Today in Communist History (Part 3)

Historical Events

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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

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1968-01-05 Alexander Dubček succeeds Antonín Novotný as communist party leader of Czechoslovakia

Leader of Czechoslovakia Alexander Dubček
Leader of Czechoslovakia
Alexander Dubček
  • 1968-02-26 Clandestine Radio Voice of Iraqi People (Communist) final transmission
  • 1968-03-10 North Vietnamese and communist Laotion troops overrun a secret US radar facility, Lima Site 85, on a Laos mountaintop
  • 1968-06-30 East German Communist Party leader Walter Ulbricht receives "Order of October Revolution"
  • 1969-01-02 Once influential daily sports newspaper, 'Soviet Sport' declares Czech super-star distance runner Emil Zatopek a "public enemy" after he supports democratic wing of the Communist Party at start of the Prague Spring
  • 1969-03-29 Communist New People's Army founded in the 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in Cambodia because communist forces could overrun South Vietnam "within 24 hours" if troops operating there were withdrawn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

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1971-04-05 Sri Lanka's communist Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) launches insurrection against the United Front government of Sirimavo Bandaranaike

World's 1st Female Head of State Sirimavo Bandaranaike
World's 1st Female Head of State
Sirimavo Bandaranaike
  • 1971-05-03 Erich Honecker succeeds Walter Ulbricht as East German communist party leader

  • 1971-10-25 United Nations votes to expel the Chinese Nationalist ruled Taiwan and admit the Communist People's Republic of China
  • 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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1976-10-12 Hua Guo-feng succeeds Mao Zedong as chairman of Communist Party

Chinese Revolutionary and Chairman of the Communist Party Mao Zedong
Chinese Revolutionary and Chairman of the Communist Party
Mao Zedong
  • 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.

BeatificationPapal Visit

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.
  • 1979-12-25 Soviet forces invade Afghanistan to prop up the Communist government, beginning a disastrous and failed ten-year war

  • 1980-08-31 The Gdańsk Agreement is signed, allowing Polish citizens to bring democratic changes within the communist political structure
  • 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

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1984-05-28 George Soros founds the Soros Foundation Budapest to help countries free themselves from communism

Investor and Political Activist George Soros
Investor and Political Activist
George Soros
  • 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
  • 1989-11-11 Romanian students protest in Bucharest before the Communist Party congress, shouting "we want reforms", in a sign of the revolution to come
  • 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

BattleExecution

1989-12-25 Show trial of Romanian Communist dictator Nicolae Ceaușescu and his wife Elena on charges of genocide and personal enrichment. The couple are found guilty and executed by firing squad the same day.

Dictator of Romania Nicolae Ceausescu
Dictator of Romania
Nicolae Ceausescu
  • 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

BattleCoup d'état

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 the 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.
  • 2006-05-10 Giogio Napolitano is elected President of Italy, first former communist to become President

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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

Conference meetingConference of Interest

2017-10-18 19th Chinese Communist Party congress opens in Beijing with President Xi Jinping delivering 3hr 23min speech heralding “new era”

Paramount Leader of China Xi Jinping
Paramount Leader of China
Xi Jinping
  • 2019-06-04 Biggest protests in Prague since the fall of communism by tens of thousands against Prime Minister Andrej Babis' use of EU subsidies
  • 2019-06-23 Biggest protests in Prague since the fall of communism against Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babis, with estimated 250,000 in Letna Plain park
  • 2019-10-01 China celebrates 70th anniversary of Communism with military parade in Beijing with 15,000 soldiers

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