1729 – Born on the 2nd of May in Stettin.
1725 – Catherine, although not descended from any previous Russian emperor, succeeded her husband, following the precedent established when Catherine I succeeded Peter I.
1762 – Deposed Peter III and assumed power.
1763 – Catherine placed StanisBaw Poniatowski, her former lover, on the Polish throne.
1768-1772 – Engaged war against Turks.
1783 – Annexed Crimea .
1787 – Engaged 2nd war against Turks.
1789 – Catherine rejected many of the principles of the Enlightenment which she once viewed favorably.
1790 – Catherine took a leading role in the partitions of Poland, afraid that the May Constitution of Poland might lead to a resurgence in the power of the Polish Lithuanian Commonwealth and that the growing democratic movements inside the commonwealth might become a threat to the European monarchies.
1795 – Participated in partitions of Poland.
1796 – Died in St. Petersburg, Russia on the 17th of November.