Stalin Purges Trotsky, Naomi Wolf Born, Obama's Choom Gang

November 12: On This Progressive Day
Leon Trotsky is expelled from the Soviet Communist Party, leaving Joseph Stalin in undisputed control of the Soviet Union (1927)

The Oregon Highway Division attempts to destroy a rotting beached Sperm whale with explosives, leading to the infamous exploding whale incident (1970)

Yuri Andropov becomes the general secretary of the Soviet Communist Party's Central Committee, succeeding Leonid I. Brezhnev (1982)

President B. Hussein Obama revisits the Choom Gang and attends the APEC United States economic summit in Honolulu (2011)

b: Bahá'u'lláh (1817), Maximilian von Weichs (1881), James P. Mitchell (1900), Naomi Wolf (1962); d: H. R. Haldeman (1993)

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