On This Day

Socialist History (Part 2)

Historical Events


1976-09-21 Orlando Letelier is assassinated in Washington, D.C. He was a member of the Chilean socialist government of Salvador Allende, overthrown in 1973 by Augusto Pinochet.

Election of Interest

1976-11-26 Former West German Chancellor Willy Brandt is elected chairman of the Socialist International (1976-92)

  • 1977-03-03 Libyan Socialist Arabs People's Republic forms
  • 1977-03-20 Communists and socialists win French municipal elections
  • 1981-06-21 Socialists and communists win French parliamentary election
  • 1982-10-28 Spain's socialists win/communists lose elections
  • 1983-02-23 The Spanish Socialist government of Felipe González and Miguel Boyer nationalizes Rumasa, a holding of José María Ruiz Mateos
  • 1983-04-24 Austrian socialist party loses parliamentary election

Election of Interest

1983-04-25 Portugal's Mário Soares' Partido Socialista wins parliamentary election

  • 1984-09-12 Ethiopia forms socialist republic
  • 1985-03-10 French socialists lose election (National Front 9%)
  • 1985-06-26 Portugal's Socialist Prime Minister Mário Soares resigns amid predictions that Parliament would be dissolved and elections called
  • 1986-02-16 Mário Soares from the Socialist Party is elected the 1st civilian President of Portugal
  • 1986-06-22 Spain's premier Gonzalez' Socialist Party wins elections
  • 1987-06-15 Bettino Craxi's Socialist Party wins election in Italy
  • 1989-02-09 Michael Manley's Socialist Party wins Jamaica parliamentary election
  • 1991-01-27 Dutch Pacifist Socialistic Party disbands
  • 1992-01-01 The Russian Soviet Federative Socialist Republic is renamed the Russian Federation, becoming the successor state to the Soviet Union.
  • 1992-02-23 The Socialist Labour Party is founded in Georgia
  • 1992-04-15 The National Assembly of Vietnam adopts the 1992 Constitution of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam.
  • 1994-05-29 Hungary's Socialist Party wins parliamentary election
  • 1994-06-29 Socialist, Tomiichi Murayama, elected premier of Japan
  • 1994-12-18 Socialist Party (ex-communist) wins Bulgaria parliamentary election
  • 2004-01-06 Costas Simitis announces his resignation as president of the Panhellenic Socialist Movement in Greece.
  • 2005-03-05 The Burkinabé Party for Democracy and Socialism holds its first National Convention.
  • 2005-10-15 Riot in Toledo, Ohio breaks out during a National Socialist/Neo-Nazi protest; over 100 are arrested
  • 2009-10-04 George Papandreou's Panhellenic Socialist Movement defeats Greece's governing New Democracy party in an electoral landslide.
  • 2012-06-17 France's Socialist Party wins a majority in the legislative election
  • 2018-06-01 Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy forced out of office by a no-confidence vote in parliament, filed by Socialist leader Pedro Sánchez
  • 2018-06-02 Socialist Pedro Sánchez is sworn in as Spanish Prime Minister
  • 2019-04-28 Spanish general election: no party wins a majority, Socialists under Pedro Sanchez win most with 29%
  • 2020-10-18 Bolivia elects Luis Arce President and his party, Movement for Socialism back into government

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