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5 May in Russian history

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This day in Russian history and the History of the world

May 5, 1764: Russian Empress Catherine II (the Great) established Smolny Institute.

The Smolny was Russia's first educational establishment for women and continued to function under the personal patronage of the Russian Empress until just before the 1917 revolution.

1917, the building was chosen by Vladimir Lenin as Bolshevik headquarters during the October Revolution.

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