From Liberation to the Present Day


Since World War Two the city has been intensively built and it has become a seat of the southeastern region of the country.

  • 1966 – The Film Festival – a festival of Yugoslav actors – was established
  • 1969 – The Yugoslav Choral Festival was established
  • 1971 – “Narodne novine” (People's Papers) became the first Nis daily
  • 1975 – Nis became the seat of Nis region
  • Nis became the seat of Nis county
  • 17 November 1996 – 27 January 1997 – After the runoff in the local election and the major electoral fraud, massive protests commenced in Nis. Spurred by the revolt of dissatisfied laborers, students and other citizens of Nis joined the rallies. The protest took 96 days at Nis central square, until the electoral will of the people was finally acknowledged. Following in the footsteps of people from Nis, protests against the Milosevic regime also started in Belgrade and other Serbian cities.  On St. Sava Day, 27 January 1997, a democratic city council was constituted.
  • 24 March – 12 June 1999 – In the NATO bombardment, 25 persons were killed in Nis, of whom 22 civilians, 2 soldiers, and 1 police officer. During the 78 days of constant bombings, NATO targeted Nis 40 times, of which 28 times at night and 12 times by day. The city was hit by 161 airplane bombs, 71 Tomahawk cruise missiles, 36 containers of cluster bombs and eight packages of graphite bombs, used to disable the electricity network. One hundred and twenty buildings were pulled down, while over 3,400 residential, commercial, infrastructural, and military facilities were damaged.