Chronography of Czechia and Slovakia

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21/10/2017, Elections in the Czech Republic produced gains for the Populist Right.

26/9/2000, Anti-globalisation protests in Prague.Some 15,000 protestors turned violent during the IMF and World Bank Summits.


Separation of Slovakia from the Czech Republic 1992-3

26/1/1993. Vaclav Havel became the first president of the new Czech Republic. He was a centre-right candidate, opposed by Communists and the extreme-right Republican Party.

1/1/1993.Czechoslovakia split into the Czech and Slovak Republics, in a �velvet divorce�.

25/11/1992, The Czechoslovak National Assembly voted for the country to split into the Czech Republic and Slovakia, on 1 January 1993.

20/7/1992, Vaclav Havel resigned as President of Czechoslovakia. This was after a proclamation of sovereignty by Slovakia, which was to split the country in two.

17/7/1992, Following the June elections, Slovakian MPs voted for independence.

6/6/1992, In Czechoslovak elections, Parties favouring independence did well in Slovakia whereas Parties favouring continued federation prevailed in Chechia.


Fall of Communism in Czechoslovakia 1989-91

18/11/1991, Gustav Husak, former President of Czechoslovakia and Communist Party leader, who crushed the Prague Spring in 1968, died in Prague aged 78.

15/2/1991, The Visegrad Agreement was signed; the leaders of Czechoslovakia, Hungary, and Poland agreed to move towards free-market systems.

10/6/1990, In Czechoslovakia, Vaclav Havel�s Civic Forum Party and its Slovak allies won 170 out of the 300 seats. Tough economic reforms lay ahead.

29/12/1989, (1) The Czechs elect playwright Vaclav Havel as President.

(2) Alexander Dubcek, the reformist leader sacked in 1968 was elected leader of Czechoslovakia�s federal assembly.

10/12/1989, Czechoslovakia convened a �Government of National Understanding; Gustav Husak was removed from the office of President.

28/11/1989, The monopoly on power by the Communist Party in Czechoslovakia ended.

5/12/1989, Czechoslovakia opened its border with the West.

27/11/1989, Czech workers staged a 2-hour general strike, organised by the Civic Forum political opposition.

24/11/1989, Czechoslovak General Secretary Gustav Husak resigned.

20/11/1989, Major anti-government demonstrations in Czechoslovakia.

17/11/1989, In Czechoslovakia, students protesting peacefully in Prague were severely beaten by riot police. This sparked a revolution which toppled the Communist government on 29/12/1989. Protestors grew from 200,000 on 19/11/1989 to an estimated 500,000 on 20/11/1989.

14/11/1989. Czechoslovakia lifted travel restrictions.

27/9/1969, Purge of reformers in Czechoslovak Government.

17/5/1989, The Communist Government of Czechoslovakia freed playwright Vaclav Havel after he served just three months of a nine month sentence.

21/2/1989. Czech writer Vaclav Havel was jailed for anti-government demonstrations.

19/1/1989, Police in Prague used tear gas and water cannon to break up a large demonstration commemorating te 20th anniversary of the death of Jan Palach, a student who burnt himself to death in protest at the Soviet invasion of Czechoslovakia in 1968. The 1989 protests were led by Vaclav Havel, a dissident writer who led the Charter 77 human rights movement.


17/12/1987, Gustav Husak resigned as General Secretary of the Czechoslovak Communist Party; succeeded by Milos Jakes.

23/12/1979. In Czechoslovakia, playwright Vaclav Havel was convicted of subversion.

13/3/1977, Czech secret police tortured to death the leader of the Charter 77 Movement, Jan Potocka.

26/1/1977, The US State Department accused Czechoslovakia of violating the Helsinki Accord (1/8/1975) by persecuting dissidents.

7/1/1977, Civil Rights campaigners in Czechoslovakia published their Charter 77, following the signing by the Czechoslovak Government of the International Convention on Human Rights in 1976. In practice, many civil rights such as freedom of expression had been suppressed following the �normalisation� that followed the Soviet invasion of Czechoslovakia in 1968. The Charter�s signatories included Jiri Hajek, who was Czechoslovak Foreign Minister in 1968, and the writer Vaclav Havel. The signatories were greatly harassed by the Communist administration, but the Charter contributed to the downfall of Communism in Czechoslovakia in 1989, when Havel became President.

28/1/1975, Antonin Novotkny, Czechoslovak politician, died aged 70.


Dubcek era � failed attempt at liberalisation

26/6/1970, Dubcek was expelled from the Czech Communist Party.

15/12/1969. Dubcek was made Czechoslovak Ambassador to Turkey. He was expelled from the Czech Communist party on 26/6/1970.

17/4/1969, Alexander Dubcek was replaced as First Secretary of the Czech Communist Party.

19/1/1969, A 21-year-old student, Jan Palach, set himself on fire in Wenceslas Square, Prague, in protest at the Soviet invasion of Czechoslovakia.

16/10/1968, The Czechoslovak Government signed, under duress, an agreement that Warsaw Pact troops would remain in the country indefinitely.

13/9/1968, Press censorship was reimposed in Czechoslovakia.

27/8/1968. Russian patrols watched the streets of Prague after a failed anti � Communist uprising. Tanks had first entered Czechoslovakia on 20/8/1968. The Soviets overthrow President Dubcek, and 175,000 troops, mostly Russian, occupied the major cities of Czechoslovakia. Prague was put under curfew. 20 people were reported dead and at least 200 injured, many of them students, after the anti-Soviet protests.

22/8/1968, Soviet tanks entered Prague.

21/8/1968, President Dubcek was arrested and taken to Moscow. He returned to Czechoslovakia on 27/8/1968, having agreed to Soviet demands.

20/8/1968. (+8,505) Russia sent tanks into Czechoslovakia. Dubcek had said on 18/7/1968 he would not go back on his progressive policies, see 5/4/1968.

29/7/1968, President Dubcek met with Soviet leader Leonid Brezhnev in the village of Cierna nad Tisou (on the Czech-USSR border). Brezhnev agreed that Czechoslovakia could follow �its own road to Socialism� and Dubcek promised �Socialist solidarity�. The meeting closed on 1/8/1968.

18/7/1968, Dubcek said he would not go back on his progressive policies, see 20/8/1968.

16/7/1968, Other Warsaw Pact leaders, from East Germany, Hungary, Poland and Bulgaria, declared the Czechoslovak reforms unacceptable.

14/7/1968, Soviet troops failed to leave Czechoslovakia after Warsaw Pact exercises.

9/7/1968, Czechoslovakia rejected a demand by Russia for a meeting of Communist Party leaders.

27/6/1968, The Czechoslovak National Assembly passed laws abolishing censorship and rehabilitating political prisoners.

19/4/1968, Josef Smirnovsky, chairman of the Czechoslovak National Assembly, promised freedom of press, assembly and religion.

8/4/1968, New Czechoslovak government took office, under Oldrich Cernik.

5/4/1968, In Czechoslovakia, Dubcek began a programme of reform which was to lead to a measure of political democracy and restoration of personal freedoms, see 5/1/1968 and 20/8/1968.

23/3/1968, President Dubcek was summoned to an emergency Warsaw Pact meeting to try and stop his liberal policies in Czechoslovakia.

13/3/1968. Dubcek abolished press censorship in Czechoslovakia.

24/1/1968, The Czech Writers Union appointed Edward Goldstucker, a Liberal, as its chairman. Censorship was suspended and more open reporting began in the press, radio and TV.

5/1/1968. Alexander Dubcek became the Czech leader, replacing Novotkny.Czech discontent at oppressive government from Prague and economic exploitation by the USSR led to criticism of the Communist leader of Czechoslovakia, Novotny (see 25/2/1948), at a Workers Union Congress in June 1967, and to student demonstrations in October 1967.See 5/4/1968.


21/9/1963, Vilian Siroky, Czechoslovak Prime Minister, was dismissed. Jozef Lenart became Prime Minister. Lenart was a pragmatic reformer who succeeded in boosting the Czechoslovak economy. However he became less in favour of political reform and was dismissed when the 1968 Prague Spring began.


Communist control of Czeckoslovakia established 1946-54

29/11/1954, General Elections in Czechoslovakia. All candidates were Communist-controlled.

28/5/1953, In Soviet Czechoslovakia, a law was passed introducing short term conscription of labour. Citizens were required to work �voluntarily� for 12 days a year, at weekends or during holidays. �Volunteers� who declined could be imprisoned.

27/11/1951, In Czechoslovakia, the Communists conducted a purge of Government.

3/9/1948, Eduard Benes, Czech President until the Communist take-over, died.See 6/6/1948.

27/6/1948, The Czech Social Democratic Party was absorbed into the Communist Party.

6/6/1948,In Prague, President Benes resigned.He had been attempted to maintain a neutral government in Czechoslovakia but the Communist, Klement Gottwald succeeded in introducing a Russian-oriented political system.Benes died three months later (3/9/1948), a broken man.

10/3/1948, Ian Masaryk, Czech politician, died in Prague under suspicious circumstances after the Communists gained control.

25/2/1948. Communists seized power in Czechoslovakia.In Czech elections in May 1946 the Communists, under Gottwald, had secured 114 of the 300 seats and became leader of a coalition government.However by 1948 the Communists were losing popularity in Czechoslovakia, because Gottwald had declined Marshall Aid and because he was appointing his own supporters to senior positions in the police force.A new Czech election was due in May 1948; before this could take place Gottwald organised what was effectively a Communist Revolution, backed by the workers militia and the police; there were no Soviet troops in Czechoslovakia at this time.Gottwald died in March 1953 and was succeeded as Communist dictator by Novotny, who ruled until early 1968.This was a humiliation for the USA, who was exposed as unable to support a pro-Western democracy in Czeckoslovalkia, or by extension elsewhere in eastern Europe. See 5/1/1968.

18/4/1947, Tiso was executed, see 22/5/1945.

26/5/1946. The Communists gained power in Czechoslovakia. They gained a 38% share of the vote in the first general election since the War.


1/12/1945, Soviet and US troops, which had jointly occupied Czechoslovakia since the War, now pulled out. However the USSR kept divisions close to its border with Czeckoslovakia.

30/5/1945, Several thousand ethnic Germans were expelled from the Czech city of Brno. Many did not make it as far as the Austrian border but died en route; the Brno Death March.

22/5/1945, Tiso, President of �Slovakia�, was arrested whilst in hiding in Austria.He was tried for wartime collaboration in a Czechoslovak court and sentenced to death in April 1947.Some Czechoslovaks pressed for a reprieve but the national government wanted the death sentence and he was executed, see 26/10/1939 and 18/4/1947.

For main European events of World War One see France-Germany


Slovakia becomes pro-German

29/8/1939, Jozef Tiso declared martial law in Slovakia. Articles were posted ordering Slovaks to accept German currency and furnish food to the German soldiers "here to protect our young state against the threatening Polish danger.

16/3/1939, Slovakia became a German protectorate.

14/3/1939, Josef Tiso proclaimed the independent people�s republic of Slovakia, see 26/10/1939.

8/10/1938. Ruthenia granted autonomy.

6/10/1938. Slovakia granted autonomy. In Britain 30 Tory MPs protested at Chamberlain�s appeasement, uneasy that one country had been allowed to win by force against another.


14/9/1937, Thomas Masaryk, the first president of Czechoslovakia when that country was formed in 1918, died aged 87.

5/10/1936. Vaclav Havel, Czech playwright, human rights campaigner, and President, was born.

14/12/1935, Thomas Masaryk, first President of Czechoslovakia, resigned aged 85. He was succeeded by Edward Benes.

5/11/1935, In Czechoslovakia, Milan Hodza, Agrarian Party, formed a government.

16/2/1933, Fearing German aggression, Czechoslovakia, Romania and Yugoslavia formed the Little Entente, with a Permanent Council.

29/10/1932, Jan Malypetr became Prime Minister of Czechoslovakia.

27/10/1929, Elections in Czechoslovakia were won by the Republican Party of Agricultural and Smallholder Peoples.

27/5/1927, Tomas Masaryk was re-elected President of Czechoslovakia.


Assertion of Czechoslovakian independence and nationhood 1916-26

3/2/1926. Czech became the official language of Czechoslovakia.

27/11/1921, Alexander Dubcek, Czechoslovak politician, was born in Uhrovek.

23/4/1921, Czechoslovakia and Romania formed an alliance.

20/8/1920, Czechoslovakia and Yugoslavia agreed a mutual defence pact, �The Little Entente� at Belgrade.

22/1/1919, Czechoslovakia occupied Teschen (Tesin), a region also claimed by Poland.

14/11/1918. Tomas Masaryk was elected first President of Czechoslovakia.

30/10/1918. The Czechoslovak Republic was proclaimed.It was led by Jan Masaryk and Eduard Benes.

28/10/1918, Czechoslovakia declared its independence.

14/10/1918, The Czechoslovak National Council, meeting in Paris, organised a provisional Government headed by Thomas Masaryk as President.

30/9/1918. Slovak Nationalist parties in Hungary voted to join with Czechoslovakia.However the Slovaks soon found the Czech government more centralist than they expected, or desired, and pressure grew for Slovak separation from Czechoslovakia.

13/8/1918, The Allies formally recognised Czech independence.

16/9/1916. A provisional �government of Czechoslovakia� was recognised by Britain and France.


For main European events of World War One see France-Germany

28/5/1884, Eduard Benes, Czech politician and founder of modern Czechoslovakia, was born in Kozlany, Bohemia.

15/3/1867. Austria and Hungary buried their differences and agreed to joint rule, sharing defence, foreign, and financial matters but with separate parliaments. However the Czechs, annoyed by the minor role they were given in this arrangement, walked out of the Parliament on 22/8/1868.

7/3/1850, Thomas Masaryk, the first President of Czechoslovakia in 1918, was born in Hodonin, Moravia.

17/6/1848, The revolt in Prague was suppressed by Austrian troops.

12/6/1848, Revolution by students and workers in Prague.

14/3/1647, The Treaty of Ulm. Elector Maximillian I of Bavaria made an agreement with France to end his alliance with Ferdinand III, Holy Roman Emperor.

6/3/1645, Battle of Jankow, Bohemia.

9/6/1642, Battle of Schweidnitz, Moravia.

30/5/1635, The Peace of Prague was signed, ending Saxony�s role in the Thirty Years War.

1632, Catholicism was now completely dominant in Bohemia, and the presecution of Protestants had ceased.

27/4/1622, Battle of Mingolsheim (Thirty Years War). Mansfeld defeated Tilly, and delayed his union with a Spanish force from The Netherlands.

27/4/1621, King Frederick of Bohemia, dispossessed of his lands, now a;llied with the Dutch in an effort to reclaim them. Both Frederick and his adversary Ferdinand rejected offers of mediation by Spain and England.

29/1/1621, King Frederick of Bohemia was formally exiled and his lands confiscated.

8/11/1620, Protestant Bohemian forces were defeated by the Catholics (Hapsburgs and Bavaria) under Maximillianat the Battle of the White Mountain (Thirty Years War). The Protestant Kingdom of Bohemia had revolted against its rulers, the Hapsburgs, and Bohemia had invited Frederick, Elector of the Palatinate of the Rhine, to become its new monarch. Frederick�s advisors counselled against this move, as rebel Protestant Bohemia was likely to lose against the Hapsburgs, but Frederick took up the monarchy of Bohemia nevertheless. Frederick was forced to flee to Bavaria, and stripped of his title as Elector of the Rhineland Palatinate by the Holy Roman Emperor. Spain�s Catholic Army occupied his lands. Frederick died in 1632 during a clandestine visit to the Palatinate, leaving his widow Elizabeth to bring up their 20 children, produced in some 20 years of marriage.

23/7/1620, Maximillian of Bavaria, with the 25,000 strong army of the Catholic League led by General John Tserclaes, Count Tilly, crossed the Austrian frontier to support the Holy Roman Emperor against the Protestant Bohemians.

3/7/1620, The Treaty of Ulm was signed. Proetstants undertook not to intervene in the Bohemian War. In return the Catholics agreed to respect the Elector palatine�s States.

4/11/1619, Frederick V was crowned King of Bohemia.

5/8/1619, In the Thirty Years War, Bohemian forces defeated the Austrians at the Battle of Vestonice.

10/6/1619, In the Thirty Years War, Protestant forces were defeated at the Battle of Zablati.

20/3/1619, Matthias, Holy Roman Empoeror and King of Bohemia, died.

23/5/1618, The defenestration of Prague.Rebel nobles hurled the Holy Roman Emperor�sadvisers from the windows of Hradcany Castle (they survived due to landing in a refuse heap), triggering the Thirty Years War (Reformation). Rebel Protestant Bohemian nobles were in protest against their Catholic King, who had been elected as Holy Roman Emperor Ferdinand II. The conflict this started spread to involve other European powers, who were eager to cash in on the weakened state of a severely-split Germany.

19/7/1617, Ferdinand was crowned King of Bohemia.

17/6/1617, Because Matthias was childless, his Catholic counsellors elected his cousin, Archduke Ferdinand of Styria, as his successor. The Protestants, led by Count Matthias of Thurn, refused to recognise Ferdinand.

1612, Matthias was elected as Holy Roman Emperor.

1609, King Rudolph of Bohemia guaranteed religious freedom to his subjects. Protestants could now worship in safety. However this was disapproved of by his brother Matthias, who deposed Rudolph in 1611.


11/5/1509, Louis II was crowned King of Bohemia.

7/6/1424, Ziska defeated the Ultraquists at the Battle of Malesov.

6/1/1424, Ziska defeated the Ultraquists at the Battle of Skalic.

4/8/1423, Ziska (Taborite) defeated the Ultraquists at the Battle of Strachov.

27/4/1423, Ziska (Taborite) defeated the Ultraquists at the Battle of Horid)

10/1/1422, Ziska defeated Sigismund at the Battle of Nemeclysbrod.

6/1/1422, Sigismund again attempted to claim the throne of Bohemia and was again defeated by Ziska at the Battle of Nevobid.

30/7/1419, Battle of Prague. Ziska, Hussite (Protestant), took his army to Prague where he defeated Sigismund (Catholic), who was compelled to withdraw.

30/6/1419, Sigismund, asserting his claim to the throne of Bohemia, besieged Prague. Prague appealed to the Hussites for assistance.

17/1/1411, Jobst, Margrave of Moravia, died.

26/2/1361, Wenceslas, King of Bohemia, was born.

26/8/1346. John the Blind, King of Bohemia, was killed at Crecy whilst assisting the French. Born on 10/8/1296, son of Count Henry III of Luxembourg (later Emperor Henry III), he married (1310) the heiress of the Kingdom of Bohemia, thereby becoming its King in 1311. He acquired Silesia from Poland. In 1334 he married Beatrix of the House of Bourbon, thereby allying with France. He had been blind from 1340.

6/10/1289, King Wenceslaus III, Bohemian King, was born

1253, King Wenceslaus I died, after a 23-year reign. He had encouraged German immigration, which had antagnoised the indigenous nobility. He was succeeded by his 23-year-old son, the Duke of Babenberg, who ruled until 1278 as Ottokar II. Under his rule Bohemia became wealthy from its silver mines.

1230, King Ottokar I died after a 33-year reign. He was succeeded by his son who ruled until 1253 as Wenceslaus I.

10/8/1296, John the Blind, King of Bohemia, was born, see 26/8/1346.

1140, Bohemia�s King Sobeslav I died after a 15-year reign. He was succeeded by King Ladislas II, who reigned until 1173.

1095, Bohemia�s King Vratislav II died after a 33-year reign. His successor Bretislav II ruled until 1110.

28/9/990. King Wenceslas of Bohemia, the Good King Wenceslas of the Christmas carol, died in Stara Boleslav.

28/9/929, Prince Wenceslas of Bohemia was murdered by his brother Boleslav I, who then proclaimed his independence from Henry I of Germany.

15/9/921, The Duchess of Bohemia, later St Ludmila, was assassinated by command of her daughter in law. She and her husband had built the first Christian church in Bohemia, and she had taught her grandson, later known as Good King Wenceslas.


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