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Czar Ivan IV’s long reign saw the conquest of the Khanates of Kazan, Astrakhan, and Siberia,… [More] transforming Russia into a multiethnic and multi-confessional state spanning almost one billion acres (approximately 1.5 million square miles). Ivan managed countless changes in the progression from a medieval state to an empire and emerging regional power, and became the first ruler to be crowned as Czar of all Russia. [Less]
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1949: Gene Simmons
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