February 11, 1829
Aleksander Sergeyevich Griboyedov was a Russian diplomat, playwright, poet, and composer. He is recognized as homo unius libri
, a writer of one book, whose fame rests on the brilliant verse comedy Woe from Wit
(or: The Woes of Wit
), still one of the most often staged plays in Russia. He was Russia's ambassador to Qajar Persia, where he was massacred along with the whole embassy by the angry local mob.