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Malta
Malta , officially known as the Republic of Malta , is a Southern European country consisting of an archipelago situated in the centre of the Mediterranean, south of Sicily, east of Tunisia and north of Libya, with Gibraltar to the west and Alexandria to the east.Malta covers just over in land area, making it one of the world's smallest microstates...
Timeline of Events
1522
12.20.1522
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.
1693
1.11.1693
Mt. Etna erupts in Sicily, Italy. A powerful earthquake destroys parts of Sicily and Malta.
1799
1.17.1799
Maltese patriot Dun Mikiel Xerri, along with a number of other patriots, is executed.
1800
9.5.1800
Napoleon surrenders Malta to Great Britain.
1840
10.14.1840
The Maronite leader Bashir II surrenders to the British Army and then is sent into exile on the islands of Malta.
1919
6.7.1919
Sette giugno: Riot in Malta; four are killed.
1943
9.29.1943
World War II: U.S. General Dwight D. Eisenhower and Italian Marshal Pietro Badoglio sign an armistice aboard the Royal Navy battleship HMS Nelson off Malta.
1964
9.21.1964
Malta becomes independent from the United Kingdom.
12.1.1964
Malawi, Malta and Zambia join the United Nations.
1974
12.13.1974
Malta becomes a republic.
1979
3.31.1979
The last British soldier leaves the Maltese Islands. Malta declares its Freedom Day (Jum il-Helsien).
10.15.1979
Black Monday in Malta. The Building of the Times of Malta, the residence of the opposition leader Eddie Fenech Adami and several Nationalist Party clubs are ransacked and destroyed by supporters of the Malta Labour Party.
1985
11.23.1985
Gunmen hijack EgyptAir Flight 648 while en route from Athens to Cairo. When the plane lands in Malta, Egyptian commandos storm the hijacked jetliner, but 60 people die in the raid.
1989
12.3.1989
Cold War: In a meeting off the coast of Malta, US President George H. W. Bush and Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev release statements indicating that the cold war between their nations may be coming to an end.
1995
10.26.1995
Israeli-Palestinian Conflict: Mossad agents assassinate Islamic Jihad leader Fathi Shikaki in his hotel in Malta.
2001
8.1.2001
Bulgaria, Cyprus, Latvia, Malta, Slovenia and Slovakia join the European Environment Agency.
2002
12.13.2002
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
5.1.2004
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.
2008
1.1.2008
Malta and Cyprus officially adopt the Euro currency and become the fourteenth and fifteenth Eurozone countries.