Today in Trotskyist History

Historical Events


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1908-10-03 The Pravda newspaper founded by Leon Trotsky, Adolph Joffe, Matvey Skobelev and other Russian exiles in Vienna.

Russian Revolutionary Leon Trotsky
Russian Revolutionary
Leon Trotsky

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1917-10-23 Lenin speaks against Kamenev, Kollontai, Stalin & Trotsky

Marxist Revolutionary and Russian Leader Vladimir Lenin
Marxist Revolutionary and Russian Leader
Vladimir Lenin
Soviet Union Premier Joseph Stalin
Soviet Union Premier
Joseph Stalin
  • 1917-11-08 People's Commissars gives authority to Lenin, Trotsky & Stalin during October Revolution
  • 1918-02-10 Trotsky declares that Russia is leaving the war
  • 1918-03-13 Trotsky gains control of the Red Army
  • 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. It's original members were Vladimir Lenin, Leon Trotsky, Joseph Stalin, Lev Kamenev and Nikolai Krestinsky.
  • 1921-03-07 Red Army under Trotsky attack sailors of Kronstadt naval base
  • 1925-01-16 Gen M Froense replaces Trotsky as People's Commissioner of Defense
  • 1925-01-16 In the aftermath of Lenin's death, Stalin and Trotsky battle for leadership; today, Trotsky resigns as chairman of the Russian Revolutionary Military Council
  • 1926-10-19 Russian Politburo throws out Leon Trotsky and his followers
  • 1926-11-19 Leon Trotsky is expelled from the Politburo in the Soviet Union
  • 1927-11-12 Trotsky expelled from Soviet CP; Stalin becomes undisputed dictator

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1927-12-27 Stalin's faction wins All-Union Congress in USSR, Trotsky expelled

Soviet Union Premier Joseph Stalin
Soviet Union Premier
Joseph Stalin

Famous Birthdays


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1879-11-07 Leon Trotsky[Leib Bronstein], Bronshtein, Russian Empire, Russian revolutionary and Theorist [OS 26-10-1879], (d. 1940)

Russian Revolutionary Leon Trotsky
Russian Revolutionary
Leon Trotsky
  • 1907-04-03 Isaac Deutscher, Polish/English historian (Stalin/Trotsky biography)
  • 1914-02-07 Jacques Mornard, [Ramon Mercader], murderer (Trotsky)

Famous Deaths


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1940-08-21 Leon Trotsky, Russian revolutionary, icepicked by Ramón Mercader at 62

Russian Revolutionary Leon Trotsky
Russian Revolutionary
Leon Trotsky
  • 1978-10-18 Jacques Mornard, [Ramon Mercader], murderer of Trotsky, dies at 64
  • 2006-07-20 Ted Grant, British Trotskyist (b. 1913)