Serbian History

Historical Events

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  • 1322-01-06 Stephen Uros III becomes King of Serbia
  • 1330-07-28 Battle of Velbuzd: Serbian forces defeats Bulgarian army
  • 1331-09-08 Stefan Dušan declares himself king of Serbia
  • 1346-04-16 The Serbian Empire is proclaimed in Skopje at an Easter assembly and Stephen Uroš IV Dušan crowned Emperor over much of the Balkans.
  • 1371-09-26 Battle of Maritsa: Serbia-Turkey
  • 1389-06-15 Battle of Kosovo; Turks defeat Serbs
  • 1389-06-28 Ottomans defeat Serbian army in the bloody Battle of Kosovo, opening the way for the Ottoman conquest of Southeastern Europe (see Vidovdan).
  • 1739-07-22 Ottoman Empire defeats Austria at Crocyka (Krotzka) in Serbia & subsequently successfully laid seige to Belgrade
  • 1804-02-14 Karadjordje leads the First Serbian Uprising against the Ottoman Empire.
  • 1868-05-29 The assassination of Michael Obrenovich III, Prince of Serbia, in Belgrade.
  • 1876-06-30 Serbia declares war on Turkey
  • 1881-06-16 Austria-Hungary & Serbia sign military treaty
  • 1882-02-22 The Serbian kingdom is refounded.
  • 1882-03-06 Monarch Milan Obrenovic of Serbia crowns himself king
  • 1885-11-13 Serbian army occupies Bulgaria
  • 1885-11-17 The Serbian Army, with Russian support, invades Bulgaria
  • 1885-11-19 Bulgarians, led by Stefan Stambolov, repulse a larger Serbian invasion force at Slivinitza
  • 1901-07-22 Serbia reactivates diplomatic relations with Montenegro
  • 1903-05-29 May coup d'etat: Alexander Obrenovich, King of Serbia, and Queen Draga, are assassinated in Belgrade by the Black Hand (Crna Ruka) organization.
  • 1903-06-10 In Belgrade, Yugoslavia, a military coup d'etat- led by the Queen's brother-in-law and other offices - kills King Alexander I of Serbia, Queen Draga, and many officers
  • 1903-06-15 The Serbian Assembly meets and elects Prince Peter Karageorgevich king
  • 1904-12-10 King Peter I of Serbia named nationalist regime
  • 1908-10-07 Serbia & Montenegro sign anti-Austria-Hungarian pact
  • 1909-02-16 Serbia mobilizes against Austria-Hungary
  • 1909-03-02 Great Britain, France, Germany & Italy asks Serbia to set no territorial demands
  • 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
  • 1912-03-13 Bulgaria and Serbia conclude an alliance pact ostensibly against Austria, but it secretly provides for a possible war against Turkey
  • 1912-10-17 Bulgaria, Greece & Serbia declares war on Turkey
  • 1912-10-18 The First Balkan War breaks out, with Bulgaria, Serbia, and Greece opposed to Turkey
  • 1912-10-26 Serbian troops over run Skopje (Uskup)
  • 1912-11-24 Conflict in the Balkans grows into an acute international crisis with major powers supporting either Austria or Serbia
  • 1912-12-03 Turkey, Serbia, Montenegro, Greece & Bulgaria sign weapons pact
  • 1912-12-16 Austria-Hungary engage in conflict with Serbia
  • 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
  • 1913-06-29 The attack by Bulgarian General Michael Savov on Greek and Serbian positions leads to beginning of the second Balkan War
  • 1913-07-01 Serbia & Greece declare war on Bulgaria
  • 1913-09-23 Serbian troops march into Albania
  • 1914-03-14 Serbia & Turkey sign peace treaty
  • 1914-06-24 King Peter I of Serbia names son Alexander the Prince-regent

MurderAssassination

1914-06-28 Franz Ferdinand, Archduke of Austria and his wife Sophie are assassinated in Sarajevo by young Serb nationalist Gavrilo Princip at 10.45, the casus belli of WWI

Archduke of Austria Franz Ferdinand
Archduke of Austria
Franz Ferdinand
  • 1914-07-05 Germany offers Austria war aid to fight against Russia in Serbia
  • 1914-07-23 Austria-Hungary presents an ultimatum to Serbia; that A-H demands acceptance within 48 hours make peacekeeping difficult
  • 1914-07-25 Serbia meets the deadlines of Austria-Hungary's ultimatum and gives a conciliatory reply, though Serbia is mobilizing
  • 1914-07-28 Austria-Hungary decides against mediation and declares war on Serbia - first declaration of war of WWI
  • 1914-07-29 In response to Austria's declaration of war on Serbia, Russian diplomats and general urge general mobilization, but the Tsar calls for partial mobilization
  • 1914-08-06 WWI: Serbia declares war against Germany
  • 1914-12-02 Austria army occupies Belgrade Serbia
  • 1914-12-15 Serbian troops retake Belgrade in Austria-Hungary
  • 1915-10-09 Belgrade Serbia, surrenders to Central leaders
  • 1915-10-11 Bulgarian anti Serbian offensive begins
  • 1915-11-24 Serbian leader flees to Albania
  • 1916-01-11 French troops capture/Serbian army flees to Corfu
  • 1917-07-20 Pact of Corfu signed: Serbs, Croats & Slovenes form Yugoslavia
  • 1918-10-31 Short-lived Banat Republic founded in territory where Romania, Hungary and Serbia meet
  • 1918-11-26 The Podgorica Assembly votes for "union of the people", declaring assimilation into the Kingdom of Serbia.
  • 1918-11-29 Serbia annexes Montenegro
  • 1918-12-01 Serbian-Croatian-Slovic kingdom proclaimed in Belgrade
  • 1919-01-07 Montenegrin guerrilla fighters rebel, but fail to prevent Serbia's annexation of Montenegro
  • 1919-05-29 The Republic of Prekmurje founded - a short-lived, unrecognised state, which on June 6, 1919 was incorporated into the newly established Kingdom of Serbs, Croats and Slovenes (renamed "Yugoslavia" in 1929).
  • 1919-10-03 Serbian, Croatian & Slavic parliment accord for 8 hr work day
  • 1920-12-13 Netherland breaks contact with Kingdom of Serbia, Croatia & Slavia

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1925-03-30 Stalin supports rights of non-Serbian Yugoslavians

Soviet General Secretary Joseph Stalin
Soviet General Secretary
Joseph Stalin
  • 1925-07-20 Italian-Serbian/Croatian/Slav treaty about Dalmatie
  • 1926-08-17 Greek-Serbian/Croatian/Slavs peace treaty signed
  • 1927-01-28 Serbian-Croatian-Slavic government of Oezonowitsj falls
  • 1927-03-10 Albania mobilize by threat of Serbian, Croatian & Slovenes
  • 1929-10-03 Kingdom of Serbs, Croats & Slovenes changes name to Yugoslavia
  • 1939-02-28 The first issue of Serbian weekly magazine Politikin zabavnik is published.

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1941-03-04 Serbian Prince Paul visits Hitler

Dictator of Nazi Germany Adolf Hitler
Dictator of Nazi Germany
Adolf Hitler
  • 1941-05-30 1st anti semitic measures in Serbia
  • 1941-10-20 Nazi occupiers murder 500 inhabitants of Kragujevac Serbia
  • 1944-06-11 1st Serbian Orthodox cathedral in US, Cathedral of St Sava, NYC
  • 1990-10-01 Serbs in Croatia proclaim autonomy
  • 1991-11-18 The Croatian city of Vukovar surrenders to Yugoslav People's Army and allied Serb paramilitary forces after an 87-day siege
  • 1992-04-06 Serbian troops begin siege of Sarajevo
  • 1992-04-07 Republika Srpska (aka the Bosnian Serb Republic) announces its independence.
  • 1992-04-27 The Federal Republic of Yugoslavia, comprising Serbia and Montenegro, is proclaimed.
  • 1992-05-30 UN votes for sanctions against Serb-led Yugoslavia to halt fighting

Electoral defeatElection of Interest

1992-12-20 Slobodan Milosevic re-elected president of Serbia

President of Serbia and Yugoslavia Slobodan Milosevic
President of Serbia and Yugoslavia
Slobodan Milosevic
  • 1993-11-09 Serbian army fires on school in Sarajevo, 9 children died
  • 1994-03-29 Serbs & Croats sign a cease-fire to end the war in Croatia
  • 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
  • 1995-05-02 Serb missiles exploded in the heart of Zagreb, killing six
  • 1995-05-25 The Bosnian Serb Army kills 72 youngsters in the Bosnian city of Tuzla.
  • 1995-07-11 7,000 Bosnian Muslim men are massacred when Bosnian Serbs overrun the UN 'safe haven' of Srebrenica.
  • 1995-08-05 The city of Knin, a significant Serb stronghold, is captured by Croatian forces during Operation Storm. The date is celebrated as the day of victory (Victory and Homeland Thanksgiving Day) in Croatia.
  • 1995-08-29 NATO launches Operation Deliberate Force against Bosnian Serb forces.
  • 1996-01-02 The US deploys troops in Northern Bosnia with the intention of maintaining order and peace between Bosnian Serbs and Muslims
  • 1997-02-04 After at first contesting the results, Serbian President Slobodan Milošević recognizes opposition victories in the November 1996 elections.
  • 1997-11-28 First public appearance of the Kosovo Liberation Army (KLA), an ethnic Albanian guerrilla group that fought for the independence of Kosovo from Serbia.
  • 1998-02-28 Kosovo War: Serbian police begin the offensive against the Kosovo Liberation Army in Kosovo.
  • 1999-06-10 Kosovo War: NATO suspends its air strikes after Slobodan Milošević agrees to withdraw Serbian forces from Kosovo.
  • 1999-08-19 In Belgrade tens of thousands of Serbians rally to demand the resignation of Slobodan Milošević as president of the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia
  • 2000-10-05 Mass demonstrations in Belgrade lead to resignation of Serbian strongman Slobodan Milošević. These demonstrations are often called the Bulldozer Revolution.
  • 2003-02-04 The Federal Republic of Yugoslavia is officially renamed Serbia and Montenegro and adopts a new constitution.
  • 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
  • 2003-03-12 Zoran Đinđić, Prime Minister of Serbia, is assassinated in Belgrade.
  • 2004-03-17 Unrest in Kosovo results in more than 22 killed, 200 wounded, and the destruction of 35 Serb Orthodox shrines in Kosovo and two mosques in Belgrade and Nis.

Famous Birthdays

  • 1780-03-18 Milos Obrenovic, Leader of The Second Serbian Uprising and Prince of Serbia (d. 1860)
  • 1806-10-11 Aleksandar I Karadjordjevic, monarch of Serbia (1842-58)
  • 1823-09-16 Michael Obrenovic, ruler of Serbia
  • 1824-03-15 Branko Radicevic, Serbian poet (1st Serbian Uprising)
  • 1844-07-11 Peter I Karadjordjevic, King of Serbia/Yugoslavia
  • 1846-01-01 Nikola Pasic, Serbian nationalist/premier (1891..1926)
  • 1851-05-01 Laza Lazarević, Serbian writer and psychiatrist (d. 1891)
  • 1854-08-22 Milan I, King of Serbia

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1856-07-10 Nikola Tesla, Serbian-American physicist, electrical engineer and inventor, developed alternating current and the Tesla Coil, born in Smiljan, Austrian Empire (now Croatia) (d. 1943)

Electrical and Mechanical Engineer Nikola Tesla
Electrical and Mechanical Engineer
Nikola Tesla
  • 1858-02-26 Vladimir Serbsky, Russian psychiatrist (d. 1917)
  • 1858-10-04 Michael I. Pupin, Serbian-born telephone pioneer (d. 1935)
  • 1863-12-07 Svetolik Rankovic, Serbian writer (Forest King)
  • 1864-09-23 Draga Mašin, Queen of Serbia (d. 1903)
  • 1864-12-23 Zorka of Montenegro, Princess of Serbia (d. 1890)
  • 1871-02-05 Jovan Ducic, Serb poet (Blue Legends)
  • 1876-03-31 Borisav "Bora" Stanković, Serbian writer (d. 1927)
  • 1876-08-14 Alexander I Obrenovic, King of Serbia/Yugoslavia (1922-34)
  • 1876-08-15 Aleksandar Belic, Serb linguist
  • 1876-09-18 Milan Rakic, Serbian poet (Pesme)
  • 1888-07-23 Milan Stoyadinovich, Serbia, fascist Yugoslavia PM (1935-39)
  • 1893-01-15 Dragisa Cvetkovic, Serbian premiere of Yugoslavia (1939-4.)
  • 1893-04-26 Draza Mihajlovic, Serbian WWII hero and war criminal (d. 1946)
  • 1893-09-26 Milos Crnjanski, Serbian poet (Seobe)
  • 1916-04-04 Nikola Ljubicic, Yugoslav general, Serbian communist politician (d. 2005)
  • 1922-06-29 Vasko Popa, Yugoslavia/Serbian poet (Heaven is a Side Issue)
  • 1924-04-01 Miodrag Petrović, Serbian actor (d. 2003)
  • 1929-11-22 Aleksandar Popović, Serbian dramatist (d. 1996)
  • 1931-06-08 Ivan V. Lalić, Serbian poet, born in Belgrade (d. 1996)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1941-08-20 Slobodan Milosevic, President of Serbia (1991-97) and Yugoslavia (1997-2000), born in Pozarevac

President of Serbia and Yugoslavia Slobodan Milosevic
President of Serbia and Yugoslavia
Slobodan Milosevic
  • 1944-03-24 Vojislav Koštunica, Serbian Prime Minister
  • 1945-06-19 Radovan Karadžić, Serbian-Bosnian politician
  • 1946-11-30 Marina Abramović, Belgrade Serbia, US based performance artist
  • 1948-10-05 Zoran Živković, Serbian writer
  • 1948-11-22 Radomir Antić, Serbian football manager
  • 1950-04-05 Miki Manojlović, Serbian actor
  • 1952-04-17 Željko Ražnatović, Serbian warlord (d. 2000)
  • 1952-04-20 Božidar Maljković, Serbian basketball coach
  • 1952-07-12 Voja Antonić, Serbian inventor and writer
  • 1952-08-01 Zoran Đinđić, Prime Minister of Serbia (d. 2003)
  • 1952-09-26 Predrag Miletić, Serbian actor
  • 1954-07-19 Srđa Trifković, Serbian-American journalist
  • 1954-11-24 Emir Kusturica, Serbian filmmaker
  • 1955-10-01 Duško Tadić, Bosnian Serb
  • 1956-04-03 Boris Miljkovic, Serbian director
  • 1958-01-15 Boris Tadić, President of Serbia
  • 1958-11-16 Boris Krivokapić, Serbian academic
  • 1961-06-23 Zoran Janjetov, Serbian comic artist
  • 1963-06-24 Preki, Serbian-born American soccer player
  • 1966-09-05 Milinko Pantić, retired Serbian footballer
  • 1971-03-04 Jovan Stanković, Serbian footballer
  • 1973-03-02 Dejan Bodiroga, Serbian basketball player
  • 1973-06-14 Ceca Raznatovic, Serbian singer
  • 1974-10-28 Dejan Stefanović, Serbian footballer
  • 1975-11-13 Ivica Dragutinović, Serbian footballer
  • 1977-04-02 Jelena Abbou, Serbian fitness model
  • 1977-06-09 Peja Stojakovic, Serbian basketball player
  • 1977-06-17 Branko Tomovic, Serbian actor
  • 1978-08-02 Goran Gavrančić, Serbian footballer
  • 1978-09-11 Dejan Stanković, Serbian footballer
  • 1979-04-12 Mateja Kežman, Serbian footballer
  • 1979-09-13 Ivan Miljković, Serbian volleyball player
  • 1979-11-01 Milan Dudić, Serbian footballer
  • 1980-05-02 Miloš Glogovac, Serbian footballer
  • 1980-05-17 Davor Džalto, Serbian art historian
  • 1980-06-25 Maja Latinović, Serbian model
  • 1981-01-21 Ivan Ergić, Serbian footballer
  • 1981-10-21 Nemanja Vidić, Serbian footballer
  • 1984-06-22 Janko Tipsarević, Serbian tennis player
  • 1984-11-14 Marija Šerifović, Serbian singer
  • 1985-02-28 Jelena Janković, Serbian tennis player
  • 1985-06-20 Darko Miličić, Serbian basketball player
  • 1986-02-10 Viktor Troicki, Serbian tennis player
  • 1986-03-31 Cveta Majtanović, Serbian singer, winner of Pop Idol.
  • 1986-04-22 Dusan Sakota, Serbian-Greek basketball player

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1987-05-22 Novak Đoković, Serbian tennis player, born in Belgrade, Serbia, Yugoslavia

Tennis Champion Novak Đoković
Tennis Champion
Novak Đoković
  • 1987-11-06 Ana Ivanović, Serbian tennis player
  • 1989-02-03 Slobodan Rajković, Serbian footballer
  • 1990-08-28 Bojan Krkić, Serbian-Spanish footballer
  • 1991-08-20 Marko Đoković, Serbian tennis player

Famous Weddings

  • 2008-07-05 "The Bachelor" TV personality Andrew Firestone (32) weds Serbian model and actress Ivana Bozilovic (30) at St Mark's in the Valley Episcopal Church in Los Olivos, California

Famous Deaths

  • 1200-02-26 Symeon, former Serbian ruler and saint
  • 1228-09-24 Stefanus I Nemanjic de Eerstgekroonde, king of Serbia (1217-28), dies
  • 1236-01-14 Sava [Rastko], son of Serbia's king/saint, dies at 64
  • 1277-05-01 Stefanus IV Uros I de Great, King of Serbia (1243-76), dies
  • 1321-10-29 Stefanus VI Uros II Milutin, king of Serbia (1282-1321), dies
  • 1331-11-11 Stefanus VIII Uros III Decanski, king of Serbia (1322-31), dies
  • 1355-12-20 Stefanus IX Uros IV Dusan, king (1331-46)/Serbia (1346-55), dies
  • 1371-09-26 Vlkasin, Hungarian general/co-king of Serbia, dies
  • 1371-12-04 Stefanus X Uros V, king of Serbia (1355-71), dies
  • 1389-06-15 Lazar I, Serbian prince, dies in battle
  • 1389-06-28 Prince Lazar Hrebeljanović of Serbia (b. 1329)
  • 1395-05-17 Constantine Dragas, Serbian ruler of a semi-independent realm
  • 1853-06-18 Branko Radicevic, Serbian poet (1st Serbian Uprising), dies
  • 1868-05-29 Michael Obrenovich III, Prince of Serbia (b. 1823)
  • 1885-05-04 Aleksandar I Karadjordjevic, monarch of Serbia (1842-58), dies at 78
  • 1890-03-16 Zorka of Montenegro, Princess of Serbia (b. 1864)
  • 1899-03-18 Svetolik Rankovic, Serbian writer (Crushed Ideals), dies at 35
  • 1901-02-11 Milan I, king of Serbia, dies at 56
  • 1903-06-10 Alexander I, King of Serbia are assassinated
  • 1903-06-10 Dragia, Queen of Serbia, assassinated
  • 1903-06-11 Draga Masin, wife of Serbian king Aleksandar I, murdered at 35

MurderAssassination

1914-06-28 Franz Ferdinand, Archduke of Austria is assassinated in Sarajevo by young Serb nationalist Gavrilo Princip, led to declarations of war in WWI

Archduke of Austria Franz Ferdinand
Archduke of Austria
Franz Ferdinand
  • 1917-04-18 Vladimir Serbsky, Russian psychiatrist (b. 1858)
  • 1921-08-16 Peter I Karadjordjevic, king of Serbia/Yugoslavia, dies [or 8/26]
  • 1921-08-26 Peter I Karadjordjevic, King of Serbia/Yugoslavia (1903-21), dies
  • 1926-12-10 Nikola Pašić, Kingdom of Serbia and Kingdom of the Serbs, Croats and Slovenes prime minister (b. 1845)
  • 1927-03-31 Borisav "Bora" Stanković, Serbian writer (b. 1875)
  • 1927-10-22 Borisav "Bora" Stanković, Serbian writer (b. 1876)
  • 1938-06-30 Milan Rakic, Serbian poet (Nove Pesme), dies at 61
  • 1941-05-05 Natalija Obrenović, Queen of Serbia (b. 1859)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1943-01-07 Nikola Tesla, Serbian-American physicist (tesla motor), dies at 86

Electrical and Mechanical Engineer Nikola Tesla
Electrical and Mechanical Engineer
Nikola Tesla
  • 1943-04-07 Jovan Ducic, Serbian poet (Blue Legends), dies at 72
  • 1967-03-04 Vladan Desnica, Croatian and Serbian writer (b. 1905)
  • 1969-02-18 Dragisa Cvetkovic, Serbian premier of (Yugoslavia 1939-4.), dies at 76
  • 1991-01-05 Vasko Popa, Serbian WW II-partisan/poet (Sporedno Nebo), dies at 68
  • 1992-07-02 Borisav Pekic, Serbian writer/politician, dies
  • 1996-07-27 Ivan V. Lalić, Serbian poet, dies at 65
  • 2000-01-15 Željko Ražnatović, aka Arkan, Serbian paramilitary leader (b. 1952)
  • 2003-03-12 Zoran Đinđić, Prime Minister of Serbia (b. 1952)
  • 2003-10-20 Miodrag Petrović, Serbian actor (b. 1924)
  • 2005-10-28 Ljuba Tadić, Serbian actor (b. 1929)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

2006-03-11 Slobodan Milošević, President of Serbia and of Yugoslavia (b. 1941)

President of Serbia and Yugoslavia Slobodan Milosevic
President of Serbia and Yugoslavia
Slobodan Milosevic
  • 2008-06-08 Šaban Bajramović, Serbian Romani musician (b. 1936)
  • 2009-11-15 Patriarch Pavle of Serbia, 44th Patriarch of the Serbian Orthodox Church (b. 1914)
  • 2010-09-07 Amar Garibović, Serbian Cross Country Skier (b. 1991)