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UNCONVENTIONAL HISTORY FOR BANAT
1038: the firs acknowledged Latin school on romanian territory is set up in Cenad1
1179: the first library in Romania2 is set up at Igris
1315-1323: Timisoara is the residency of the hungarian king Carol Robert de Anjou
1370: the first handicraftsmen’s guild is documented in Timisoara
1718: the first brewery in Romania is build in Timisoara; the brewery is still producing one of the best romanian beers
1718: the first romanian rice field is arranged in Ghiroda
1722: the Bega river is transformed in a navigable channel [115 km]. Banat is connected to the European navigation system
1728: in Timisoara the first tobacco mill in Romania is set-up
1753: the first documented theatre organized in Timisoara
1771: “Temesvarer Nachrichten”, one of the first newspapers in Central and Eastern Europe is edited in Timisoara
1798: at Sannicolau Mare is established the first Agricultural School in Romania and one of the oldest in Europe
1828: the oldest glass factory still functional in Romania is established in Tomesti
1854: the first telegraph is set up connecting Timisoara to Vienna
1857: Timisoara is the first illuminated [with gas] city in Romania
1869: the first horse-tramway is inaugurated in Timisoara [at only 15 years from the world’s debut in Paris]
1881: only 5 years after the invention of the telephone, the first romanian phone network is established in Timisoara
1884: for the first time in Europe, the electricity is being used as a tool for street lighting in Timisoara [731 lamps]
1871: the Philharmonic Association is organized in Timisoara
1885: the first museum is established
1899: the first football/soccer game in Romania takes place in Timisoara
1899: in Timisoara the electrical tramway is introduced
Nowadays, Timisoara is the only european city with current theatrical activity in 3 languages [romanian, hungarian, german]. On regular basis cultural actions in 8 languages take place in the region. Here are over 800 cultural establishment only in Timis County; 466 libraries, 11 museums, 3 cinemas, 7 theatres, etc.
Did you Know that:
… in 1342 Timisoara was mentioned for the first time with the title of *civitas*/city?
… Johnny Weissmuller, Olympic Champion and worldwide known as famous interpreter of the first speaking Tarzan, was born in 1904 in today Timisoara’s Freidorf quarter?
… Ludwig van Beethoven’s great love, Johanna von Greth, is buried in Timisoara’s Jewish Cemetery?
… Yehudi Menuhin once affirmed that the concert hall of the Music High School “Ion Vidu’ from Timisoara has the best acoustic in Europe?
… Timisoara was known as “little Vienna” because of its dominant architectural style [baroque with Viennese influence]?
… Timisoara is known also as the *city of flowers* or the *garden city* ?
… a local proverb says: in Banat even the dogs bark in four languages?
… in the Timis County people belonging to 29 ethnic origins and 17 religions live together in harmony?
 all these villages/towns are in today Romania
 as Romania, we understand the today romanian territory