Matt Hefler Presents: On This Day November 24, 1989

On this day (November 24th) in 1989: All the leadership of the Communist Party of Czechoslovakia resign in anticipation of democratic reforms. Following the resignations, a Federal Assembly abolishes the Communists’ constitutionally-dictated hold on power. Next month Alexander Dubcek is elected chairman while Vaclav Havel becomes the president, a development considered to have concluded the “Velvet Revolution.” Havel died in 2011 and the Czech airport at Prague was renamed in his honour in 2012. PBS discussed the weight of Havel’s legacy here.