22nd and 23rd of April 1990.
First multiparty elections in Croatia
These are the dates of the first multiparty elections in Croatia which were won by the Croatian Democratic Union (HDZ).
28th of April 1991
On 28th of April 1991, the Fourth guard brigade ZNG RH “Spiders” was founded.
29th of April 1991
On 29th of April 1991, the Third guard brigade ZNG RH “Mustelidae” was founded.
1st of May 1995
Anniversary of the beginning of the military operation Flash
By the 4th of May, western Slavonia and Posavina were liberated – the UN Sector Wapad (about 600 km2), and highway Zagreb – Lipovac was placed under the supervision of Croatian forces.
2nd of May 1991
Anniversary of the of the massacre in Borovo Selo
After imprisoning two and wounding two Croatian policemen the day before, Serbian terrorists killed 12 and wounded 8 Croatian policemen in Borovo Selo near Vukovar. Croatian police officer Franko Lisica was killed in Polači near Zadar on the same day.
2nd of May 1995
Anniversary of the the death of Rudolf Perešin
Rudolf Perešin is one of the most famous Croatian Air Force pilots. He is remembered mostly for his words: “I am a Croatian, I can not and I will not shoot at my own people”, which he uttered after he defected to Austria by JNA plane. After returning to Croatia, Rudolf Perešin became the commander of the first hunter squadron. Perešin and his squadron conducted a number of combat flights in all actions and operations of the Croatian Army, and defended Zagreb and the Croatian airspace. During Operation Flash on May 2nd 1995 by Stara Gradiska his MiG was hit. Two years later his remains were handed over to his family. He was buried at The Mirogoj Cemetery in Zagreb. He was posthumously awarded the rank of Brigadier. The name of the legendary Croatian pilot is proudly carried by the Aeronautical Technical School in Velika Gorica, and the Air Force school in Zadar, since 1998.
2nd and 3rd of May 1995
Rocket Attacks on Croatian Cities
As a retaliation to Operation Bljesak, the Serbian leadership commanded the rocket attack on Croatian cities. The capital of Zagreb was attacked, in which cluster bombs hit the children’s hospital, the gymnasium, the Academy of Dramatic Art and other civilian objects. Seven people were killed and 176 civilians were wounded.
13th of May 1990
The beginning of the decommissioning of the Yugoslav sports league
Due to the extensive riots at the stadium and the conflicts between Croatian and Serbian sports fan, Yugoslavia’s first soccer league match between Dinamo and Crvena zvezda was interrupted, marking the beginning of the decommissioning of joint Yugoslav sports liga. After the “milicija” (the police) intervened only towards the Croatian fans, footballer Dino Zvonimir Boban, the future captain of the Croatian national team, physically opposed the police repression.
14th of May 1991
Weapons Confiscated to Croatia
According to the Order of the Federal Secretariat for National Defense from Belgrade, within the next ten days, the Armed Forces of Territorial Defense confiscated weapons and placed them in the JNA warehouses
15th of May 1991
On 15th of May 1991, the Second guard brigade ZNG RH “Thunders” was founded.
2nd of January 1992
On 2nd of January 1992, Sarajevo Ceasefire was signed, agreement on a complete ceasefire in Croatia (Vance Plan) and the arrival of the United Nations in the occupied territories. On the Croatian side, it was signed by Defense Minister Gojko Susak, and on behalf of the JNA General Andrija Raseta. Sarajevo Ceasefire came into force on 3rd of January at 18 o’clock and marked the end of the first stage of Homeland War.
15th of January 1992
The Republic of Croatia International Recognition Day
The European Union (Austria, Belgium, Denmark, France, Greece, Italy, Luxemburg, the Netherlands, Germany, Portugal, Spain and the Great Britain) recognised the Republic of Croatia as an independent and sovereign state on 15th January 1992.
15th of January 1998
The Peaceful Reintegration of the Croatian Danube Region
The Peaceful Reintegration of the Croatian Danube Region started 15th January 1996 and ended 15th January 1998. During that process occupied territories of eastern Slavonia, Baranja and western Srijem were returned into the Republic of Croatia constitutional order.
22nd of January 1993
Operation Pirate, publicly known as Operation Maslenica, started 22nd January and ended 27th January 1993. The part of the Velebit range and the Zadar hinterland was liberated and a link between northern and southern Croatia, interrupted since September 1991, was established.
25th of January 1991
What is the Truth About the HDZ Arming of Croatia
On 25th of January 1991 Croatian television aired a show “What is the Truth About the HDZ Arming of Croatia”. The show was prepeared by the Counter-Intelligence Service “JNA” in order to intorduce a state of emergency, which would legalise and legitimise actions of the JNA.
17th of February 1994
Anniversary of the death of Damir Tomljanović Gavran
February 17 marks the anniversary of the death of Damir Tomljanović Gavran, the legendary commander of the 2nd Infantry Battalion 1 GbR. (Tigers). Training Centre of Guard Airborne Infantry opened on 26th of July 1994. in Šepurine next to Zadar was named in his honor.
1st of March 1991
The Pakrac Rebellion, a date some consider to be the beginning of the Homeland War because it is the first armed conflict of the Croatian military forces and Serbian rebels. Croatian police officers prevented the plan of Serbian rebels aiming to occupy Pakrac and make it the center of SAO Krajina for western Slavonia.
10th of March 1991
Day of Croatian Defenders from Vukovar
Anniversary of the first line-up of unarmed detachments in Bogdanovci.
24th of March 1992
Organization for European Security and Cooperation
Croatia became a member of Organization for European Security and Cooperation.
31st of March 1991
The Special Units of the Croatian MI returned Plitvice National Park under the supervision of legal police forces. In an armed conflict with Serbian terrorists a policeman Josip Jovic was killed. He was the first Croatian victim of the war who fought to preserve the territorial integrity and constitutional order of Croatia.