Catherine the Great

1729 - 1796

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Catherine II (born Sophie of Anhalt-Zerbst; 2 May 1729 – 17 November 1796), most commonly known as Catherine the Great, was the last reigning Empress Regnant of Russia (from 1762 until 1796) and the country’s longest-ruling female leader. She came to power following the overthrow of her husband, and second cousin, Peter III. Under her reign, Russia grew larger, its culture was revitalized, and it was recognised as one of the great powers of Europe. In her accession to power and her rule of the empire, Catherine often relied on her noble favourites, most notably Count Grigory Orlov and Grigory Potemkin. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Catherine the Great has received more than 20,243,680 page views. Her biography is available in 111 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 106 in 2019). Catherine the Great is the 6th most popular nobleman (down from 3rd in 2019), the 7th most popular biography from Poland (down from 5th in 2019) and the most popular Polish Nobleman.

Catherine the Great was most famous for her contributions to the arts, including the establishment of the Russian Academy of Sciences and the Hermitage Museum. She also expanded the borders of Russia, made it a world power, and was the first woman to rule Russia.

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Among noblemen, Catherine the Great ranks 6 out of 843Before her are Elizabeth II, Ragnar Lodbrok, Marie Antoinette, Ramesses II, and Henry VIII of England. After her are Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother, Margrethe II of Denmark, Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria, Lucrezia Borgia, and Akihito.

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Among people born in 1729, Catherine the Great ranks 1After her are Edmund Burke, Gotthold Ephraim Lessing, Louis Antoine de Bougainville, Louis, Dauphin of France, Moses Mendelssohn, Lazzaro Spallanzani, Maria Antonia Ferdinanda of Spain, Juliana Maria of Brunswick-Wolfenbüttel, Antonio Soler, Johann Reinhold Forster, and Johann Daniel Titius. Among people deceased in 1796, Catherine the Great ranks 1After her are Robert Burns, Victor Amadeus III of Sardinia, Juliana Maria of Brunswick-Wolfenbüttel, James Macpherson, Adolph Freiherr Knigge, Princess Augusta Wilhelmine of Hesse-Darmstadt, Thomas Reid, Pyotr Rumyantsev, Johann Daniel Titius, Charles of Saxony, Duke of Courland, and Franz Anton Maulbertsch.

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Among people born in Poland, Catherine the Great ranks 7 out of 1,231Before her are Nicolaus Copernicus (1473), Frédéric Chopin (1810), Marie Curie (1867), Pope John Paul II (1920), Arthur Schopenhauer (1788), and Rosa Luxemburg (1871). After her are Paul von Hindenburg (1847), David Ben-Gurion (1886), L. L. Zamenhof (1859), Heinz Guderian (1888), Lech Wałęsa (1943), and Günter Grass (1927).

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