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
  • 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
  • 1970-04-26 Melania Trump, Slovenian model
  • 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

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)