|TODAY IN MALTESE HISTORY|
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|On this day in history ...|
- 1959 - Archbishop Gonzi returns from Catania.
- 1962 - Archbishop Gonzi blesses and lays the foundation stone of the new St. Pius X Institute at Marsa.
- 1965 - The Cruise liner Venuscalls enters the Grand Harbour with 267 tourists on board.
- 1966 - A group of 106 Maltese migrants leave Malta for Canada.
- 1971 - The new resident representative of the United Nations Development Programme in Malta Olav Svenevikarrives to take up his appointment.
- 1971 - Britain's Conservative Government announce that British troops are to remain in Malta.
- 1972 - The third Malta International Archery Tournament takes place at the Marsa Sports Club.
- 1973 - Journalists and members of the Akkademja tal-Malti take part in a one-day seminar on Maltese in Journalism at St. Dorothy College in Mdina.
- 1975 - The Government of Cyprus donates 550 citrus saplings to Malta.
- 1975 - The Malta Drydocks Bill is passed in the House of Representative.
- 1977 - Malta Numismatica holds an exhibition of coins and medals at the National Museum in Valletta; one of the exhibits is a coin minted more the 600 years ago.
- 1987 - The Secretary of the Libyan People's Committee in Malta Ali Nagem presents Prime Minister Karmenu Mifsud Bonnici with equipment for the teaching of Arabic; equipment includes 13,000 Arabic conversation cassette tapes recorded in Malta; 40 tape recorders and 4,000 exercise books. Current number of students studying Arabic in Malta is over 13,000.
- 1993 - Alternattiva Demokratika calls the Local Council Bill a landmark for democracy.
- 1996 - Malta Police reports an international success in the fight against drugs with the seizure in Malta of some 1,000 kilos of chemicals used in the manufacture of ecstasy pills.
|Famous birthdays for this day ...|
- 1922 - Joseph Abela, Politician (MLP MP: 1950-1979)
- 1924 - Agatha Barbara, President of the Republic (1982-1987)
- 1931 - Maurice Lubrano, Diplomat
- 1936 - Lino Cuschieri, Biographer
- 1948 - Lawrence Grech, Journalist/Editor
- 1955 - Rafel Saliba - "L-Ghawdxi", Folksinger (Ghannej)
- 1976 - Brigette Gauci, Singer
|Famous deaths for this day ...|
-  - None recorded today