915-938: Ruled by Duke Vaclav I of Bohemia, immortalised in song as Good King Wenceslas. He allied himself with Henry the Fowler, possibly in order to get a free turkey every Christmas.
1419 and 1618: The defenestrations of Prague.
1918-93: See Czechoslovakia.
1992-3 Slovak politician Vladimír Mečiar wants to be Prime Minister, but his Slovak party is too small to form a government. He craftily (and successfully) agitates for Slovakian independence, and gets to be PM after all. The Czech Republic is born.
2004 The Czech Republic decides that it's far too interesting, so it joins the European Union.
 Czech mates
- Good King Wenceslas
- Franz Kafka
- Karel Čapek, who gave us the word "robot"
- Vaclav Havel
- Milan Kundera
- A shitload of tennis players
- A shitload of gymnasts
- Petr Čech! You get it!
- Antonín Dvořák, composer who had to go to America and tell them how good their own music was and to stop listening to European composers all the time.
- Miloš Forman, director of One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest.
- Eva Herzigova
- Ivana Trump