On This Day, 99 Years ago, Czechoslovakia Declared Independence

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Today you can celebrate the creation of independent Czechoslovakia when it broke away from the Austro-Hungarian Empire in the closing days of World War I. Independence was proclaimed in Wenceslas Square and Tomáš Garrigue Masaryk became the first president.

The new state took part in the Paris Peace Conference of 1919. The fledgling country found itself in a rather enviable position; it had most of the industry once belonging to Austria-Hungary (glass, china, machinery, automotive, and more). Czechoslovakia found itself ranked among the top ten industrialized nations in the world. 

In Prague, today you can visit the residence of the Prague Mayor (the residence occupies the entire first and second floor of the front wing of the Central Library of Prague), the National Technical Museum for just 50 crowns, or you can tour Kramář’s villa - home to the Czech Prime Minister. Karel Kramář was the first Prime Minister of Czechoslovakia: the villa will be open from 10:00 to 16:00, guided tours will be organized in groups.

Moreover, most large stores over 200 square meters will close due to the law passed last year. Pharmacies, gas stations, and stores in airports, hospitals and train stations are not included in the law. 

Author: red

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