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Anniversaries

Carte rouge – The Ethnographic map of Hungary

Recognizing that Hungary would finish World War I on the losing side and probably be forced to accept the disadvantageous consequences of a prospective peace treaty, from 1918 onwards the entire Hungarian academic community united their efforts to provide scientifically grounded arguments to support Hungary's standpoint. The multidisciplinary academic team led and supervised by the internationally acclaimed geographer, Pál Teleki had produced a vast number of maps and documents on various subjects ranging from ethnography, to economics and political relations.

Published on - 2020-08-12 10:00:00
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Diplomatic relations between Hungary and the Vatican established 100 years ago

Formation of strong ties between Hungary and the Holy See served as a prerequisite of Hungary's accession to the community of Christian Europe more than 1000 years ago. One of the major steps towards this goal was when Pope Silvester II formally acknowledged Hungary as a sovereign Christian kingdom and legend has it that he personally sent the Holy Crown to the First King of Hungary, St. Stephen I. In the 20th century, it was Count Mihály Károlyi's government that had first attempted to establish diplomatic relations with the Vatican, but eventually – owing to the turbulent historical circumstances of the time – the official opening of diplomatic relations was delayed until the early Horthy era.

Published on - 2020-07-24 10:34:00
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Trianon 100 – High hopes and expectations – Hungary's accession to the League of Nations

Hungary's political leadership had had the intention to join the League of Nations – an international organization established in 1919 – even before the Treaty of Trianon was settled. The government addressed the Chair of the Paris Peace Conference in February 1920 expressing Hungary's desire for accession. The request, however, was heavily opposed by League of Nations members until Hungary had signed and ratified the Treaty.

Published on - 2020-07-15 10:04:00
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György Gyurikovits, renowned book collector born 240 years ago

György Gyurikovits, a judge, legal historian, corresponding member of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, famous book collector and parliamentary envoy was born on 12 July 1780. His bequest of manuscripts is now a unique and valuable part of the holdings of the Library of Parliament.

Published on - 2020-07-14 11:03:00
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The International Court of Justice established 75 years ago

The International Court of Justice (ICJ), is one of the six principal organs of the United Nations (UN). It settles disputes between states and gives advisory opinions on international legal issues referred to it by the UN. Its opinions and rulings serve as sources of international law. We now remember its establishment 75 years ago.

Published on - 2020-07-04 10:00:00
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Trianon 100 – Count Apponyi and the Trianon Peace Conference

Count Albert Apponyi was undoubtedly one of the most important political figures in Hungary's struggle for the alleviation of the severe measures stated in the Treaty of Trianon. However he had also been a widely respected and internationally well-known actor in the Hungarian political scene well before the Paris Peace Conference, having filled a whole range of political posts from a Member of Parliament (in the Lower as well as in the Upper House) to a party leader and government minister. He was particularly acclaimed as a highly talented public speaker making him the best possible candidate for representing Hungary at the Conference.

Published on - 2020-07-03 10:32:00
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Charter of the United Nations signed 75 years ago

The term "United Nations" was coined by Franklin D. Roosevelt, former president of the U.S. It was first used in 1942 by the 26 allied countries when they undertook the difficult task to bring the Axis powers to their knees. The Charter of the UN had been worked out and signed by the representatives of 50 nations at a UN conference between April and June 1945. Poland was not represented at the conference but later also signed the document, thus the total number of signatories is 51. 26 June 1945, the day when the Charter was formally approved marks the birth of the United Nations Organization.

Published on - 2020-06-25 06:38:00
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Károly Panka former director of the Library of Parliament died 50 years ago

Károly Panka was born on 30 July 1882 in Pécska (now Romania). After his graduation as a lawyer from the University of Kolozsvár (now Cluj-Napoca, Romania), he completed his doctorate on public administration in 1910. He started working for the House of Representatives in 1903 as a civil servant and stayed with the institution until his retirement 37 years later. For 34 years he had served as a librarian during which time he had held the title of the director for 13 years.

Published on - 2020-06-22 03:34:00
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Reopening of the Budapest Stock Exchange 30 years ago

The stock market is one of the most important ways for companies to raise money, allowing businesses to be publicly traded, and raise additional financial capital for expansion by selling shares of ownership of the company in a public market. In Hungary the Stock Exchange – originally established in 1864 – was reopened in 1990 after a several decade-long pause during the years of state-socialism. Remembering the anniversary, we summarise the 150-year-old history of the institution.

Published on - 2020-06-17 12:29:00
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Aladár Körösfői-Kriesch, acclaimed Hungarian master of art nouveau died 100 years ago

Aladár Körösfői-Kriesch (29 October 1863 – 16 June 1920), prominent painter and designer of art nouveau style had been the student of widely celebrated artists of the time such as Bertalan Székely and Károly Lotz at the famous Design Drawing School (predecessor of today's University of Fine Arts in Budapest). In 1894 he attended the Julian Academy, during which period he took study trips all across Italy and Spain. We are now remembering his life and career.

Published on - 2020-06-16 11:09:00
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A Hungarian renaissaince man from Transylvania - Rememberin Miklós Bánffy

Miklós Bánffy, Count of Losonc (30 December 1873 – 6 June 1950) writer, graphic artist, stage and costume designer, theatre director, politician, member of parliament and even minister of foreign affairs was born in Kolozsvár (now Cluj, Romania) into one of the most influential Hungarian noble families of the era. Many of his ancestors – dating back to several centuries – have served as the country's highest ranking officials and as such were wealthy and powerful. We now remember the life and career of this remarkable renaissance man of multiple talents.

Published on - 2020-06-08 11:18:00
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The Treaty of Trianon signed 100 years ago

The Treaty of Trianon, resulting in a massive loss of historical Hungary's territories was signed 100 years ago, on 4 June 1920. The allied powers have completely redrawn the map of Central Europe when they came to the decision that neither the Austro-Hungarian Monarchy, nor the borders of historical Hungary shall remain intact.

Published on - 2020-06-04 10:19:00
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500 éve született Christoffel Plantin

Published on - 2020-05-20 11:00:00
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Az állami tisztviselők első nyugdíjtörvénye

135 years ago, on May 13 1885, Franz Josef I of Austria, King of Hungary signed Act XI of 1885 on the Retirement Pension Paid to Civil Servants, which was promulgated on May 17 in the Hungarian statute-book. The act was the first attempt in the country to comprehensively regulate state pensions to be paid to Hungarian public employees.

Published on - 2020-05-13 10:11:00
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Schuman Declaration announced 70 years ago

Robert Schuman, Luxembourg-born French statesman had laid the foundations of the European Community when on 9 May 1950 in his famous declaration he announced the guiding principles of the establishment of a new post-war supranational institution that became known as the European Coal and Steel Community, the predecessor of today's European Union. Remembering this important date in the EU's history, we celebrate Europe Day on 9 May each year. The Schuman Declaration was presented to the public 70 years ago.

Published on - 2020-05-08 11:04:00
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Opening of the democratic transition's first parliamentary session in Hungary

Thirty years ago, after fourty decades of state socialism in Hungary, on 2 May 1990​, the first democratically elected parliamentary session was formally opened.

Published on - 2020-05-02 10:00:00
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Péter Veres, outstanding Hungarian fork writer dies 50 years ago

A major figure of the Hungarian people's movement, Péter Veres, writer and politician was born on 6 January 1897 in Balmazújváros. Originating from a peasant family he had profound knowledge and experience in rural life and was very much familiar with the economic hardship so ubiquitous in that environment. However, as a person of letters, he possessed all the tools and brio to draw public attention to the sufferings Hungarian peasantry.

Published on - 2020-04-16 03:54:00
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Budapest Public Works Council established 150 years ago

Thanks to the favourable economic environment created by the Austro-Hungarian Compromise of 1867, vigorous efforts to modernize the infrastructure and townscape of Budapest started to take shape as early as 1868. Gyula Andrássy then prime minister had established an "Embellishment Committee" in order to develop and truly unify Buda-Óbuda and Pest. This Committee, which became known as the Budapest Public Works Council launched major construction projects all over the city as a part of which also formed administrative and industrial districts within Budapest.

Published on - 2020-04-14 12:17:00
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Remembering Jusztinián Serédi, scholar of canon law, archbishop of Esztergom, member of Upper House

Jusztinán Serédi was born on 24 April 1884 as the tenth child of the Szapucsek family. He was ordained as a monk and upon ordination received the surname of his predecessor, Jusztinián Hollósy astronomer and member of the academy. After graduation he continued his studies in Rome, where he became deeply involved in canon law, which profoundly shaped his future work as well as his world view and eventually made him a widely respected scholar and one of the most influential personalities within the Hungarian Catholic Church.

Published on - 2020-04-09 10:19:00
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Gusztáv Szászy-Schwarz scholar of private law died 100 year ago

Gusztáv Schwarz, internationally acclaimed scholar of private law was born on 1 January 1859 in Pest. He changed his name to Szászy-Schwarz in 1911 on the occasion of receiving the title of nobility.

Published on - 2020-04-08 12:29:00
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Tibor Joó, writer and philosopher died 75 years ago

Though lost in oblivion for decades, Tibor Joó was one of the most remarkable philosopher of history in Hungary. On the occasion of the 75th anniversary of his death, we remember his life and times.

Published on - 2020-03-30 12:07:00
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On the threshold of transition – Landmark elections of 1990 in Hungary

Thirty years ago, after fourty decades of state socialism in Hungary, on 25 March 1990, the first round of a free, democratic parliamentary elections took place.

Published on - 2020-03-25 04:09:00
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The man who reshaped public administration – Remembering Zoltán Magyary

The most renowned and internationally acclaimed Hungarian scholar of public administration, Zoltán Magyary was among the first in the world to recognize that in modern societies organization and administrative processes prevail over purely legal considerations, thus organizing public administration requires complex and multidisciplinary skills and experiences. His revolutionary school has fundamentally reshaped the future generations' thinking about public administration.

Published on - 2020-03-24 12:27:00
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Ferenc Finkey, prominent scholar of criminal law born 150 years ago

The renowned legal scholar, Ferenc Finkey – born 150 years ago – had earned country-wide recognition for his professional achievement in the field of material criminal law as well as his struggle for humane law-enforcement. Along with his professional peers he played a major role in laying the foundations of academic-level penology in Hungary.

Published on - 2020-01-30 03:35:00
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Works of renowned Hungarian legal scholar now available online

All the works of well-known Hungarian legal scholar, Pál Angyal – available in our library's holdings – have recently gone online. We now remember the life and career of this widely acclaimed lecturer and author of criminal law.

Published on - 2020-01-20 09:52:00
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Remembering Margaret of Hungary

On the occasion of the 750th anniversary of Margaret of Hungary's death, we draw your attention to related Latin and Hungarian books from our Rare Books and Manuscripts Collection.

Published on - 2020-01-17 12:39:00
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International Labour Organization Celebrates Centenary

The International Labour Organization was created in 1919, as part of the Treaty of Versailles that ended World War I, to reflect the belief that universal and lasting peace can be accomplished only if it is based on social justice. The original signatory countries to ILO were Belgium, Cuba, Czechoslovakia, France, Italy, Japan, Poland, the United Kingdom and the United States.

Published on - 2019-10-08 02:42:00
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One day – two emblematic events – 6 July 1989

30 years ago, on 6th July 1989, the Presidential Committee of the Hungarian Supreme Court acquitted Imre Nagy, Prime Minister of the 1956 revolution and his fellows on all charges brought against them in 1958 in an ungrounded criminal trial. Ironically, János Kádár, the defining political figure of an era that was actually hallmarked by these infamous court decisions died on the very same day at the age of 77.

Published on - 2019-07-05 10:53:00
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Hungary joined the EU 15 years ago

​During its thousand-year history the face of Europe has changed a lot. The new collaboration, formed in the middle of the 20th century, made it impossible for the continent's countries to launch another war as well as created an economic union that has been evolving and growing continuously ever since. We are celebrating the 15th anniversary of Hungary's accession to this community, the European Union.

Published on - 2019-04-30 10:00:00
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The Landerer & Hackenast Printing House and the Revolution of 1848

170 years ago, one of the emblematic moments of the 15 March Revolution in Hungary was the printing out of the first products of free press, the Nemzeti dal ("National Song") and the "Twelve Points" of the revolutionaries containing their demands. These printouts were produced by the famous Landerer & Hackenast Printing House that made history that day.

Published on - 2018-03-15 10:00:00
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Ambiguous General Görgei of revolutionary war of 1849 born 200 years ago

General Artúr Görgei, Minister of War and leader of Hungarian troops during the 1848-49 War of Independence was born on 30 January 1818. His figure and legacy were widely debated in contemporary Hungarian public discourse and remained so until his full rehabilitation in the 20th century.

Published on - 2018-01-30 15:00:00
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The lion's share of our Parliamentary Collection acquired 100 years ago

100 years ago, in 1917, the Library of Parliament purchased Pressburg judge and national assembly envoy, György Gyurikovits's bequest of Hungarian parliamentary documents from Ranschburg's bookshop. This unique and valuable part of the library holdings is now part of the Hungarian Parliamentary Collection.

Published on - 2017-12-13 12:54:00
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A tribute to the creator of the library's splendid wooden corbels

Endre Thék, one of the most acclaimed carpenter master of historicist style and the creator of the ornate wooden corbels in the library's main reading room was born 175 years ago.

Published on - 2017-11-28 13:02:00
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In remembrance of the birth of Reformation

The New Testament freshly translated by Martin Luther and published in 1522 together with the complete Bible lavishly illustrated with woodcuts published in 1534 soon gained unrivalled popularity in medieval Europe. Due to the invention of the printing press, the novel translation of the Holy Bible spread rapidly and became the touchstone for further national translations around the world. In our Rare Books and Manuscripts Collection we also preserve a copy of the original Luther Bible.

Published on - 2017-10-31 09:54:00
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Somló's influential work of legal dogmatics published 100 years ago

Bódog Somló's internationally acknowledged work, Juristische Grundlehre was published in German in 1917 by Felix Meiner's publishing company. The 500-page book on legal dogmatics is to this day one of the most authoritative works on the subject in Hungary.

Published on - 2017-10-05 12:52:00
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Celebrating librararies with their patron saint, Hieronymus

Sophronius Eusebius Hieronymus, one of the major scholars of his age, born around 347 a.d. translated all the books of Holy Bible from its original language into Latin. His translation, called the Vulgatae was treated by the Catholic Church as the default text of the Bible up until very recently. Hieronymus, whose day is 30th September, also serves as the patron saint of libraries and librarians.

Published on - 2017-10-02 08:55:00
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Foundation stone of Chain Bridge laid 175 years ago

175 years ago, on 24 August 1842, Archduke Joseph, Palatine of Hungary laid the foundation stone of the Pest bridge head of the future Chain Bridge that later became the first permanent river bridge in Hungary.

Published on - 2017-08-24 12:49:00
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Wekerle's third administration started 100 years ago

A royal manuscript dated 20 August appointed Sándor Wekerle (1848-1921) as prime minister, following which the third Wekerle administration started its work among the havoc of the Great War and the collapse of the Austro-Hungarian Morarchy.

Published on - 2017-08-23 13:22:00
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Social Sciences Section of the Association of Hungarian Librarians celebrates 40th jubilee

The Social Sciences Section of the Association of Hungarian Librarians was established in 1977 with founding president, Gábor Vályi, the then director of the Library of Parliament. The Section's main objective is to build and nurture successful professional relationships with libraries, public collections and other related organizations. Its leadership has been ever since planning and coordinating its programmes in this spirit, be it a library visit or a professional conference on current issues of librarianship.

Published on - 2017-06-21 14:20:00
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Celebrating Budapest as our capital city

In 1892 Budapest was granted the title of capital town by Franz Joseph, the then king of Hungary, which meant it was raised to equal rank with Vienna, the formerly privileged capital town of the Austro-Hungarian Monarchy.

Published on - 2017-06-15 16:00:00
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Remembering the 150th Anniversary of the Austro-Hungarian Compromise

The Austro Hungarian Compromise of 1867 is undoubtedly one of most defining events in the Hungarian history, yet - as the political, social and economic circumstances under which it was negotiated were highly versatile and complex - it is still prone to contradictory interpretations and provokes strong feelings on part of the Hungarian people. On 8 June, the day Franz Joseph I was crowned King of Hungary, we remembered the 150th Anniversary of the Compromise.

Published on - 2017-06-09 09:31:00
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Remembering Imre Nagy's re-interment

The re-interment of Imre Nagy and four other leading figures of the 1956 Revolution on 16th June 1989 proved to be one of the most elated moments in the course of democratic transition in Hungary. It may be so because it equally symbolized the wobbling of state socialist ideological foundations, the rebirth of the hopes lost after 1956 and the rehabilitation of all heroes of the Uprising.

Published on - 2016-06-16 14:55:00
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Remembering the Treaty of Trianon

The signing of the peace agreement of 1920 between the allies and the Kingdom of Hungary marked the beginning of a new era in the course of Hungarian history, as being one of the most tragic and painful events of the 20th century it had determined the country’s economic and political fate for decades and has palpable consequences even today.

Published on - 2016-06-03 08:26:00
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Celebrating the 150th anniversary of one-time House of Representatives

The idea of erecting a parliamentary building in Pest first emerged at the 1830 Pressburg assembly meeting. In 1843 Palatine Joseph assigned the planning job to Mihály Pollack, one of the most renown architects of the age but at the following assembly meeting deputies deemed his project too expensive thus rejected it. In 1845 a new international tender was called for, which eventually had to be cancelled due to the revolution of 1948. The new temporary House of Representative was finally constructed according to the plans of Miklós Ybl in 1865 and the Members of Parliament held their first session there in the same year on 14 April.

Published on - 2016-04-13 11:30:00
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Samuel Decsy died 200 years ago

Samuel Decsy, writer, editor, humanist and medical doctor was born on 2 January 1742, in Rimaszombat (Gömör County). He studied in Pressburg and Sárospatak, then - after winning church scholarships - attended German and Dutch universities graduating in humanities and medicine. Later he settled in Vienna and lived there until his death on 25 January 1816.

Published on - 2016-02-03 09:50:00
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Plósz Sándor (1846–1925)

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Published on - 2015-05-28 12:44:00
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Európa Napja

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Published on - 2015-05-11 09:35:00
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Szilágyi Dezső (1840-1901)

Published on - 2015-04-02 15:25:00
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Magyary Zoltán (1888-1945)

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Published on - 2015-03-23 13:37:00
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Kuncz Ödön (1884-1965)

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Published on - 2015-03-18 23:32:00
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Az első magyarországi népszámlálás elrendelése

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Published on - 2015-03-17 21:56:00
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Március 16.

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Published on - 2015-03-15 21:24:00
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Gróf Andrássy Gyula (1823-1890)

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Published on - 2015-02-18 14:32:00
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Moór Gyula (1888-1950)

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Published on - 2015-02-02 12:32:00
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Madarász József (1814-1915)

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Published on - 2015-01-26 14:05:00
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A Himnusz ügye az Országgyűlés előtt

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Published on - 2015-01-22 11:30:00
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Grecsák Károly (1854-1924)

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Published on - 2014-12-15 10:34:00
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175 éve született Steindl Imre

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Published on - 2014-10-31 14:39:00
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500 éves a Tripartitum

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Published on - 2014-10-17 16:32:00
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Az aradi vértanúk napja - Nemzeti gyásznap

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Published on - 2014-10-06 11:20:00
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Kolosváry Bálint (1875-1954)

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Published on - 2014-08-15 10:20:00
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100 éve kezdődött az I. világháború

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Published on - 2014-07-25 08:57:00
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ifj. Andrássy Gyula (1860-1929)

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Published on - 2014-06-11 08:11:00
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A Nemzeti Összetartozás Napja

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Published on - 2014-06-04 07:56:00
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Kossuth Ferenc (1841-1914)

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Published on - 2014-05-23 09:24:00
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Európa-nap

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Published on - 2014-05-08 10:08:00
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80 éve hunyt el Concha Győző

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Published on - 2014-04-06 22:35:00
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100 éve született Kovács Imre

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Published on - 2014-04-01 15:40:00
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Edvi Illés Károly (1842-1919)

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Published on - 2014-04-01 15:34:00
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Nőnap alkalmából: az első magyar női képviselő

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Published on - 2013-05-02 10:12:00
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Az állandó Országház tervei

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Published on - 2013-04-23 13:35:00
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