site.btaToday's Observances: August 12
- International Youth Day (declared on December 17, 1999 by UN General Assembly resolution; first observed on August, 12, 2000).
On this date in Bulgarian history:
1875: In Bucharest, Bulgarian Revolutionary Central Committee decides that uprising against Ottoman rule must be declared immediately.
1879: Danubian Flotilla set up in Rousse. Birthday of Bulgarian Navy.
1888: Tsaribrod-Sofia-Vakarel-Belovo railway, designed and built by Bulgarians only, opens to international traffic. Sofia's railway station is inaugurated.
1960: Higher Military Medical Institute (now Military Medical Academy) is established.
1999: Bulgaria starts clearing Cold War landmine fields near villages of Chakalarovo, Gorno Kapinovo and Draganovo in Kurdjali Region (on border with Greece) under Convention on the Prohibition of the Use, Stockpiling, Production and Transfer of Anti-Personnel Mines and on their Destruction.