North Macedonian History

Historical Events

  • 1901-04-05 Under threats from the Ottoman Turkish Government, Bulgaria is forced to arrest the leaders of the Macedonian Committee
  • 1902-07-24 In Turkey, the Sultan Abdul-Hamid, under pressure from within the Ottoman Empire, appoints a commission to consider reforms that might pacify Macedonian revolutionaries
  • 1903-02-23 The Sultan agrees to an Austro-Russian plan to reform the government of Macedonia in yet another effort to stifle the rising disorder among the rival Bulgarian
  • 1903-08-02 Unsuccessful uprising of Macedonians against Turkey
  • 1908-03-12 The Pan-Macedonian group is formed in Athens to support the Greek Struggle for Macedonia

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1908-06-09 King Edward VII of Great Britain visits Tsar Nicholas II at Reval, Russia, where the two discuss the growing power of Germany and British plans for reform in Macedonia

  • 1908-07-05 Niazi Bey, a chief organizer of the revolutionary movement in Turkey, raises the standard of revolt at Resna, Macedonia
  • 1912-08-25 Different nationalities battle with each other in Macedonia
  • 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
  • 1916-08-17 Bulgarian offensive in Macedonia
  • 1941-04-19 Bulgarian troops invade Macedonia
  • 1991-09-08 Macedonia votes for independence from Yugoslavia
  • 1992-01-15 Bulgaria recognizes Macedonia
  • 1993-03-05 Fokker 100 crashes at Skopje Macedonia, 81 die
  • 1993-11-20 Jakovlev-42 crashes into mountain at Ohrid Macedonia, 116 killed
  • 1994-10-30 Leftist coalition wins Macedonian parliamentary election
  • 2001-08-01 An agreement is reached on the position of the minority Albanian language in the Republic of Macedonia
  • 2001-08-21 NATO decides to send a peace-keeping force to the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia.
  • 2004-02-26 Macedonian President Boris Trajkovski is killed in a plane crash near Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina.
  • 2008-07-10 Former Macedonian Interior Minister Ljube Boškoski is acquitted of all charges by a UN Tribunal accusing him of war crimes
  • 2009-09-21 Macedonia officially enters the recession after experiencing a drop in GDP of 0.9% in the first quarter, followed by 1.4% in the second quarter
  • 2015-05-09 A gun fight erupts in Macedonian town of Kumanovo between police and Albanian separatists adding to the government crisis
  • 2016-03-09 EU Migrant Crisis: Macedonia, Croatia and Slovenia close their borders to migrants trying to reach Northern Europe
  • 2018-06-17 Historic deal signed between Greece and Macedonia to end dispute over Macedonia's name - changing to North Macedonia
  • 2019-02-12 Republic of Macedonia officially changes it name to the Republic of North Macedonia to end long dispute with Greece

Famous Birthdays

  • 1872-02-04 Gotse Delchev, a great Macedonian revolutionary, (d. 1903)
  • 1917-05-03 Kiro Gligorov, 1st President of the Republic of Macedonia (1991-99), born in Štip, Kingdom of Serbia (d. 2012)
  • 1925-12-20 Vlastimir Nikolovski, Macedonian composer, born in Prileb, Macedonia (d. 2001)
  • 1931-11-10 Toma Prosev, Macedonian composer, born in Skopje
  • 1956-06-25 Boris Trajkovski, 2nd President of the Republic of Macedonia, born in Monospitovo, Strumica, SR Macedonia, Yugoslavia (d. 2004)
  • 1957-01-24 Vladimir "Vlatko" Stefanovski, Macedonian guitarist, born in Prilep
  • 1959-10-18 Milčo Mančevski, Macedonian film director and screenwriter
  • 1962-10-12 Branko Crvenkovski, 3rd President of Macedonia, born in Sarajevo, Yugoslavia
  • 1965-09-07 Darko Pančev, Macedonian footballer (won European Golden Boot Award 1991), born in Skopje, Macedonia, Yugoslavia
  • 1972-06-10 Radmila Šekerinska, Macedonian politician
  • 1976-07-25 Jovica Tasevski-Eternijan, Macedonian poet, born in Skopje, Republic of Macedonia
  • 1981-01-25 Tose Proeski, Macedonian Singer, born in Prilep, Macedonia (d. 2007)
  • 1983-07-27 Goran Pandev, Macedonian footballer (captain of the Macedonian national team), born in Strumica, Yugoslavia
  • 1986-04-12 Blerim Džemaili, Swiss footballer (Switzerland national team), born in Tetovo, Macedonia
  • 1986-04-27 Elena Risteska, Macedonian singer and songwriter, born in Skopje, Macedonia

Famous Deaths

  • 1903-05-04 Goce Delchev, a revolutionary from the Balkans - leader of the Internal Macedonian Revolutionary Organization (b. 1872)
  • 1943-06-13 Kočo Racin, Macedonian poet (b. 1908)
  • 2004-02-26 Boris Trajkovski, 2nd President of the Republic of Macedonia, dies at 47
  • 2004-07-01 Todor Skalovski, Macedonian composer (b. 1909)
  • 2007-10-16 Toše Proeski, Macedonian music star (b. 1981)
  • 2010-05-23 Gane Todorovoski, Macedonian literary critic, poet, & publicist (b. 1929)
  • 2012-01-01 Kiro Gligorov, 1st President of the Republic of Macedonia (1991-99), dies at 94