March 8, 1917: THE 'FEBRUARY REVOLUTION' - Russia's "February Revolution" (referring to the Old Style calendar) begins in Petrograd; the result was the abdication of the Russian monarchy in favor of a provisional government that was overthrown later the same year by the Bolsheviks.
Armed workers and soldiers escorting captured policemen. Petrograd, 1917. The February Revolution of 1917 was the first of two revolutions in Russia in 1917. It was centered on Petrograd. The revolution was confined to the capital and its vicinity, and lasted less than a week.
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Russia’s February Revolution Begins. On March 8, 1917, the female factory workers of Petrograd began striking and rioting in response to food shortages and government oppression. Other Petrograd residents soon joined in the demonstrations, which forced Czar Nicholas II to abdicate a week later.