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Wednesday 21st of August 1940

80 years ago

Marxist revolutionary and theorist and founder and first leader of the Red Army Leon Trotsky, originally Lev Davidovich Bronshtein is hacked to death by Catalan communist and assassin Ramón Mercader aka Jacques Mornard aka Frank Jacson at the age of 61 in Viena Street, Coyoacán, Mexico City, Mexico.

The blow to Trotsky's head was bungled and failed to kill him instantly. Witnesses stated that Trotsky spat on Mercader and began struggling fiercely with him. Hearing the commotion Trotsky's bodyguards burst into the room and nearly killed Mercader but Trotsky stopped them, laboriously stating that the assassin should be made to answer questions. Trotsky was taken to a hospital, operated on and survived for more than a day, dying as a result of loss of blood and shock.