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Today’s Observances: July 9-10

July 9
The world:
– Independence Day of Argentina (1816).
On this date in Bulgarian history:    1992: Case No. 3 (aka “Secret Weapons Assistance Case”) is instituted by Prosecutor General’s Office against former head of State Todor Zhivkov and another 21 high-ranking communist functionaries and senior government officials. They are charged with embezzling 243,537,000 unredenominated leva’s worth of weapons, ammunition, wheat and oil provided in assistance to terrorist regimes and sister Communist parties in Third World, including Nicaragua, Cuba, Kampuchea, Afghanistan, Angola and South Yemen, between 1986 and 1990. Case dismissed by Sofia City Prosecution Office on February 4, 2000 (dismissal confirmed by Sofia Appellate Prosecution Office on February 16, 2000).
1998: 38th National Assembly passes new Measures against Money Laundering Act.
2001: 5,950-ha Kalimok-Brushlen Locality (comprising seven Bulgarian Danube islands in Slivo Pole and Toutrakan municipalities) is designated protected area as habitat of over 200 bird species, of which 164 covered by European and World conservation conventions, 43 included in Bulgaria’s Red Data Book, and 130 protected under Nature Protection Act. 
July 10
The world:
– National Day of the Bahamas: Independence Day (1973).
On this date in Bulgarian history:
1876: Bulgarian Central Charitable Society is established as political organization of Bulgarian emigres in Romania with head office in Bucharest. Society spearheads movement for Bulgaria’s liberation from Ottoman rule after suppression of April Uprising of 1876.
1901: Bulgarian Women’s Union holds constituent congress (disbanded October 1944).
1966: FM radio relay and television station goes into operation on Botev Peak (2,376 m) in Central Balkan Range, covering more than 65 per cent of Bulgaria’s territory.
1969: National Assembly Presidium ratifies Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (signed July 1, 1968, effective March 5, 1970, extended indefinitely, May 11, 1995). In force for Bulgaria as from  March 5, 1970.
1980: Diplomatic relations established with Lesotho.
1990: Seventh Grand National Assembly holds first sitting (elected June 17, 1990, dissolved itself October 2, 1991 after adopting new Bulgarian Constitution).