From Sweden to Željava

Reviewing the week of 10-16 June (#24) and previewing the week of 17-23 June (#25) of 2024.

Week 24/2024 in review

News Roundup

Euro 2024

“Euro 2024 team-by-team preview: Who will be European champs?” ESPN, June 11, 2024

Croatia, Serbia, and Slovenia are in the European Championship tournament.

  • Croatia: “If they get through their group, then they can make a run.”
  • Serbia: “This is their first Euros as an independent country, so the expectations back home will be high, and history suggests this team might struggle to meet them.”
  • Slovenia: “They will look to play on their underdog tag.”

In Other News

“How Swedish Air Force’s Underground Facilities Inspired the Construction of Bihać (Željava) Underground Yugoslav Air Force Base,” The Aviation Geek Club, Jun 13, 2024

“The air force of Tito’s Yugoslavia has had many different peculiarities – from a unique Cold War position of having operated a mix of US, Soviet, and indigenous aircraft and equipment, to the changeable strategies in case of war.

“One such feature was an entire underground air base constructed inside a hill near the town of Bihac, in western Bosnia. ‘The Object’ was the core, the heart, of this air base: it housed four MiG-21 squadrons for nearly 25 years, until the civil war tore Yugoslavia apart.”

On the origin story of the Željava Air Base in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Based on the book Tito’s Underground Air Base: Bihac (Zeljava) Underground Yugoslav Air Force Base, 1964-1992 by Bojan Dimitrijevic and Milan Micevski.

Week 25/2024 in Preview

Today in History

Events

  • 17 June 1988 – “Zmaj” factory workers demonstrate outside the SFRY Assembly, marking the beginning of the so-called “anti-bureaucratic revolution.”
  • 20 June
    • 1972 – A group of Croatian dissidents enters Yugoslavia to initiate a coup against the socialist government in Bugojno
    • World Refugee Day
  • 22 June
    • 1941 – The Central Committee of the Communist Party of Yugoslavia issues a proclamation calling on the people of Yugoslavia to rise up against the German occupation.
    • 1941 – The First Partisan Detachment is founded in Brezovica near Sisak, marking the beginning of organized anti-fascist struggle in Croatia and armed resistance in Yugoslavia.
    • Day of Anti-Fascist Struggle (Croatia)

Birthdays

  • 17 June
    • 1938 – Ahmed Smajlović, Bosnian Islamist and university professor
    • 1953 – Velimir „Velja” Pavlović, Serbian journalist and TV personality
    • 1961 – Branko Damljanović, Yugoslav/Serbian chess master
    • 1968 – Slaviša Koprivica, Yugoslav/Serbian basketball player
    • 1968 – Luka Pavićević, Yugoslav/Montenegrin basketball player and coach
  • 18 June 1903 – Božidar Kunc, Croatian composer
  • 19 June
    • 1912 – Ljudevit Pelzer, Croatian architect
    • 1932 – Otto Barić, Croatian football player and coach
    • 1953 – Pavel Čanji, Slovak-Serbian artist
    • 1955 – Erol Kadić, Croatian actor
  • 20 June
    • 1902 – Marko Ristić, Serbian poet, Yugoslavia’s ambassador to France
    • 1937 – Ljubomir Draškić Muci, Serbian/Yugoslav theater and film director
    • 1942 – Zdenka Vučković, Croatian singer
    • 1958 – Svetozar Cvetković, Serbian actor and producer
  • 21 June
    • 1948 – Jovan Aćimović, Yugoslav/Serbian footballer
  • 23 June
    • 1899 – Gustav Krklec, Croatian writer and translator
    • 1922 – Ivica Curtini, Croatian waterpolist
    • 1929 – Laza Lazić, Serbian writer
    • 1929 – Stevan Šalajić, Serbian actor
    • 1957 – Igor Kordej, Croatian graphic artist and illustrator

Deaths

  • 17 June 1994 – Branko Petranović, Yugoslav/Montenegrin historian
  • 18 June
    • 2001 – Davorin Popović, singer of Indeksi
    • 2010 – Bogdan Bogdanović, Yugoslav/Serbian architect, author of many monuments, one-term Belgrade mayor
    • 2010 – Drago Ćupić, Serbian linguist
  • 19 June
    • 1949 – Vladimir Nazor, Croatian/Yugoslav author and politician
    • 1966 – Marjan Kozina, Slovenian composer
    • 1994 – Pavle Bogatinčević, Serbian actor
    • 2014 – Miša Blam, Serbian jazz musician
  • 20 June 2002 – Jovan Hristić, Serbian writer, critic, and translator
  • 21 June
    • 1931 – Zlatko Grgić, Croatian animator
    • 2008 – Abdulah Gegić, Yugoslav football coach
  • 23 June
    • 2006 – Damir Mejovšek, Croatian actor
    • 2010 – Arif Tanović, Yugoslav/Bosnian philosopher and professor

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