|TODAY IN MALTESE HISTORY|
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|On this day in history ...|
- 1964 - The Paradise Bay Hotel is officially inaugurated.
- 1964 - Overtime ban called by Metal Workers Section of the General Workers Union starts at Malta Drydocks.
- 1964 - Brigadier Grimthorpe presents 20,000 cigarettes to Maltese Hospitals on behalf of the three armed services; distribution of food by Catholic Relief Services begins today too.
- 1966 - The schoolship Devonia arrives for an extensive refit at Malta Drydocks.
- 1969 - Maltese-American Bernard Ashfar is elected to the Board of Directors of the United States Chamber of Commerce.
- 1969 - The Cana Movement open its eight clinic in Malta at Rabat.
- 1969 - The Ministry of Agriculture donates some 5000 fruit trees to Gozitan farmers.
- 1971 - It is announced that Egypt is to open an Embassy in Malta early next year.
- 1972 - For the first time ever 12 newly ordained priests concelebrate mass with the Archbishop Gonzi.
- 1974 - Archbishop Gonzi and Bishop Mercieca visit Sir Anthony Mamo to congratulate him on his election as first President of the Republic of Malta.
- 1974 - Herbert Reichard, Head of the Deutsche Welle Services for the Middle East and Turkey, arrives to visit the Deutsche Welle relay station at Delimara .
- 1974 - A Libyan consignment of 50,000 forestry seedlings donated to help in a forestation programme arrives in Malta.
- 1975 - N. Fujiyama presents his credentials as Japanese Ambassador to Malta to President Mamo.
- 1976 - Two masked men hold up officials of Janstrop International of Bulebel and rob them of nearly Lm10,000 - the wages and bonus of the company's 280 employers; a security guard is injured in the incident .
- 1976 - The Malta Labour Party elects two deputy leaders: Joseph Brincat as Deputy Leader for Party Affairs and Joseph Cassar as Deputy Leader for Government Affairs; the election took place during an extraordinary general meeting at the Freedom Hall in Marsa.
- 1977 - Minister of Labour, Welfare and Culture Agatha Barbara opens the Christmas campaign "Ifrah u Ferrah" in Freedom Square; a Christmas tree is lit next to a nativity scene and presents placed under the tree will go to orphanages.
- 1978 - A motor-cyclist and his pillion rider die in a crash at Pieta.
- 1978 - A. Micallef Borg, one of Malta's most experienced divers, disappears on an underwater fishing expedition at St. Thomas Point.
- 1978 - Malta asks the European Economic Community for assistance involving 68 million units of account (over Lm30 million) eight million in technical assistance grants and 60 million at 2 per cent long-term loans for the period 1980-82.
- 1981 - Extraordinary General Conference of MLP/GWU re-elects Dom Mintoff by secret vote as Leader of the Party and of the Workers' Movement.
- 1981 - Agreement signed in Abu Dhabi for loan of 20 million Dirhams (over Lm2 million) with the Abu Dhabi Fund for Arab Economic Development to finance part of the electricity extension project.
- 1983 - Gozo Diocese financial accounts for 1982 released revealing a deficit of Lm26,446 for the year.
- 1985 - Argriculture Minister Joe Debono Grech addresses 300 students of the Danny Cremona School of Farming before presenting them with their share (an average of Lm55 plus Lm10 bonus each) of the Lm25,000 profit made by the Schools of Farming in Malta and Gozo.
- 1987 - A new philanthropic organisation called Is-Samaritani holds its first general meeting at the St. George's Band Club in Cospicua, under the chairmanship of former Prime Minister Dom Mintoff.
- 1993 - Germany supports Malta's wish to join the European Union as soon as possible; Malta's application to join the European Union is raised in the British House of Commons.
- 1997 - Sedqa fears spread of HIV infection among drug addicts.
|Famous birthdays for this day ...|
- 1859 - Luigi Vella, Writer
- 1965 - Simon Schembri, Classical Guitarist
|Famous deaths for this day ...|
- 1943 - Maurus Caruana, Bishop of Malta, dies at 76
- 1967 - Robert Mifsud Bonnici, Writer/Biographer, dies at 83
- 1974 - Victor Cauchi, Trade Unionist, dies at 77
- 1984 - Edward Sammut, Historian, dies at 72