Lived: Nov 07, 1879 – Aug 21, 1940 (age 60)
Height: 5′ 9″ (1.74 m)
Spouse: Natalia Sedova (m. 1903 – 1940) · Aleksandra Sokolovskaya (m. 1899 – 1902)
Children: Zinaida Volkova (Daughter) · Lev Sedov (Son) · Sergei Sedov (Son) · Nina Nevelson (Daughter) · Howard Fung (Son)
Movies: The Assassination of Trotsky
Founded: Red Army · Fourth International · Communist International · Left Opposition · Petrograd Soviet · International Committee of the Fourth InternationalHighlights
- 1903: Leon Trotsky married Natalia Sedova in 1903.
- 1917: He was, alongside Lenin, Zinoviev, Kamenev, Stalin, Sokolnikov and Bubnov, one of the seven members of the first Politburo, founded in 1917 to manage the Bolshevik Revolution.
- 1920: The Red Army was defeated by Poland and the offensive was turned back during the Battle of Warsaw in August 1920, in part because of Stalin’s failure to obey Trotsky’s orders in the run-up to the decisive engagements.
- 1924: Shortly after Lenin’s death in 1924, the letter was found and publicized by Trotsky’s opponents within the Communist Party to portray him as Lenin’s enemy.
- 1926: In early 1926, Zinoviev, Kamenev and their supporters in the “New Opposition” gravitated closer to Trotsky’s supporters, and the two groups soon formed an alliance, which also incorporated some smaller opposition groups within the Communist Party.
- 1940: On Stalin’s orders, he was assassinated in Mexico in August 1940 by Ramón Mercader, a Spanish-born Soviet agent.