"In the ebb and flow of history, there is sometimes a tide that can sweep in the most profound changes," News time wrote in 1989, in the wake of a massive student protest in Prague. Though the initial report didn't use the phrase, that 15,000-strong anti-Communist uprising would mark the beginning of the Velvet Revolution. The initial protest was crushed, but the demonstrators came out on top.
That month, the nation's Communist government resigned. Before the year was up, a free election had resulted in the choice of Vaclav Havel for president.