Did you know...

… that Rakonczay Gábor reached the South Pole on January 7, 2019, making him the first Hungarian ever to do so?

Starting off  the coast of Antarctica, it took him 44 days and 4 hours to complete the 917 km distance. According to the rules, competitors are required to go in teams. His team consisted of three other persons, but he led the crew most of the way and pulled the heaviest sled (94 kg).

Antarctica is a huge lifeless continent, very clean and untouched. At the beginning of his trek it was -12⁰ C, but the temprerature fell below -20⁰ C and sometimes went below -30⁰ C. As a result Rakonczay suffered mild frostbite on his face and lost 10% of his starting weight during the adventure. 

                                                                                             Zsuzsa Lengyel

... that ice skating goes back to prehistoric times? There is proof of that in the bone skates that archaeologists have found.  Our ancestors tied bones to their feet. In the Keszthely Balaton Múzeum you can see a wood skate with an iron blade from the Iron Age.

Ice skating became popular in Hungary in the 1700's, brought in by young Hungarians studying in the West.

For a short time, ice skating was prohibited by King  József II., claiming that it was too dangerous.

In 1869, the "Pesti Korcsolya Egylet" was established. In 1871, the 1st Ice Skating competition, in 1939 the 1st World Ice Skating competition  was conducted on the Városliget pond in Budapest.

Besides ice skating, ice hockey became popular, and many Hungarians won awards in different competitions, even in Olympics.                                                           

 Karolina Tima Szabo

... that the Rubik’s Cube is the world best-selling toy, with over 350 million  having been sold worldwide?  A 3-D combination puzzle invented in 1974 by Hungarian Ernő Rubik, it has been entertaining us for over 40 years.  The Cube has been marketed since its release, but sales have greatly increased in the early 2000s.

It really does not matter how old we are; for it is surely possible to have lots of fun, pleasure, learning and “working-out” our brains in order to figure out how to solve the Cube.

It reminds me how proud I was when first solving the puzzle many years ago.  Nowadays we constantly see young children achieving the solution in a couple minutes or even in a few seconds - the world record for solving the Cube is only 4.2 seconds!                     

István Arato 


... that two concerts of the Greenwich (CT) Sympbony Orchestra on February 23rd  and 24th will feature works by two Hungarian composers to be played by one of the most significant presenty-day interpreters of Liszt?  Internationally renowned Pianist Peter Toth, who has won prizes with his virtuosity around the world, will play Liszt’s Hungarian Fantasy and Dohnányi’s Variations on a Nursery Song. 

The program will also include Levine’s Orverture for Orchestra and De Falla’s El Amor Brujo ballet suite, sung by Mezzo-soprano Luzia Bradford. 

The Saturday concert begins at 8PM, the Sunday one at 4PM, in the Greenwich High School Performing Arts Center.                                                                                               EPF