|TODAY IN MALTESE HISTORY|
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|On this day in history ...|
- 1958 - Solemn Te Deum sung at St John's Co-Cathedral in thanksgiving for the election of Pope John XXIII while Christ the King procession postponed from the 26th of October is held today.
- 1959 - First Olympic Soccer event to take place in Malta when the Malta XI drew with Tunisia in the qualifying match at the Empire Stadium in Gzira.
- 1959 - The Forces Broadcasting Service (Malta) housed at St Francis Ravelin in Floriana recommences its programmes after a lapse of eight years.
- 1960 - Emanuel and Luigia Camilleri are arrested and charged with the murder of Tony Aquilina, an eight-year old boy found dead last August.
- 1962 - The G.W.U. calls for a one-day strike on the 5th of November by members who work for the three Service Departments.
- 1963 - Nine Canadian church dignitaries arrive in Malta for a 3-day holiday.
- 1964 - The crew of the Giannis, the freighter which caught fire at sea and sank off Malta on the 30th of October leaves Malta for Greece.
- 1964 - The B.E.A. Vanguard pilot training scheme begins today; the Scheme will cost £M120,000 of which £M25,000 will be spent in Malta.
- 1965 - Mgr.G.A. Beck, Archbishop of Liverpool, arrives for a short visit to Malta.
- 1965 - Australian Trade Expert Mr. D. Willmore arrives in Malta to interview prospective workers for jobs in Australia.
- 1966 - British India School Ship Nevasa calls with 1,100 school children on board.
- 1966 - Group of B.E.A. pilots arrive to undergo practical training in Malta.
- 1967 - Doctors' dispute on salaries.
- 1967 - Drydocks 24-hour strike against shift system which led to arbitration.
- 1970 - First cultural tour organized by the Ministry of Education, Culture and Tourism visits wayside chapels.
- 1971 - Prime Minister Dom Mintoff leaves Malta for a tour of East European countries.
- 1971 - The National Students Charities Committee launchs the first-ever open-air rock festival in Malta as part of their campaign to raise money for charity.
- 1973 - Air Malta Chairman Albert Mizzi leaves for London en route to New Zealand to attend the IATA general conference.
- 1973 - The United Nations last resident representative in Malta, Olav Svennevik, leaves the island following the closing down of the UN office in Malta.
- 1974 - The Childrens' Allowances Scheme starts today.
- 1974 - Sea Malta's first ship, MV Rabat, is opened to visitors.
- 1975 - General Andrea Cucini, Italian Army Chief of Staff visits projects on which members of the Italian Military Mission in Malta are engaged.
- 1976 - Allegemein Deutsche Automobil Club of West Germany announces it will start operating tours to Malta in April.
- 1976 - A big welcome is given to the Malta snooker champion, Paul Misfud on his return from South Africa where he reached the final of the World Amateur Snooker Championship.
- 1977 - Prime Minister Mintoff heads a delegation on a visit to the United Arab Emirates and then for his third visit to China since 1972.
- 1978 - Legislation restricting the use of the words Malta and Nation and their derivatives and Maltese translations comes into operation.
- 1979 - Parliament approves second reading of a Bill to amend the Fishing Industry Act thus increasing penalties for illegal fishing in Maltese territorial waters.
- 1980 - State funeral of former Prime Minister George Borg Olivier.
- 1981 - Nationalist Party leader Eddie Fenech Adami addresses women's rally at Hamrun.
- 1983 - Malta's Permanent Representative to the United Nations Victor Gauci takes over as President of the UN Security Council in New York for November; the post rotates monthly according to English alphabetical order of the council's 15 members.
- 1983 - Information Division releases statement explaining reasons for which Malta (together with Pakistan and Nicaragua) abstained in a Security Council vote on a resolution dealing with the war between Iran and Iraq on the 31st of October.
- 1985 - A two-hour policy speech by party leader Karmenu Mifsud Bonnici concludes an extraordinary MLP General Conference at Rialto Theatre in Cospicua.
- 1988 - Omar Mohammad Ali Rezaq, the sole survivor of a terrorist trio who in 1985 hijacked an Egyptian plane and forced it to land in Malta, pleads guilty before a Criminal Court.
- 1991 - Members of Alternattiva Demokratika chain themselves to Auberge de Castille railings protesting against the proposed voting reform.
- 1993 - Malta joins other European countries to mark the historic event of the single European market.
- 1994 - The Archbishop of Canterbury and the Archbishop of Malta unite in ecumenical prayer at the Mdina Cathedral.
- 1995 - Libya makes Malta responsible for Shqaqi's murder and brings its sea link with Malta at a standstill; Foreign Minister Gudio De Marco rebuts the Libyan charge saying: "One cannot expect us to take responsibility when persons of higher security requirements were on the island without the Government being informed".
- 1996 - Finance Minister Lino Spiteri stresses that VAT had to continue being collected until a more suitable taxation system is introduced.
- 1998 - Britain offers to help Malta's EU membership bid both politically and technically.
- 1999 - Hours of top level talks between the Government and GWU fail to produce a solution to the differences over a collective agreement for the Malta Drydocks.
- 2001 - A fresh report from the European Commission says that Malta has made progress on road to membership.
|Famous birthdays for this day ...|
- 1952 - Susan Azzopardi, Actress
- 1954 - Luciano Micallef, Artist
- 1956 - Reno Bianchi, Hockey Player
- 1967 - Moses Mercieca, Footballer (Kalkara/Gudja Utd: 1988-present)
- 1974 - Darren Attard, Footballer (Hibernians: 1984-present)
- 1976 - Pablo Agius, Footballer (St.George's: 1992-present)
- 1976 - Sandro Ciantar, Footballer (B'Kara/Balzan/Lija/Mqabba: 1992-present)
- 1976 - Stephen Falzon, Footballer (St. Andrews: 1992-present)
|Famous deaths for this day ...|
- 1995 - Joseph John Mangion, Professor of Dental Surgery, dies at 86
- 2003 - Nellie Bartolo, Dun Gorg Preca's home aide, dies at 88