Anniversary of the Memorandum of the Slovak Nation Date in the current year: June 7, 2016

Anniversary of the Memorandum of the Slovak Nation Anniversary of the Memorandum of the Slovak nation is an official remembrance day in Slovakia observed on June 7 each year. Remembrance days in Slovakia are working days.

The Memorandum of the Slovak nation was one of the most important documents in the history of the Slovak national movement, which began to emerge in the late 18th century. At the time, the territory of Slovakia was ruled by the Hungary.

The Memorandum was a political program adopted by the Slovak National Assembly on June 7, 1861. It defined key requirements of the Slovak people for asserting their national identity. The Memorandum required the establishment of a separate administrative area inhabited by Slovaks, where they would be able to use the Slovak language in all spheres of public life.

The Memorandum was submitted to the Hungarian Diet and then directly to the Emperor. However, the Emperor rejected the principles stated in the document. Even so, the Memorandum was extremely important for the development of the Slovak national identity. Its program was the main program for addressing the Slovak question until the dissolution of Austro-Hungary. For example, the Slovak National Party based its political program on the Memorandum.

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