Women workers in Petrograd left their factories and entered the streets to protest because it was International Women's Day and the women wanted to be heard.
February 23, 1917
Women went out and protested on National Women's day because they wanted to be heard.
Petrograd shuts down
February 25, 1917
The city of Petrograd was basically shut down because nobody was working.
Czar's rule is over
March 1, 1917
Everyone knew that the Czar's rule was over (except for the Czar).
Lenin believed the Russian people were ready for another revolution. Other Bolshevik leaders were not convinced.
October 10, 1917
A secret meeting of Bolshevik party leaders was held. Lenin used all his powers of persuasion to convince the others that it was time for an armed insurrection.
Petrograd is taken over
By late that morning, Petrograd was in the hands if the Bolsheviks -- all except the Winter Palace where the leaders of the Provisional Government remained.
In the early hours of October 25, the revolution began.
Provisional vs. Petrograd Soviet
Lenin living in exile
Lenin was living in exile when the February revolution transformed Russia. Once the Provisional Government allowed back political exiles, Lenin boarded a train in Switzerland and headed home.
Lenin arrives in Petrograd
Lenin arrived in Petrograd at the Finland station. Thousands of workers and soldiers were there to greet him.
Lenin made a speech later the day of his return and shocked everyone by denouncing the Provisional Government and calling for a new revolution.
Russia breaks out in war
Russia broke out in civil war. It was the whites (those against the Soviets) against the reds (the Bolshevik regime).
Czar family is executed
On the night of July 16-17, 1918, Czar Nicholas, his wife, their children, the family dog, three servants, and the family doctor were all woken up, taken to the basement, and shot.
The fall of the Soviet Union
The Russian civil war dramatically changed the fabric if Russia. The moderates were gone. What was left was an extreme, vicious regime that was to rule Russia until the fall if the Soviet Union in 1991.