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Václav Havel president of Czechoslovakia

30 years ago Václav Havel president of Czechoslovakia Initially reluctant to accept the post, Václav Havel became president of Czechoslovakia on December 29, 1989, thus making history as the first president after the end of communism, and as a guide during the country’s difficult...

Civil society under siege

The non-profit organization world in the Czech Republic: from bedrock of democratic life to the target of the media and politicians The Velvet Revolution was driven and supported by those groups which are usually referred to as civil society (a perhaps slightly impolite term...

Josef Sekyra, the first Czechoslovakian at the South Pole

50 years ago Josef Sekyra, the first Czechoslovakian at the South Pole Between 1966 and 1967, the Czech geologist, speleologist and explorer Josef Sekyra participated in a scientific expedition of the Soviet Union conducted on the Queen Maud and Enderby lands, on the Antarctic...

The first Czech public power plant

130 years ago The first Czech public power plant The engineer and inventor František Křižík, the “Czech Edison”, as he was called, is the creator of the first public power plant on the Czech territory. Although the first power plants appeared in the region...

The assassination of Jan Opletal

80 years ago The assassination of Jan Opletal In 1939, the twenty-four-year-old Jan Opletal was a young student of The Faculty of Medicine in Prague. On October 28 of that year, on the anniversary of the founding of the Czechoslovak Republic, he was demonstrating...

The Human Safety Net is expanding in the Czech Republic

The Generali Group Foundation is functioning in this country for the prevention of neonatal asphyxia The Human Safety Net is a movement of people helping others, an “aid chain”. Those being helped, one day could help others… This will create an aid chain that...

90 years of Nepomuk College

This religious institution in Rome is a reference point for Czech citizens in the Eternal City College for young seminarians preparing for the mission as future Catholic priests, meeting point, centre of the religious, cultural and scientific life of the Czechs in the Italian...

In 1929 the Czech Jawa Moto started the production of motorcycles

90 years ago The Czech Jawa Moto started the production of motorcycles It was František Janeček who in 1929, in the Pankrác district of Prague, founded what is now the oldest Czech motorcycle company still in business. The first motorcycle model that the factory...

In 2009 the Národní technická knihovna was opening

10 years ago The Národní technická knihovna was opening The National Technical Library (NTK) celebrated its first 10 years of existence in September. Located in Prague, in the district of Dejvice, in a modern building considered among the most interesting, from an architectural point...

That century old swaying friendship between Rome and Prague

The prevailing Francophile tendencies in Czechoslovakia and the subsequent rise of fascism in Italy beset with obstacles the beginning of diplomatic relations between the two countries Although the first relations and exchanges in various areas between Italy and the Czech lands go back to...