Anniversary of the Week
Prague-born Madeleine Albright became Secretary of State 25 years ago
Madeleine Albright became the first female Secretary of State on January 23, 1997. She now holds both the Order of the White Lion and the Presidential Medal of Freedom.
130 years ago, the father of Spejbl and Hurvínek was born
Humorous puppet shows with a confused “daddy” and a clever street man Hurvajz still entertain new generations. Puppet actor, artist Josef Skupa was at the birth.
January 1422: The Hussites led by Jan Žižka defeat the Second Crusade at Německý Brod
The failure of the Second Crusade led to the consolidation of the Hussite movement in the Czech lands. Until 1427, no army dared to invade Bohemia.
Oldest Czech ice swimming event held for 75th time
The Alfred Nikodém Memorial, held in the Vltava in Prague every St. Stephen’s Day, is named after a local who popularised ice swimming in prewar Czechoslovakia.
Contact lenses – 1961’s Christmas present to the world
Soft contact lenses were invented by Czech scientist Otto Wichterle around Christmas time in 1961. It was no easy feat.
Josef Bican, among football’s greatest scorers, died 20 years ago
Josef Bican scored more goals in competition than even Cristiano Ronaldo. His technique, speed and ‘sixth sense’ at the lime are the stuff of legend.
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