|TODAY IN MALTESE HISTORY|
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|On this day in history ...|
- 1957 - Boy Scouts' 50th anniversary celebrated in Floriana.
- 1962 - Prime Minister Borg Olivier returns to Malta from talks in London.
- 1963 - The Black Watch Battalion leaves after a month's training in Malta.
- 1965 - Prime Minister Borg Olivier attends school children's rally held to celebrate first anniversary of Independence.
- 1965 - 273 Maltese emigrants leave for Australia on board the ship Sydney.
- 1968 - Partial eclipse of the sun is seen from Malta.
- 1971 - A financial agreement of six-months with Britain is announced by Prime Minister Dom Mintoff.
- 1972 - The Rothman's Scholarship of £1,000 to attend Queen's University in Belfast for the year 1972/73 is awarded to Emmanuel Piscopo.
- 1972 - Italian travel agents arrive on a four-day visit to access the holiday attractions of the islands.
- 1976 - Dom Mintoff takes oath of loyalty before the President Anthony Mamo for another term as Prime Minister.
- 1978 - The Malta Esperanto Society announces it has been accepted as a member by the Universal Esperanto Association during a Congress at Varna in Bulgaria.
- 1981 - Malta's Ideal woman Irene Pace of Swieqi placed second in Internatioal Donna Ideale competition at Levico Terme in Sicily.
- 1982 - French Ambassador Gabriel Lecomte presents new equipment (Meteosat Apt/Wefax station) donated by France through the World Meteorological Organisation to the Luqa Meteorological Office.
- 1982 - Achbishop Mercieca visits Anna Galea of Hamrun on the occasion of her hundredth birthday and celebrates mass at her home.
- 1984 - Wistin Abela leads a 3-man delegation to Washington D.C. for annual general meeting held jointly by the International Monitery Fund and the World Bank; first occasion on which Malta attending a World Bank meeting having joined the Bank only last year.
- 1986 - DeGuttry charged in court with having violated the Foreign Interference Act.
- 1987 - A week-long meeting of the Committee for the General Plan for the Development of the Regional Network in Europe and the Mediterranean Basin organized by the International Communications Union (ITU) opens at the Corinthia Palace Hotel in Attard.
- 1991 - Government agrees to fund 30% of World War II monument to help the George Cross Island Association.
- 1992 - The foundation stone of the new air terminal in Luqa is laid.
- 1992 - Prince Philip leaves the island after a short visit for the anniversary of Independence.
- 1993 - Government announces that the European Investment Bank is to give Malta Lm 5.9m in loans to finance in part an air traffic services project and a sewerage project.
- 1996 - Enemalta Chairman Robert Ghirlando says the corporation is aiming for zero faults as it stresses energy efficiency.
- 1997 - The Planning Authority orders the protection of some historical remains in Zurrieq.
- 1997 - Torrential rains cause extensive damage.
- 1999 - The Central Office of Statistics shows that the public debt has risen from Lm740 million to Lm 812.3 million since last year.
- 2000 - The St. James Cavalier Centre for Creativity opens with a spectacle of music, art, film, dance and theatre.
|Famous birthdays for this day ...|
- 1952 - Ray Xuereb, Footballer (Floriana/Naxxar/Gharghur/Qrendi/Malta 1968-1998)
- 1959 - Peter Cutajar, Goalkeeper (Birkirkara 1981-1992)
- 1958 - Michael Borg Costanzi, Footballer (Melita 1978-1985)
- 1962 - Marvic Cordina, Actress
- 1962 - Mark Miller, Footballer/Coach (Rabat/Sliema Wanderers/Floriana/Hibernians 1982-1999)
- 1965 - Tony Drago, Billard Player
|Famous deaths for this day ...|
- 1910 - Anton Muscat Fenech, Writer, dies at 56
- 1936 - Giuseppe Despott, Zoologist/Palaeontologist, dies at 58