The October Revolution is one of the most important events in Russian history. Photo/Wikipedia
MOSCOW – Coups are almost always not a good thing. Many coups have occurred in the world over time, and each coup has a cause.
An interesting fact is that the novel entitled The Animal Farm by George Orwell is a direct depiction of the events of the October Revolution in Russia.
1917 was an eventful year for Russia.
Here are 10 interesting facts about the October Revolution.
1. The revolution did not happen in October
According to discoverwalks, the October Revolution in Russia occurred in November. Confusing, right? But why is it called the October Revolution? Well, the old style Julian calendar was used at that time and the revolution occurred on November 7-8 1917.
The first revolution occurred on March 8-16 1917 but was called the February Revolution.
2. This is not the first revolution
Before the October Revolution, there was the February Revolution! On March 8, 1917, Tsarist autocracy ended in Russia when Nicholas II abdicated. The February Revolution occurred when the people were tired of hunger and poverty and decided to riot and force the tsar to step down.
And because of the anarchy that Russia experienced after the February Revolution, a coup was organized by the Bolshevik party and led to the second revolution; October Revolution, in which many strategic points in Petrograd were captured on October 25. Among the places captured was the Winter Palace which, despite resistance, was captured by the Bolsheviks.
The revolution led to the establishment of a communist government and the end of the Russian Empire and the Romanov dynasty.
3. Bloody Sunday
Remember the problems farmers experienced and the government didn’t respond to? Some people thought it would be a good idea to walk to the palace to present a petition to Nicholas II at the Winter Palace in St Petersburg, led by Father Gorgy Gapon.
They had the best intentions, trying to talk about salaries, living conditions, and other issues, but the imperial guard opened fire on the crowd killing over 1000 people and wounding many more.
The massacre known as Bloody Sunday occurred on Sunday, January 22 1905. This event made the people hate the Tsar and this led to the February Revolution.
4. Changes in Russia
The October Revolution transformed the Russian State into a Soviet State. The abdication of Emperor Nicholas II turned Russia into a communist state; This occurred after a devastating World War in which Russia lost badly to Germany and the country experienced political and economic strife.