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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December 28, 1989 – Dubcek returns to public office

December 28, 1989 – Dubcek returns to public office

Alexander Dubcek, former Czechoslovak leader and architect of the “Prague Spring,” is elected chairman of the new multiparty Czechoslovak parliament. It was the first time Dubcek held public office since being deprived of Communist Party membership in 1970.

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