Czech Republic in History (Part 2)

Czech Republic: Prague

Historical Events

  • 1997-07-08 NATO invites Poland, Hungary & Czech Republic to join
  • 1999-03-12 Former Warsaw Pact members the Czech Republic, Hungary and Poland join NATO.
  • 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.
  • 2004-05-01 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.
  • 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.
  • 2009-12-06 98th Davis Cup: Spain beats Czech Republic in Barcelona (5-0)
  • 2012-06-23 A coach crashes in Croatia killing 8 Czech tourists and injuring 44
  • 2012-11-18 101st Davis Cup: Czech Republic beats Spain in Prague (3-2)
  • 2013-01-26 Miloš Zeman wins the Czech Republic’s presidential election
  • 2013-02-17 5 people are killed and 11 are injured after a gas explosion destroyed an apartment complex in Frenštát pod Radhoštěm, Czech Republic
  • 2013-11-17 102nd Davis Cup: Czech Republic beats Serbia in Belgrade (3-2)
  • 2014-01-29 Bohuslav Sobotka becomes Prime Minister of the Czech Republic

Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 101 - 200 of 273

  • 1913-01-10 Gustav Husak, Slovak politician & president of Czechoslavakia (1975-89), born in Bratislava, Slovakia (d. 1991)
  • 1913-05-01 Walter Susskind, Czech conductor and pianist, born in Prague (d. 1980)
  • 1913-06-06 Jiří Hájek, Czech politician and diplomat, born in Krhanice, Czech Republic (d. 1993)
  • 1913-06-24 John Kubris, Czech resistance fighter
  • 1914-03-12 Jan Kapr, Czech composer, born in Prague (d. 1988)
  • 1914-06-29 Rafael Kubelik, Czech conductor (Cornelia Farooli), born in Býchory, Bohemia, Austria-Hungary (d. 1996)
  • 1914-09-14 Lída Baarová [Ludmila Babková], Czech actress (Die Fledermaus, Virginity), born in Prague, Bohemia, Austria-Hungary (d. 2000)
  • 1915-04-04 Jan Drda, Czech writer (Nema Barikada, Mestecko Na Dlani), born in Příbram, Czech Republic (d. 1970)
  • 1915-05-02 Jan Hanus, Czech composer, born in Prague (d. 2004)
  • 1917-01-17 Oskar Morawetz, Czech-Canadian composer (From the Diary of Anne Frank), born in Světlá nad Sázavou, Bohemia (now Czech Republic); (d. 2007)
  • 1917-09-11 Herbert Lom, Czech-born British actor (Pink Panther, Dorian Gray), born in Prague, Austria-Hungary (d. 2012)
  • 1917-09-28 Vaclav Kaslik, Czechoslovakia, opera composer/conductor
  • 1919-02-22 Jiří Pauer, Czech composer, born in Libušín (d. 2007)
  • 1919-07-12 Vera Ralston [Věra Helena Hrubá], Czech figure skater and actress (Dakota, Accused of Murder), born in Prague, Czechoslovakia (d. 2003)
  • 1919-09-24 Václav Nelhýbel, Czech-American composer (Everyman), born in Polanka, Czechoslovakia (d. 1996)
  • 1920-10-17 Rudolf Hrusinský, Czech actor and director (Short Cut, Golden Eels), born in Nová Včelnice (d. 1994)
  • 1921-04-08 Jan Novák, Czech classical composer, born in Nová Říše, Morovia (d. 1984)
  • 1921-08-07 Karel Husa, Czech-American Pulitzer prize winning composer (Trojan Women), born in Prague, Czechoslovakia (d. 2016)
  • 1921-10-12 Jaroslav Drobný, Czech ice hockey player (Olympic gold 1948) and tennis player (Wimbledon title 1954), born in Prague, Czech Republic (d. 2001)

Person of interestAlexander Dubček

1921-11-27 Alexander Dubček, Czechoslovak politician who headed the Czech Communist Party and was deposed after a Soviet invasion, born in Uhrovec, Czechoslovakia (now Slovakia)

Leader of Czechoslovakia Alexander Dubček
Leader of Czechoslovakia
Alexander Dubček
  • 1922-07-15 Jiri Lederer, Czechoslovakia, journalist/dissident
  • 1922-09-19 Dana Zátopková, Czech javelin thrower (Olympic gold 1952), born in Fryštát, Czechoslovakia
  • 1922-09-19 Emil Zátopek, Czech distance runner (4 x Olympic gold 1948, 52), born in Kopřivnice, Czech Republic (d. 2000)
  • 1923-06-10 Robert Maxwell, [Jan Hoch], Czech, billionaire/CEO (NY Daily News)
  • 1924-09-27 Josef Skvorecky, Czechoslovakia, writer and publisher (End of the Nylon Age, The Cowards) (d. 2012)
  • 1924-11-05 Ivan Rezak, Czech composer, born in Řevnice (d. 1977)
  • 1926-04-14 Frank Daniel, Czech-born writer, director and teacher (d. 1996)
  • 1926-07-23 Ludvik Vaculik, Czech writer (Two Thousand Words), born in Brumo, Zlín Region (d. 2015)
  • 1926-10-07 Ivan Jirko, Czech composer, music critic and psychiatrist, born in Prague (d. 1978)
  • 1926-12-09 Jan Křesadlo, Czech-British psychologist and writer, born in Prague, Czechoslovakia (d. 1995)
  • 1927-01-14 Zuzana Ruzickova, Czech harpsichordist & WWII survivor, born in Bohemia, Czech Republic (d. 2017)
  • 1928-07-02 Pavel Kohout, Czech, director/author (Poor Murderer)
  • 1928-07-20 Pavel Kohout, Czech and Austrian writer (Poor Murderer) and dissident, born in Prague
  • 1929-04-01 Milan Kundera, Czech poet and writer (Joke, Unbearable Lightness of Being), born in Brno, Czechoslovakia
  • 1929-08-08 Josef Suk, Czech composer and violinist (Artist of Merit-1977), born in Prague, Czechoslovakia (d. 2011)
  • 1931-02-09 Josef Masopust, Czech footballer
  • 1931-11-30 Gunther Herbig, Usti-nad-Labem Czech, conductor (East Berlin Orchestra)
  • 1931-12-09 Ladislav Smoljak, Czech director, actor and screenwriter (An Uncertain Season), born in Prague, Czechoslovakia (d. 2010)
  • 1931-12-15 Evald Schorm, Czech film director (Courage for Every Day), born in Prague, Czechoslovakia (d. 1988)
  • 1932-02-18 Miloš Forman, Czech-American award-winning director (One Flew Over the Cuckoos Nest, Amadeus, The Firemen's Ball), born in Čáslav, Czechoslovakia (d. 2018)
  • 1932-11-13 Olga Connolly-Fikotova, US discus thrower (Olympic gold 1956), born in Libiš, Czech Republic
  • 1933-06-22 Libor Pešek, Czech conductor (Czech Philharmonic; Royal Liverpool Philharmonic), born in Prague, Czechoslovakia
  • 1934-04-18 Jan Klusak [Jan Porges], Czech composer, born in Prague
  • 1936-01-08 Zdeněk Mácal, Czech conductor, born in Bmo, Czech Republic
  • 1936-07-12 Jan Nemec, Czech film director (Diamonds of the Night), born in Prague, Czechoslovakia (d. 2016)
  • 1936-08-17 Ivan Parik, Czech composer, born in Bratislava

Person of interestVáclav Havel

1936-10-05 Vaclav Havel, Czech politician (President of Czechoslovakia, 1990-2, Czech Republic, 1993-2003), born in Prague (d. 2011)

Politician and Author Václav Havel
Politician and Author
Václav Havel
  • 1937-04-18 Jan Kaplický, British architect of Czech origin, born in Prague, Czechoslovakia (d. 2009)
  • 1937-05-15 Madeleine Albright, American politician and diplomat and 1st female U.S. Secretary of State (1997-2001), born in Prague, Czechoslovakia

Person of interestTom Stoppard

1937-07-03 Tom Stoppard, Czech-born British playwright (Rosencrantz & Guildenstern-1968 Tony), born in Zlín, Czechoslovakia

Playwright and Screenwriter Tom Stoppard
Playwright and Screenwriter
Tom Stoppard
  • 1938-11-11 Josef Odozil, Czech, 1500m (Olympic silver 1964)
  • 1939-07-14 Karel Gott, Czech singer 'Sinatra of the East', born in Pilsen, Protectorate of Bohemia and Moravia (d. 2019)
  • 1939-11-13 Karel Brückner, Czech football manager, born in Olomouc, Czech Republic
  • 1939-12-06 Tomés Svoboda, Czech composer (Etude), born in Paris, France
  • 1941-06-19 Václav Klaus, Czech politician and former president
  • 1942-01-27 Petr Kotik, Czech composer, born in Prague
  • 1942-05-03 Věra Čáslavská, Czech gymnast (7 Olympic gold 1964, 68), born in Prague, Czechoslovakia (d. 2016)
  • 1943-08-04 Milan Máčala, Czech football coach, born in Biskupice, Czech Republic
  • 1943-08-15 Barbara Bouchet, German-American actress (Casino Royale), born in Liberec, Czech Republic
  • 1943-11-02 Oldrich Pelcak, Czech cosmonaut, born in Zlín, Czechoslovakia
  • 1944-01-12 Vlastimil Hort, Czechoslovak-born German chess player, born in Kladno, Czech Republic
  • 1948-06-01 Tomáš Halík, Czech priest and public intellectual
  • 1948-08-11 Jan Palach, Czech student protester (d. 1969)
  • 1948-09-26 Vladimír Remek, Czech politician and cosmonaut (Soyuz 28), born in České Budějovice, Czechoslovakia
  • 1949-07-13 Helena Fibingerova, Czech, shot putter (Olympic bronze 1976)
  • 1951-01-26 Jarmila Kratochvilova, Czech 400m/800m runner (Olympic silver 1980), born in Golčův Jeníkov, Czechia
  • 1951-10-11 Miroslav Dvořák, Czechoslovak ice hockey player, born in Hluboka, Czech Republic (d. 2008)
  • 1952-08-21 Jiří Paroubek, former Czech prime minister, born in Olomouc, Czech Republic
  • 1956-05-20 Tomas Smid, Czech, tennis star
  • 1956-07-14 Vladimir Kulich, Czech actor

Person of interestMartina Navratilova

1956-10-18 Martina Navratilova, Czech/American tennis player (18 Grand Slam singles titles), born in Prague, Czech Republic

Tennis Player Martina Navratilova
Tennis Player
Martina Navratilova
  • 1958-12-11 Regina Marsikova, Czech tennis player, born in Prague, Czechoslovakia
  • 1959-02-22 Jiří Čunek, Czech politician, born in Zlín, Czechia

Person of interestIvan Lendl

1960-03-07 Ivan Lendl, American, Czech tennis player (8-time Grand Slam title winner), born in Ostrava, Czechoslovakia

Tennis Player and Eight-Time Major Champion Ivan Lendl
Tennis Player and Eight-Time Major Champion
Ivan Lendl
  • 1960-07-06 Jozef Pribilinec, Czech speed walker (Olympic gold 1988, world record 10K), born in Kremnica, Slovakia
  • 1960-07-31 lva Budarova, Czechoslovakia tennis star

Person of interestHana Mandlikova

1962-02-19 Hana Mandlíková, Czech tennis player (4 Grand Slam titles), born in Prague, Czech Republic

Tennis Player and Four-Time Major Champion Hana Mandlikova
Tennis Player and Four-Time Major Champion
Hana Mandlikova
  • 1963-06-06 Vladimir Ruzicka, hockey forward (Team Czech Olympic gold 1998)
  • 1963-08-03 Libor Pimek, tennis star, born in Most, Czechoslovakia
  • 1963-12-27 Dana Chladek, Czech-American slalom kayaker (Olympic bronze 1992, silver 1996), born in Děčín, Czech Republic
  • 1963-12-30 Milan Srejber, Czech tennis star

Person of interestMiloslav Mecir

1964-05-09 Miloslav Mecir, Czech tennis player (Olympic gold 1988), born in Bojnice, Czechoslovakia

Tennis Player and Gold Medalist Miloslav Mecir
Tennis Player and Gold Medalist
Miloslav Mecir
  • 1964-11-12 Jakob Hlasek, Swiss tennis player (French Open doubles 1992, Hopman Cup 1992), born in Prague, Czech Republic
  • 1964-12-09 Petr Briza, hockey goalie (Team Czech Rep), born in Prague, Czechoslovakia
  • 1965-02-23 Helena Suková, Czech tennis player (14 Grand Slam doubles & mixed doubles titles), born in Prague, Czech Republic
  • 1965-03-24 Marian Vajda, Czech, tennis star
  • 1965-03-30 Karel Novacek, Prostejov Czech, tennis star (1994 Hilversum)
  • 1965-04-09 Paulina Porizkova, Czech-born Swedish American supermodel (Sports Illustrated), born in Prostejov, Czechoslovakia
  • 1965-06-12 Filip Topol, Czech singer-songwriter (Psí vojáci - Dog Soldiers), born in Prague (d. 2013)
  • 1966-06-16 Jan Zelezny, Czech, javelin thrower (Olympics 2 gold-92, 96)
  • 1967-11-08 Frantisek Kaberle, Czech ice hockey forward (Team Czech Rep), born in Kladno, Czechia
  • 1967-12-07 Václav Chalupa, Czech rower (Henley Royal Regatta 1989, Olympic silver 1992), born in Jindřichův Hradec, Czechoslovakia
  • 1968-01-23 Petr Korda, Czech tennis player (Australian Open 1998), born in Prague, Czechoslovakia
  • 1968-02-05 Regina Rajchitova, Czech tennis star, born in Czechoslovak Socialist Republic

Person of interestJana Novotna

1968-10-02 Jana Novotná, Czech tennis player (Wimbledon 1998), born in Brno, Czech Republic (d. 2017)

Tennis Player & Wimbledon Champion Jana Novotna
Tennis Player & Wimbledon Champion
Jana Novotna
  • 1968-10-18 Denisa Szabova, Bratislava Czech, tennis star (1987 Futures-GER)
  • 1968-11-29 Jiri Veber, Czech hockey player (Team Czech Rep), born in Praha, Czech Republic
  • 1968-12-02 Jiri Dopita, Czech ice hockey center (World C'ship gold 1996, 2000-01; Philadelphia Flyers), born in Šumperk, Czech Republic
  • 1970-05-21 Roman Turek, Strakonice CZE, hockey goalie (Team Czech Rep, Olympics 1998)
  • 1970-06-27 Petra Langrová, tennis star (1995 Palermo doubles), born in Prostějov, Czechoslovakia

Famous Weddings


Famous Deaths

  • 1985-03-07 George Schick, Czech conductor (Chicago Symphony), dies at 76
  • 1985-05-01 George Pravda, Czech actor, dies at 68
  • 1986-01-08 Yaroslav Seifert, Czech poet (Nobel 1984), dies at 84
  • 1988-04-29 Jan Kapr, Czech composer, dies at 74
  • 1988-11-13 Jaromír Vejvoda, Czech composer (Beer Barrel Polka), dies at 86
  • 1989-06-04 Vaclav Kaslik, Czech opera composer/conductor, dies at 71
  • 1991-06-11 Vlastimil Fisar, Czech actor/pres (Intl Actors Federation), dies
  • 1991-11-18 Gustav Husak, president of Czechoslovakia (1975-89), dies at 78

Person of interestAlexander Dubček

1992-11-07 Alexander Dubček, Czechoslovak politician who headed the Czech Communist Party and was deposed after a Soviet invasion, dies at 70 from injuries sustained in a car crash

Leader of Czechoslovakia Alexander Dubček
Leader of Czechoslovakia
Alexander Dubček
  • 1993-02-10 John Grossman, Czech director (Process, Revisor), dies
  • 1993-07-19 Elmar Klos, Czech director (Shop on Main Street), dies at 83
  • 1993-10-22 Jiří Hájek, Czech politician and diplomat, dies at 80
  • 1993-11-16 Lucia Popp, Czech/Austria soprano (Vienna Opera), dies at 54
  • 1994-02-09 Jarmila Novotna, Czech/US soprano (Madame Butterfly), dies at 86
  • 1994-04-13 Rudolf Hrusinský, Czech actor & director (Short Cut, Golden Eels), dies at 73
  • 1994-05-16 Vasek Simek, Czech/American actor (Green Card, Mistress), dies at 66
  • 1994-10-19 Oldrich Cernik, Czechoslovakia premier (1968-70), dies at 72
  • 1995-03-08 Ota Adler, Czech-British fur trader and founder (Jewish Aid Trust), dies at 83
  • 1995-08-13 Jan Křesadlo, Czech-British psychologist and writer, dies at 68
  • 1997-04-15 Zdenek Mlynar, Czech politician (secretary of the Czechoslovak communist party, 1968–70), dies at 66
  • 1998-06-06 Jan Seidel, Czech composer, dies at 89
  • 1998-11-15 Ludvik Danek, Czechoslovak discus thrower (b. 1937)
  • 2000-10-28 Lída Baarová [Ludmila Babková], Czech actress (Die Fledermaus, Virginity), dies after a long illness at 86
  • 2000-11-22 Emil Zátopek, Czech distance runner (4 x Olympic gold 1948, 52), dies of a stroke at 78
  • 2002-04-04 Harry L. O'Connor, Czech film stuntman
  • 2002-11-25 Karel Reisz, Czech theater director (b. 1926)
  • 2003-09-15 Josef Hirsal, Czech novelist (b. 1920)
  • 2004-03-16 Vilém Tauský, Czech conductor and composer (b. 1910)
  • 2004-07-30 Jan Hanus, Czech composer, dies at 89
  • 2004-08-16 Ivan Hlinka, Czech ice hockey coach (b. 1950)
  • 2004-12-09 Lea De Mae, Czech actress (b. 1976)
  • 2005-10-20 Eva Svankmajerova, Czech artist (b. 1940)
  • 2006-11-24 Zdeněk Veselovský, Czech zoologist (b. 1938)
  • 2007-01-28 Karel Svoboda, Czech composer of popular music (b. 1938)
  • 2007-04-09 Egon Bondy, Czech philosopher and writer (b. 1930)
  • 2007-10-24 Petr Eben, Czech organ composer (b. 1929)
  • 2007-12-28 Jiří Pauer, Czech composer, dies at 88
  • 2008-06-11 Miroslav Dvořák, Czechoslovak ice hockey player, dies at 56
  • 2009-01-14 Jan Kaplický, British architect of Czech origin, dies at 71
  • 2010-05-09 Otakar Motejl, Czechoslvakian politician, dies at 77
  • 2010-05-24 Petr Muk, Czech composer, musician, performer, and singer (b. 1965)
  • 2010-11-30 Peter Hofmann, Czech-born German operatic tenor (b. 1944)
  • 2011-02-26 Arnošt Lustig, Czech writer (b. 1926)
  • 2011-03-21 Ladislav Novák, Czech footballer (b. 1931)
  • 2011-11-10 Ivan Martin Jirous, Czech poet (b. 1944)
  • 2012-01-03 Josef Skvorecky, Czech writer & publisher, dies at 87
  • 2015-06-06 Ludvik Vaculik, Czech writer (Two Thousand Words), dies at 88
  • 2016-03-18 Jan Nemec, Czech film director (Diamonds of the Night), dies at 79