|TODAY IN MALTESE HISTORY|
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|On this day in history ...|
- 1957 - Annoucement that Admiral Sir Ralph Edwards will become Commander-in-Chief of the Allied Forces in the Mediterranean.
- 1959 - Messers. Bailey take over the Malta Dockyard. Hand-over ceremony takes place at the Place in Valletta.
- 1959 - The 39th National Lottery drawn. Stakers in the United Kingdom collect £53,450 from the £60,000 prize fund.
- 1963 - Prime Minister Borg Olivier presents the 1963-64 Budget to Parlament.
- 1964 - Floriana seaman wins first prize in National Lottery.
- 1965 - Rediffusion General Manager Edward Hamilton Hill tells a press conference that Radio Malta is due to start broadcasting in the near future.
- 1967 - Hovercraft demonstration in the Grand Harbour.
- 1972 - Archbishop Gonzi calls on Prime Minister Mintoff at the Auberge de Castille.
- 1974 - Air Malta's first Boeing 720-B arrives at Luqa Airport from Karachi, Pakistan.
- 1974 - An economic delegation arrives from the Democratic People's Republic of Korea for talks.
- 1975 - First Pilot Medical Refresher and Updating Course in Gerontology and Geriatrics officially opened at Grand Hotel Verdala in Rabat.
- 1976 - Police mount an intersive search for a man after another had been critically injured in a shooting incident.
- 1979 - The new Malta-Gozo ferry "Ghawdex" begins a twice-daily service between the two islands.
- 1979 - The Italian Military Mission, which has been in Malta for serveral years, leaves.
- 1981 - The National Museum of Political History opens in Vittoriosa.
- 1981 - Commanders of the Armed Forces of Malta and of the Task Force leave for a one-week visit to Yugoslavia for talks with military officials.
- 1982 - The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Daniel Micallef, warns P.N. members of parlament that they may lose their seats if they remain absent from the house after the 26th of April.
- 1982 - Prime Minister Mintoff announces in Parlament that Air Malta will buy three new Boeing 737 200A aircrafts for Lm22 million.
- 1983 - Twenty-five Nationalist MPs co-opted on March 9 by the House of Representatives take an oath of loyalty to the people, the Republic of Malta and to the constitution.
- 1984 - A national conference organised by the Nationalist Party on theme "Il-Qaghda tal-Haddiema f'Pajjizna" (The Situation of Workers in Our Country) opens at the University of Malta Assembly Hall.
- 1987 - Acting President of the Republic, Paul Xuereb, holds an official reception at the Palace in Valletta to mark Freedom Day.
- 1989 - Prime Minister Fenech Adami and Acting Presi 9th Xuereb call for an end to political polarisation in Malta.
- 1989 - Italy donates an advanced radar system for air traffic control to the Malta Civil Aviation Department.
- 1990 - Enemalta Corporation introduces unleaded premium gasoline, with a minimum octane rating of 95 RON.
- 1999 - Prime Minister Fenech Adami and and EC Commissioner Madutes discuss future relations between Malta and Europe.
- 1990 - M.L.P. Leader Karmenu Mifsud Bonnici calls for the withdrawal of all foreign forces from the Mediterranean.
- 1992 - Farmers Cooperative plans a market research exercise.
- 1993 - Drydocks abides by court decision and decides to pay $12m damages in compensation to "Princess Tanya" owners.
- 1994 - Cabinet changes are announced: Education Minister Ugo Mifsud Bonnici resigns to be nominated President of Malta. Michael Falzon becomes Education Minister, Francis Zammit Dimech becomes Enviroment Minister, Michael Frendo becomes Minister of Transport, Communications and Technology, and Michael Refalo becomes Minister for Youth and the Arts.
- 1994 - The House of Representatives unanimously approves a motion of thanks to President Tabone at the end of his term.
- 1994 - EU Commissioner Hans Van Den Broek rules out Malta's membership of the EU before the 1996 inter-governmental conference.
- 1995 - Luxembourg Prime Minister Jean Claude Juncker says that Malta's request for accession negotiations to start before next year's Inter-governmental Conferance will be forwarded to the EU by his country.
- 1997 - A memorandum drawn up by the Malta Insitute of Waste Management says that a long term waste managment policy must be backed up by effective legislation.
- 1998 - Prime Minister Alfred Sant announces that Government is seeking help of a German company in running of Malta Shipbuilding.
- 1999 - The House of Representatives appoints Guido Demarco as the sixth President of Malta.
|Famous birthdays for this day ...|
- 1896 - Alberto Magri, Judge
- 1903 - George Portanier, Company Director
- 1920 - Valentino Vince Barbara, Translator/Poet
- 1953 - David Joseph Attard, Professior of International Law
- 1957 - Michael Fenech, Theatre Director/Watercolourist/Educator
- 1959 - Renzo Gauci, Statue-maker
- 1973 - David Galea, Footballer (Hamrun Spartans)
|Famous deaths for this day ...|
- 1907 - Manwel Magri, Archaeologist/Folklorist, dies at 56