Today in Communist History (Part 2)

Historical Events

Events 101 - 200 of 265

  • 1947-02-01 Aleide de Gasperi forms Italian government of christian-dems & communists
  • 1947-02-17 Dutch RC bishops publish manifest against "godless communism"
  • 1947-03-07 The Kuomintang and Communist Party of China resume full-fledged Civil War.

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1947-03-12 US President Harry Truman introduces Truman-doctrine to fight communism

33rd US President Harry Truman
33rd US President
Harry Truman
  • 1947-05-31 Communists seize power in Hungary
  • 1947-08-31 Hungarian communist party wins election
  • 1947-10-20 HUAC opens hearings into alleged Communist influence in Hollywood
  • 1947-11-17 The U.S. Screen Actors Guild implements an anti-Communist loyalty oath.
  • 1947-11-24 The US House of Representatives Committee on Un-American Activities finds "Hollywood 10" in contempt because of their refusal to reveal whether they were communists
  • 1947-12-30 King Michael of Romania, forced by communists abdicates his throne
  • 1948-01-17 Trial of 11 US Communist party members begins in NYC
  • 1948-02-20 Czechoslovakia's non-communist minister resigns
  • 1948-02-24 Communist Party seizes complete control of Czechoslovakia
  • 1948-02-25 Communists seize Czechoslovakia/C Gottwald becomes premier
  • 1948-06-07 Communist complete takeover of Czechoslovakia; Pres Bernes resigns
  • 1948-07-14 Palmiro Togliatti, leader of the Italian Communist Party, is shot near to the Italian Parliament.
  • 1948-07-20 US Communist Party chairman William Forster arrested
  • 1948-08-03 FDR advisor Alger Hiss accused of being a "communist"
  • 1948-08-17 Alger Hiss denies ever being a Communist agent
  • 1948-09-01 Communist form North China People's Republic
  • 1948-09-18 Communist Madiun-uprising in Dutch Indies (Muso/Sjarifudin)
  • 1949-02-19 Mass arrests of communists in India
  • 1949-07-13 Pope Pius XII excommunicates communist catholics
  • 1949-07-30 British warship HMS Amethyst escapes down Yangtze River, having been refused a safe passage by Chinese Communists after 3-month standoff
  • 1949-09-21 Chinese Communist leaders proclaim People's Republic of China
  • 1949-10-14 14 US Communist Party leaders convicted of sedition
  • 1949-11-06 Greek civil war ends after 3 years with defeat of communist factions
  • 1949-11-30 Chinese Communists captured Chungking
  • 1950-01-06 Britain recognizes Communist government of China
  • 1950-02-07 Sen Joe McCarthy finds "communists" in US Department of State (equiv. Ministry of Foreign Affairs)

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1950-02-09 Sen Joseph McCarthy charges State Dept infested with 205 communists

US Senator Joseph McCarthy
US Senator
Joseph McCarthy
  • 1950-02-12 Sen Joe McCarthy claims to have list of 205 communist government employees
  • 1950-04-24 US President Harry Truman denies there are communists in the US government
  • 1950-07-17 Suppression of Communism Act comes into force in South Africa
  • 1950-08-18 Julien Lahaut, the chairman of the Communist Party of Belgium is assassinated by far-right elements.
  • 1950-08-27 General Foods blacklists Jean Muir of Aldrich Family as a communist
  • 1950-09-09 Mass arrests of communists in France
  • 1950-09-12 Belgian government dismisses all communist civil servants
  • 1950-11-16 US president Harry Truman proclaims emergency crisis caused by communist threat
  • 1950-12-16 US President Harry Truman proclaims state of emergency against "Communist imperialism"
  • 1951-01-06 Ganghwa massacre: Hundreds of South Korean communist sympathisers are slaughtered
  • 1951-01-30 Belgium refuses to allow communists to make speeches on radio
  • 1951-03-12 Communist troops driven out of Seoul

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1951-05-27 Chinese Communists force Dalai Lama to surrender his army to Beijing

14th Dalai Lama Tenzin Gyatso
14th Dalai Lama
Tenzin Gyatso
  • 1951-06-18 In South Africa, the Suppression of Communism Act commences.
  • 1951-12-17 Dutch Communist Party members forbidden to be civil servants
  • 1952-07-22 Poland adopts Communist-imposed Constitution
  • 1952-10-05 19th congress of Communist Party meets in Moscow
  • 1953-07-13 Battle of the Kumsong River begins - last major battle of the Korean war

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1953-09-14 Nikita Khrushchev appointed First Secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union, succeeding Malenkov

Soviet First Secretary Nikita Khrushchev
Soviet First Secretary
Nikita Khrushchev

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1953-12-03 Eisenhower criticizes McCarthy for saying communists are in the Republican Party

34th US President & WWII General Dwight D. Eisenhower
34th US President & WWII General
Dwight D. Eisenhower
  • 1953-12-09 General Electric announces all Communist employees will be fired
  • 1954-01-01 Yugoslav parliament chairman/VP Milovan Djilas criticize communism
  • 1954-04-07 US President Dwight D. Eisenhower in news conference is first to voice fear of a "domino-effect" of communism in Indo-China

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1954-04-13 Robert Oppenheimer accused of being a communist

Physicist and Father of the Atomic Bomb Robert Oppenheimer
Physicist and Father of the Atomic Bomb
Robert Oppenheimer
  • 1954-08-11 Formal peace ends 7+ yrs of fighting in Indochina between French & Communist Viet Minh
  • 1954-08-24 US President Eisenhower signs Communist Control Act, outlawing the Communist Party, at height of McCarthyism
  • 1954-09-08 SE Asia Treaty Org (SEATO) forms to stop communist spread in SE Asia
  • 1956-01-02 Poujadists/communists win French parliamentary elections
  • 1956-03-27 US seizes US communist newspaper "Daily Worker"
  • 1956-04-06 Polish communist Gomulka freed from prison
  • 1956-08-17 Federal Constitutional Court bans the Communist Party of Germany (KPD) in West Germany
  • 1956-11-05 Dutch Communist Party office of Felix Meritis seized
  • 1957-01-09 Dutch Newspaper Society expels communist daily paper "Truth"
  • 1957-06-29 Malenkov, Molotov, Kaganowitsj & Sjepilov leave USSR communist party
  • 1958-03-20 Clandestine Burasi Bizim Radio (communist) begins transmitting
  • 1958-03-20 Greek Clandestine Radio (communist), Voice of Truth 1st transmission
  • 1958-03-27 Nikita Khrushchev becomes Soviet Premier as well as First Secretary of the Communist Party
  • 1958-12-09 Robert H W Welch Jr & 11 other men meet in Indianapolis to form anti-Communist John Birch Society
  • 1959-04-13 Vatican edict forbids Roman Catholics from voting for communists
  • 1960-01-30 Dutch communist trade union EVC'58 disbands
  • 1961-03-13 Elizabeth Gurley Finn (70) becomes President of US Communist Party
  • 1961-10-09 US members of communist party obliged to report themselves to police
  • 1961-10-18 Emergency crisis proclaimed in South Vietnam due to communist attack
  • 1961-11-11 Molotov, Malenkov & Kaganovitsj expelled from USSR's communist party

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1961-12-02 Fidel Castro declares he's a Marxist & will lead Cuba to Communism

Cuban Revolutionary and President Fidel Castro
Cuban Revolutionary and President
Fidel Castro
  • 1962-03-06 US promise Thailand assistance against communist aggression
  • 1962-07-19 Hungarian communist party expels Rákosi & Gero
  • 1962-10-08 Spiegel scandal: Der Spiegel publishes article "Bedingt abwehrbereit" ("Conditionally prepared for defense") about NATO manoeuver called "Fallex 62", uncovering sorry state of West German army. Magazine soon accused of treason.
  • 1963-02-08 1st transmission of Clandestine Voice of Iraqi People (Communist)
  • 1964-08-26 Italian Communist Party selects Luigi Longo as chairman

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1964-10-14 Premier Nikita Khrushchev replaced by Leonid Brezhnev as General Secretary of the Soviet Communist Party

Soviet General Secretary Leonid Brezhnev
Soviet General Secretary
Leonid Brezhnev
Soviet First Secretary Nikita Khrushchev
Soviet First Secretary
Nikita Khrushchev

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1965-03-22 Nicolae Ceausescu is elected General Secretary of the Romanian Communist Party

Dictator of Romania Nicolae Ceausescu
Dictator of Romania
Nicolae Ceausescu
  • 1965-05-24 Supreme Court declares federal law allowing post office to intercept communist propaganda is unconstitutional
  • 1965-07-03 Harold Strachan, member of the Communist Party of South Africa and Umkhonto we Sizwe, the armed wing of the African National Congress, is served with a restriction order in terms of the Suppression of Communism Act
  • 1965-10-20 Mass arrests of communists in Indonesia

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1966-01-12 LBJ says US should stay in South Vietnam until communist aggression ends

36th US President Lyndon B. Johnson
36th US President
Lyndon B. Johnson
  • 1966-07-16 Number of banned persons in South Africa totals 936; the individuals are banned under various laws, most prominently the Suppression of Communism and Riotous Assembly Acts
  • 1968-01-05 Alexander Dubček succeeds Antonín Novotný as communist party leader of Czechoslovakia
  • 1968-02-26 Clandestine Radio Voice of Iraqi People (Communist) final transmission
  • 1968-06-30 East German Communist Party leader Walter Ulbricht receives "Order of October Revolution"
  • 1969-03-29 Communist New People's Army found in Philippines
  • 1969-04-17 Alexander Dubček forced to resign as first secretary of Czechoslovakia's Communist Party
  • 1969-04-24 Marshall Lin Biao named Mao's designated successor as the sole Vice Chairman of the Communist Party of China
  • 1969-06-05 The International communist conference begins in Moscow.
  • 1970-01-19 UCLA fires Angela Davis for being a communist
  • 1970-11-16 South Vietnamese Vice President Nguyen Cao Ky defends operations in Cambodia because communist forces could overrun South Vietnam "within 24 hours" if troops operating there were withdrawn
  • 1970-12-20 Edward Gierek succeeds Wladyslaw Gomulka as Poland's communist party leader
  • 1972-03-05 Greek composer Mikis Theodorakis leaves communist party
  • 1972-04-10 20 days after he was kidnapped in Buenos Aires, Oberdan Sallustro is executed by communist guerrillas.

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