Catherine the Great
Tsarina of Russia
Catherine the Great was born Sophie Fredericke Auguste von Anhalt-Zerbst on May 2, 1729 in Stettin Germany. At age 15, Sophia was asked to become the wife and heir of the Grand Duke, Peter of Holstein. By 16 she was brought to Russia as his wife and changed her name to Catherine II. In 1762, Peter became the tsar of Russia, but he proved to be incompetent in being a ruler. Finally on June 28, 1762, Catherine overthrew Peter with the army of Russia. Peter was then arrested and murdered 4 days later, and Catherine became the new tsarina or Russia. She reined from 1762-1796, and died on November 6, 1796 in St. Petersburg, Russia.