Maltese History

Historical Events

  • 0060-02-10 St Paul thought to have been shipwrecked at Malta

When The Bells Rang Out For FreedomWhen The Bells Rang Out For Freedom

1283-07-08 War of the Sicilian Vespers: Battle of Malta
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An artist's impression of the start of the War of the Vespers
An artist's impression of the start of the War of the Vespers

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1522-12-20 Suleiman the Magnificent accepts surrender of the surviving Knights of Rhodes, who are allowed to evacuate. They eventually settle in Malta and become known as the Knights of Malta.

Ottoman Sultan Suleiman the Magnificent
Ottoman Sultan
Suleiman the Magnificent
  • 1565-06-23 Turgut Reis (Dragut), commander of the Ottoman Navy, dies during the Siege of Malta
  • 1565-09-08 Turkish siege of Malta broken by Maltese & Knights of St John
  • 1799-01-17 Maltese patriot Dun Mikiel Xerri, along with a number of other patriots, is executed
  • 1800-09-05 Malta surrenders to British after they blockade French troops
  • 1840-10-14 Maronite leader Bashir II surrenders to the British forces and goes into exile in Malta.
  • 1919-06-07 Sette giugno: Riot in Malta; four are killed.

TurkeyEnd of the Ottoman Empire

1922-11-17 The last sultan of the Ottoman Empire, Mehmed VI, is expelled to Malta on a British warship
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The last Ottoman sultan, Mehmed VI, departs his palace in Istanbul after the abolition of the monarchy
The last Ottoman sultan, Mehmed VI, departs his palace in Istanbul after the abolition of the monarchy
  • 1940-06-11 Italy declares war on Allies
  • 1940-06-11 World War II: First attack of the Italian Air force on the island of Malta
  • 1942-03-07 15 Mk-VB Spitfires reach Malta
  • 1942-03-20 Major German assault on Malta

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1942-04-15 George VI awards George Cross to people of Malta

King of the United Kingdom George VI
King of the United Kingdom
George VI
  • 1942-04-28 German Luftwaffe estimated to have flown over 11 thousand sorties against Malta since 20th March

  • 1943-05-01 German plane sinks the British ship SS Erinpura in the Mediterranean with the loss of 799 lives
  • 1943-09-10 Italian fleet anchors at Malta
  • 1959-12-08 Dom Mintoff demands independence for Malta
  • 1964-09-21 Malta becomes independent from the United Kingdom.
  • 1965-04-29 Malta becomes 18th member of Council of Europe
  • 1967-09-23 Radio Malta stops testing
  • 1974-04-26 Malta adopts constitution
  • 1974-06-02 Malta's constitution goes into effect
  • 1974-12-13 Malta becomes a republic
  • 1976-09-18 Dom Mintoff's Labour Party wins Malta election
  • 1979-03-31 The last British soldier leaves the Maltese Islands. Malta declares its Freedom Day (Jum il-Helsien).
  • 1982-02-16 Agatha Barbara elected as 1st female president of Malta
  • 1985-11-23 58 die as Egyptian commandos storm hijack Egyptair jet in Malta
  • 1985-11-24 Egyptian commandos storm captured Boeing in Malta, 60 killed
  • 1995-10-26 Israeli-Palestinian Conflict: Mossad agents assassinate Islamic Jihad leader Fathi Shikaki in his hotel in Malta.
  • 2001-08-01 Bulgaria, Cyprus, Latvia, Malta, Slovenia and Slovakia join the European Environment Agency.
  • 2002-12-13 Enlargement of the European Union: The European Union announces that Cyprus, the Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Poland, Slovakia, and Slovenia will become members from May 1, 2004.
  • 2004-05-01 Cyprus, Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Poland, Slovakia, and Slovenia join the European Union, celebrated at the residence of the Irish President in Dublin.
  • 2006-05-09 George Preca is canonized as the first Maltese saint in history
  • 2007-12-21 The Schengen Agreement area increases to include 9 European Union member states; Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Poland, Slovakia, and Slovenia on land and sea borders.
  • 2008-01-01 Malta and Cyprus officially adopt the Euro currency and become the fourteenth and fifteenth Eurozone countries.
  • 2014-04-03 Marie Louise Coleiro Preca is elected President of Malta

Famous Birthdays

  • 1845-09-01 Paul S Methuen, English fieldmarshal/governor of Natal/Malta
  • 1860-12-25 Manuel Dimech, Maltese philosopher and social reformer (d. 1921)
  • 1877-11-02 Joseph De Piro, Maltese founder of the Missionary Society of St. Paul, born in Mdina, Malta (d. 1933)
  • 1885-11-16 Mikiel Gonzi, Roman Catholic Archbishop of Malta (1944-76), born in Vittoriosa, Birgu, Malta (d. 1984)
  • 1897-08-04 Joseph Calleia, Maltese-American actor (Jungle Book, Gilda, Touch of Evil), born in Mdina, Malta (d. 1975)
  • 1910-09-14 Jack Hawkins, British actor (Lawrence of Arabia, Ben-Hur Just Men, Zulu, Malta Story), born in London, England (d. 1973)
  • 1913-03-30 Censu Tabone, President of Malta, (d. 2012)
  • 1914-02-12 Arvid Pardo, Maltese diplomat, a.k.a "Father of the Law of the Sea Conference", born in Rome, Italy (d. 1999)
  • 1916-08-06 Dom Mintoff, Maltese Prime Minister (1955-58, 1971-84), born in Bormla, Malta (d. 2012)
  • 1920-05-21 Anthony Steel, British actor and singer (Malta Story, The Wooden Horse), born in London, England (d. 2001)
  • 1930-09-24 Angelo Muscat, Maltese-born British actor (The Prisoner, Doctor Who), born in the Republic of Malta (d. 1977)
  • 1934-02-07 Eddie Fenech Adami, President of Malta
  • 1968-02-08 Claudette Pace, Maltese singer
  • 1974-08-06 Adrian Voinea, Focsani Romania, tennis star (1995 Malta)
  • 1974-10-16 Deo Grech, Maltese television presenter, songwriter
  • 1977-09-13 Ivan De Battista, Maltese actor, singer and composer, born in Gzira, Malta
  • 1980-11-09 Dominique Maltais, Canadian snowboarder, born in Petite-Rivière-Saint-François, Canada
  • 1981-04-27 Fabrizio Faniello, Maltese singer, born in Floriana, Malta
  • 1981-07-31 Ira Losco, Maltese singer (Walk on Water), born in Sliema, Malta
  • 1982-06-24 Clint Bajada, Maltese television and radio presenter

Famous Weddings


LoveWedding of Interest

1956-01-01 Actor Gene Hackman (25) weds Fay Maltese

  • 2006-07-08 "The Surreal Life" actress Brigitte Nielsen (43) weds model Mattia Dessi (27) at the Radisson SAS Golden Sands Resort and Spa in Malta

Famous Deaths

  • 1736-12-10 António Manoel de Vilhena, Portuguese ruler of Malta (b. 1663)
  • 1933-09-17 Joseph De Piro, Maltese founder of the Missionary Society of St. Paul, dies at 55
  • 1977-10-10 Angelo Muscat, Maltese-born British actor (The Prisoner, Doctor Who), dies at 47
  • 2000-02-18 Willy Maltaite, Belgian comics creator (b. 1927
  • 2008-05-01 Anthony Mamo, Malta's first President (b. 1909)
  • 2008-10-12 Karl Chircop, Maltese politician (b. 1965)
  • 2010-08-12 Guido de Marco, 6th president of Malta, 45th President of the United Nations General Assembly (b. 1931)
  • 2011-07-08 Mary Fenech Adami, First Lady of Malta (b. 1933)
  • 2012-03-14 Censu Tabone, President of Malta, dies at 98
  • 2012-08-20 Dom Mintoff, Maltese Prime Minister (1955-58, 1971-84), dies at 96