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Today’s Observances: Jan. 29

On this date in Bulgarian history:
1866: The troupe of the Bulgarian theatre community in Braila, Romania, stage its first show: the drama “Stoyan Voivode” by Dobri Voinikov. This is the first performance featuring actresses.
1878: Turgovishte and Kyustendil are liberated from Ottoman rule during Russo- Turkish War (1877-1878).
1929: First national beauty pageant is held in Sofia, organized by “Zora” newspaper. Lyuba Yotsova, 22, from Vratsa, is named Most Beautiful Bulgarian Woman.
1946: Society of Free Writers is set up in Sofia as alternative to Union of Bulgarian Writers, to be disbanded in 1950.
1997: National strike staged by three trade unions against Zhan Videnov’s government.
2015: Bulgarian National Audit Office Act adopted.