Today in Czech History
On today's date in 1969, Jan Palach immolated himself near the top of Václavské Náměstí to protest the 1968 Soviet invation. He died three days later of his burns. Jan Zajíc did the same just over a month later in the same spot. The picture above is of the monument in the spot where they both immolated themselves. There will be hundreds of candles lit there tonight, and many people will gather in silent reflection around the monument.