June 16, 1958 – Leader of Hungarian uprising executed

June 16, 1958 – Leader of Hungarian uprising executed

Imre Nagy, a former Hungarian premier and symbol of the nation’s 1956 uprising against Soviet rule, is hanged for treason by his country’s communist authorities.

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December 31, 1944 – Hungary declares war on Germany

December 31, 1944 – Hungary declares war on Germany

On this day, the provisional government of Hungary officially declares war on Germany, bringing an end to Hungary’s cooperation—sometimes free, sometimes coerced—with the Axis power.

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November 4, 1956 – Soviets put brutal end to Hungarian revolution

November 4, 1956 – Soviets put brutal end to Hungarian revolution

A spontaneous national uprising that began 12 days before in Hungary is viciously crushed by Soviet tanks and troops on this day in 1956.

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October 22, 1811– Pianist and composer Franz Liszt is born

October 22, 1811– Pianist and composer Franz Liszt is born

Born on this day in 1811 in the Hapsburg Kingdom of Hungary, Franz Liszt would go on to make a name for himself not only as an important composer in the Romantic era, but also as one of the greatest pianists who ever lived.

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September 10, 1989 – Hungary allows East Germans refugees to leave

September 10, 1989 – Hungary allows East Germans refugees to leave

In a dramatic break with the eastern European communist bloc, Hungary gives permission for thousands of East German refugees to leave Hungary for West Germany.

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