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Events 1 - 40 of 40
0060-02-10 - St Paul thought to have been shipwrecked at Malta
1283-07-08 - War of the Sicilian Vespers: Battle of Malta
1522-12-20 - Suleiman the Magnificent accepts the surrender of the surviving Knights of Rhodes, who are allowed to evacuate. They eventually settle on Malta and become known as the Knights of Malta.
1565-06-23 - Turgut Reis (Dragut), commander of the Ottoman Navy, dies during the Siege of Malta.
1565-09-08 - Turkish siege of Malta broken by Maltese & Knights of St John
1800-09-05 - Malta surrenders to British after they blockade French troops
1840-10-14 - Maronite leader Bashir II surrenders to the British forces and goes into exile in Malta.
1919-06-07 - Sette giugno: Riot in Malta; four are killed.
1922-11-17 - Turkish sultan Mehmed VI flees to Malta on British warship
1940-06-11 - Italy declares war on allies/raids Malta
1940-06-11 - World War II: First attack of the Italian Air force on the island of Malta.
1942-03-07 - 15 Mk-VB Spitfires reach Malta
1942-03-20 - Major German assault on Malta
1942-03-21 - Heavy German assault on Malta
1942-03-22 - Heavy German assault on Malta
1942-04-07 - Heavy German assault on Malta
1942-04-15 - George VI awards George Cross to people of Malta
1942-04-16 - King George VI awards George Cross to Island of Malta
1942-04-20 - Heavy German assault on Malta
1943-05-01 - German plane sinks boat loaded with Palestinian Jews bound for Malta
1943-09-10 - Italian fleet anchors at Malta
1959-12-08 - Dom Mintoff demands independence for Malta
1964-09-21 - Malta gains independence from Britain
1964-09-21 - Malta becomes independent from the United Kingdom.
1965-04-29 - Malta is 18th member of Council of Europe
1967-09-23 - Radio Malta stops testing
1974-04-26 - Malta adopts constitution
1974-06-02 - Malta's constitution goes into effect
1974-12-13 - Malta becomes a republic
1976-09-18 - Dom Mintoff's Labour Party wins Malta election
1979-03-31 - The last British soldier leaves the Maltese Islands. Malta declares its Freedom Day (Jum il-Helsien).
1982-02-16 - Agatha Barbara elected as 1st female president of Malta
1985-11-23 - 58 die as Egyptian commandos storm hijack Egyptair jet in Malta
1985-11-24 - Egyptian commandos storm captured Boeing in Malta, 60 killed
1995-10-26 - Israeli-Palestinian Conflict: Mossad agents assassinate Islamic Jihad leader Fathi Shikaki in his hotel in Malta.
2001-08-01 - Bulgaria, Cyprus, Latvia, Malta, Slovenia and Slovakia join the European Environment Agency.
2002-12-13 - Enlargement of the European Union: The European Union announces that Cyprus, the Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Poland, Slovakia, and Slovenia will become members from May 1, 2004.
2004-05-01 - Cyprus, Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Poland, Slovakia, and Slovenia join the European Union, celebrated at the residence of the Irish President in Dublin.
2007-12-21 - The Schengen Agreement area increases to include 9 European Union member states; Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Poland, Slovakia, and Slovenia on land and sea borders.
2008-01-01 - Malta and Cyprus officially adopt the Euro currency and become the fourteenth and fifteenth Eurozone countries.
Birthdays 1 - 13 of 13
1845-09-01 - Paul S Methuen, English fieldmarshal/governor of Natal/Malta
1897-08-04 - Joseph Calleia, Malta, actor (Jungle Book, Gilda, Touch of Evil)
1910-09-01 - Jack Hawkins, London, actor (Ben-Four Just Men, Zulu, Malta Story)
1913-03-30 - Censu Tabone, President of Malta, (d. 2012)
1916-08-06 - Dom Mintoff, Bormla, Malta, Maltese Prime Minister (1955-58, 1971-84), (d. 2012)
1920-05-21 - Anthony Steel, London, actor (Malta Story, Wooden Horse)
1934-02-07 - Eddie Fenech Adami, President of Malta
1952-07-22 - Madeleine Collinson, Malta, twin playmate (Oct, 1970)
1952-07-22 - Mary Collinson, Malta, twin playmate (Oct, 1970)
1974-08-06 - Adrian Voinea, Focsani Romania, tennis star (1995 Malta)
1976-01-19 - Claire Grech, Miss Malta Universe (1997)
1977-11-04 - Roseanne Farrugia, Miss Universe-Malta (1996)
1980-11-09 - Dominique Maltais, Quebec snowboarder
Weddings 1 - 2 of 2
2006-07-08 - "The Surreal Life" actress Brigitte Nielsen (43) weds model Mattia Dessi at the Radisson SAS Golden Sands Resort and Spa in Malta
2006-07-08 - "The Surreal Life" actress Brigitte Nielsen (43) weds Italian model Mattia Dessi (27) in Malta
Deaths 1 - 6 of 6
1736-12-10 - António Manoel de Vilhena, Portuguese ruler of Malta (b. 1663)
2000-02-18 - Willy Maltaite, Belgian comics creator (b. 1927
2008-05-01 - Anthony Mamo, Malta's first President (b. 1909)
2010-08-12 - Guido de Marco, 6th president of Malta, 45th President of the United Nations General Assembly (b. 1931)
2011-07-08 - Mary Fenech Adami, First Lady of Malta (b. 1933)
2012-03-14 - Censu Tabone, President of Malta, dies at 98