Composed in the Romantic style, the score received good reviews although responses to the ballet itself were mostly negative. The fortunes of the ballet only turned around with a new staging in New York in 1954.
The Siege of Leningrad, one of the longest and most destructive sieges in history, began.
In 1703 Peter’s forces captured Swedish possessions at the mouth of the Neva river, and it was here that he laid the foundation stone for the Peter and Paul Fortress on Zayachy Island.
Vladimir Lenin arrived in Russia after a decade of self-imposed exile.
On the 13th March 1881, Tsar Alexander II of Russia was assassinated in a St Petersburg street by a member of the People’s Will revolutionary movement.
On the 22nd January 1905, the Bloody Sunday massacre took place in the Russian capital Saint Petersburg.