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Today’s Observances: January 16

On this date in Bulgarian history: 
1878: Pernik liberated from Ottoman rule during 1877-1878 Russo-Turkish War.
1878: Plovdiv liberated from Ottoman rule during 1877-1878 Russo-Turkish War. 
1880: Sofia Municipal Council approves capital city’s first regulation plan.
1896: Prince Ferdinand I promulgates legislation on measures against Phylloxera contamination (vineyard plague) and on restoration of vines destroyed by it. This is Bulgaria’s first statutory instrument in plant protection.
1908: Alexander Malinov forms Democratic Party Cabinet.
1990: National Roundtable Talks between Communist Party and opposition organizations begin shortly after fall of Communist leader Todor Zhivkov, to end with signature of set of agreements on May 15.