Socialist Workers Party Wins, Iosif Dzhugashvili Dead, Hugo Chávez Dead

On this day: March 5
President Franklin D. Roosevelt declares a "bank holiday", closing all U.S. banks and freezing all financial transactions (1933)

In Germany, the National Socialist Workers Party wins 44 percent of the vote in parliamentary elections (1933)

Joseph Stalin and members of Soviet Politburo sign an order for the execution of 25,700 Polish intelligentsia, including 14,700 Polish POWs, known also as the Katyn Massacre (1940)

Hungarian Communists and Social Democrats co-found the Left Bloc (1946)

In Haifa, a Hamas suicide bomber kills 17 Israeli civilians in the Haifa Bus 37 Massacre (2003)

President B. Hussein Obama's nominee for Surgeon General, Sanjay Gupta, withdraws from consideration (2009)

President B. Hussein Obama touts his Administration's policy and the economic situation in Arlington, VA at the headquarters of OPOWER, a typical crony-corporation consuming political-payback energy subsidies (2010)

b: Rosa Luxemburg (1871), Set Persson (1897), Zhou Enlai (1898); d: Joseph Stalin [born Iosif Vissarionovich Dzhugashvili] (1953), Hugo Chávez (2013)

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