March 16, 1917 (March 3, 1917 old style)
Yesterday, Czar Nicholas II abdicated in favor of his brother, the Grand Duke Michael, ponders the situation briefly today and then declines the job offer, which was smart but not smart enough to ultimately save his life. He will be killed on June 12, 1918.
Back to March 16, 1917. Russia is no longer a monarchy.