April 17, 1969 – Architect of Czechoslovakia’s Prague Spring resigns

April 17, 1969 – Architect of Czechoslovakia’s Prague Spring resigns

Alexander Dubcek, the communist leader who launched a broad program of liberal reforms in Czechoslovakia, is forced to resign as first secretary by the Soviet forces occupying his country.

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January 5, 1968 – Prague Spring begins in Czechoslovakia

January 5, 1968 – Prague Spring begins in Czechoslovakia

Alexander Dubcek’s effort to establish “communism with a human face” was celebrated across the country, and the brief period of freedom became known as the “Prague Spring.” Dubcek replaced Antonin Novotny, the Stalinist ruler of Czechoslovakia.

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