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In the French coast resort of Nice, the heir to the Russian Empire dies of meningitis, aged twenty-one

Europe, 1857, zoomable map
Nicholas Alexandrovich, the heir to the Romanov throne of the Russian Empire, had been declining in health for some months after a heavy fall during a wrestling match.  Doctors later diagnosed his ailment as spinal meningitis. He took up residence on the French coast at Nice in an attempt to recover but quietly died there.  He was twenty-one years old and recently engaged to the younger sister of the Princess of Wales.  His younger brother went on to become Nicholas II of Russia and marry his former bethrothed.  (By John Osborne) 
Source Citation: 
Joseph Irvin, The Annals of Our Time: A Diurnal of Events, Social and Political... (London: MacMillan & Co., 1869), 551.