1917 Lenin Speech

Timeline of the 1917 Russian Revolution

July 1914 Martial law declared in the Russian Empire
July 28, 1914 Declaration of war by Austria-Hungary on Serbia begins the first World War
August 1915 Tsar Nicholas II leaves the Russian heartland for the wartime front
June/July 1916 The Brusilov Offensive signifies the last major Russian military success of the war
January 1917 The Menshevicks call for nation-wide revolution in Russia
February  23, 1917 The February Revolution begins in Saint Petersburg on International Women's Day and the Provisional Government is established as the ruling administrative power in the empire
February 27, 1917 The Tsar orders the use of violence to quell civil unrest
February 28, 1917 Soldiers mutiny against the government and the Petrograd Soviet is formed
March 2, 1917 Tsar Nicholas II abdicates the throne
April 4, 1917 Lenin publishes his April Theses condemning the Provisional Government for its incapacity to call an end to the "imperialist" war that Russia found itself in and calls for further revolution in Russia
June 1917 The June Offensive fails, further exacerbating Russian hardship caused by an increasingly costly war
August 1917 General Lavr Kornilov attempts to seize control of power from the Provisional Government in what is deemed the Kornilov Affair
October 24, 1917 Provisional forces move against the Bolsheviks in Saint Petersburg
October 25, 1917 Bolshevik revolutionaries storm the Winter Palace and seize control of power from the Provisional Government
March 3, 1918 The Treaty of Brest-Litovsk is signed, withdrawing Russia from the First World War, ceding much of the former territory of the Russian Empire
Late March 1918 - October 1922 The Russian Civil War rages until the Bolsheviks consolidate power, forming the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics on December 30, 1922