Bosnia and Herzegovina in History

Historical Events

  • 0927-05-27 Battle of the Bosnian Highlands: Simeon I of Bulgaria is defeated by King Tomislav of Croatia.
  • 1408-12-12 Order of the Dragon: The Order of the Dragon was first created on December 12, 1408 by Emperor Sigismund, then King of Hungary, and his wife Queen Barbara of Celje following the battle for possession of Bosnia.
  • 1831-03-29 Great Bosnian uprising: Bosniak rebel against Turkey.
  • 1908-10-06 Austria annexes Bosnia & Herzegovina
  • 1909-02-26 Austria and Turkey conclude an agreement in which Turkey recognizes Austria's 1908 annexation of Bosnia and Herzegovina and is to receive compensation
  • 1909-03-21 Germany sends Russia a diplomatic notes requesting recognition of the Austrian annexation of Bosnia and Herzegovina and cessation of support to Serbia in the controversy
  • 1909-03-31 In a diplomatic note to Austria, Serbia recognizes the Bosnian annexation and promises to maintain friendly relations with Austria
  • 1942-03-01 Tito establishes 2nd Proletarit Brigade in Bosnia
  • 1942-03-05 Bosnia Tito establishes 3rd Proletarit Brigade in Bosnia
  • 1943-11-29 Partisan Tito forms temporary government in Jajce, Bosnia
  • 1944-05-07 German assault on Tito's hideout in Drvar Bosnia
  • 1944-05-25 Partisan leader Tito escapes Germans surrounding Bosnia
  • 1990-07-31 Bosnia-Hercegovina declares independence
  • 1992-03-03 Republic of Bosnia and Herzegovina established.
  • 1992-04-07 Republika Srpska (aka the Bosnian Serb Republic) announces its independence.
  • 1992-05-02 Yugoslav Army seizes Bosnian Pres Alija Izetbegovic
  • 1993-01-02 Opposing factions in the Bosnian conflict hold meetings with the aim of ending the nine month conflict
  • 1993-01-07 Bosnian War: Bosnian Army launches a surprise attack on Kravica, a village in Srebrenica
  • 1993-02-10 US officially backs peace plan in Bosnia
  • 1993-11-09 Stari Most (the "old bridge", built in 1566) in Mostar, Bosnia, collapses after several days of bombing.
  • 1993-12-14 Muslim fundamentalists murder 12 Kroates/Bosnians in Algeria
  • 1994-01-23 Worldwide Day for peace in Bosnia-Hercegovina
  • 1994-04-20 Serbian army bombs hospital in Goradze Bosnia, 47 killed
  • 1994-04-21 Serbian army bombs distress clinic in Goradze Bosnia, 28 killed
  • 1995-05-25 The Bosnian Serb Army kills 72 youngsters in the Bosnian city of Tuzla.
  • 1995-06-08 Downed U.S. Air Force pilot Captain Scott O'Grady is rescued by U.S. Marines in Bosnia.
  • 1995-07-11 7,000 Bosnian Muslim men are massacred when Bosnian Serbs overrun the UN 'safe haven' of Srebrenica.
  • 1995-08-29 NATO launches Operation Deliberate Force against Bosnian Serb forces.
  • 1995-12-20 NATO begins peacekeeping in Bosnia.
  • 1996-01-02 The US deploys troops in Northern Bosnia with the intention of maintaining order and peace between Bosnian Serbs and Muslims
  • 1996-01-12 Russian troops arrived in Bosnia (joint operation with US)
  • 2000-01-14 A United Nations tribunal sentences five Bosnian Croats to up to 25 years for the 1993 killing of over 100 Muslims in a Bosnian village.
  • 2003-02-27 Former Bosnian Serb leader Biljana Plavsic is sentenced by the U.N. tribunal in The Hague, Netherlands, to 11 years in prison
  • 2004-02-26 Macedonian President Boris Trajkovski is killed in a plane crash near Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina.
  • 2008-07-21 Bosnian-Serb war criminal Radovan Karadžić is arrested in Serbia and is indicted by the UN's ICTY tribunal.
  • 2014-02-09 Protest erupt in Sarajevo and other cities in Bosnia-Herzegovina; the unemployment rate remains at 40% (57% for youth)
  • 2016-03-24 Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadžić found guilty of genocide during 1995 Srebrenica massacre, sentenced to 40 years

Famous Birthdays

  • 1741-08-31 Husein Gradaščević, Bosniak general (d. 1834)
  • 1806-11-24 Omar Pasha, [Michael Lats], Croatian governor/viceroy of Bosnia/Iraq
  • 1894-07-25 Gavrilo Princip, Bosnian-Serb assassin of Archduke Ferdinand, born in Obljaj, Bosnia (d. 1918)
  • 1925-08-08 Alija Izetbegović, Bosniak politician (d. 2003)
  • 1940-01-05 General Sir Michael Rose, UK military officer, prominent in Bosnia
  • 1945-06-19 Radovan Karadžić, Serbian-Bosnian politician
  • 1951-05-30 Zdravko Čolić, Yugoslav-Bosnian singer, born in Sarajevo, FPR Yugoslavia
  • 1955-10-01 Duško Tadić, Bosnian Serb
  • 1962-09-12 Dino Merlin, Bosnian singer
  • 1962-12-11 Nele Karajlić, Bosnian singer
  • 1970-10-30 Maja Tatic, Bosnia singer
  • 1977-01-01 Hasan Salihamidžić, Bosnian footballer
  • 1979-03-14 Sead Ramović, German-born Bosnian footballer
  • 1982-04-12 Deen [Fuad Backović], Bosnian singer and fashion designer, born in Sarajevo, Yugoslavia
  • 1983-01-29 Nedžad Sinanović, Bosnian basketball player
  • 1984-04-26 Mija Martina, Bosnian singer
  • 1986-06-16 Robert Rothbart, Bosnian-Israeli Basketball Player
  • 1987-05-05 Marija Šestić, Bosnian singer

Famous Deaths

  • 1391-03-10 Tvrtko I first king of Bosnia (b. 1338)
  • 1834-08-17 Husein Gradaščević, Bosnian rebel leader (b. 1802)
  • 1918-04-28 Gavrilo Princip, Bosnian-Serb assassin of Archduke Ferdinand, dies at 23
  • 1993-01-08 Hakija Turajlic, Bosnian vice-premier, murdered
  • 2003-10-19 Alija Izetbegović, President of Bosnia-Herzegovina (b. 1925)
  • 2010-04-16 Rasim Delic, Bosnian military chief of staff and war criminal (b. 1949)