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Today’s Observances: December 30-31

December 30
On this date in Bulgarian history:
1903: Prince Ferdinand decrees the establishment of Pleven’s Military Hospital
1907: Standard is set for Bulgarian Cyrillic typewriter keyboard layout.
1918: Diplomatic relations established with Poland.
1963: Oil Refinery in Bourgas (today’s Lukoil Neftochim) goes into operation.
1967: National Assembly decrees introduction of five-day working week.
1973: Oil and Gas State Company (today’s Bulgargaz) is set up.
1992: Cabinet headed by Prime Minister Lyuben Berov formed, which remains in office until October 17, 1994.
December 31
On this date in Bulgarian history:
1964: Diplomatic relations established with Republic of the Congo.
1964: Bishop Sophronius of Vratsa, leading figure of early Bulgarian National Revival, is canonized as a saint.
1984: Diplomatic relations with Egypt are restored (established February 3, 1926, severed January 9, 1942, restored March 26, 1947, severed again December 5, 1978).
2002: Kozloduy N-Plant Units 1 and 2 are taken off stream, honouring commitments linked to Bulgaria’s EU accession.
2006: Kozloduy N-Plant Units 3 and 4 are taken off stream, fulfilling Bulgaria’s obligations under its EU Accession Treaty.