site.btaToday's Observances: August 16

Today's Observances: August 16
Today's Observances: August 16

On this date in Bulgarian history:

1878: First Edinstvo [Unity] Committee is established in Plovdiv (South Central Bulgaria) to organize drive for union of Principality of Bulgaria with Ottoman vassal Eastern Rumelia. Edinstvo Committees start Bulgaria's irredentist movement.

1902: Bulgarian Cycling Union established.

1947: Opposition Agrarian leader Nikola Petkov is sentenced to death on charges of plotting a coup d'etat (executed September 23, 1947, rehabilitated January 16, 1990).

1979: First Banner of Peace International Children's Assembly opens in Sofia (until August 25) under patronage of UNESCO Director-General Amadou-Mahtar M'Bow, with participation of 1,100 children from Bulgaria and 1,094 children of 76 countries. Banner of Peace Monument unveiled in Sofia.

1982: Diplomatic relations established with Botswana.

2005: 40th National Assembly votes, 169-68, to elect Sergei Stanishev Prime Minister. Cabinet proposed by Stanishev is also approved and sworn in.

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