Today in History, Oct. 28

Marfa Sobakina, forensic facial reconstruction by S.A. Nikitin. Sergei Nikitin

442 years ago today, on Oct. 28, 1571, Tsar Ivan the Terrible married Marfa Sobakina, his third wife, in Aleksandrovska Sloboda. Marfa died a few days later due to a mysterious illness, and Ivan, suspecting that she had been poisoned, became increasingly paranoid and killed many of his subjects.

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