Proclamation of the Republic of Latvia in the National Theater
( 18th November, 1918 )
Picture by Vilis Rīdzenieks
A week after the end of World War I. With the German army still in the country, the People’s Council ( formed one day earlier ) declares Latvia’s independence. Jānis Čakste is assigned the chairman, Kārlis Ulmanis the prime minister of the temporary governemnt. The government calls for a soon democratic election and demands the Geman army to leave the country.
People’s Council of Latvia acts as a temporary government until 1920 when Constitutional Assembly is elected.
Quite possibly the most well-known picture out of the history of Latvia.