Slovenian History

Historical Events

  • 1778-08-26 The first recorded ascent of Triglav, the highest mountain in Slovenia.
  • 1921-03-19 Italian Fascists shoot from the Parenzana train at a group of children in Strunjan (Slovenia): two children are killed, two mangled and three wounded.
  • 1945-05-15 World War II: The final skirmish in Europe is fought near Prevalje, Slovenia.
  • 1990-12-23 Slovenians vote to secede from Yugoslavia
  • 1991-06-25 Slovenia & Croatia declare independence from Yugoslavia
  • 1998-04-12 An earthquake in Slovenia, measuring 5.6 on the Richter scale occurs near the town of Bovec.
  • 2000-11-17 A catastrophic landslide in Log pod Mangartom, Slovenia, kills 7, and causes millions of SIT of damage. It is one of the worst catastrophes in Slovenia in the past 100 years.
  • 2001-08-01 Bulgaria, Cyprus, Latvia, Malta, Slovenia and Slovakia join the European Environment Agency.
  • 2002-11-21 NATO invites Bulgaria, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Romania, Slovakia and Slovenia to become members.
  • 2002-12-13 Enlargement of the European Union: The European Union announces that Cyprus, the Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Poland, Slovakia, and Slovenia will become members from May 1, 2004.
  • 2004-03-29 Bulgaria, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Romania, Slovakia and Slovenia join NATO as full members.
  • 2004-05-01 Cyprus, Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Poland, Slovakia, and Slovenia join the European Union, celebrated at the residence of the Irish President in Dublin.
  • 2004-06-28 Estonia, Lithuania and Slovenia join the European Exchange Rate Mechanism
  • 2007-01-01 Slovenia officially adopts the Euro currency and becomes the thirteenth Eurozone country.
  • 2007-12-21 The Schengen Agreement area increases to include 9 European Union member states; Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Poland, Slovakia, and Slovenia on land and sea borders.
  • 2012-08-23 Four people are killed and 28 injured in a hot air ballooning accident in Slovenia
  • 2012-12-02 Borut Pahor is elected President of Slovenia
  • 2016-03-09 EU Migrant Crisis: Macedonia, Croatia and Slovenia close their borders to migrants trying to reach Northern Europe

Famous Birthdays

  • 1508-06-09 Primož Trubar, Slovenian Protestant reformer (d. 1586)
  • 1641-05-28 Janez Vajkard Valvasor, Slovenian polymath (d. 1693)
  • 1754-03-23 Baron Jurij Vega, Slovenian mathematician, physicist, and artillery officer (d. 1802)
  • 1780-08-21 Jernej Kopitar, Slovenian censor (Slovenian Grammar)
  • 1800-12-03 France Preseren, Slovenian poet (Krst pri Savici)
  • 1810-06-30 Stanko Vraz, [Jakob Frass], Slovenian/Croatian poet (illyrism)
  • 1813-11-29 Franz von Miklosich, Slovenian linguist (d. 1891)
  • 1824-02-16 Peter Kozler, Slovenian cartographer and geographer (d. 1879)
  • 1844-03-04 Josip Jurcic, Slovenian writer (10th Brother)
  • 1853-02-06 Ignacij Klemenčič, Slovenian physicist (d. 1901)
  • 1861-12-20 Ivana Kobilca, Slovenian painter (d. 1926)
  • 1871-02-09 Franc S Finzgar, Slovenian clergyman/writer (Our Blood)
  • 1872-01-23 Joze Plečnik, Slovenian architect (d. 1957)
  • 1873-12-11 Josip Plemelj, Slovenian mathematician (d. 1967)
  • 1878-01-23 Oton Zupancic, Slovenian poet (Zimzelen pod Snegom)
  • 1885-06-22 Milan Vidmar, Slovenian engineer and chess player (d. 1962)
  • 1890-01-01 Anton Melik, Slovenian geographer (d. 1966)
  • 1892-12-12 Herman Potočnik aka Hermann Noordung, Slovenian rocket engineer (d. 1929)
  • 1893-08-10 Voranc Prezikov, [Lovro Kuhar], Slovenian author (Samorastniki)
  • 1901-01-31 Blaž Arnič, Slovenian composer, born near Mount Raduha, Austria-Hungary (d. 1970)
  • 1904-03-18 Srečko Kosovel, Slovenian poet (d. 1926)
  • 1905-02-10 Vilko Ukmar, Slovenian composer
  • 1922-02-21 Uroš Krek, Slovenian composer, born in Ljubljana (d. 2008)
  • 1928-11-23 Jakob Jez, Slovenian composer, born in Boštanj
  • 1929-11-19 Slavko Avsenik, Slovenian musician
  • 1931-06-16 Ivo Petric, Slovenian composer, born in Ljubljana
  • 1931-08-26 Dane Skerl, Slovenian composer, born in Ljubljana
  • 1933-02-28 Miro Steržaj, Slovenian 9-pin bowler
  • 1934-03-04 Janez Strnad, Slovenian physicist
  • 1938-08-11 Branko Stanovnik, Slovenian chemist
  • 1939-10-05 Walter Wolf, Slovenian-born Canadian industrialist
  • 1941-01-14 Milan Kučan, Slovenian statesman
  • 1942-12-30 Janko Prunk, Slovenian historian
  • 1947-05-27 Branko Oblak, Slovenian footballer
  • 1949-03-21 Slavoj Žižek, Slovenian sociologist, philosopher and cultural critic, born in Ljubljana, Slovenia
  • 1950-05-17 Janez Drnovšek, Slovenian politician
  • 1954-10-01 Martin Strel, Slovenian swimmer
  • 1957-01-03 Bojan Križај, Slovenian skier
  • 1959-01-15 Pavle Kozjek, Slovenian climber (d. 2008)
  • 1962-03-28 Jure Franko, Slovenian skier
  • 1963-07-16 Srečko Katanec, Slovenian footballer and coach
  • 1966-02-05 Rok Petrovič, Slovenian skier (d. 1993)
  • 1967-06-24 Janez Lapajne, Slovenian film director

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1970-04-26 Melania Trump [née Knauss], Slovenian-American model, wife of President Donald Trump and current First Lady of the United States, born in Novo Mesto, Yugoslavia

US First Lady and Model Melania Trump
US First Lady and Model
Melania Trump
  • 1971-02-01 Zlatko Zahovič, Slovenian footballer
  • 1972-04-24 Jure Košir, Slovenian skier
  • 1972-06-24 Denis Zvegelj, Slovenian rower
  • 1973-12-21 Karmen Stavec, German-born Slovenian singer
  • 1974-03-18 Tina Krizan, Maribor Slovenia, tennis star (1995 Surabaya doubles)
  • 1974-05-29 Barbara Mulej, Kranj Slovenia, tennis star (1992 Futures Germ)
  • 1976-10-14 Nataša Kejžar, Slovenian swimmer
  • 1979-02-15 Alenka Kejžar, Slovenian swimmer
  • 1979-02-28 Primož Peterka, Slovenian ski jumper
  • 1979-05-18 Milivoje Novakovič, Slovenian footballer
  • 1979-10-02 Primož Brezec, Slovenian basketball player
  • 1982-07-29 Janez Aljančič, Slovenian footballer
  • 1982-09-13 Miha Zupan, Slovenian basketball player
  • 1987-05-10 Anej Lovrečič, Slovenian football (soccer) player
  • 1987-08-24 Anže Kopitar, Slovenian ice hockey player, born in Jesenice, Slovenia

Famous Deaths

  • 1586-06-28 Primož Trubar, Slovenian Protestant reformer (b. 1508)
  • 1693-09-19 Janez Vajkard Valvasor, Slovenian polymath (b. 1641)
  • 1802-09-26 Baron Jurij Vega, Slovenian mathematician and military officer (b. 1754)
  • 1849-02-08 France Preseren, Slovenian poet (Sonetni Venec), dies at 48
  • 1893-01-07 Jožef Stefan, Slovenian physicist and mathematician (b. 1835)
  • 1901-09-05 Ignacij Klemenčič, Slovenian physicist (b. 1853)
  • 1912-06-10 Anton Aškerc, Slovenian poet (b. 1856)
  • 1926-05-27 Srečko Kosovel, Slovenian poet (b. 1904)
  • 1926-12-04 Ivana Kobilca, Slovenian-born painter (b. 1861)
  • 1929-08-27 Herman Potočnik Noordung, Slovenian rocket scientist (b. 1892)
  • 1930-12-13 Fritz Pregl, Slovenian/Austrian chemist, Nobel laureate (b. 1869)
  • 1966-06-08 Anton Melik, Slovenian geographer (b. 1890)
  • 1999-11-08 Leon Štukelj, Slovenian gymnast (b. 1898)
  • 2008-02-23 Janez Drnovšek, Slovenian prime minister and president (b. 1950)
  • 2008-05-03 Uroš Krek, Slovenian composer, dies at 85
  • 2008-08-25 Pavle Kozjek, Slovenian mountaineer (b. 1959)
  • 2011-10-20 Tone Pavček, Slovenian poet and translator (b. 1928)