Today’s Observances: June 25-26

June 25:
The world:
– National Day of Mozambique. Independence Day (1975);
– National Day of Slovenia. Statehood Day (1991).
On this date in Bulgarian history:
1880: National Statistical Institute’s predecessor is found.
1887: The 3rd Grand National Assembly (1886-1887) elects Ferdinand Saxe-Coburg-Gotha Prince of Bulgaria (Tsar since September 22, 1908).
1962: Diplomatic relations established with Benin (Dahomey until 1975).
1975: Diplomatic relations established with Mozambique.
1991: Sofia Commodity Exchange is inaugurated.
1999: National Assembly ratifies Agreement with NATO on transit passage of troops and equipment through Bulgaria within framework of operation against Yugoslavia.
2005: Elections held for 40th National Assembly.
2009: The 40th National Assembly holds its conclusive final sitting.
June 26
The world:
– International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking;
– International Day in Support of Victims of Torture;
– National Day of Madagascar: Independence Day (1960).
On this date in Bulgarian history:
1879: Newly elected Bulgarian Prince Alexander I is sworn is before First Grand National Assembly in Tarnovo.
1962: Hieromonk Paissii of Hilandar is canonized by Bulgarian Patriarch Kiril on occasion of 200th anniversary of his “Slav-Bulgarian History”.
1974: Diplomatic relations with Portugal (established 1925, severed September 15, 1945) are restored and upgraded to embassy level.          
1987: UN International Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment, ratified on October 9, 1986, enters into force for Bulgaria.
1991: Diplomatic relations established with El Salvador.
1992: First Optional Protocol to International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, ratified on December 10, 1991, enters into force for Bulgaria.