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  • Prague, Czechia (Then Czechoslovakia)
    Thursday Feb 12, 1948

    1948 Czechoslovak coup d'état

    The demands of The non-Communists in The Cabinet

    Prague, Czechia (Then Czechoslovakia)
    Thursday Feb 12, 1948

    On 12 February, the non-Communists in the cabinet demanded punishment for the offending Communists in the government and an end to their supposed subversion.




  • Prague, Czechia (Then Czechoslovakia)
    Saturday Feb 21, 1948

    1948 Czechoslovak coup d'état

    Twelve Non-Communist Ministers Resigned

    Prague, Czechia (Then Czechoslovakia)
    Saturday Feb 21, 1948

    Nosek, backed by Gottwald, refused to yield. He and his fellow Communists threatened to use force and, in order to avoid defeat in parliament, mobilised groups of their supporters in the country. On 21 February, twelve non-Communist ministers resigned in protest after Nosek refused to reinstate eight non-Communist senior police officers despite a majority vote of the cabinet in favour of doing so.




  • Prague, Czechia (Then Czechoslovakia)
    Wednesday Feb 25, 1948

    1948 Czechoslovak coup d'état

    Beneš Capitulated

    Prague, Czechia (Then Czechoslovakia)
    Wednesday Feb 25, 1948

    On 25 February 1948, Beneš, fearful of civil war and Soviet intervention, capitulated. He accepted the resignations of the non-Communist ministers and appointed a new government in accordance with KSČ (Communist Party of Czechoslovakia) demands.




  • Prague, Czechia (Then Czechoslovakia)
    Sunday May 9, 1948

    1948 Czechoslovak coup d'état

    The Parliament approved a New Constitution

    Prague, Czechia (Then Czechoslovakia)
    Sunday May 9, 1948

    On 9 May, a new constitution was approved by parliament. Although it declared Czechoslovakia a "people's democracy" under the leadership of the KSČ, it was not a completely Communist document. However, it was close enough to the Soviet model that Beneš refused to sign it.




  • Czechia (Then Czechoslovakia)
    Sunday May 30, 1948

    1948 Czechoslovak coup d'état

    The 30 May Elections

    Czechia (Then Czechoslovakia)
    Sunday May 30, 1948

    At the 30 May elections, voters were presented with a single list from the National Front, which officially won 89.2% of the vote; within the National Front list, the Communists had an absolute majority of 214 seats (160 for the main party and 54 for the Slovak branch). This majority grew even larger when the Social Democrats merged with the Communists later in the year.




  • Prague, Czechia (Then Czechoslovakia)
    Wednesday Jun 2, 1948

    1948 Czechoslovak coup d'état

    Beneš's Resignation

    Prague, Czechia (Then Czechoslovakia)
    Wednesday Jun 2, 1948

    Beneš resigned on 2 June and was succeeded by Gottwald twelve days later.




  • Sezimovo Ústí, Czechia (Then Czechoslovakia)
    Friday Sep 3, 1948

    1948 Czechoslovak coup d'état

    Beneš's Death

    Sezimovo Ústí, Czechia (Then Czechoslovakia)
    Friday Sep 3, 1948

    Beneš died in September, bringing a symbolic close to the sequence of events, and was buried before an enormous and silent throng come to mourn the passing of a popular leader and of the democracy he had come to represent.


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