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Today’s Observances: August 13-14

August 13
The world:
– International Left-Handers’ Day (designated by Left Handers International, first observed in 1976).
On this date in Bulgarian history:
1888: Sofia Railway Station and railway from Tsaribrod to Sofia are inaugurated (old style date: August 1, 1888). Orient Express, international train from London via Paris to Constantinople, arrives in Sofia.
1912: First flight performed by Simeon Petrov, Bulgarian trained at Louis Bleriot’s school in France. Petrov flies Bleriot XXI airplane. 
1992: Diplomatic relations established with Croatia.
1996: Central Depository is established to provide custodial services for securities.
2003: International agreement establishing Strymon-Strouma Euroregion, comprising Bulgarian Region of Blagoevgrad and Greek Prefecture of Serres, is signed in southwestern town of Blagoevgrad.
August 14
On this date in Bulgarian history: 
1945: Bulgaria re-establishes diplomatic relations with the USSR (established July 23, 1934, severed September 5, 1944).
1958: Diplomatic relations are established with Iraq.  
1963: Bulgaria’s first electronic digital computer, Vitosha, goes into operation. Mainframe sized 4 by 2 metres has 4,096-word memory and is intended for mathematical and scientific calculations.
1984: Diplomatic relations are established with Maldives.
1991: The Grand National Assembly ratifies the European Cultural Convention of December 19, 1954.