Ivan was born August 25, 1530 in Moscow, Russia. When he was three his Father died, he was crowned Grand Prince and his mother became regent and the throne rapidly degenerated into a center of violence and destruction. Then when he was eight his mother died and the throne was given to a group of Noblemen who were fighting for power. Ivan was very well respected in the public eye, but was neglected in private. He found enjoyment by taking young animals and throwing them to their death from high rooftops.
Acquired a lot of land
Ivan was able to gain Kazan, Astrakhan, and Siberia
St. Basil's Cathedral is built
In 1561 Ivan order this iconic structure to be built.
Killed his own Son
Ivan thought he son was trying to over-throw him, so he paniced and killed his son.
End of his ruled
Ivan died on March 18, 1584 on the throne and the country was left to unfit son. In the 1960's, Ivan's body was examined and found high amounts of mercury, speculating that he may have been poisoned.