Protests over lack of basic supplies and political freedoms turn to riots after protesters clash with police. Imre Nagy is the political leader or the uprising.
In order to appease protesters, Krushchev appoints Imre Nagy as prime minister
November 4th 1956
Imre Nagy (after bringing in reforms such as the withdrawal of Soviet troops, the addition of non communist parties to the democratic system, and the release of political prisoners) announces that Hungary will be withdrawing from the Warsaw Pact.
Citizens of Budapest start executing secret police officials and burning communist party offices. Leaders of other communist nations pressure Krushchev into using force to put down the insurrection.
1000 tanks roll into Budapest. In the following days of fighting, there are heavy casualties on both sides. An estimated 20 000 Hungarians died as a result.
Imre Nagy is executed. In 1956, after the revolution was crushed, Nagy took refuge in the Yugoslav embassy. The new leader of Hungary, Janos Kadar, promised Nagy and his followers protection, but they were captured upon leaving.