Bettino Craxi

Italian Politician
Born Feb 24, 1934

Benedetto "Bettino" Craxi was an Italian politician, head of the Italian Socialist Party from 1976 to 1993, the first socialist President of the Council of Ministers of Italy from 1983 to 1987.

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1934 Birth Born on February 24, 1934.


1976 42 Years Old A native of Milan, Craxi was precocious and ascended to many levels of public office at an early age. In 1976, he was elected to the vacant position of chairman of the party, ending years of factional fighting within the PSI. … Read More


1985 51 Years Old Internationally, Craxi is perhaps best remembered for an incident in October 1985, when he refused the request of US President Ronald Reagan to extradite the hijackers of the cruise ship Achille Lauro. … Read More
1987 53 Years Old 1 More Event
The Italian Socialist Party reached its post-war apex when it increased its share of votes in the general election of 1987. … Read More
1992 58 Years Old 1 More Event
In July 1992, Craxi finally realised the situation was serious and that he himself was going to be hit by the unfolding scandal. … Read More
1993 59 Years Old In December 1993, after his prosecution was finally authorised, Craxi was called to testify alongside Democrazia Cristiana party secretary Arnaldo Forlani before Justice Antonio Di Pietro. … Read More


1994 60 Years Old 1 More Event
In May 1994 he fled to Tunis in order to escape jail. … Read More
2000 66 Years Old He died on 19 January 2000, at the age of 65, from complications of diabetes. … Read More
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