Exactly 100 years ago, on October 28, 1918, Czechoslovakia, a new republic in the centre of Europe, was founded. Today there are two separate states: the Czech Republic and the Slovak Republic.
The tragic death of Milan Rastislav Štefánik (1880 - 1919) still raises many speculations. General Štefánik's flight was on May 4, 1919, from Udine, Italy, to Vajnor near Bratislava. The crew consisted of two Italian airmen - Lieutenant Giotto Mancinelli-Scotti and Sergeant Umberto Merlini - and mechanic Gabrielle Aggiusti. M.R. Štefánik died after a downturn fall of their machine near Bratislava.
Marek Junek, Národní muzeum