Soviet dictator Josef Stalin dies 60 years ago this hour (1953)


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(Thursday, March 5, 1953, 1:50 p.m. EST) — Soviet dictator Josef Stalin, a communist who executed hundreds of thousands of his citizens in the Great Purge and led his nation to victory over Nazi Germany and Japan during World War II and the Cold War afterwards, died of a massive stroke tonight after three decades in power.

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