|TODAY IN MALTESE HISTORY|
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|On this day in history ...|
- 1959 - 360 tourists the Grand Harbour on board the liner Oslofjord.
- 1961 - New Constitution for Malta restoring self-government is passed by Queen Elizabeth II in Council.
- 1961 - Archbishop Gonzi is operated on for acute appendicitis at the Blue Sisters' Hospital in Sliema.
- 1965 - Malta's Yacht Marina reaches fully capacity and it is announced that efforts will be made for additional space.
- 1970 - Start of the International Middle Sea Race from Marsamxett Harbour.
- 1972 - A U.N. Exhibition is held at the Paola Youth Centre as one of the activities marking United Nations Day.
- 1974 - Opening of the Second International Festival of Tourist Films organized by the Euro-African Foundation.
- 1975 - Group of Airline Managers stationed in Italy arrive in Malta to hold their monthly meeting.
- 1976 - Sea Malta ship Zejtun is damaged in collision with an Indonesian ship outside the Grand Harbour during the night.
- 1976 - A bulk buying division is set up in the Ministry of Trade; bulk buying was hitherto handled by the Malta Development Corporation.
- 1977 - Tourism Minister Daniel Piscopo announces that Malta aims at attracting half a million tourists a year by 1979.
- 1979 - An answer to Parliamentary Question reveals that production of water in Malta had increased by about four million gallons a day.
- 1980 - An agreement is signed between Malta and Austria for the setting up of a solar research centre in Malta whose primary activities will be directed towards the development of systems operated by solar energy.
- 1982 - Nationalist Party leader Eddie Fenech Adami leaves for Mainz in West Germany to address a meeting of European Democratic Union and thence to Strasburg as guests of the Christian Democratic Group of European Parliament.
- 1982 - Exhibition of veteran, vintage and classic cars opens at the Naxxar Trade Fair Grounds.
- 1983 - Exhibition on the life of Missionary Society of St Paul founder Giuseppi De Piro, opens at St John's Co-Cathedral Annexe marking the 50th anniversary of his death.
- 1984 - The Curia Press Office releases a copy of a letter expressing solidarity with Archbishop Mercieca sent to him by European Bishops taking part in a Council meeting of the European Episcopal Conference at Fatima in Portugal.
- 1986 - At the Palace in Valletta, Mgr Pier Luigi Celata, Apostolic Nuncio in Malta, hands a peace message from Pope John Paul II to President Barbara; same message, calling on nations in conflict to observe a day of truce on October 27, also presented to Prime Minister Mifsud Bonnici at his office in the Auberge de Castille.
- 1994 - Government departments function well despite the anti-VAT strike as private industry comes to a standstill; UHM claims that 80% of its members reported for work while the GWU insists that the strike has damaged the national economy.
- 1995 - GRTU and the tourism secretariat are locked in a debate over performance.
- 1996 - The Electoral Commission reports that all is set for election; for the first time ever, a number of voting documents remain uncollected.
- 1997 - Opposition leader Eddie Fenech Adami describes Government's motion to change contract conditions over Malta Labour Party property in Pembroke as scandalous and dishonest because the MLP would end up not paying thousands of liri owed to the Government.
- 1998 - The Ninth Parliament since Independence opens; Labour Opposition calls for a division on Speaker's nomination.
- 1998 - Archbishop Mercieca urges politicians to uphold "family" as the cornerstone of society.
- 1999 - MLP leader Alfred Sant pressures GWU further to state its views about EU membership.
|Famous birthdays for this day ...|
- 1871 - Joseph F. Bernard, Army Officer
- 1912 - Guze Galea, Historian/Broadcaster
- 1931 - Lolly Borg, Footballer (Floriana/Malta: 1954-1965)
- 1971 - Gordon Camenzuli, Footballer (Sliema Wanderers/Siggiewi/Mqabba/Zurrieq: 1982-1999)
|Famous deaths for this day ...|
- 1948 - Giuseppe Duca, Artist/Singer, dies at 77
- 1953 - Giuseppe Hyzler, Politician, dies at 67
- 1993 - Giuseppe Galea, Decorator, dies at 69