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Karl Marx

Communist Philosopher Karl Marx

Profession: Communist Philosopher


Why Famous: One of the most influential figures in human history.

Revolutionary socialist governments espousing Marxist concepts took power in a variety of countries in the 20th century, leading to the formation of states such as the Soviet Union and the People's Republic of China.

Born: May 5, 1818
Birthplace: Trier, Germany
Star Sign: Taurus

Died: March 14, 1883 (aged 64)
Cause of Death: Bronchitis and pleurisy

Married Life

  • 1843-06-19 Philosopher Karl Marx (25) weds Jenny von Westphalen in Germany

Historical Events

  • 1842-10-15 Karl Marx becomes editor-in-chief of Rheinische Zeitung
  • 1848-02-21 Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels publish "The Communist Manifesto" in London
  • 1867-10-01 Karl Marx' "Das Kapital" published
  • 1872-09-10 Karl Marx speaks in Amsterdam
  • 1911-11-20 The funeral of Paul and Laura Lafargue (daughter of Karl Marx) in Paris is attended by Lenin; the two socialists died in a suicide pact in the belief that their political usefulness was at an end

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