Slovakian History (Part 2)

Historical Events

Hopman Cup

1998-01-10 Hopman Cup Tennis, Perth: Karina Habšudová & Karol Kučera beat French pair Mary Pierce & Cédric Pioline 6-3, 6-4 for a 2-1 win, and Slovakia's first title

  • 1998-02-01 Australian Open Men's Tennis: Petr Korda of Czechoslovakia wins his first and only Grand Slam event; beats Marcelo Rios of Chile 6-2, 6-2, 6-2
  • 2001-08-01 Bulgaria, Cyprus, Latvia, Malta, Slovenia and Slovakia join the European Environment Agency.

Federation Cup

2002-11-03 Federation Cup Women's Tennis, Gran Canaria, Spain: Janette Husárová beats Spaniard Arantxa Sánchez Vicario 6-0, 6-2 to give Slovakia their first title, 3-1

  • 2002-11-21 NATO invites Bulgaria, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Romania, Slovakia and Slovenia to become members.
  • 2002-12-13 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
  • 2004-01-10 Hopman Cup Tennis, Perth: Lindsay Davenport & James Blake beat Slovakian pair Daniela Hantuchová & Karol Kučera 6-2, 6-3 for a 2-1 win, and 3rd American title
  • 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.
  • 2005-01-08 Hopman Cup Tennis, Perth: Dominik Hrbatý beats Guillermo Coria of Argentina 6-4, 6-1 for an unassailable 2-0 lead, and 2nd Slovakian title

Summit of Interest

2005-02-23 Slovakia Summit 2005 begins; George W. Bush and Russian President Vladimir Putin attend - 1st visit of a sitting US President to Slovakia

  • 2005-12-04 94th Davis Cup: Croatia beats Slovak Republic in Bratislava (3-2)
  • 2006-01-19 A Slovak Air Force Antonov An-24 crashes in Hungary.
  • 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.
  • 2009-01-01 Slovakia officially adopts the Euro currency and becomes the sixteenth Eurozone country.
  • 2009-01-09 Hopman Cup Tennis, Perth: Dominik Hrbatý beats Russia's Marat Safin 6-7, 7-5, 7-6 for an unassailable 2-0 lead, and Slovakia's 3rd title

Australian Open Women's Tennis

2014-01-25 Australian Open Women's Tennis: Li Na of China becomes first Asian Australian champion; beats Dominika Cibulková of Slovakia 7-6, 6-0

  • 2014-02-09 Slovak biathlete Anastasiya Kuzmina retains her Olympic 7.5k sprint title (Vancouver 2010) at the Sochi Winter Games
  • 2014-03-29 Andrej Kiska is elected President of Slovakia

Sports History

2016-10-30 Slovak tennis star Dominika Cibulková beats Germany's Angelique Kerber 6-3, 6-4 to win the WTA Finals title decider in Kallang, Singapore

  • 2018-03-15 Slovakia’s prime minister Robert Fico resigns amid crisis after the murder of a journalist Jan Kuciak investigating mafia connections
  • 2019-03-30 Zuzana Caputova elected President of Slovakia, the country's first female head of state
  • 2019-07-28 106th Tour de France: 22 year old Egan Bernal becomes first ever Colombian and Latin American winner; Points champion: Peter Sagan of Slovakia

Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 101 - 200 of 217

  • 1941-03-27 Ivan Gašparovič, President of Slovakia (2004-14), born in Poltár, Slovak Republic
  • 1942-05-03 Věra Čáslavská, Czech gymnast (7 Olympic gold 1964, 68), born in Prague, Czechoslovakia (d. 2016)
  • 1942-07-26 Vladimír Mečiar, 1st and 3rd Prime Minister of Slovakia, born in Zvolen, Slovakia
  • 1943-05-07 Peter Horak, stuntman (Star Trek: Voyager), born in Prague, Czechoslovakia (d. 2017)
  • 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
  • 1944-04-12 Karel Kryl, Czechoslovak folk singer, born in Kroměříž, Protectorate of Bohemia and Moravia (d. 1994)
  • 1945-05-05 Jiří Svoboda, Czech director and politician (2nd Chairman of the Communist Party of Czechoslovakia), born in Kladno, Protectorate of Bohemia and Moravia
  • 1945-07-10 Peter Michalica, Slovak violinist, born in Kremnica, Slovakia
  • 1945-09-06 Petr Novák, Czech musician (George and Beatovens, Flamengo), born in Prague, Czechoslovakia (d. 1997)
  • 1946-03-01 Jan Kodeš, Czech tennis player (French Open 1970-71, Wimbledon 1973), born in Prague, Czechoslovakia

Ivan Reitman

1946-10-27 Ivan Reitman, Slovak-Canadian director and producer (Stripes; Ghostbusters; Dave; Private Parts), born in Komárno, Slovakia (d. 2022)

  • 1946-12-13 Radim Hladík, Czech guitarist (The Blue Effect), born in Prague, Czechoslovakia (d. 2016)
  • 1946-12-23 Edita Gruberova, Slovak operatic soprano, born in Bratislava, Slovakia (d. 2021)
  • 1947-01-29 Marián Varga, Slovak musician (Prúdy), born in Skalica, Czechoslovakia (d. 2017)
  • 1947-03-15 Juraj Kukura, Slovak actor (Traffik; It's Better to Be Wealthy and Healthy Than Poor and Ill), born in Prešov, Slovakia
  • 1947-04-12 Antonin Kratochvil, Czech-American photojournalist (VII Photo Agency), born in Litoměřice, Czechoslovakia
  • 1947-12-06 Miroslav Vitouš, Czech jazz bassist (Weather Report), born in Prague, Czechoslovakia
  • 1948-04-17 Jan Hammer, Czech-American rock keyboardist (Mahavishnu Orchestra; Jeff Beck), and composer ("Miami Vice Theme"), born in Prague, Czechoslovakia
  • 1948-09-26 Vladimír Remek, Czech politician and cosmonaut (Soyuz 28), born in České Budějovice, Czechoslovakia
  • 1949-02-20 Ivana Trump (née Zelníčková), Czech-American model and ex-wife of Donald Trump (1st Wives Club), born in Gottwaldov, Moravia, Czechoslovak Republic (d. 2022)
  • 1951-01-22 Ondrej Nepela, Slovak figure skater (Olympic gold men's singles 1972; World C'ships gold 1971, 72, 73), born in Bratislava, Slovakia (d. 1989)
  • 1951-10-11 Miroslav Dvořák, Czech ice hockey defenseman (World C'ship gold 1976, 77; Olympic silver 1976; Philadelphia Flyers, TJ Motor České Budějovice), born in Hluboká nad Vltavou, Czech Republic (d. 2008)
  • 1954-09-02 Andrej Babiš, Czech businessman and politician, Prime Minister of Czech republic (2017-), born in Bratislava, Czechoslovakia
  • 1954-10-24 Jozef Ráž, Slovak musician and singer, born in Bratislava, Czechoslovakia
  • 1955-02-04 Mikuláš Dzurinda, Slovak Prime minister
  • 1956-04-25 Jaroslava Schallerová, Hungarian actress (Valerie and Her Week of Wonders), born in Prague, Czechoslovakia

Peter Šťastný

1956-09-18 Peter Šťastný, Slovak-Canadian Hockey HOF center (2nd-highest NHL scorer 1980s, after Wayne Gretzky; World C'ship gold 1976, 77; Canada Cup gold 1984; Quebec Nordiques, NJ Devils, St. Louis Blues), born in Bratislava, Slovakia

Ivan Lendl

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

  • 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
  • 1962-04-13 Hillel Slovak, Israeli musician (What Is This?, 1980-85; Red Hot Chili Peppers, 1982-87), born in Haifa, Israel (d. 1988)
  • 1963-08-03 Libor Pimek, tennis star, born in Most, Czechoslovakia
  • 1963-09-14 Jaromir Dragan, Slovak ice hockey goalie (1992 Winter Olympics Bronze), born in Liptovský Mikuláš, Slovakia
  • 1964-05-25 Ivan Bella, Slovak cosmonaut who was the 1st Slovak citizen to fly in space, born in Brezno, Czechoslovakia
  • 1964-09-15 Róbert Fico, Slovak Prime minister (2006-10, 2012-18), born in Topoľčany, Slovakia
  • 1964-12-09 Petr Briza, hockey goalie (Team Czech Rep), born in Prague, Czechoslovakia
  • 1965-01-04 Jergus Baca, Liptovsky Mikulas CZE, IHL defenseman (Team Slovakia 98)
  • 1965-04-09 Paulina Porizkova, Czech-born Swedish American supermodel (Sports Illustrated), born in Prostejov, Czechoslovakia
  • 1965-06-05 Edward Hartman, Slovakian hockey goalie (Team Slovakia), born in Skalica, Czechoslovakia
  • 1965-06-22 Ľubomír Moravčík, Slovakian footballer
  • 1966-02-28 Jan Varholik, Kosice CZE, hockey defenseman (Team Slovakia)
  • 1966-04-04 Stanislav Medrik, Olympic ice hockey defenseman (Team Slovakia), born in Nitra, Slovakia
  • 1967-12-07 Václav Chalupa, Czech rower (Henley Royal Regatta 1989, Olympic silver 1992), born in Jindřichův Hradec, Czechoslovakia
  • 1968-01-06 Vlastimil Plavucha, Slovak hockey forward (Team Slovakia), born in Banská Bystrica, Slovakia
  • 1968-01-23 Lubomir Kolnik, Czech hockey forward (Team Slovakia, Espoo), born in Nitra, Slovakia
  • 1968-01-23 Petr Korda, Czech tennis player (Australian Open 1998), born in Prague, Czechoslovakia
  • 1968-02-03 Frantisek Kucera, NHL defenseman (Vanc Canucks, Olympic gold 1998), born in Prague, Czechoslovakia
  • 1968-02-05 Regina Rajchitova, Czech tennis star, born in Czechoslovak Socialist Republic
  • 1968-11-18 Lubomir Sekeras, Liptovsky CZE, hockey defenseman (Team Slovakia)
  • 1969-01-02 Róbert Švehla, Slovak NHL defenceman (Florida Panthers 573 games; Slovakia 44 games), born in Martin, Slovakia
  • 1970-06-27 Petra Langrová, tennis star (1995 Palermo doubles), born in Prostějov, Czechoslovakia
  • 1970-08-14 Slava Dosedel, Czech tennis star, born in Přerov, Czechoslovakia
  • 1970-10-14 Daniela Pestova [Chameleon], model (1995 SI/L'Oreal), born in Prague, Czechoslovakia
  • 1970-12-26 Radka Zrubakova, Slovakian tennis star (1994 Futures-GER), born in Bratislava, Slovakia
  • 1971-09-08 Ján Pardavý, Slovak hockey forward (Team Slovakia), born in Trenčín, Czechoslovakia
  • 1972-02-18 Lubomir Rybovic, Slovakian hockey forward (Team Slovakia), born in Spišská Nová Ves, Slovakia
  • 1972-05-05 Žigmund Pálffy, Slovak NHL right wing (NY Islanders), born in Skalica, Czechoslovakia
  • 1972-05-24 Viktor Ujčík, Czech hockey player (Team Czech Rep), born in Jihlava, Czechoslovakia
  • 1972-06-20 Jozef Stumpel, Nitra CZE, NHL forward (Team Slovakia, Boston)
  • 1972-07-20 Jozef Stümpel, Slovak NHL forward (Boston Bruins, LA Kings), born in Nitra, Czechoslovakia
  • 1972-08-30 Pavel Nedvěd, Czech football player (Lazio, Juventus), born in Cheb, Czechoslovakia
  • 1972-09-02 Katarina Studenikova, Bratislava Slovak Rep, tennis star
  • 1972-10-08 Stanislav Varga, Slovakian footballer (Slovan Bratislava), born in Lipany, Czechoslovakia
  • 1973-02-02 Radka Bobkova, tennis star (quarter Bournemouth), born in Prague, Czechoslovakia
  • 1973-03-09 David Prinosil, German tennis star (1995 ATP Newport), born in Olomouc, Czechoslovakia
  • 1973-03-10 Eva Herzigova, Czech supermodel (Guess Jeans, Wonderbra), born in Litvinov, Czechoslovakia
  • 1973-06-21 Zuzana Čaputová, Slovakian politician and activist, President of Slovakia (2019-), born in Bratislava., Czechoslovakia
  • 1973-06-25 Milan Hnilicka, Czech hockey goaltender (Team Czech Olympic gold 1998), born in Litoměřice, Czechoslovakia
  • 1973-07-05 Michal Sýkora, Czech NHL defenseman (San Jose Sharks, Olympic gold 1998), born in Pardubice, Czechoslovakia
  • 1973-07-26 Lenka Kotková [Šarounová], Czech astronomer and discoverer of minor planets, born in Dobřichovice, Czechoslovakia
  • 1973-08-02 Karina Habsudova, Slovak tennis player (1995 Futures Czech), born in Bojnice, Slovakia
  • 1973-10-26 Róbert Petrovický, Slovak NHL forward (Team Slovakia, Dallas), born in Košice, Czechoslovakia
  • 1973-11-10 Patrik Berger, Czech footballer, born in Prague, Czechoslovakia
  • 1974-02-11 Jaroslav Špaček, Czech NHL defenseman (Team Czech Olympic gold 1998), born in Rokycany, Czechoslovakia
  • 1974-03-04 Karol Kucera, Slovakian tennis star (1995-Rosmalen), born in Bratislava Slovakia
  • 1974-04-12 Roman Hamrlik, Czech ice hockey defenseman (Lightning, Olympic gold 1998), born in Gottwaldov, Czechoslovakia
  • 1974-04-25 Libor Procházka, Czech ice hockey defenseman (Team Czech Olympic gold 1998), born in Vlašim, Czechoslovakia
  • 1974-06-09 Jana Nejedly, Canadian tennis player (Olympics 1996), born in Prague, Czechoslovakia
  • 1974-10-12 Miroslav Šatan, Slovak ice hockey forward (World C'ship gold 2002 captain; Stanley Cup 2009 Pittsburgh Penguins; NHL All Star 2000, 03), born in Jacovce, Slovakia
  • 1974-11-29 Pavol Demitra, Slovak NHL right wing (Ottawa Senators, Blues), born in Dubnica nad Váhom, Slovakia (d. 2011)
  • 1976-01-06 Richard Zednik, NHL forward (Team Slovakia, Wash), born in Banská Bystrica, Czechoslovakia
  • 1976-04-20 Lenka Němečková, Czech tennis star (1993 Futures-Maribor-SLO), born in Brno, Czechoslovakia
  • 1976-08-11 Ľubomír Višňovský, Slovak ice hockey defenseman (Team Slovakia, Los Angeles Kings, Edmonton Oilers), born in Topoľčany, Czechoslovakia
  • 1977-03-07 Ludmila Richterova, Czech tennis star (1995 Bournemouth), born in Kosice, Slovakia
  • 1977-03-18 Zdeno Chára, Slovak ice hockey player
  • 1977-08-08 Szilard Nemeth, Slovak footballer
  • 1977-10-27 Jiří Jarosík, Czech footballer, born in Ústí nad Labem, Czechoslovakia
  • 1978-01-04 Dominik Hrbatý, Slovakian tennis player, born in Bratislava, Slovakia
  • 1978-04-01 Miroslava Vavrinec, Swiss tennis player (married to Roger Federer), born in Bojnice, Slovakia
  • 1978-05-08 Sandra Kleinova, Czech tennis star (1995 Futures-Turku-FIN), born in Prague, Czechoslovakia
  • 1978-11-22 Magdalena Grzybowska, Polish tennis star (1995 Futures Slovakia), born in Poznań, Poland
  • 1978-12-15 Henrietta Nagyová, Slovakian tennis player (9 WTA, 9 ITF titles), born in Nové Zámky, Slovakia
  • 1979-02-02 Petra Cada, Canadian table tennis player (Olympics 1996), born in Prague, Czechoslovakia
  • 1979-04-23 Yana Gupta, Czech actress and author (How To Love Your Body And Get The Body You Love), born in Brno, Czechoslovakia
  • 1979-05-16 Barbara Nedeljakova, Slovak horror movie actress (Hostel), born in Banská Bystrica, Czechoslovakia
  • 1979-06-24 Petra Němcová, Czechoslovakian-born model, born in Karviná, Czechoslovakia
  • 1979-09-07 Pavol & Peter Hochschorner, Slovak slalom canoists, born in Bratislava, Czechoslovakia
  • 1980-09-12 Josef Vašíček, Czech ice hockey player, born in Havlíčkův Brod, Czechoslovakia

Famous Deaths