1912 – Born on March 8th in Velika Gorica, near Zagreb, Austria-Hungary. Yugoslav politician.
1933 – He was a member of the Communist Party.
1945 – He headed the first postwar government of the Croatian national republic within the Yugoslav federation.
1971-1972 – He supported Tito’s moves to suppress Croatian nationalism.
1974 – A Marxist theoretician who was, nevertheless, strongly opposed to the Soviet system, Bakaric helped frame the federal constitution designed to promote decentralization.
– He was the last survivor of Marshal Tito’s World War II compatriots to retain high office within the party hierarchy, being a member of the Presidium of the League of Communists of Yugoslavia and vice-president of the federal republic’s collective Presidency.
1983 – Died on January 16th in Zagreb, Yugoslavia.
– Under the system of rotation of offices instituted by Tito, Bakaric would have succeeded Petar Stambolic as head of state in May.