Part of the Russian Empire since 1795, Lithuanians had long desired independence. Following the Russian Revolution, the possibility of breaking free began to look increasingly realistic. When Germany occupied Lithuania during World War I, they allowed a series of councils of independence-minded Lithuanians to take place, in hopes that a new state would maintain a close relationship with them.
On February 16, 1918, the Council of Lithuania declared
the restoration of the independent state of Lithuania, founded on democratic principles, with Vilnius as its capital, and declares the termination of all state ties which formerly bound this State to other nations.
Lithuania’s independence, of course, was not to last - in 1944 it was swallowed up by the Soviet Union and would not regain its independence until 1990. But because Lithuania considers the modern state to be a continuation of the original state that declared independence in 1918, the document never lost its legal standing.
Happy Independence Day, Lithuania!
13 years of school and im still not sure if its “grey” or “gray”
It’s grEy in England and grAy in America.
ARE YOU KIDDING ME I’VE BEEN STRUGGLING WITH THIS SINCE I WAS FETUS AND IT’S LITERALLY THAT EASY?????
WHAT ABOUT CANADA.
WHAT ABOUT AUSTRALIA…?
omfG SO TODAY IN PHYSICS THIS GIRL’S PHONE WENT OFF AND HER RINGTONE WAS SHINE BRIGHT LIKE A DIAMOND AND MY TEACHER STOOD UP AND SAID TURN THAT THING OFF IF I HEAR IT AGAIN I WILL PERSONALLY TRACK DOWN RIHANNA AND EXPLAIN TO HER THAT DIAMONDS DO NOT SHINE THEY REFLECT
He was not at all afraid
To be killed in nasty ways
Brave, brave, brave, brave Sir Robin