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Today in History, May 19

302 years ago today, on May 19, 2014, Tsar Peter the Great moved the Russian capital from Moscow to St. Petersburg. The new capital, the construction of which had begun only nine years earlier, became a symbol of Peter the Great's Westernizing reforms.

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