Today in Communist History (Part 3)

Historical Events

Events 201 - 274 of 274

  • 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in Cambodia because communist forces could overrun South Vietnam "within 24 hours" if troops operating there were withdrawn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
  • 1971-05-03 Erich Honecker succeeds Walter Ulbricht as East German 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
  • 1972-09-28 Japan & Communist China agree to re-establish diplomatic relations
  • 1973-06-25 Russian communist party leader Brezhnev visits France
  • 1974-03-26 Romanian communist party names party leader Ceausescu president
  • 1975-06-16 Italy's Communist party PCI, wins
  • 1975-08-23 Communists take over Laos
  • 1975-12-03 Laos falls to communist forces; Lao People's Democratic Rep proclaimed

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1976-10-07 Hua Guofeng succeeds Mao as Chairman of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China

Paramount Leader of China Hua Guofeng
Paramount Leader of China
Hua Guofeng
  • 1976-10-12 Hua Guo-feng succeeds Mao Zedong as chairman of Communist Party
  • 1976-12-26 The Communist Party of Nepal (Marxist-Leninist) is founded.
  • 1977-03-20 Communists and socialists win French municipal elections
  • 1977-04-09 Communist party in Spain allowed legally after 40 years
  • 1978-10-01 The Voltaic Revolutionary Communist Party is founded.

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1979-06-02 John Paul II becomes 1st pope to visit a Communist country (Poland)

264th Pope John Paul II
264th Pope
John Paul II
  • 1979-09-16 The families of Peter Strelzyk and Gunter Wetzel arrive in West Germany from Communist East Germany in a hot air balloon
  • 1979-09-20 The Punjab wing of the Unity Centre of Communist Revolutionaries of India (Marxist-Leninist) formally splits and constitutes a parallel UCCRI(ML).
  • 1979-11-08 The Chilean Communist Party (Proletarian Action) is formed.
  • 1981-06-21 Socialists/communists win French parliamentary election
  • 1981-06-23 French government of Mauroy forms, with 4 communists
  • 1981-06-29 Hu Yaobang succeeds Hua Guofeng as Chairman of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China
  • 1981-06-30 China's Communist Party condemns late Mao Zedong's policy
  • 1981-07-18 Polish communist party selects ex-party leader Edward Gierek
  • 1981-12-13 Poland's authoritarian communist government declares martial law and arrests Solidarity activists in a failed attempt to crush the opposition
  • 1982-02-19 Hanneke Jagersma installed as Neth's 1st Communist mayor
  • 1982-09-06 Dutch Internal minister Mr M Red assigns BVD to spy on communists
  • 1982-10-28 Spain's socialists win/communists lose elections
  • 1985-05-01 "Communist" bomb attack kills 2 firemen in Brussels
  • 1986-06-29 Moses Mayekiso, former General Secretary of Metal and Allied Workers Union (MAWU) and member of South African Communist Party (SACP), detained for a second time, spends months in solitary confinement
  • 1986-12-16 Revolt in Kazakhstan against Communist party, known as Zheltoksan, which becomes the first sign of ethnic strife during Gorbachev's tenure

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1988-01-16 Czech dissident Václav Havel is arrested in Prague for taking part in demonstrations against the communist government

Politician and Author Václav Havel
Politician and Author
Václav Havel
  • 1988-09-26 Polish communist party picks propaganda chief Rakowski as new PM
  • 1989-02-25 1st independent blue-collar labor union in Communist Hungary forms

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1989-06-24 Jiang Zemin appointed the General Secretary of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China

Paramount Leader of China Jiang Zemin
Paramount Leader of China
Jiang Zemin
  • 1989-08-19 Tadeusz Mazowiecki, elected 1st non-communist president of Poland
  • 1989-10-18 Hungary revises its constitution after the fall of its Communist regime
  • 1989-10-23 Hungary proclaims itself a republic & declares communist rule ended
  • 1989-11-17 Student demonstration in Prague put down by riot police, leading to an uprising (the Velvet Revolution) that will topple the communist government on Dec. 29
  • 1989-11-24 Communist Party resigns in Czechoslovakia
  • 1989-12-01 East Germany drops communist monopoly from its constitution
  • 1990-01-12 Romania bans Communist party (1st Warsaw Pact member to do so)
  • 1990-02-07 USSR Communist party agrees to allow opposition political parties
  • 1990-03-18 1st free elections in East Germany, Conservatives beat Communists
  • 1990-04-28 Last issue of Dutch communist daily De Waarheid (The Truth)

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1990-07-12 Boris Yeltsin quits the Soviet Communist Party

Russian President Boris Yeltsin
Russian President
Boris Yeltsin
  • 1990-07-29 South Africa Communist Party begins 1st legal conference

  • 1991-06-04 1st post WW II non-communist government in Albania

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1991-08-19 Conservative members of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union attempt to depose Mikhail Gorbachev in a coup d'état

Soviet General Secretary Mikhail Gorbachev
Soviet General Secretary
Mikhail Gorbachev
  • 1991-08-21 Conservative coup in the Soviet Union is crushed by popular resistance led by Boris Yeltsin in three days
  • 1991-08-24 Mikhail Gorbachev resigns as head of USSR Communist Party
  • 1991-08-29 USSR suspends Communist Party activities
  • 1991-11-06 Russian President Boris Yeltsin outlaws Communist Party
  • 1991-12-31 CPN, Communist Party of Netherland, last day of existence
  • 1992-04-06 A general strike is declared by communist groups in Nepal.
  • 1992-07-13 The Tripartite Alliance, consisting of the African National Congress, South African Communist Party and Congress of South African Trade Union, outlines a mass action plan for August
  • 1993-04-28 Carlo Ciampi forms Italian government with ex-communists
  • 1994-11-15 Nepal Communist party Dutch Communist Party-UML wins election
  • 1994-11-30 Man Mohan Adhikary sworn in as 1st communist premier of Nepal
  • 1994-12-18 Socialist Party (ex-communist) wins Bulgaria parliamentary election
  • 2000-12-19 The Leninist Guerrilla Units wing of the Communist Labour Party of Turkey/Leninist attack a Nationalist Movement Party office in Istanbul, killing one person and injuring three.
  • 2001-01-23 The Chinese Communist Party stages a self-immolation in Tiananmen Square to frame Falun Gong and escalate the persecution.
  • 2002-11-04 Chinese authorities arrest cyber-dissident He Depu for signing pro-democracy letter to the 16th Communist Party Congress

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2002-11-15 Hu Jintao becomes the General Secretary of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China

Paramount Leader of China Hu Jintao
Paramount Leader of China
Hu Jintao
  • 2003-07-07 The United Communist Party of Armenia is formed.
  • 2003-11-18 The congress of the Communist Party of Indian Union (Marxist-Leninist) decides to merge the party into Kanu Sanyal's CPI(ML).
  • 2004-05-16 Day of Mourning at Bykivnia forest, just outside of Kiev, Ukraine where during 1930s and early 1940s communist bolsheviks executed over 100,000 Ukrainian civilians
  • 2004-09-21 The Communist Party of India (Marxist-Leninist) People's War and the Maoist Communist Centre of India merge to form the Communist Party of India (Maoist).
  • 2005-11-29 The new Croatian Communist Party (KPH) is founded in Vukovar.

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2011-04-19 Fidel Castro resigns from the Communist Party of Cuba's central committee after 45 years of holding the title.

Cuban Revolutionary and President Fidel Castro
Cuban Revolutionary and President
Fidel Castro

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