Becomes sole tsar in 1696
Peter the Great. Carried out a policy of westernization and transformed the Tsardom of Russia into the Russian Empire.
Reformed civil and military services where all officers would be determined by merit and the will of the sovereign.
Robert de LaSalle explores length of the Mississippi River and claims it for France
Joint ruler with Peter I. But was an eye-sore since he was an invalid, both physically and mentally.
Jointly ruled before 1696 with his half-brother.
More phones than in the entire country of Spain. The cables serving the New York City area have nearly 33,072,975 miles of wire.