With German forces approaching, Russia turned to a new source of manpower.
The Romanovs' historical relevance goes far beyond a midnight execution.
The 872-day siege by German forces failed to capture Leningrad, but left immense devastation in its wake.
The mysterious historical figure remains an enigma, even in death.
By Dave Adams
The world watched with bated breath. Could this be the spark that set off WWIII?