Born: May 25, 1922 AD
Died: 1984 AD, at 62 years of age.
1922 - Born on the 25th of May in Sassari, Italy. Italian politician and a leading spokesman for “national communism”, seeking independence from Moscow and favouring the adaptation of Marxism to local requirements.
1937 - Berlinguer had his first contacts with Sardinian anti-Fascists.
1943 - Entered in the Italian Communist Party.
- He devoted himself to making the Italian Communist Party a major force in Italian politics.
1944 - Appointed as the national secretariat of the Communist Organisation for Youth (FGCI).
1945 - Sent to Milan, and was appointed to the Central Committee as a member.
1949-1956 - He was named national secretary of the FGCI.
- President of the World Federation of Democratic Youth.
1957 - Abolished the obligatory visit to the Soviet Union.
1968 - Elected as deputy for the electoral district of Rome.
1969 - He was elected deputy national secretary of the party (the secretary being Luigi Longo).
- Attended international conference of the Communist parties in Moscow.
1970 - Berlinguer engaged in an unexpected opening towards the world of industry.
1972 - Elected secretary-general of Italian Communist Party.
1973 - Hospitalized after a car accident during a visit to Bulgaria.
1976 - Under his leadership, it won more than a third of the Chamber of Deputies' seats, prompting him to propose the ‘historic compromise’: an alliance of the Catholics with the Communists.
- He was near to the premiership, but the murder of former prime minister Aldo Moro by Red Brigade guerrillas prompted a shift in popular support towards the socialists.
1977 - Meeting in Madrid with Santiago Carrillo of the Spanish Communist Party.
1980 - Berlinguer made an official visit to China.
1984 - Berlinguer suffered in a brain hemorrhage and died on 11th of June.
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