Spectator on facebook

Spectator on facebook

HISTORY TALKS...

Sučany–Milan Hodža’s home

IN THIS postcard dating from the late 1930s, Sučany in the Turiec region is shown – with the Malá Fatra mountains in the background, partially covered with snow.

IN THIS postcard dating from the late 1930s, Sučany in the Turiec region is shown – with the Malá Fatra mountains in the background, partially covered with snow.

The history of Sučany is connected with quite a number of interesting facts and two important ones are of note. The older of the two took place on July 21, 1624 when perhaps the grandest wedding in the entire Kingdom of Hungary during the 17th century occurred. The noble couple getting married, Kristína Nyáry and Mikuláš Eszterházy, were personally wed by Esztergom Archbishop Peter Pázmány in the presence of the Archbishop of Kalocsa, located south of Budapest.

More recently, Milan Hodža, an important individual in contemporary Slovak history, was born in Sučany in 1878. Hodža was well-educated, spoke eight languages and had a remarkable political career. Beginning in 1905, he was a deputy of the Hungarian parliament and from 1907 an adviser to Franz Ferdinand of Austria, presumptive heir to the throne of the Austro-Hungarian Empire.

Later, Hodža was a founder of the agrarian movement in Slovakia. During the first Czechoslovak Republic, he was a minister in several governments and served as prime minister in 1935-1938. After the Munich Agreement in late 1938, he lived in exile in Switzerland, France, and Great Britain and in the US after 1941, where he died in 1944. In 2002, his remains were brought back to Slovakia and laid to rest in the National Cemetery in Martin.

Top stories

Mendoza: A news story can change the world

Every journalist has the responsibility to take a story beyond their daily beat, says Martha Mendoza, one of the team of four women who won the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for Public Service for their “Seafood from Slaves”…

Martha Mendoza

Czech television recommends Islam is a hoax

Here is the overview of the hoaxes and fake news that appeared on the internet over the past week.

Former MP František Gaulieder killed by train

Former MP František Gaulieder, who once was illegally excluded from parliament by HZDS and its chairman, was killed by a train near the village of Trnovec nad Váhom (in Nitra Region) in the early hours of March 25.

František Gaulieder back in 1996 hwen he was excluded from parliament.

Slovakia beats Malta in World Cup qualification Video

The Slovak team beat Malta on March 26 evening at the Maltese stadium in Ta’Qali in their third consecutive winning qualification match.

Slovak rejoice after scoring a goal in Malta, March 25.