August 1989

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    Czechoslovakia: Demonstrations in Brno and Prague commemorating the 21st anniversary of the invasion of the Warsaw Pact armies; slogans include “Long live Poland”, “Long live Hungary”.
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    Soviet Union: Hundreds of thousands of Estonians, Lithuanians and Latvians form a “human chain” connecting the capitals of the three republics on the day the Ribbentrop-Molotov pact was signed.
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    Poland: Sejm appoints Tadeusz Mazowiecki as the first non-Communist Prime Minister; he forms a coalition government with all parliamentary forces.