Today in Communist History

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  • 1912-05-05 Soviet Communist Party newspaper Pravda begins publishing (4/22 OS)
  • 1916-01-27 Communist party "Spartacus Letters" 1st published in Berlin
  • 1918-03-09 Russian Bolshevik Party becomes the Communist Party

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1918-03-13 Trotsky gains control of the Red Army

Russian Revolutionary Leon Trotsky
Russian Revolutionary
Leon Trotsky
  • 1918-06-25 Baku-Turkish communist party forms
  • 1918-11-13 Stahlhelm forms (anti communist/Polish/French) in Magdenburg
  • 1918-11-17 Social Democratic Party becomes Communistc Party Holland: CPH
  • 1918-11-24 Béla Can forms Hungarian Communist Party
  • 1919-01-11 3 year old German communist party (Spartacus) crushed
  • 1919-03-02 1st congress of Communist International opens at the Kremlin
  • 1919-03-03 Communist Party in Germany announces a general strike

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1919-03-23 8th Congress of the Russian Communist Party re-establishes a five-member Politburo which becomes the center of political power in the Soviet Union. Original members Vladimir Lenin, Leon Trotsky, Joseph Stalin, Lev Kamenev and Nikolai Krestinsky

Marxist Revolutionary and Soviet Leader Vladimir Lenin
Marxist Revolutionary and Soviet Leader
Vladimir Lenin
Soviet General Secretary Joseph Stalin
Soviet General Secretary
Joseph Stalin
Russian Revolutionary Leon Trotsky
Russian Revolutionary
Leon Trotsky
  • 1919-08-04 The Communist Bela Kun comes to power in Hungary
  • 1919-08-31 John Reed forms American Communist Labor Party in Chicago
  • 1919-09-02 Communist Party of America organizes in Chicago
  • 1920-01-01 The Belorussian Communist Organisation is founded as a separate party.
  • 1920-01-02 Responding to global fear of communism caused by the Russian Revolution, US Attorney General Palmer authorizes raids across the country on unionists and socialists
  • 1920-03-23 Perserikatan Communist of India (PKI) political party forms

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1920-05-05 US President Woodrow Wilson makes Communist Labor Party illegal

28th US President Woodrow Wilson
28th US President
Woodrow Wilson
  • 1920-10-30 The Communist Party of Australia is founded in Sydney.
  • 1920-11-14 The Russian Bolshevik army occupies Sebastopol, ending anticommunist attempts to regain the government of Russia
  • 1920-12-07 USPD-KPD parties merge into Vereinigte Communist Party of Germany
  • 1920-12-29 Yugoslav government bans communist party
  • 1921-01-21 The Italian Communist Party was founded at Livorno.
  • 1921-04-13 Foundation of the Spanish Communist Workers' Party.
  • 1921-07-01 The Communist Party of China is founded and Chen Duxiu elected its leader
  • 1921-07-23 Chinese communist party forms under guidance of Henk Sneevliet
  • 1921-07-30 The Communist Party of South Africa (CPSA) forms; the party changed its name to the South African Communist Party (SACP) in 1953, after it had been forced underground
  • 1921-09-03 KPB, Communist Party of Belgium forms
  • 1921-11-14 The Communist Party of Spain is founded.
  • 1921-12-16 The Communist Party of South Africa (CPSA) calls for a united front in a pass burning campaign on Dingaan's Day

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1922-04-03 Joseph Stalin appointed General Secretary of the Russian Communist Party by Vladimir Lenin

Soviet General Secretary Joseph Stalin
Soviet General Secretary
Joseph Stalin
Marxist Revolutionary and Soviet Leader Vladimir Lenin
Marxist Revolutionary and Soviet Leader
Vladimir Lenin
  • 1923-02-05 Mass arrests of socialists & communists in Italy
  • 1923-04-07 Workers Party of America (NYC) becomes official communist party
  • 1923-05-19 KPD (communist revolts) in German Ruhr cities occupied by Allies
  • 1923-10-10 Saxony gets Social Democratic & Communist coalition government
  • 1924-03-01 Germany's prohibition of Communist Party KPD lifted
  • 1924-05-04 German Republic election: fascists & communists win

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1924-10-08 British Labour government of Ramsay MacDonald falls to Conservatives

British Prime Minister Ramsay MacDonald
British Prime Minister
Ramsay MacDonald
  • 1924-12-07 German election (Social Democrats win, Nazis & Communists lose)
  • 1925-01-20 The Soviet and Japan sign a convention resuming relations: Russia agrees to limit revolutionary activity of the Third Communist International, while Japan agrees to leave the Sakhalin
  • 1925-02-02 Belgian episcopacy rejects liberalism, communism & socialism
  • 1925-02-12 Estonia bans communist Party
  • 1925-04-16 During the Communist St Nedelya Church assault in Sofia, 150 are killed and 500 are wounded.
  • 1925-05-11 Communist Party of Holland splits
  • 1925-12-26 The Communist Party of India is founded.

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1926-05-22 Chiang Kai-shek replaces communists in Guomindang China

Chinese Military and Political Leader Chiang Kai-shek
Chinese Military and Political Leader
Chiang Kai-shek

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1933-02-02 Hermann Goering bans Communist meetings/demonstrations in Germany

Nazi Politician Hermann Goering
Nazi Politician
Hermann Goering
  • 1933-02-15 Karl Radek praises invincible force of German communist party
  • 1933-02-16 Catholic newspaper Germania warns against nazis/communists
  • 1933-02-24 Final demonstration of German communist party in Berlin
  • 1933-02-27 The Reichstag, German parliament building, destroyed by fire; it was set by the Nazis, who blamed it on Communists

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1933-02-28 Adolf Hitler bans German Communist Party (KPD)

Dictator of Nazi Germany Adolf Hitler
Dictator of Nazi Germany
Adolf Hitler
  • 1933-03-09 Bulgarian communists Dimitrov, Popov & Vassili arrested in Berlin
  • 1933-05-27 Austrian communist party banned
  • 1933-09-03 Yevgeniy Abalakov reaches the highest point of the Soviet Union - Communism Peak (7495 m).
  • 1933-09-25 5th "extermination campaign" against communists in Nanjing China
  • 1933-11-29 Japan begins persecution of communists
  • 1934-07-27 French socialist/communist party of People's Front forms

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1935-10-20 Communist forces end their Long March at Yan'an, in Shaanxi, China, bringing Mao Zedong to prominence

Chinese Revolutionary and Chairman of the Communist Party Mao Zedong
Chinese Revolutionary and Chairman of the Communist Party
Mao Zedong
  • 1935-12-04 1,200 at St Joseph's College (Philadelphia) enroll in anticommunism class
  • 1935-12-31 CPH becomes Dutch Communist Party
  • 1936-01-16 Spanish socialists/communists/anarchists form Unidad Popular

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1936-08-24 FDR gives FBI authority to pursuit fascists & communists

32nd US President Franklin D. Roosevelt
32nd US President
Franklin D. Roosevelt
  • 1936-12-25 Belgian bishops condemn fascism & communism
  • 1937-03-19 Pope Pius XI publishes encyclical Divini redemptoris against communism
  • 1940-05-04 21 "not neutral" nazis & communists arrested in Netherlands
  • 1940-06-16 Communist government installed in Lithuania
  • 1940-07-20 Germany occupiers forbid Dutch Communist Party (CPN) in Netherlands
  • 1941-01-17 Kuomintang forces under orders from Chiang Kai-shek open fire at communist forces, resuming the Chinese Civil War after World War II.
  • 1941-01-21 British communist newspaper "Daily Worker" banned
  • 1941-06-22 Various Communist and Socialist French Resistance movements merge to one group.
  • 1941-07-04 Politburo of Yugoslav communist party reorganizes
  • 1941-11-08 The Albanian Communist Party is founded.
  • 1943-06-18 SS Police in Amsterdam sentence for 12 resistance fighter to death (Jewish, communists, homosexuality) at the census bureau
  • 1944-02-29 5 leaders of Indonesia Communist Party sentenced to death
  • 1944-04-04 De Gaulle forms new regime in exile, with communists
  • 1944-04-20 Dutch Communist Party resistance fighter John Postma sentence to death
  • 1944-05-08 33 communist resistance fighter sentenced to death
  • 1944-05-20 US Communist Party dissolves
  • 1944-12-03 The Greek Civil War breaks out in a newly-liberated Greece, between communists and royalists.
  • 1945-01-14 In Greece, Communists and the British agree to a cease-fire in the struggle to control Athens (and with it Greece)
  • 1945-03-02 King Michael of Romania gives in to Communist government
  • 1945-03-12 Italy's Communist Party (CPI) calls for armed uprising in Italy
  • 1945-07-27 US Communist Party forms
  • 1945-08-08 USSR establishes a communist government in North Korea
  • 1945-10-11 Chinese civil war begins between Kuomintang government led by Chiang Kai-shek and Mao Zedong's Communist Party
  • 1946-02-01 Republic of Hungary proclaimed, Zoltán Tildy as its communist president
  • 1946-03-05 Hungarian Communists and Social Democrats co-found the Left Bloc.
  • 1946-05-17 KVP Labor/Communists win 1st post-WW2 Dutch parliamentary elections
  • 1946-11-10 Communists win many seats at French parliamentary election

Famous Birthdays


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1818-05-05 Karl Marx, German philosopher (Communist Manifesto, Das Kapital), born in Trier, Prussia (d. 1883)

Communist Philosopher Karl Marx
Communist Philosopher
Karl Marx
  • 1857-07-05 Clara Zetkin, German women's rights advocate/communist
  • 1869-09-20 Marcel Cachin, co-founder (French Communistic Party)
  • 1873-01-02 Anton Pannekoek, Dutch astronomer/marxist theorist (Communist Tactics)
  • 1876-01-03 Wilhelm Pieck, co-founder German Communist Party/pres (1949-60)
  • 1881-02-25 William Foster, Mass, Communist Presidential candidate (1924,28,32)
  • 1881-10-05 Otto V Kuusinen, Fin/Rus communist President of Karelo-Finnish SR (1940-56)
  • 1883-07-10 Sam Wood, US, communist fighter/director (For Whom the Bell Tolls)
  • 1884-12-28 Joseph Pholien, Belgian premier (1950-52)/communist hunter
  • 1886-03-05 Dong Biwu, High-ranking member of the Communist Party of China (d. 1975)
  • 1886-04-16 Ernst Thalmann, German communist presidential candidate
  • 1888-10-06 Li Ta-chao, co-founder with Mao Zedong (Chinese Communist Party)
  • 1890-01-04 Mosa Pijade, Yugoslavia, MP (communist)

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1890-05-19 Ho Chi Minh [Nguyễn Sinh Cung], Vetnamese communist revolutionary and President of North Vietnam (1946-69), born in Nghệ An Province, French Indochina (d. 1969)

Vietnamese Communist Revolutionary Ho Chi Minh
Vietnamese Communist Revolutionary
Ho Chi Minh
  • 1890-06-25 Hans Marchwitza, German writer and communist, born in Scharley, Upper Silesia (d. 1965)
  • 1890-08-04 Erich Weinert, German communist writer, born in Magdeburg (d. 1953)
  • 1890-12-22 Harry Pollitt, Droylsden United Kingdom, General Secretary of the Communist Party of Great Britain
  • 1892-03-29 Jozsef Mindszenty József Pehm], Hungarian cardinal who opposed fascism and communism in Hungary, born in Csehimindszent, Hungary (d. 1975)
  • 1893-02-13 Ana Pauker-Rabensohn, Romania, communist/foreign minister (1945-52)
  • 1893-03-26 Palmiro Togliatti, founder (Communist Party of Italy)

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1893-12-26 Mao Zedong, Chinese revolutionary and Chairman of the Communist Party of China (1949-76), born in Shaoshan, Hunan (d. 1976)

Chinese Revolutionary and Chairman of the Communist Party Mao Zedong
Chinese Revolutionary and Chairman of the Communist Party
Mao Zedong

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1894-04-15 Nikita Khrushchev, First Secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union (1953-64), born in Kalinovka, Russia (d. 1971)

Soviet First Secretary Nikita Khrushchev
Soviet First Secretary
Nikita Khrushchev
  • 1894-10-14 Sutan Ibrahim gelor Datuk Tan Malaka, founder (Indonesian Communist)
  • 1897-03-05 Set Persson, Swedish communist politician (d. 1960)
  • 1898-07-18 Herbert Marcuse, communist philosopher (Eros & Civilization), born in Berlin, Germany
  • 1899-02-07 Arvid Pelshe, Latvian Communist leader, CPSU Politburo member
  • 1899-07-19 Paul de Groot, Dutch communist politician (CPN)/Editor (The Truth)
  • 1900-04-28 Maurice Thorez, secretary-general (French Communist Party)
  • 1900-11-04 Lucreţiu Pătrăşcanu, Romanian communist activist and sociologist (d. 1954)
  • 1901-08-26 Chen Yi, Chinese communist military commander and politician (d. 1972)
  • 1902-12-20 Sidney Hook, anticommunist philosopher (Paradoxes of Freedom)
  • 1904-02-14 Hertha Kuusinen, Finnish communist
  • 1904-10-01 A.K. Gopalan, Indian communist leader (d. 1977)
  • 1905-02-06 Władysław Gomułka, Polish communist leader (d. 1982)
  • 1905-11-22 James Burnham, philosopher (Coming Defeat of Communism)
  • 1906-07-11 Herbert Wehner, German communist/anti-communist politician (SPD)
  • 1907-05-15 Phillip Piratin, communist
  • 1907-12-05 Lin Biao, Chinese Communist Marshal during the Civil War and party leader, born in Huanggang, Hubei, Qing Empire (d. 1971)
  • 1908-03-02 Jan Brasser, Dutch resistance fighter (Witte Ko)/communist
  • 1909-01-13 Marinus van der Lubbe, Dutch communist

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1909-09-21 Kwame Nkrumah, 1st Prime Minister of Ghana (1957-60 and 1st President Ghana (1960-66), born in Nkroful, Gold Coast (Ghana) (d. 1972)

First President of Ghana Kwame Nkrumah
First President of Ghana
Kwame Nkrumah

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1909-11-14 Joseph McCarthy, American Senator, (Rep - Wisconsin) who claimed anti-communists had infiltrated the US government, born in Grand Chute, Wisconsin (d. 1957)

US Senator Joseph McCarthy
US Senator
Joseph McCarthy
  • 1910-10-08 Gus Hall, American union organizer and head of the U.S. Communist Party (d. 2000)
  • 1911-05-14 J Borremans, Belgian politician (communist)/MP
  • 1911-08-27 Patience Edney, nurse/communist
  • 1911-09-16 Wilfred Burchett, Australia, communist/writer (Catapult to Freedom)

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1911-09-24 Konstantin Chernenko, General Secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union (1984-85), born in Bolshaya Tes, Yeniseysk Governorate, Russian Empire (d. 1985)

Soviet General Secretary Konstantin Chernenko
Soviet General Secretary
Konstantin Chernenko
  • 1912-09-27 Gerben Wagenaar, resistance fighter/Dutch Communist MP
  • 1913-09-12 Ben[jamin S] Polak, Neth, physician/communist/resistance fighter
  • 1913-11-10 Alvaro Cunhal, Portuguese communist

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1914-03-19 Jiang Qing [Madame Mao], Chinese communist and wife of Mao Zedong, born in Zhucheng, Shandong, China (d. 1991)

Chinese Communist & Wife of Mao Zedong Jiang Qing
Chinese Communist & Wife of Mao Zedong
Jiang Qing

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1914-06-15 Yuri Andropov, General Secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union (1982-84) and KGB Chief (1967-82), born in Nagutskaya, Stavropol Region, Russian Empire (d. 1984)

Soviet General Secretary Yuri Andropov
Soviet General Secretary
Yuri Andropov
  • 1915-06-02 Alexandru Nicolschi, Russian communist (d. 1992)

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1915-09-25 Ethel Rosenberg, American Communist, born in New York City, New York

Alleged Soviet Spy Ethel Rosenberg
Alleged Soviet Spy
Ethel Rosenberg
  • 1916-01-07 Elena Ceausescu, wife of Romania's Communist dictator Nicolae Ceaușescu (d. 1989)
  • 1916-04-04 Nikola Ljubicic, Yugoslav general, Serbian communist politician (d. 2005)
  • 1918-01-07 Alessadro Natta, Italian political leader (Communist Party)

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1918-01-26 Nicolae Ceausescu, Communist dictator of Romania (1967-89), born in Scornicești, Romania (d. 1989)

Dictator of Romania Nicolae Ceausescu
Dictator of Romania
Nicolae Ceausescu
  • 1918-07-09 Rowley I Arenstein, South African attorney/communist/ANC'er
  • 1920-03-05 José Aboulker, Jewish Communist
  • 1920-06-07 Georges Marchais, political leader (French Communist Party)

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1921-02-16 Hua Guofeng, Chairman of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China (1976-81) and Premier of the People's Republic of China (1976-80), born in Jiaocheng County, Shanxi (d. 2008)

Paramount Leader of China Hua Guofeng
Paramount Leader of China
Hua Guofeng
  • 1921-11-27 Alexander Dubček, Uhrovec, headed Czech Communist Party (1968-69)
  • 1922-02-10 Árpád Göncz, Hungarian politician, 1st post-communist President (1990-2000), born in Budapest (d. 2015)
  • 1922-05-15 Enrico Berlinguer, Italian communist/sec-gen (CPI) [or May 25]
  • 1923-07-30 Dipa Nusantara Aidit, Indonesian communist/leader of PKI (1951-65)
  • 1924-02-06 Paolo Volponi, Italian communist/author (Road to Rome)
  • 1924-06-17 Henk J Hoekstra, president (Dutch Communist Party)

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1926-08-17 Jiang Zemin, General Secretary of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China (1989-2002) and President of the People's Republic of China (1993-2003), born in Yangzhou, Jiangsu

Paramount Leader of China Jiang Zemin
Paramount Leader of China
Jiang Zemin
  • 1929-07-25 Somnath Chatterjee, Indian communist leader
  • 1929-08-21 Ahmed "Kathy" Kathrada, South African anti-apartheid activist and politician, born in Schweizer-Reneke (d. 2017)

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1931-03-02 Mikhail Gorbachev, General Secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union (1985-91), born in Stavropol, Russia

Soviet General Secretary Mikhail Gorbachev
Soviet General Secretary
Mikhail Gorbachev
  • 1935-07-25 Lars Werner, Swedish communist leader
  • 1938-02-07 S. Ramachandran Pillai, Indian communist leader
  • 1939-02-08 José Maria Sison, Filipino communist
  • 1942-06-28 "Chris" Martin Thembisile Hani, sec-gen (South African Communist Party)

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1942-12-21 Hu Jintao, General Secretary of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China (2002-12) and President of the People's Republic of China (2003-13), born in Taizhou, Jiangsu

Paramount Leader of China Hu Jintao
Paramount Leader of China
Hu Jintao
  • 1949-03-01 Zoia Ceauşescu, Romanian mathematician and daughter of Communist dictator Nicolae Ceaușescu
  • 1951-09-04 Nicu Ceaușescu, youngest child of Romanian Communist dictator Nicolae Ceaușescu and considered the President's heir apparent, born in Scornicești, Romania
  • 1953-03-17 Filemon Lagman, Filipino communist revolutionary (d. 2001)

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1953-06-15 Xi Jinping, General Secretary of the Communist Party of China (2012-) and President of the People's Republic of China (2013-), born in Beijing

Paramount Leader of China Xi Jinping
Paramount Leader of China
Xi Jinping

Famous Weddings


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1926-10-18 Communist revolutionary leader Ho Chi Minh (36) weds midwife Zeng Xueming (21) in Guangzhou

Vietnamese Communist Revolutionary Ho Chi Minh
Vietnamese Communist Revolutionary
Ho Chi Minh

HeartWedding of Interest

1934-02-24 High-ranking member of British intelligence Kim Philby (22) weds communist Litzi Friedmann in Vienna, Austria


Famous Deaths


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1883-03-14 Karl Marx, German philosopher (Communist Manifesto), dies at 64

Communist Philosopher Karl Marx
Communist Philosopher
Karl Marx
  • 1933-06-20 Clara Zetkin, German feminist/communist, dies
  • 1934-01-10 Marinus van der Lubbe, Dutch communist, beheaded in Berlin at 24
  • 1940-01-05 Tina Modotti, [Maria del Carmen], Ital/Mexican communist, dies at 46
  • 1942-07-23 Nikola J Vaptsarov, Bulgaria poet/communist, executed at 32
  • 1942-10-16 12, Dutch Communist Party-resistance fighter/3 NVV-hostages, executed
  • 1943-11-27 Ivo Lola Ribar, Croatian communist and partisan (b. 1916)
  • 1944-08-28 Ernst Thalmann, German communist, dies in Buchenwald

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1945-04-28 Benito Mussolini [Il Duce], Fascist Italian dictator (1922-43), shot by communist partisans at 61

Italian Dictator Benito Mussolini
Italian Dictator
Benito Mussolini
  • 1948-05-06 43 communist rebels, executed in Athens
  • 1949-02-14 Yusuf Salman Yusuf, Iraqi-Assyrian communist leader (b. 1901)
  • 1949-04-16 Sutan Ibrahim gelor Datuk Tan Malaka, Indon communist, executed at 54
  • 1949-09-22 Sam Wood, US communist fighter/director (Night at Opera), dies at 66
  • 1949-12-16 Traitsjo Kostov, Bulgarian communist vice-premier, executed
  • 1950-08-18 Julien Lahaut, chairman Belgian Communist Party, murdered
  • 1952-11-18 Paul Eluard, French communist/poet, dies at 56
  • 1953-04-20 Erich Weinert, German communist writer, dies at 62
  • 1954-04-17 Lucreţiu Pătrăşcanu, Romanian communist activist (b. 1900)
  • 1957-03-16 Mosa Pijade, Yugoslavian MP (communist), dies at 67

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1957-05-02 Joseph McCarthy, anti-communist US senator (R-Wisc), dies at 48

US Senator Joseph McCarthy
US Senator
Joseph McCarthy
  • 1958-02-12 Marcel Cachin, 1st communist French senator, dies at 88
  • 1960-06-27 Harry Pollitt, General Secretary of the Communist Party of Great Britain dies at 69
  • 1960-07-15 Set Persson, Swedish communist politician (b. 1897)
  • 1961-09-01 William S Foster, chairman (US Communist Party, 1945-57), dies at 80
  • 1963-10-21 Józef Franczak, last cursed soldier - anticommunist underground in Poland(b. 1918)
  • 1964-07-11 Maurice Thorez, sec-general French communist party, dies at 64
  • 1964-08-21 Palmiro Togliatti, founder (Communist Italian Party)/min of Just, dies
  • 1965-01-17 Hans Marchwitza, German writer and communist, dies at 75
  • 1965-04-03 Ernst Kirchweger, Austrian communist and resistance fighter (born 1897 or 1898)
  • 1968-01-04 Joseph Pholien, Belgian PM (1950-52) communist fighter, dies at 83
  • 1968-02-08 J Borremans, Belgian politician (Communist), dies at 56

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1969-09-03 Ho Chi Minh [Nguyễn Sinh Cung], Vietnamese communist revolutionary and President of North Vietnam (1946-69), dies at 79 of heart failure

Vietnamese Communist Revolutionary Ho Chi Minh
Vietnamese Communist Revolutionary
Ho Chi Minh
  • 1970-03-29 Anna Louise Strong, American communist journalist (b. 1885)
  • 1971-09-13 Lin Biao, Chinese Communist Marshal during the Civil War and party leader, dies in a plane crash at 63, possibly while fleeing from a botched coup against Mao
  • 1973-06-27 Earl Browder, leader US Communist Party (1930-45), dies at 82
  • 1974-03-19 Hertha Kuusinen, Finnish communist/daughter of Otto K, dies at 70
  • 1975-05-06 József Mindszenty [József Pehm], Hungarian cardinal who opposed fascism and communism in Hungary, dies at 83

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1976-09-09 Mao Zedong, Chinese revolutionary and Chairman of the Communist Party of China (1949-76), dies of a heart attack at 82

Chinese Revolutionary and Chairman of the Communist Party Mao Zedong
Chinese Revolutionary and Chairman of the Communist Party
Mao Zedong
  • 1977-03-22 A.K. Gopalan, Indian Communist leader (b. 1904)

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1984-02-09 Yuri Andropov, General Secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union (1982-84) and KGB Chief (1967-82), dies of total renal failure at 69

Soviet General Secretary Yuri Andropov
Soviet General Secretary
Yuri Andropov
  • 1984-02-15 Leamon Hunt, US director-General in Sinai, killed by communists

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1985-03-10 Konstantin Chernenko, General Secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union (1984-85), dies of Emphysema at 73

Soviet General Secretary Konstantin Chernenko
Soviet General Secretary
Konstantin Chernenko
  • 1986-08-03 Paul [Saul] de Groot, chairman Dutch Communist party, dies at 87
  • 1987-07-28 James Burnham, philosopher (Coming Defeat of Communism), dies at 81
  • 1987-12-27 Rewi Alley, NZ author, pro Chinese communist, dies at 90 in Beijing
  • 1989-05-03 Edward Ochab, Polish Communist politician (b. 1906)
  • 1989-12-25 Elena Ceausescu, wife of Romania's Communist dictator Nicolae, executed at 73

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1989-12-25 Nicolae Ceausescu, Communist dictator of Romania, executed at 71

Dictator of Romania Nicolae Ceausescu
Dictator of Romania
Nicolae Ceausescu
  • 1990-01-19 Herbert Wehner, German ex-communist/chairman (1958-73), dies at 83
  • 1992-05-25 Viktor Grishin, hardline soviet communist, dies at 78, dies
  • 1992-11-07 Alexander Dubček, headed Czech Communist Party (1968-69), dies at 70
  • 1993-02-08 N. Shanmugathasan, Sri Lankan communist leader
  • 1993-04-10 Chris Hani, sec-gen South Africian Communist Party, assassinated at 50
  • 1993-07-11 Deng Yingchao, high ranking communist China official, dies at 88
  • 1993-08-31 Gerben Wagenaar, Dutch resistance fighter (communist), dies at 80
  • 1993-09-01 Gerben Wagenaar, resistance fighter/communist, dies at 80
  • 1993-11-14 Sanzo Nosaka, co-founder of Japanese Communist Party (1922), dies
  • 1994-07-04 Tawfik Ziad, Palestinian communist/Israeli MP/mayor of Nazareth, dies
  • 1994-08-23 Paolo Volponi, Italian communist/author (Machina Mondiale), dies at 70
  • 1994-10-22 Fabio Grobart, founder (Cuban Communist Party), dies
  • 1995-12-10 Phillip Piratin, communist, dies at 88
  • 1996-09-25 Nicu Ceaușescu, youngest child of Romanian Communist Dictator Nicolae Ceaușescu and considered the President's heir apparent, dies of cirrhosis at 45
  • 1996-11-06 Patience Edney, nurse/communist, dies at 85

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1997-02-19 Deng Xiaoping, Chinese revolutionary and paramount leader of China (1978-92), dies at 92

Paramount Leader of China Deng Xiaoping
Paramount Leader of China
Deng Xiaoping
  • 1997-04-15 Zdenek Mlynar, Sec of Czech Communist Central Committee (1968), dies
  • 1997-11-16 Georges Marchais, Sec Gen of French Communist Party (1972-94), dies
  • 2001-02-06 Filemon Lagman, Filipino Communist revolutionary (b. 1953)
  • 2005-01-19 Bill Andersen, New Zealand communist and trade union leader (b. 1924)
  • 2005-05-22 Charilaos Florakis, Greek politician, long-time General Secretary of the Communist Party of Greece (b. 1914)
  • 2005-10-30 Shamsher Singh Sheri, Indian communist leader (b. 1942)
  • 2006-11-20 Zoia Ceauşescu, Romanian mathematician and daughter of Communist dictator Nicolae Ceaușescu, dies of lung cancer at 57

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2008-08-20 Hua Guofeng, Chairman of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China (1976-81) and Premier of the People's Republic of China (1976-80), dies at 87

Paramount Leader of China Hua Guofeng
Paramount Leader of China
Hua Guofeng
  • 2010-07-21 Luis Corvalán, Chilean communist leader (b. 1916)
  • 2011-01-08 Vang Pao, charismatic Laotian general who commanded a secret army of his mountain people in a long, losing campaign against Communist insurgents, dies at 81
  • 2011-10-07 Ramiz Alia, the former communist leader and first president of the Albanian pluralist (b. 1925)
  • 2015-10-06 Árpád Göncz, Hungarian politician, 1st post-communist President (1990-2000), dies at 93