Today in History
Sunday, May 19, 2013
On this day in history …
- 1963 - Prime Minister Borg Olivier addresses farmers in Rabat and stresses the importance of their work to Malta's economic set-up.
- 1964 - H.M.S. Lion arrives for a two month attachment to the Mediterranean Fleet.
- 1975 - British High Commissioner Robin Haydon, presents books and periodivals to the Royal University of Malta, as part of a Lm4,000 gift.
- 1979 - Martini Middle Sea Race begins from Marsamxett Harbour.
- 1980 - St. James Counterguard allocated to the Police as a recreation center.
- 1987 - Archbishop's Curia issues press statement over acts of violence committed in past days.
- 1987 - Films and programmes depicting violence are not to be shown on local television by order of Education Minister Ugo Mifsud Bonnici who's ministry is also responsible for broadcasting.
- 1989 - Court rejects a claim to prevent work on the new power station.
- 1990 - G.W.U. holds a lightning strike at Bank of Valletta.
- 1992 - The MUT announces it has reached agreement with the Government on the instructors grades.
- 1994 - Government denies MLP's claims that it did not know how the $205 million international loan taken up by the Malta Freeport to finance a second terminal would be repaid.
- 1994 - The Association for Hunting and Conservation calls for the resignation of Enviroment Parliamentary Secretary Stanley Zammit.
- 1995 - Church newpaper "Il-Gens" claims that former Health Minister Dr. Vincent Moran is referring patients for abortion in Sicily.
- 1998 - Hotel owners complain that they were receiving exorbitant water bills covering a period of 37 days; the new bills represent an increase of 50%, says the Malta Hotels and Restaurants Association.
- 1999 - Air Terminal assisitant manager recieves Worker of the Year Award.
- 1999 - Malta doubts Turkey's assurance that it would consider intervening if its court orders the execution of an Egyptian man currently jailed in Malta.
- 2000 - The Italian government donates military equipment to the Armed Forces of Malta to enhance Malta's air defence capability.
- 2001 - A concert by the National Orchestra at the Mdina Cathedral starts ten minutes late as a protest by the members of the orchestra. Government had not accepted their union's request for a salary increase.
- 2001 - The newly-built headquarters of the pro-EU lobby group, IVA, is the target of vandals.
- 2002 - The Financial Times says the decision to include Maltese as an official EU language could prove to be a costly victory for Malta and the EU.
- 2004 - Dominic Bonnici is sentenced to 30 years in prison after pleading guilty to the murder of Gigi and Guza Grima on February 10th, 2000.
- 2004 - New Zealand's Prime Minister Helen Clarke meets her Maltese counterpart Lawrence Gonzi during a visit to Malta.
Famous birthdays for this day ...
- 1913 - Mario Bonello, Notary Public
- 1922 - Roger Degiorgio, Architect & Civil Engineer
- 1933 - Edward F. De Bono, Philosopher/Writer (Lateral Thinking)
- 1940 - Mario Meli, Sports Journalist/Broadcaster
- 1946 - Tony Borg, Goalkeeper (Floriana)
- 1949 - Joe Borg, Footballer
- 1964 - Dennis Mizzi, Footballer (Hamrun Spartans/Malta)
- 1976 - Darrell Pace, Journalist
- 1976 - Miriam Dalli, Journalist/Broadcaster
Famous deaths for this day …
- 1967 - Frenc Mercieca (Frenc ta'l-Gharb), Faith Healer, dies at 75
- 1996 - Josephine Burns Debono, Activist, dies at 88