|TODAY IN MALTESE HISTORY|
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|On this day in history ...|
- 1968 - Bomb explodes on the Health Ministry's doorstep.
- 1968 - Malta Drydocks shift workers start working a 38-hour week.
- 1971 - National seminar on housing for the elderly meets today.
- 1973 - The newly widened road at the Strand in Gzira is opened for traffic.
- 1974 - Italian seamen are rescued by HMS Ark Royal helicopters in Maltese territorial waters.
- 1975 - Nationalist Party leader George Borg Olivier address Mediterranean Youth Conference at the Corinthia Palace Hotel.
- 1977 - A Polish delegation arrives to sign a trade, shipping and economic agreement.
- 1978 - Four Tunisian Navy patrol craft arrive in Malta on a 3-day visit.
- 1979 - The Nationalist Party hold a mass meeting at Birkirkara with two Christian Democratic Members of the European Parliament in attendance.
- 1981 - A 3-day exercise, known as Maltex 81, is started by Armed Forces of Malta and Task Force with aim of training the Air Defence Unit of the Armed Forces when deployed around Luqa Airport.
- 1983 - Society and Arts, Manufactures and Commerce awards Gold Medal to Paul Nani for his contribution to music, particularly for his compositions and as orchestra director.
- 1984 - A plaque in honour of novelist Guze Bonnici (1907-1940) at 22 St Nicholas Street, Sliema, where he lived between 1929 and 1934 is unveiled by literary philanthropist Karmen Micallef Buhagiar.
- 1985 - Trade Minister Karmenu Vella, in collaboration with Austria Rabak Werke (the Austrian State Tobacco Company which has a subsidiary company operating in Malta) visits Vienna for talks with the Austrian Vice-Chancellor, the Minister of Industry and the Minister of Finance, aimed at promoting investments and trade between the two countries.
- 1985 - Maria Galea receives a visit and gifts from Prime Minister Karmenu Mifsud Bonnici on her 100th birthday.
- 1986 - The old 10 cents coin ceases to be legal tender.
- 1990 - Foreign Affairs Minister Guido Demarco reviews persisting international problems at an Inter-Parliamentary Union Conference in Uruguay.
- 1992 - The Department of Information reports substantial finds at the Xaghra Megalithic Cirlce excavations in Gozo.
- 1993 - The MUT presses for a solution to the dispute over recognition for the instructor grades.
- 1994 - A Brazilian drug trafficker is extradited from Malta.
- 1994 - The Malta Restaurants Association resolves not to take part in the anti-VAT strike.
- 1997 - The Federation of Industries calls on the Government to re-evaluate the European Union option.
- 1998 - The Central Office of Statistics shows a deficit of Lm 52.7 million between Government's ordinary revenue and total expenditure in the first nine months of this year.
- 1999 - The official programme of activities to herald the new millennium, designed to be a celebration of achievements made by the Maltese over the years, is launched with the theme Gejjieni f'Suret il-Bniedem (A Human Featured Future).
|Famous birthdays for this day ...|
- 1948 - Anthony Seychell, Goalkeeper (Senglea Athletics: 1970-1985)
- 1960 - Vincent Carbonaro, Coach (Sta Venera Lions/Zurrieq)
- 1991 - Marilena Gauci, Singer/Model
|Famous deaths for this day ...|
-  - None recorded today