|TODAY IN MALTESE HISTORY|
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|On this day in history ...|
- 1958 - Archbishop Gonzi orders prayers for fair weather.
- 1959 - The 2nd Light Anti-Aircraft Regiment of the Royal Malta Artillery returns to Malta by sea from exercises in Libya.
- 1963 - Two US and two Turkish submarines arrive in Malta.
- 1965 - Prime Minister George Borg Olivier leaves for the Rome to attend concluding ceremonies of the Ecumenical Council.
- 1966 - C.C.T. Debeaufort, a Dutch Consultant with UNESCO, arrives to advice and report on the security and stability of the Mdina Bastions and the Gozo Citadel.
- 1968 - Sir Francis Chichester arrives to present Middle Sea Race Prizes.
- 1969 - A set of 19 bells and a clock are installed at the Ta' Pinu Basilica in Gozo.
- 1970 - U.A.R. Ambassador Mostafa Kamal Mortague arrives in Malta for a five-day visit.
- 1970 - A new language laboratory is installed at De La Salle College.
- 1971 - Malta extends its territorial waters to 12 nautical miles.
- 1971 - The first ever National Fashon Festival organized in Malta is staged at The Hotel Phoenicia in Floriana.
- 1971 - BEA celebrates the 25th anniversary of its scheduled flight to Malta.
- 1971 - India's High Commissioner for Malta Apasaheb Belasaheb Pant present his letters of commission to Governor-General Anthony Mamo.
- 1973 - An exhibition of art and architectural works by Richard England opens at Phoenicia Hotel in Floriana.
- 1974 - Crew of Sea Malta first ro-ro vessel leaves for Marseilles.
- 1975 - Prime Minister Mintoff leaves on a visit to Bonn, Paris and London accompanied by Attorney General Edgar Mizzi, and the chairmen of Air Malta and Sea Malta.
- 1977 - Archbishop Mercieca announces the setting up of a Church Information Centre to organize pre-nuptial talks for non-Catholics who may marry Maltese in the Catholic Church and to give instruction on the Catholic Church which would lead to baptism for spouses of another denominations.
- 1978 - RAF Camberra crashes on take-off from Luqa Airport killing the second navigator.
- 1983 - 45 members of the General Workers Union who have been on membership list for 40 years presented with silver-plated salvers in ceremony at Workers Memorial Building in Valletta.
- 1986 - Thousands of people pay their last respects to Raymond Caruana at a funeral organised by the Nationalist Party and led by the party leader Eddie Fenech Adami; the funeral service is held at Gudja Parish Church with a Requiem Mass concelebrated by Archbishop Mercieca and 36 priests.
- 1991 - Joe R. Grima is appointed Secretary to the Cabinet.
- 1997 - Central Bank Governor Emanuel Ellul says a recovery from the economic slowdown is expected in the near future but the country has to tackle fiscal deficit more effectively.
- 1998 - VAT tax to be debated concurrently with the budget.
- 1999 - British Prime Minister Tony Blair pledges his full support for Malta's membership application to the EU in a letter to Prime Minister Fenech Adami.
|Famous birthdays for this day ...|
- 1958 - Marie Louise Coleiro, Politician (MLP: 1996-present)
|Famous deaths for this day ...|
- 1925 - Giovanni Maria Camilleri, Bishop of Gozo, dies at 82
- 1980 - Ignazio Cefai, Sculptor, dies at 87