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