Croatian History

Historical Events

  • 0852-03-04 Croatian Duke Trpimir I issued a statute, a document with the first known written mention of the Croats name in Croatian sources.
  • 0879-05-21 Pope John VIII gives blessings to duke Branimir and to Croatian people, considered to be international recognition of Croatian state.
  • 0927-05-27 Battle of the Bosnian Highlands: Simeon I of Bulgaria is defeated by King Tomislav of Croatia
  • 0928-03-11 Trpimir II succeeds to the Croatian throne.
  • 1075-10-08 Dmitar Zvonimir is crowned king of Croatia.
  • 1493-09-09 Battle of Krbava field, a decisive defeat of Croats in Croatian struggle against the Ottoman Empire invasion.
  • 1527-01-01 Croatian nobles elect Ferdinand I of Austria as king of Croatia in the Parliament on Cetin
  • 1671-04-30 Petar Zrinski, the Croatian Ban from the Zrinski family, is executed.
  • 1848-09-29 Battle of Pákozd: Hungarian forces defeat Croats at Pákozd; the first battle of the War of Independence
  • 1915-05-12 Croatians plunder Armenia, killing 250
  • 1917-07-20 Pact of Corfu signed: Serbs, Croats & Slovenes form Yugoslavia
  • 1918-12-01 Serbian-Croatian-Slovic kingdom proclaimed in Belgrade
  • 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 and Slavia
  • 1925-07-20 Italian-Serbian/Croatian/Slav treaty about Dalmatie

  • 1926-08-17 Greek-Serbian, Croatian and Slavs peace treaty signed
  • 1927-01-28 Serbian-Croatian-Slavic government of Oezonowitsj falls
  • 1927-03-10 Albania mobilizes due to threats from the Kingdom of Serbs, Croats and Slovenes
  • 1927-10-28 Josip Broz (Tito) begins 7 months jail sentence in Croatia
  • 1929-10-03 Kingdom of Serbs, Croats & Slovenes changes name to Yugoslavia
  • 1935-04-05 Croatian Farmers Party wins Yugoslavian election
  • 1939-08-26 Croatia gets autonomous status
  • 1941-06-04 Republic of Croatia orders all Jews to wear a star with the letter Z
  • 1943-01-20 Operation Weiss: German, Italian, Bulgarian & Croatian troops attempt to retake land liberated by Tito's partisans
  • 1976-09-10 5 Croatian terrorists capture TWA-plane at La Guardia Airport, NY
  • 1990-10-01 Serbs in Croatia proclaim autonomy
  • 1991-04-29 Croatia declares independence
  • 1991-06-25 Slovenia & Croatia declare independence from Yugoslavia
  • 1991-10-08 The Croatian Parliament cuts all remaining ties with Yugoslavia
  • 1991-11-18 The Croatian city of Vukovar surrenders to Yugoslav People's Army and allied Serb paramilitary forces after an 87-day siege

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1992-08-08 The original US 'Dream Team' wins the basketball gold at the Barcelona Olympics 117-85 over Croatia; features superstars Michael Jordan, Magic Johnson, Larry Bird, Scotty Pippen, Charles Barkley, Patrick Ewing

NBA Legend Magic Johnson
NBA Legend
Magic Johnson
NBA Power Forward Charles Barkley
NBA Power Forward
Charles Barkley
NBA Legend Larry Bird
NBA Legend
Larry Bird
  • 1994-03-29 Serbs & Croats sign a cease-fire to end the war in Croatia

Sport awardTennis Open

1994-07-03 Wimbledon Men's Tennis: American Pete Sampras successfully defends title against Goran Ivanišević of Croatia 7-6, 7-6, 6-0

Tennis Player Pete Sampras
Tennis Player
Pete Sampras
  • 1995-05-01 Croatian forces launch Operation Flash during the Croatian War of Independence.
  • 1995-08-04 Operation Storm begins in Croatia.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 2000-02-18 Stjepan Mesić becomes the second President of Croatia
  • 2005-11-29 The new Croatian Communist Party (KPH) is founded in Vukovar.
  • 2005-12-04 94th Davis Cup: Croatia beats Slovak Republic in Bratislava (3-2)
  • 2005-12-08 Ante Gotovina, Croatian army general accused of war crimes, is captured in the Playa de las Américas, Tenerife by the Spanish police.
  • 2009-04-01 Croatia and Albania joined NATO
  • 2009-07-06 Jadranka Kosor became first female prime minister of Croatia
  • 2012-06-23 A coach crashes in Croatia killing 8 Czech tourists and injuring 44
  • 2013-07-01 Croatia becomes the 28th member of the European Union
  • 2014-09-08 US Open Men's Tennis: Marin Čilić of Croatia wins his maiden grand slam title; beats Kei Nishikori of Japan 6-3, 6-3, 6-3
  • 2015-01-11 Kolinda Grabar-Kitarović is elected as the first female President of Croatia
  • 2016-03-09 EU Migrant Crisis: Macedonia, Croatia and Slovenia close their borders to migrants trying to reach Northern Europe
  • 2016-08-16 Croatian discus thrower Sandra Perković retains her Olympic title with a distance of 69.21m at the Rio de Janeiro Games
  • 2016-08-20 Rio de Janeiro Olympics: team sports - China beats Serbia, 3-1 for the women's indoor volleyball gold; in the men's water polo final, Serbia downs Croatia, 11-7 for first Olympic title

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2018-07-15 FIFA World Cup Final: Former captain Didier Deschamps becomes only the third man to win the event as a player and coach as France beats Croatia 4-2 in Moscow

Football Player and Coach Didier Deschamps
Football Player and Coach
Didier Deschamps
  • 2018-09-24 Real Madrid midfielder & Croatian World Cup captain Luka Modrić is named world's best male player at the FIFA Awards in London; Brazil & Orlando Pride forward Marta best female player; France's Didier Deschamps best men's coach
  • 2018-11-25 Davis Cup Tennis, Lille: Marin Čilić beats Frenchman Lucas Pouille 7-6, 6-3, 6-3 to wrap up the final for Croatia, 3-1

Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 1 - 100 of 151

  • 1434-08-29 Janus Pannonius, Hungarian poet and translator, born in Čazma, Croatia (d. 1472)
  • 1450-08-18 Marko Marulic/Marulus/Splichanin/Pechinich, Croatian poet, born in Split, Croatia (d. 1524)
  • 1461-02-06 Džore Držić, Croatian poet and playwright who is considered one of the fathers of Croatian literature (d. 1501)
  • 1520-03-03 Matthias Flacius, Croatian Protestant reformer (d. 1575)
  • 1575-08-15 Bartol Kašić, Croatian writer and linguist, born in Pag, Croatia (d. 1650)
  • 1587-04-17 Ivan Lukačić, Croatian composer, born in Šibenik, Croatia (d. 1648)
  • 1613-04-06 Stjepan Gradić, Croatian philosopher and scientist (d. 1683)
  • 1652-01-07 Pavao Vitezovic, Croatia, writer/historian
  • 1703-12-02 Ferdinand Konscak, Croatian explorer (d. 1759)
  • 1718-10-28 Ignacije Szentmartony, Croatian Jesuit missionary (d. 1793)
  • 1732-01-06 Matija A Reljkovic, Croatia, writer (Satir iliti divji covic)
  • 1806-11-24 Omar Pasha, [Michael Lats], Croatian governor/viceroy of Bosnia/Iraq
  • 1809-07-08 Ljudwit Gaj, Croatian writer/poet (Pjesma iz Zagorja)
  • 1810-06-30 Stanko Vraz, [Jakob Frass], Slovenian/Croatian poet (illyrism)
  • 1821-12-08 Josip Runjanin, Croatian Serb composer (Croatian National Anthem) and soldier, born in Vinkovci (d. 1878)
  • 1828-11-25 Franjo Rački, Croatian historian and politician, born in Fužine, Austrian Empire (d. 1894)
  • 1832-08-03 Ivan Zajc, Czech composer and conductor, born in Rijeka, Croatia (d. 1914)
  • 1834-02-06 Ema Puksec, Croatian singer (d. 1889)
  • 1838-07-06 Vatroslav Jagic, Croatian scholar (d. 1923)
  • 1838-11-14 August Senoa, Croatian author (Zlatarevo zlato)
  • 1855-09-09 Anthony Francis Lucas Croatian-born oil exploration pioneer (d. 1921)

Person of interestNikola Tesla

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
  • 1856-10-25 Dragutin Gorjanovic-Kramberger, Croatian paleontologist (discovery and descriptions of the Neandertal remains from the Huŝnjakova rock shelter at Krapina in northwestern Croatia), born in Zagreb, Croatia (d. 1936)
  • 1856-12-13 Svetozar Boroević, Austro-Hungarian field marshal, born in Umetić, Croatian Military Frontier, Austrian Empire (d. 1920)
  • 1857-01-23 Andrija Mohorovicic, Croatian geologist (Moho discontinuity)
  • 1858-07-20 Ivan Vucetic, Croatian anthropologist (d. 1925)
  • 1859-09-11 Vjenceslav Novak, Croatian Realist writer (Pavao Šegota), born in Senj, Croatia (d. 1905)
  • 1861-10-14 Artur Gavazzi, Croatian geographer, born in Split, Austria-Hungary (d. 1944)
  • 1862-09-02 Franjo Krežma, Croatian violinist (d. 1881)
  • 1863-08-24 Dragutin Lerman, Croatian explorer, born in Požega, Croatia (d. 1918)
  • 1864-01-25 Julije Kempf, Croatian historian and writer (d. 1934)
  • 1864-05-27 Ante Trumbić, Croatian politician (d. 1938)
  • 1871-04-05 Mirko Seljan, Croatian explorer, born in Karlovac, Croatia (d. 1913)
  • 1871-07-11 Stjepan Radic, founder/leader (Croatian Farmers' Party)
  • 1871-10-09 Didak Buntić, Croatian monk and scholar, born in Paoča, Bosnia and Herzegovina (d. 1922)
  • 1873-12-21 Blagoje Bersa, Croatian composer (d. 1934)
  • 1875-04-18 Ivana Brlic-Mazuranic, Croatian writer (d. 1938)
  • 1875-08-19 Stjepan Seljan, Croatian explorer (d. 1936)
  • 1877-01-02 Slava Raskaj, Croatian painter (d. 1906)
  • 1879-11-09 Milan Šufflay, Croatian historian and politician, born in Lepoglava, Croatia (d. 1931)
  • 1883-08-15 Ivan Meštrović, Croatian sculptor and architect, born in Vrpolje, Croatia (d. 1962)
  • 1887-09-13 Leopold Ružička, Croatian-Swiss chemist (Nobel 1939), born in Vukovar, Croatia (d. 1976)
  • 1887-10-12 Paula von Preradović, Croatian-Austrian poet and writer, born in Vienna, Austria (d. 1951)
  • 1888-03-10 Krsto Odak, Croatian composer, born in Siverić (d. 1965)
  • 1888-09-01 Andrija Štampar, Croatian physician (d. 1958)
  • 1888-12-16 Alexander I, king of the Kingdom of Serbs, Croats, and Slovenes (1921–29) and of Yugoslavia (1929–34), born in Cetinje, Montenegro (d. 1934)

Person of interestAnte Pavelić

1889-07-14 Ante Pavelić, Croatian leader of Nazi Germany puppet Independent State of Croatia, born in Bradina, Austria-Hungary (d. 1959)

Croatian Fascist Leader Ante Pavelić
Croatian Fascist Leader
Ante Pavelić
  • 1890-01-22 Vinko Zganec, Croatian ethnomusicologist (d. 1976)
  • 1891-07-05 Tin Ujević, Croatian poet (Žedan kamen na studencu), born in Vrgorac, Austro-Hungarian Empire (d. 1955)
  • 1892-05-07 Josip Broz Tito, Yugoslav communist revolutionary and leader of Yugoslavia (1943-80), born in Kumrovec, Hrvatsko Zagorje, Kingdom of Croatia-Slavonia (d. 1980)
  • 1893-07-07 Miroslav Krleža, Croatian writer (d. 1981)
  • 1894-09-21 Tullio Carminati, Austrian actor (War and Peace, Roman Holiday), born in Zadar, Croatia, Austria-Hungary (d. 1971)
  • 1895-03-21 Zlatko Baloković, Croatian violinist (d. 1955)
  • 1899-02-14 Lovro von Matačić, Croatian conductor and composer (Bruckner Medal), born in Sušak, Croatia (d. 1985)
  • 1899-11-29 Andrija Artuković, Croatian war criminal (d. 1988)
  • 1900-03-09 Prince Aimone, Duke of Aosta, Italian king of Croatia (1941-43), born in Turin, Italy (d. 1948)
  • 1901-03-29 Andrija Maurovic, Croatian illustrator (The Tomb in the Rainforest), born in Muo, Austria-Hungary (d. 1981)
  • 1902-05-04 Cvjetko Rihtman, Bosnian composer, born in Rijeka, Croatia (d. 1989)
  • 1903-07-18 Božidar Kunc, Croatian composer, born in Zagreb, Croatia (d. 1964)
  • 1903-12-07 Danilo Blanuša, Croatian mathematician, born in Osijek, Austria-Hungary (d. 1987)
  • 1905-09-27 Vjekoslav Kaleb, Croatian writer (Splendor of the Fabric), born in Tisno, Croatia (d. 1996)
  • 1906-05-17 Zinka Milanov, Croatian soprano (Ljublama Opera 1927, NY Metropolitan Opera), born in Zagreb, Croatia (d. 1989)
  • 1906-07-07 William Feller, Croatian mathematician (d. 1970)
  • 1906-07-23 Vladimir Prelog, Croatian-Swiss organic chemist (Nobel 1975), born in Sarajevo, Austria-Hungary (d. 1998)
  • 1906-09-19 Dalibor Cyril Vačkář, Czech composer, born in Korčula, Croatia (d. 1984)
  • 1909-07-08 Petar Segedin, Croatian novelist (Holy Devil)
  • 1909-11-01 Bruno Bjelinski [Weiss], Croatian composer, born in Trieste, Italy (d. 1992)
  • 1911-04-13 Ico Hitrec, Croatian footballer (d. 1946)
  • 1912-02-14 Tibor Sekelj, Croatian explorer (d. 1988)
  • 1912-08-02 Vladimir Žerjavić, Croatian economist and UN statistician, born in Križ, Moslavania, Croatia (d. 2001)
  • 1913-07-30 Ivo Lhotka-Kalinski, Yugoslav composer, born in Zagreb, Croatia (d. 1987)
  • 1914-08-05 Stjepan Sulek, Croatian violinist/composer (Coriolan)
  • 1914-10-02 Albe Vidaković, Croatian composer, born in Subotica, Serbia (d. 1964)
  • 1914-12-21 Ivan Generalić, Austro-Hungarian-born Croatian painter (d. 1992)
  • 1918-10-12 Emil Cossetto, Croatian composer, born in Trieste, Italy (d. 2006)
  • 1921-05-04 Edo Murtić, Croatian painter, born in Velika Pisanica, Bjelovar, Croatia (d. 2005)
  • 1922-05-14 Franjo Tuđman, Croatian politician (d. 1999)
  • 1924-04-01 Čkalja [Miodrag Petrović], Serbian actor and one of the most popular comedians of former Yugoslavia, born in Kruševac, Kingdom of Serbs, Croats and Slovenes (d. 2003)
  • 1924-11-24 Victor Grinich, Croatian-American businessman (d. 2000)
  • 1925-03-30 Ivo Malec, composer (Zagreb, Croatia), born in Zagreb, Croatia
  • 1925-05-12 John Simon, American author, leterary and theater critic (NY Times), born in Subotica, Kingdom of Serbs, Croats and Slovenes
  • 1925-10-10 Great Antonio, Croatian-Canadian strongman, born in Zagreb, Yugoslavia (d. 2001)
  • 1926-12-26 Zlatko Pibernik, Croatian composer and music teacher, born in Zagreb, Croatia (d. 2010)
  • 1932-04-27 Petar Ozgijan, Yugoslav composer, born in Dubrovnik, Croatia (d. 1979)
  • 1934-12-24 Stjepan Mesić, president of Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia, Secretary General of Non-Aligned Movement and president of Croatia.
  • 1935-02-18 Bosko Petrovic, Croatian jazz musician, founder of the Zagreb Jazz Quartet, born in Bjelovar (d. 2011)
  • 1938-10-03 Tereza Kesovija, Croatian singer, born in Konavle, Kingdom of Yugoslavia
  • 1939-04-16 Boris Dvornik, Croatian actor (d. 2008.)
  • 1941-07-16 Mišo Kovač, Croatian musician (Mojoj vjernoj publici), born in Tribunj, Croatia

Person of interestRatko Mladić

1942-03-12 Ratko Mladić, Bosnian Serb general during the Bosnian War (found guilty of war crimes 2017), born in Božanovići, Croatia

Serbian General Ratko Mladić
Serbian General
Ratko Mladić
  • 1943-10-20 Dunja Vejzovic, Croatian soprano
  • 1946-07-27 Rade Šerbedžija, Croatian actor (Taken 2), born in Bunić, Croatia
  • 1948-11-26 Krešimir Ćosić, Croatian basketball player (d. 1995)
  • 1949-09-04 [Adolf] Dado Topić, Croatian musician (Time, Dragonfly), born in Siverić)
  • 1952-04-20 Božidar Maljković, Serbian basketball coach and president of the Olympic Committee of Serbia, born in Otočac, Croatia
  • 1953-04-11 Branimir "Johnny" Štulić, Croatian rock singer (Azra), born in Skopje, Yugoslavia
  • 1955-09-07 Mira Furlan, Croatian actress (Babylon 5), born in Zagreb, Croatia
  • 1955-09-15 Željka Antunović, Croatian politician
  • 1955-10-12 Ante Gotovina, Croatian army general accused of war crimes, born in Tkon, Croatia
  • 1956-04-03 Boris Miljković, Serbian TV and theatre director, writer and lecturer, born in Zagreb, PR Croatia, FPR Yugoslavia

Famous Weddings

  • 1999-05-08 "ER" actor Goran Visnjic (34) weds Croatian artist Ivana Vrdoljak
  • 2006-11-04 Croatian princess Paola Doimi de Frankopan (37) weds son of the Duke and Duchess of Kent Lord Nicholas Windsor (37) at St. Stephen of Abyssina in Vatican City

Famous Deaths

  • 0976-10-08 Jelena of Zadar, Croatian queen
  • 1162-05-13 Géza II, King of Hungary and Croatia (1141-62)
  • 1301-01-14 Andrew III, Venetian King of Hungary and Croatia (1290-1301), dies at 50
  • 1391-11-14 Nikola Tavelić, First Croatian saint (b. 1340)
  • 1501-09-25 Džore Držić, Croatian poet and playwright who is considered one of the fathers of Croatian literature, dies at 40
  • 1524-01-05 Marko Marulic/Marulus/Splichanin/Pechinich, Croatian poet, dies at 73
  • 1553-12-14 Hanibal Lucić, Croatian writer (b. 1485)
  • 1564-10-04 Pietro P Vergerio, Italian theologist/bishop of Croatia, dies
  • 1567-05-02 Marin Drzic, Croatian playwright (Dundo Maroje), dies
  • 1575-03-11 Matthias Flacius, Croatian Protestant reformer (b. 1520)
  • 1617-01-17 Faust Vrančić, Croatian inventor (b. 1551)
  • 1626-04-11 Marin Getaldić, Croatian mathematician (b. 1568)
  • 1648-09-20 Ivan Lukačić, Croatian composer, dies at 61
  • 1683-05-02 Stjepan Gradić, Croatian philosopher and scientist (b. 1613)
  • 1713-01-20 Pavao Vitezovic, Croatian historian, dies
  • 1759-09-10 Ferdinand Konščak, Croatian explorer (b. 1703)
  • 1760-12-14 Kacic Miosic, Croatian poet (Razgovar Ugodni Naroda Slovinskoga), dies
  • 1780-11-29 Maria Theresa Hapsburg, Archduchess of Austria, Queen of Hungary and Croatia (1740-1780), dies following illness at 63
  • 1787-02-13 Ruđer Bošković, Croatian scientist and diplomat (b. 1711)
  • 1793-04-15 Ignacije Szentmartony, Croatian Jesuit missionary and geographer (b. 1718)
  • 1798-01-22 Matija A Reljkovic, Croatian writer (Satire of Wild Man), dies at 66
  • 1871-04-18 Omar Pasha, [Michael Lats], Croatian governor, dies at 64
  • 1872-04-20 Ljudwit Gaj, Croatian writer/poet (Pjesma iz Zagorja), dies at 62
  • 1878-02-02 Josip Runjanin, Croatian Serb composer (Croatian National Anthem) and soldier, dies at 56
  • 1881-12-13 August Senoa, Croatian writer (Kletva [The Curse]), dies at 43
  • 1889-01-14 Ema Puksec, Croatian singer (b. 1834)
  • 1894-02-13 Franjo Rački, Croatian historian and politician, dies at 65
  • 1905-09-20 Vjenceslav Novak, Croatian Realist writer (Pavao Šegota), dies at 46
  • 1906-03-29 Slava Raskaj, Croatian painter (b. 1878)
  • 1918-07-12 Dragutin Lerman, Croatian explorer, dies at 54
  • 1921-09-02 Anthony Francis Lucas Croatian-born oil pioneer (b. 1855)
  • 1922-02-05 Slavoljub Eduard Penkala, Croatian inventor (b. 1871)
  • 1923-08-05 Vatroslav Jagić, Croatian slavist (b. 1835)
  • 1925-01-25 Ivan Vucetic, Croatian anthropologist (b. 1858)
  • 1926-12-10 Nikola Pašić, Kingdom of Serbia and Kingdom of the Serbs, Croats and Slovenes prime minister (b. 1845)
  • 1928-08-08 Stjepan Radic, founder/leader (Croatian Boer party), dies
  • 1931-02-18 Milan Šufflay, Croatian historian and politician, dies at 51
  • 1934-06-06 Julije Kempf, Croatian historian and writer (b. 1864)
  • 1934-10-09 King Alexander, of Yugoslavia, killed by Georgief (Croatian terrorist)
  • 1936-06-07 Stjepan Seljan, Croatian explorer (b. 1875)
  • 1936-12-24 Dragutin Gorjanovic-Kramberger, Croatian paleontologist (discovery and descriptions of the Neandertal remains from the Huŝnjakova rock shelter at Krapina in northwestern Croatia), dies at 80
  • 1938-09-21 Ivana Brlic-Mazuranic Croatian writer (b. 1874)
  • 1938-11-17 Ante Trumbić, Croatian politician (b. 1864)
  • 1943-11-27 Ivo Lola Ribar, Croatian communist and partisan (b. 1916)
  • 1944-03-12 Artur Gavazzi, Croatian geographer, dies at 82
  • 1948-01-29 Tomislav II of Croatia, 4th Duke of Aosta, Italian aristocrat (b. 1900)
  • 1951-05-25 Paula von Preradović, Croatian-Austrian poet and writer, dies at 63
  • 1955-03-22 Ivan Šubašić, Kingdom of Yugoslavia prime minister and last ban of Croatia (b. 1892)
  • 1955-11-12 Tin Ujević, Croatian poet (Žedan kamen na studencu), dies at 64
  • 1958-06-26 Andrija Štampar, Croatian physician and United Nations diplomat (b. 1888)

Person of interestAnte Pavelić

1959-12-28 Ante Pavelić, Croatian leader of Nazi Germany puppet Independent State of Croatia, dies from wounds received in an attempted assassination two years earlier at 70

Croatian Fascist Leader Ante Pavelić
Croatian Fascist Leader
Ante Pavelić
  • 1960-02-10 Aloysius Stepinac, Croatian cardinal (b. 1898)
  • 1962-01-16 Ivan Meštrović, Croatian sculptor and architect, dies at 78
  • 1964-04-01 Božidar Kunc, Croatian composer, dies at 60
  • 1964-04-18 Albe Vidaković, Croatian composer, dies at 49
  • 1965-11-04 Krsto Odak, Croatian composer, dies at 77
  • 1967-03-04 Vladan Desnica, Croatian and Serbian writer (b. 1905)
  • 1970-01-14 William Feller, Croatian mathematician (b. 1906)
  • 1976-09-26 Leopold Ružička, Croatian-Swiss chemist (Nobel 1939), dies at 89
  • 1976-12-12 Vinko Zganec, Croatian ethnomusicologist (b. 1890)
  • 1981-12-29 Miroslav Krleža, Croatian writer (b. 1893)
  • 1985-01-04 Lovro von Matačić, Croatian conductor and composer (Bruckner Medal), dies at 86
  • 1987-08-08 Danilo Blanuša, Croatian mathematician, dies at 83
  • 1988-01-16 Andrija Artuković, Croatian war criminal (b. 1899)
  • 1988-09-23 Tibor Sekelj, Croatian explorer (b. 1912)
  • 1989-05-30 Zinka Milanov, Croatian soprano (Ljublama Opera 1927, NY Metropolitan Opera), dies of a stroke at 83
  • 1992-11-27 Ivan Generalić, Croatian painter (b. 1914)
  • 1994-12-26 Sylvia Koscina, Croatian/Italian actress (Hercules), dies at 61
  • 1995-05-25 Krešimir Ćosić, Croatian basketball player (b. 1948)
  • 1995-08-09 John Schofield, BBC journalist, shot to death in Croatia at 29
  • 1996-04-13 Vjekoslav Kaleb, Croatian writer (Splendor of the Fabric), dies at 90
  • 1998-01-07 Vladimir Prelog, Croatian-Swiss organic chemist (Nobel 1975), dies at 91
  • 1999-12-10 Franjo Tuđman, President of Croatia (b. 1922)
  • 2000-03-09 Ivo Robić, Croatian singer and songwriter (b. 1923)
  • 2000-12-07 Vladimir Gotovac, Croatian poet and politician (b. 1930)
  • 2001-09-05 Vladimir Žerjavić, Croatian economist and UN statistician, dies at 89
  • 2003-09-07 Great Antonio, Croatian-Canadian strongman, dies at 77
  • 2005-01-02 Edo Murtić, Croatian painter, dies at 83
  • 2007-04-29 Ivica Račan, former Prime Minister of Croatia (b. 1944)
  • 2007-05-06 Đorđe Novković, Croatian songwriter (b. 1943)
  • 2007-06-27 Dragutin Tadijanović, Croatian poet (b. 1905)
  • 2008-03-04 Semka Sokolovic-Bertok, Yugoslavian-born Croatian actress (b. 1935)
  • 2008-04-03 Hrvoje Ćustić, Croatian football player (b. 1983)
  • 2008-09-07 Dino Dvornik, Croatian singer (b. 1964)
  • 2008-09-14 Domagoj Kapeć, Croatian hockeyplayer (b. 1989)
  • 2010-05-04 Zvonimir Levačić - Ševa, Croatian humorist and entertainer (b. 1943)
  • 2010-07-30 Zlatko Pibernik, Croatian composer and music teacher, dies at 83
  • 2010-10-25 Vesna Parun, Croatian poet (b. 1922)
  • 2011-01-03 Fadil Hadžić, Croatian film director (b. 23 April 1922)
  • 2011-01-10 Bosko Petrovic, Croatian jazz musician, founder of the Zagreb Jazz Quartet, dies at 75
  • 2011-02-12 Mato Damjanović, Croatian chess grandmaster (b. 1927)
  • 2011-06-24 Tomislav Ivić, Croatian football manager (b. 1933)