Macedonian History

Historical Events


Victory in battleVictory in Battle

0334-05-22 BC The Macedonian army of Alexander the Great defeats Darius III of Persia in the Battle of the Granicus

Macedonian King and Conqueror of Persia Alexander the Great
Macedonian King and Conqueror of Persia
Alexander the Great

Victory in battleVictory in Battle

0048-07-10 BC Battle of Dyrrhachium: Julius Caesar barely avoids a catastrophic defeat to Pompey in Macedonia

Roman Military Commander and Political Statesman Julius Caesar
Roman Military Commander and Political Statesman
Julius Caesar
  • 1901-04-05 Under threats from the Ottoman Turkish Government, Bulgaria is forced to arrest the leaders of the Macedonian Committee
  • 1902-07-24 In Turkey, the Sultan Abdul-Hamid, under pressure from within the Ottoman Empire, appoints a commission to consider reforms that might pacify Macedonian revolutionaries
  • 1903-02-23 The Sultan agrees to an Austro-Russian plan to reform the government of Macedonia in yet another effort to stifle the rising disorder among the rival Bulgarian
  • 1903-08-02 Unsuccessful uprising of Macedonians against Turkey
  • 1908-03-12 The Pan-Macedonian group is formed in Athens to support the Greek Struggle for Macedonia.

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1908-06-09 King Edward VII of Great Britain visits Tsar Nicholas II at Reval, Russia, where the two discuss the growing power of Germany and British plans for reform in Macedonia

  • 1908-07-05 Niazi Bey, a chief organizer of the revolutionary movement in Turkey, raises the standard of revolt at Resna, Macedonia
  • 1912-08-25 Different nationalities battle with each other in Macedonia
  • 1913-06-01 The Serbian government concludes a ten-year treaty with Greece against Bulgaria; Serbia wishes to pursue Macedonian aspirations with Greece's help
  • 1916-08-17 Bulgarian offensive in Macedonia
  • 1941-04-19 Bulgarian troops invade Macedonia
  • 1991-09-08 Macedonia votes for independence from Yugoslavia
  • 1992-01-15 Bulgaria recognizes Macedonia
  • 1993-03-05 Fokker 100 crashes at Skopje Macedonia, 81 die
  • 1993-11-20 Jakovlev-42 crashes into mountain at Ohrid Macedonia, 116 killed
  • 1994-10-30 Leftist coalition wins Macedonian parliamentary election
  • 2001-08-01 An agreement is reached on the position of the minority Albanian language in the Republic of Macedonia.
  • 2001-08-21 NATO decides to send a peace-keeping force to the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia.
  • 2004-02-26 Macedonian President Boris Trajkovski is killed in a plane crash near Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina.
  • 2008-07-10 Former Macedonian Interior Minister Ljube Boškoski is acquitted of all charges by a UN Tribunal accusing him of war crimes.
  • 2009-09-21 Macedonia officially enters the recession after experiencing a drop in GDP of 0.9% in the first quarter, followed by 1.4% in the second quarter
  • 2015-05-09 A gun fight erupts in Macedonian town of Kumanovo between police and Albanian separatists adding to the government crisis
  • 2016-03-09 EU Migrant Crisis: Macedonia, Croatia and Slovenia close their borders to migrants trying to reach Northern Europe

Famous Birthdays

  • 1872-02-04 Gotse Delchev, a great Macedonian revolutionary, (d. 1903)
  • 1917-05-03 Kiro Gligorov, Macedonia, President of the Republic of Macedonia 1991-1999 (d. 2012)
  • 1919-10-23 Manolis Andronicos, Bursa, Greek archaeologist who discovered ancient royal Macedonian tombs in northern Greece
  • 1931-11-10 Toma Prosev, Macedonian composer, born in Skopje
  • 1956-06-25 Boris Trajkovski, President of the Republic of Macedonia (d. 2004)
  • 1957-01-24 Vladimir "Vlatko" Stefanovski, Macedonian guitarist, born in Prilep
  • 1959-10-18 Milčo Mančevski, Macedonian film director and screenwriter
  • 1962-10-12 Branko Crvenkovski, Macedonian President
  • 1965-09-07 Darko Pančev, Macedonian footballer
  • 1972-06-10 Radmila Šekerinska, Macedonian politician
  • 1976-07-25 Jovica Tasevski-Eternijan, Macedonian poet
  • 1981-01-25 Tose Proeski, Macedonian Singer (d. 2007)
  • 1983-07-27 Goran Pandev, Macedonian footballer
  • 1986-04-27 Elena Risteska, Macedonian singer

Famous Deaths


Person of interestPerson of Interest

0323-06-10 BC Alexander the Great, Macedonian king, dies from either fever or excessive wine at 32, (or the 11th June)

Macedonian King and Conqueror of Persia Alexander the Great
Macedonian King and Conqueror of Persia
Alexander the Great
  • 1903-05-04 Goce Delchev, a revolutionary from the Balkans - leader of the Internal Macedonian Revolutionary Organization (b. 1872)
  • 1943-06-13 Kočo Racin, Macedonian poet (b. 1908)
  • 1992-03-30 Manolis Andronicos, Greek archaeologist who discovered ancient royal Macedonian tombs in northern Greece, dies at 72
  • 2004-02-26 Boris Trajkovski, President of the Republic of Macedonia (b. 1956)
  • 2004-07-01 Todor Skalovski, Macedonian composer (b. 1909)
  • 2007-10-16 Toše Proeski, Macedonian music star (b. 1981)
  • 2010-05-23 Gane Todorovoski, Macedonian literary critic, poet, & publicist (b. 1929)
  • 2012-01-01 Kiro Gligorov, President of the Republic of Macedonia 1991-1999