|... As a boy of 15 he spoke Italian, French, and English as well as his native Croatian, later added German, Czech, Latin, and old Greek. He studied physics at the University of Prague under some famous professors including E. Mach and did his graduate work at the University of Zagreb, from which he obtained a Ph.D. In 1894 Dr. Mohorovicic became Director of the Institute for Meteorology and Geodynamics and Professor at the University of Zagreb in 1897, where he remained until his retirement in 1921. His special interest was the precise measurement of time for both astronomical and seismical events, but his reputation mainly rests on his classic paper in the field of seismology, The Earthquake of October 8, 1909, which contains the news of his discovery of a major discontinuity at a depth of 55 kilometers. This discontinuity, now generally known as the Moho in his honor, defines the crust of the earth. ...|
According to Giacomo Puccini, author of the famous opera Tosca,
she was the best "Tosca" that he had opportunity to listen to (on the London première in 1900).
A CROATIAN COMPOSER
First edition in 1897,
London (Seely and co.
reprinted in 1972, New York (Books for Libraries Press, Freeport, New York)
we accept the
historical statement as true, we do something to rescue a musical
nation from undeserved neglect. The race which has given to a master
not only birth but inspiration may surely claim from us someting better
than oblivion into which we have allowed its name to fall.
[from Hadow's PREFACE, Oxford, 1897]
Compare a Croatian folk song ("V jutro rano se ja stanem)
with the German national anthem, composed by Joseph Haydn:
Vladek Matic and Valentina Murtic, good friends from the Lipik Orphanage
Mr. Mark Cook,
UK, a great
I made a promise to the kids to get them back into their Orphanage...
You can't break promises to children.
first known manual about book-keeping was Della
mercatura e del mercante perfetto,
(On merchantry and the perfect merchant) written in 1458 by Benedikt Kotruljevic
(Benedictus de Cotrullis, born in Dubrovnik, 1416-1469).
It is also the oldest known manuscript on double-entry.
As such it precedes Luca Pacioli's description of double-entry for no less than 36 years,
so that Kotruljic's priority is indisputable.
Kotruljic's famous 1464
manuscript on book-keeping,
was printed in 1573 in Venice; editor and publisher was
another oustanding Croatian scholar - Franjo Petris
another important manuscript is Benedictus
de Cotrullis: "De Navigatione", 1464.
It is the first known manual on navigation in the history of Europe.
Note that it appeared almost 30 years before the discovery of America.
Benedictus de Cotrullis: De
photo from Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library
original manuscript is kept at the
University of Yale, USA,
in the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library.
visited the city of Zagreb and Croatia on
several occasions, and always spoke Croatian.
Moreover, once she even delivered a sermon in the Zagreb cathedral in Croatian.
After many years she met her brother in Italy, who forgot his native Albanian and did not speak English. Surprisingly, they were able to communicate only in Croatian!
stone lace on windows,
Pucisca on the island of Brac
white marble from the island of Brac,
is highly appreciated
It was also used in the building of
the Battary park in New York
the Austrian Parliament and the New Palace in Vienna,
the Hungarian Parliament in Budapest,
The Tamburica Croatian Orchestra, 1887, County of Buffalo, Nebraska, USA
Tamburitza orchestra "Zivila
Hrvatska" (Long Live Croatia), USA,
performed in White House for president F. Roosewelt in 1900.
Tamburaski zbor "Kluba
uciteljica" (Tamburitza orchestra of Women's
Vrbnik, island of Krk),
photo around 1900?
Croats in Punta Arenas, Chile
(Magallanes region), with their tamburitzas
Croatian tamburitza band Tomislav in Punta Arenas, 1905
Hrvatsko tamburasko drustvo Tomislav, Punta Arenas, 1905
United choirs of the Kastav region near Rijeka, 1908
Croatian tamburitza orchestra
Falcon - Hrvatski tamburaski orkestar Sokol,
Argentina, 1919 (from an exhibition Los Croatas en Argentina, Carmen Verlichak,
Matica iseljenika, Zagreb 2007)
Croatian Christmas on Strawberry Hill, Kansas City, USA
The Lika Night in Bazenheid,
two generations of female players of tamburica from Lika
Pokupsko tamburitza players celebrating Christmas in the ruined church in 1991 (Pokupsko is near Zagreb)
CroatiaFest 2005, Seattle, USA, Photo - Jal Schrof
REQUEST. I would deeply
appreciate your help (firstname.lastname@example.org)
concerning photos and information about old Croatian tamburitza bands.
Valley of Gatska river, Lika (photo by Mladen Zubrinic)
The chapel of Sv. Marko Grob, near Udbina, Lika (photo by D.Z.)
Sokolac fortress in Brinje, Lika (photo by Joseph Birkas, HU)
Croatian coat of arms (on threecolor flag) on the front mast of the Enrica brig built in 1868 in Rijeka, 40 m long. Captian Paskval Stipanovic, travelled to New York, Belfast, Queenstown, Cardiff, Montreal, Gibraltar. Painted by a French painter Antoine Roux, junior, 1892.
Captain Mate Dulcic Hraste-Pucetov from the island of Hvar obtained a silver jug from the British Governement as a recognition for saving the boat "St. Croix". Gilted inside, 14.5 cm high and with diameter of the opening of 8.5 cm, the jug bears the the following inscription:
Presented by the British Government to captain Matteo Dulcich Hraste of the "Giovanni D" of Jelsa in acknowledgement of his humanity and kindness to the shipwrecked crew of the "St. Croix" of Jersey, 27 September 1877, abandoned at sea.
Captain Marko Vekarich, Master of the Austro-Hungarian Barque "Isaac", received the following letter from the Government of Canada for saving the shipwrecked crew of Canadian ship "Angle" in the Atlantic (the letter is kept in the town of Orebic, Peljesac peninsula near Dubrovnik):
Ottawa, 12th February 1879Sir
Her Majesty's Government having brought under the notice of this Department the circumstances connected with the wrecke of the "Angle" of St. John, New Bruswick, and the services rendered by you, as Master of the "Isaac", to the shipwrecked crew, it affords me much satisfaction to convey to you the thanks of the Government of Canada and to request your acceptance of the accompaning gold watch, which has been awarded in recognition of you human and generous services.
In 1861 captain Jozo Sunj from Orebic (Peljesac peninsula), Master of the Barque "Nicolo Despot", obtained official recognition and gold chronometer with engraved dedication from Abraham Lincoln, president of the USA, for having saved the crew of the USA sailor "Homer" in the Atlantic.
Pepe Medanovic, captain of a steamer "Kostrena", saved a French steamer Gaulois in Biskay bay in very difficult conditions. The French president conferred a medal. Maritime press reported on this saving throughout the world.
MINISTÈRE DE LA MARINE
DIRECTION DE LA NAVIGAITON ET DES PÊCHES MARITIMES
Ministre de la Marine certifie que, par
Décret en date du 10 mai 1912, le Président de la
République Française a
Médaille de Sauvetage en or de 2ême classe
Monsieur le capitaine Medanovich commandant le vapeur hongrois (!)
"Kostrena", qui a recueilli à son bord, le 25 janvier 1912,
aprés de maneuvres rendues trés difficiles
Par Directeur de la Navitation et les Pêches Maritimes
Paris, le 10 Mai 1912
Makybe Diva and Glen Boss with
Photo by Sebastian Costanzo
Mr Tony Santic (tuna farmer), Australian Croat born on the beautiful Croatian island of Lastovo, is the owner of a famous mare Makybe Diva. This strange name is an acronym, derived from the names of five ladies employed at Mr Santic: Maureen, Kylie, Belinda, Diane and Vanessa. In 2005 Makybe Diva became the first horse in Australasian racing history to claim three Melbourne Cups and a Cox Plate.
Boss with Croatian
Coat of Arms and Makybe Diva
Photo by Wayne Taylor
Celebrating the victory
The winning jersey winning the hearts...
Mr. Tony Santic is in the
middle, Glen Boss on the right (Makybe Diva missing),
with Croatian Coat of Arms on his jersey
Goooooooogling with Makybe Diva and with a Croatian hat ...
(1923-1989), outstanding Croatian -
masterfully illustrated a famous book "Laberintos", written by Jorge Luis Borges,
with his surreal, quasi-metaphysical works.
Some other paintings by Zdravko Ducmelic:
"La Biblioteca de Babel"
"Mujer Joven y Caballo" (photos from Arroyo)
Zdravko Ducmelic, autoportrait
Zvonimir Janko (born in 1932 in Croatia), studied mathematics and earned his PhD at the University of Zagreb. He is professor of mathematics at the University of Heidelberg, Germany, and his name is well known among experts in the theory of finite groups. Professor Janko discovered sporadic groups named J1, J2, J3, and J4 in his honour. They are called Janko groups.
In 1997, during the celebration of 65th birthday of professor Janko in Maniz, Germany, Bertram Huppert, the author and coauthor (with Norman Blackburn) of the most extensive, encyclopaedic treatise and manual on finite groups, Endliche gruppen I, II, III, said roughly the following:
"There were a very few things that surprised me in my life. I experienced the Second World War. It could have been predicted that there will be war. I believe it will surprise you, and some of you may be shocked by what I am going to say. There were only the following two events that really surprised me: the discovery of the first Janko group and the fall of the Berlin Wall."
Vlasic celebrating her victory
with Croatian flag in her hands,
at the World Championship in Athletics, Osaka, Japan 2007
holder of hundreds of patents and trademarks, founded Mag Instrument, Inc, in Los Angeles in 1955, and designed Mag-Lite flashlight, which is now an American product icon, among 100 top products that "America makes best".
Croatian region south of
the City of Dubrovnik,
famous among others for beautiful national costumes
Mrs Ane Marnic from the
village of Dubravka in Konavle,
south of Dubrovnik
photo from 2006, many thanks to Dr. Zdenko Zeravica, Dubrovnik
Children of Konavle in
photo by Najka Mirkovic, Dubrovnik
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