Historical Anniversaries and Remembrance Days

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  • Estonian Independence Day
    type: anniversary

    24 February is celebrated as the Independence Day of Estonia. It commemorates the Estonian Declaration of Independence, the founding act of the Republic of Estonia from 1918.

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  • Memorial Day for the Victims of Communism in Hungary
    type: anniversary    location: Hungary

    The Parliament of Hungary declared 25 February to be the annual Memorial Day for the Victims of Communism. On this day in 1947 occupying Soviet authorities unlawfully arrested Béla Kovács, general secretary of the Independent Smallholders’ Party, who was later deported to the USSR. Kovács spent eight years in prison and labour camps and died in 1959. He symbolizes fate of thousands of victims of communism.

  • Khrushchev’s secret speech
    type: anniversary

    20th Congress of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union took place in 1956 between 14 and 25 February. On the last day, Khrushchev revealed and condemned some of Stalin's crimes in a secret speech, which resonated widely across the Soviet bloc.

  • Communist coup in Czechoslovakia
    type: anniversary

    Communist coup in Czechoslovakia took place on 25 February 1948. Elimination of parliamentary democracy followed.

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