The Slovenia Times

From Triglav to the Danube



Today, it is nearly impossible to imagine life without television. But it was only on August 4th, 1956 that the first public TV programme in Slovenia was broadcast with a temporary transmitter from the Economic Exhibition Grounds (Gospodarsko razstavisce) in Ljubljana. After all the materials were carried up to the top of Triglav, Slovenia's highest mountain, the famous Aljaz Tower was constructed in only five hours on August 7th, 1895. The 1.90-m tower, with its four little windows, had three small chairs, a visitors' book, a cooker and a painting inside. The tower was also equipped with telegraph, which enabled communication with Kredarica and Dovje. Unfortunately, Slovenian mountains, including Triglav, have also exacted their toll and taken the lives of many climbers. One of them was Klement Jug, who was killed on the north face of Triglav on August 11th, 1924. On the same day, 14 years later, the Ministerial Council of the Yugoslav Kingdom issued a decree that a Slovenian Academy of Science and Arts be founded. This was the third Yugoslav science academy and its six divisions were for history and social science; philological and literary sciences; mathematical, physical and technical sciences; natural science; art; and medical science. Another important Slovenian institution, the Ljubljana Exchange, was also established in August, more precisely on August 16th, 1924. The institution was the third largest of its kind in Yugoslavia. Under the banner, "For Peace, Friendship and Clean Water", Slovene marathon swimmer Martin Strel swam the river Danube from its source to its outfall at the Black Sea. He began the swim on 25th June 25th, 2000 and completed his 2,900-kilometre journey, and entered into the Guinness Book of Records, on August 21st, 2000. In August, the Gestapo arrested and detained three communists. After being tortured, Slava Klavora, Slavko Slander and Franjo Vrunc were then shot in the courtyard of the Maribor prison on August 24th, 1941. On the last day of August in 1589, Jurij Dalmatin, a Slovene Protestant, writer, poet and translator died. Dalmatin is best known for his 1584 translation of the Bible into Slovene. The book was initially printed in Ljubljana, but after the interdiction of printing, the Bible was printed in Wittenberg and then smuggled into Slovenia in barrels.


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