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Today’s Observances: August 5

The world:
– Victory Day in Croatia.
On this date in Bulgarian history:
1918: Diplomatic relations established with Finland at legation level. Upgraded to embassy level on February 1, 1963.
1920: Compulsory labour service is introduced by Alexander Stamboliyski Government.
1946: Youth brigade movement begins with 2,000 youths starting road construction in Hainboaz Pass (Balkan Range).
1947: Bulgarian Agrarian National Union activist Nikola Petkov goes on trial on charges of plotting coup. Executed on September 23, 1947. Rehabilitated on January 16, 1990.
1958: Ancient ruins near Pliska, Madara and Preslav are designated archaeological reserves.
1998: Emil Kostadinov and Ignat Nikolov become first Bulgarian mountaineers to climb Mt Eiger in Swiss Alps (3,970 m) along Northern Face, aka “Murder Wall.”