Anniversary of the Declaration of the Slovak Nation Date in the current year: October 30, 2016

Anniversary of the Declaration of the Slovak Nation The Slovaks annually celebrate Anniversary of the Declaration of the Slovak Nation on October 30. This memorial day was established to celebrate the anniversary of official joining of the Slovaks to Czechoslovakia.

By the end of World War I the concept of the future Czechoslovakia was outlined. Edvard Beneš, Tomáš Masaryk and Milan Rastislav Štefánik, who were the most influential Czech and Slovak leaders at that time, managed to create the Czechoslovak National Council.

The plan of creation of Czechoslovakia was officially presented in Geneva in 1915 and the leaders of the Allies nations signed a joint declaration on emigration organization of the Czechs and the Slovaks. The final agreement was signed on May 31, 1918 in Pittsburgh.

Czechoslovakia officially declared its independence on October 28, 1918, but Slovakia wasn't part of it. The Slovak nation issued the corresponding declaration in the city of Martin on October 30, 1918, thus officially joining Czechoslovakia.

Anniversary of this event is annually observed as one of the remembrance days in Slovakia.

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