Lithuania Restoration of the State Day
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On this day, 16 February in 1918, the Council of Lithuania unanimously adopted the Act of Independence of Lithuania which proclaimed the restoration of an independent State of Lithuania, governed by democratic principles, with Vilnius as its capital. Due to the ongoing war, the Act was prohibited by the German authorities present in Lithuania. The text was distributed and printed illegally until Germany lost World War I in the autumn of 1918. The end of the war allowed the first Cabinet of Lithuania to form and independent Lithuania gained control over the territory.