The Macedonian people and the Macedonian state have a rich centuries-old tradition and a large number of important events that are permanently engraved in the collective national memory of the Macedonian people and confirm and reflect the uniqueness of the Macedonian people and its centuries -old identity. In order to refresh the memories of some of them, the oldest Macedonian daily Nova Makedonija regularly published the column “Dates to Remember”, in which we highlight events in connection with Macedonian history and prominent Macedonian actors every month. Today we are devoting ourselves to events in Macedonian history in March.
March 1, 1913 – In Petrograd, the memorandum was published on the independence of Macedonia and published by the authorized Macedonians, members of the MNLD. The memorandum was sent to the British and Russian outdoor ministers, the ambassadors of the great powers, and published in the European press. In addition to this memorandum, Dimitrija Cupovski created and published the political-geographical map of Macedonia in its natural, geographical, ethnic and economic boundaries with the title “Map of Macedonia” with the subtitle “According to the program of the Macedonian people”. In the memorandum, the first public appearance of the “authorized Macedonian” in front of the world public, the struggle of the Macedonians for their freedom and their state is emphasized and the emphasis on the participation of the Macedonians in the first Balkan client is emphasized.
March 3, 1822 – more than 8,000 insurgents and civilians in Njegush declared the outbreak of the Njegush uprising against Ottoman rule. Macedonians, Greeks and Valachs took part in the uprising. The uprising is a harbinger of the flare of the national liberation and revolutionary movement of the Macedonian people.
March 3, 1944 – near Novo Selo, Kumanovo region, the third Macedonian brigade captured about thirty chetniks who were hidden in this region after Chetnik Vardar Corps had been destroyed.
March 4, 1942 – In Sofia, the Bulgarian police arrest the poet Nikola Vapcarov, one of the organizers of the “Macedonian Literature Circle” in Sofia. It was regarded by the members themselves as the “core” of the circle. Vapcarov dealt with poetry, wrote reviews and was one of the organizers of the magazine “Literature Criticism”. His most important verses were created from 1936 to 1942. In 1940 he published his first and single volume of poems “Motorni Pesni”, and in 1946 the “Antologija” collection and the children’s book “Prolet” appeared posthumously in Bulgaria.
March 4, 1945 – The first free church People’s Council took place in Skopje. In the presence of over three hundred delegates, priests, representatives of the folk government and the folk front, the delegates expressed the mood of the Macedonian people for the creation of the Macedonian Orthodox Church by restoring the old archdiocese of Ohrid, which had abolished in 1767 by the Turkish Sultan Mustafa, at the request of the Patriarchate of Constantinople.
On March 5, 1993, the Pal Air Macedonian PH-KXL machine crashed after starting at Skopje Airport.
March 10, 1879 – Leonid Jankov was born, Macedonian revolutionary, participant of the Macedonian revolutionary movement, leader and voyvode of the Macedonian revolutionary organization, participants in the Ilinden uprising. His heroic fate is sung in the famous song “Trba Trbi Gevgelija”.
March 11, 1945 – In Macedonia, the first free elections for the public liberation committees of the villages, cities and districts began. In these elections, which lasted until March 25th, women over 18 years and all members of the army have voted for the first time.
March 14, 1944 – The initiative committee of ASNOM sent a letter to the NO board members in Macedonia, in which he presented the decision of the second meeting of the AVNOJ, through which Macedonia was recognized as equal federal unit. Then he explains the procedure for the choice of legal and illegal, municipal, neighborhood and district no directors and delegates for the first meeting of ASNOM.
March 15, 1903 – Toma Davidov, participant in the Macedonian revolutionary movement, member and head of the Macedonian committee from Sofia, employee of Boris Sarafov, later head of the Macedonian revolutionary organization.
March 18, 1909 – Kuzman Shapkarev died – one of the most important collectors, supporters of Macedonian Volkswerke and one of the first Macedonian authors of textbooks.
March 18, 1947 – Mihail Gerdzhikov, revolutionary and anarchist from Bulgaria, founder and head of the Macedonian secret revolutionary committee, participants in the Macedonian revolutionary movement, member and leader of the Macedonian Revolutionary Organization, later a member of VMRO (United).
March 19, 1903 – The ideologist of the Macedonian Revolutionary Organization (MRO), Goce Delchev, destroyed the tunnel near the Dramatica (Angista), Serres River (Angista). It was his last action against Ottoman rule before his death.
March 22, 1943 – All Jews from Macedonia, which were collected by the Bulgarian occupiers in the monopoly in Skopje, were transported to the Treblinka extermination camp in Poland, where they were killed by the German Nazis.
March 23, 1994 – Macedonia’s national soccer team plays his first home game. Slovenia was the first foreign selection in the independent Macedonia. The game won Macedonia 2-0.
March 25, 1860 – The Macedonian writer Grigor Prichv received a laurel wreath for the poem “Serdarot” in the traditional poem competition, which took place in Athens.
March 25, 1884 – Arsenij Jovkov, Macedonian revolutionary, screenwriter and publicist, was born. Jovkov is the first Macedonian film screenwriter, according to whose script in 1923 the documentary “Macedonia in pictures” was made. He is also the author of the script for the feature film “Ilinden”.
March 27, 1903 – In Karbinci, Stip region, the troops of the Voyvode Gane and Stojan Bochvarot collided with the Turkish army, and the fight ended tragically for the Macedonian revolutionaries.