killing of Anastasia. After this he tried and exiled the majority of his advisory cabinet.
  • Jan 1, 1564

    Self Exile/Absolute power

    Self Exile/Absolute power
    In 1564 Ivan unexpectedly left his post in Moscow and retreated to his hunting lodge northeast of Moscow. After being begged to come back he did on the condition of Absolute power and the right to punish whoever he wanted as he saw fit. This was the beginning of when Ivan started going off the deep end in terms of his reasonable ruling was concerned. This time period constituted his infamous nickname "The terrible" (Oprichinia)
  • Jan 5, 1564

    Famous Reign of Terror over the citizens of Russia

    Famous Reign of Terror over the citizens of Russia
    Over the years of roughly 1564 to his death in 1584 Ivan conducted a reign of terror over everyone he ruled, often executing citizens for no reason. It was documented that he killed up to 2,000 people in one day by public execution on one of his more extreme days. During this period people lived in fear of his craziness, and weren't really truly safe. This was a time where he also took revenge on the boyars by displacing many boyar families in the area. (Biography.com.)
  • Jan 1, 1568

    Eighty Years War

    Eighty Years War
    The eight years war was the Netherlands versus Spain. The Netherlands was battling for their indepenedance from Spain. However, they did not gain their independance till much later, in the thirty years war. (britannica.com)
  • Jan 1, 1582

    Failed capture of Poland/waning power

    Failed capture of Poland/waning power
    Ivan had set out to conquer Poland but his invading armies were held back in part because of a recent defector from Russia. This failed anexxing of Poland marked an end to Ivan's international power. He became a much smaller player on the grand scale of world rulers. This signified the beginning of his descent leading to his death in 1584. (Ivan IV, Czar of Russia)
  • Galileo solves Dantes Inferno contreversy.

    Galileo solves Dantes Inferno contreversy.
    Galileo was one of the most brilliant mathematicians of his time. During his college days he solved one question about Dante's inferno where he figured that the rough length of the inferno was 2,000 arm lengths. He left his mark as one of the most brilliant people of his time (of which Ivan was also involved in) (About.com)
  • Ivan the terrible kills own son.

    Ivan the terrible kills own son.
    Ivan the terrible was the killer of his own son. He killed his son during a heated argument over his pregnant daughter in law.After this Ivan had realized what he'd done and was horrified. He soon after fell ill and died, possibly partly due to this. (Biography.com)
  • Death of Ivan IV

    Death of Ivan IV
    Ivan Iv died on March 18, 1584. He died soon after he accidentaly had killed his son during an argument. He fell ill after this incident and died rather quietly soon afterwards, ending the life of one of the craziest men the world has ever known. (Ivan IV Czar of Russia)