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Today’s Observances: May 6-8

May 6
The Orthodox Church marks the Feast Day of Holy Great Martyr George the Victorious (St George’s Day). 
– Day of Valour and the Armed Forces (public holiday).
– Patron saint’s day of the towns of Petrich, Rousse, Yakorouda, Kavarna, Mezdra, Pomorie, Tervel and Loukovit and of the municipalities of Anton and Banite. 
On this date in Bulgarian history:
1651: The first printed book in Modern Bulgarian, “Abagar” by Filip Stanislavov, is published in Rome.
2004: The Criminal Court in Benghazi, Libya, sentences five Bulgarian nurses and a Palestinian doctor to death on charges of intentionally infecting over 400 Libyan children with AIDS.
May 7
– Radio and Television Day.
On this date in Bulgarian history: 
1836: The Berkovitsa Uprising breaks out against Ottoman rule, with the participation of 3,000 to 4,000 people.  
1962: The Maritza East 2 Thermal Power Plant goes under construction.
1992: In Strasbourg, Bulgaria signs Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms.
1992: In Strasbourg, Bulgaria signs protocol of accession to Council of Europe.
2001:  An explosion occurs on board the Bulgarian tanker “Mesta” in the area of the Romanian Black Sea port of Constanta, killing two of the 34-member crew.
2004: Diplomatic relations are established with Honduras.
May 8 
The world: 
– Time of Remembrance and Reconciliation for Those Who Lost Their Lives during the Second World War, marked on May 8 and 9, by resolution 59/26 of 22 November 2004 of the UN General Assembly;
– International day of the Red Cross and the Red Crescent;
On this date in Bulgarian history:
1910: Diplomatic relations are established with Spain at legation level.
1984: Mountaineers Ivan Vulchev, Metodi Savov, Kiril Doskov and Nikolai Petkov climb the Everest (8,848 m).
1990: Bulgaria and European Community sign agreement on trade and economic cooperation.
2003: National Electricity Company joins Union for the Coordination of the Transmission of Electricity (UCTE).