The Siege of Medvėgalis

On February 1, 1329, King John of Bohemia captured Medvėgalis — an important fortress of the pagan Grand Duchy of Lithuania — and baptized 6,000 of its defenders in the Catholic rite. Medvėgalis was one of the strongest and most important Lithuanian fortresses in Samogitia, located in present-day Šilalė District Municipality, Lithuania. It was first mentioned in 1316 in written texts and was attacked by the Teutonic Knights … Continue reading The Siege of Medvėgalis

Slovakia #29 (1939)

Slovakia #29 (1939)

Slovakia (Slovensko), officially the Slovak Republic (Slovenská Republika), is a landlocked country in Central Europe bordered by the Czech Republic and Austria to the west, Poland to the north, Ukraine to the east, and Hungary to the south. Slovakia’s territory spans about 19,000 square miles (49,000 square kilometers) and is mostly mountainous. The population is over 5 million and comprises mostly ethnic Slovaks. The capital … Continue reading Slovakia #29 (1939)

Czech Republic CP#0829 {26 Nov 2014)

Czech Republic: Jára Cimrman, Inventor of Round Stamps (2014)

The Czech Republic (Česká republika), also known as Czechia (Česko), is a unitary parliamentary republic in Central Europe bordered by Germany to the west, Austria to the south, Slovakia to the east and Poland to the northeast. The Czech Republic covers an area of 30,450 square miles (78,866 square kilometers), has 10.5 million inhabitants with the capital and largest city at Prague, with over 1.2 million … Continue reading Czech Republic: Jára Cimrman, Inventor of Round Stamps (2014)

Czechoslovakia #1413 (1966)

Czechoslovakia #1413 (1966)

Czechoslovakia (Československo) was a sovereign state in Central Europe that existed from October 1918, when it declared its independence from the Austro-Hungarian Empire, until its peaceful dissolution into the Czech Republic and Slovakia on January 1,  1993. The area was long a part of the Austro Hungarian Empire until the Empire collapsed at the end of World War I. The new state was founded by … Continue reading Czechoslovakia #1413 (1966)