On October 6, 1849, the 13 Martyrs of Arad, the national heroes of the 1848 Revolution and War who fought for independence from the Hapsburg Empire, were executed in the city of Arad (now Romania). Commemorated in Hungary as a national day of bereavement, the nation's first Prime Minister, Count Lajos Batthyány, was also executed in Pest.
In special commemoration of the 60th Anniversary of the Hungarian Revolution and Freedom Fight, the Fulbright Commission will hold a commemoratory ceremony on October 7, 2016 in Budapest, Hungary.
Exactly 3,282,723 Hungarians and over 98% of the voters rejected the mandatory migrant relocation scheme and voted “no” in a national referendum in Hungary held on Sunday, October 2, 2016.
On Tuesday, September 22, 2016 Congressman Dennis Ross (R-FL) and Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur (D-OH), Co-Chairs of the Hungarian-American Caucus, gave a floor speech in special recognition of the 60th Anniversary of the 1956 Hungarian Revolution and Freedom Fight in the House of Representatives of the United States Congress.
Hungarian Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade Péter Szijjártó spoke at an event co-organized by the Embassy of Hungary at the National Press Club in Washington, DC to kick off the Embassy of Hungary's six-week long program of events honoring the 60th Anniversary of the 1956 Hungarian Revolution and Freedom Fight and also attended the 8th Annual CEPA Forum at the Willard InterContinental on his visit to Washington, DC between September 27-28.
The United States and Hungary participated in a live-fire, joint military exercise on Wednesday, September 27 in Veszprém, Hungary capping off weeks of training between the US Army and the Hungarian Defense Force.
In a speech delievered at the General Debate of the the 71st Annual Session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York City, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade Peter Szijjarto announced Hungary's nomination for membership of the UN Human Rights Council.
Hungarian Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade Péter Szijjártó sat down for a one-on-one interview with CNN to speak on the topic of migration and the upcoming October migration referendum.
In an interview on Hungarian television channel M1 on Tuesday, September 27, Prime Minister Viktor Orbán stated that “There is no indication that the explosion on Teréz Boulevard [in central Budapest] on Saturday evening is in any way linked to the migration crisis.”
On Sunday, October 16, 2016, the Embassy of Hungary will host a VIP Gala Dinner at the Andrew W. Mellon Auditorium in Washington, D.C. in honor of the 60th Anniversary of the 1956 Hungarian Revolution and Freedom Fight. The Gala Dinner will be the Embassy's keynote event of a series of programs to take place throughout the months of October and November in honor of the anniversary of the Freedom Fight.