What better way to learn about the history of Kosovo than researching street names? It’s a start, anyway. What people choose to name streets after is very telling. For example, in Tbilisi the majority of the street names were for famous musicians, poets, writers, religious figures, and monarchs. In Hanoi they were mostly famous military figures and monarchs, plus some sites of historically important battles (Dien Bien Phu).
With some light research I found three possible reasons (which may be related) for the importance of this date:
- Declaration of Independence. From Wikipedia,
Despite official UN and Russian disapproval, the US, UK, and France appeared likely to recognize Kosovar independence if it had been declared on 28 November 2007 or on 10 December 2007, the deadline for an agreement between Kosovo and Serbia set by UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon. In February 2008, Hashim Thaçi said that about 100 countries were ready to immediately recognise Kosovo’s independence after declaration.
On 17 February 2008, Kosovo declared independence. The Constitutional Court of the Republic of Serbia deemed this act illegal arguing it was not in coordination with the UN Charter, the Constitution of Serbia, the Helsinki Final Act, UN Security Council Resolution 1244 (including the previous resolutions) and the Badinter Commission. On 18 February 2008, the National Assembly of the Republic of Serbia declared Kosovo’s declaration of independence as null and void per the suggestion of the Government of the Republic of Serbia.
The Constitution of Kosovo was proclaimed on 15 June 2008, and immediately denounced as illegal by Serbia.
- Birthdate of Adem Jashari. Again from Wikipedia,
Adem Jashari[a] (28 November 1955 – 7 March 1998) was one of the founders of the Kosovo Liberation Army (KLA), a Kosovo Albanian separatist organization which fought for the secession of Kosovo from the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia during the 1990s.
- Albania’s declaration of Independence. One more time from Wikipedia,
The Albanian Declaration of Independence (Albanian: Shpallja e Pavarësisë, or Deklarata e Pavarësisë) is the declaration of independence of the Albanian Vilayet from the Ottoman Empire. Independent Albania was proclaimed in Vlorë on 28 November 1912.
So there you go. History lesson in a street sign. I might be posting more of these as I discover them around my new site.