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  • Malta
    Sunday Sep 23, 1551
    Disasters with highest death tolls

    The Valletta, Malta Tornado

    Malta
    Sunday Sep 23, 1551

    The Grand Harbour of Malta tornado was a tornado that hit the Grand Harbour of Malta on September 23, 1551 with very intense strength. It began as a waterspout killing at least 600 people.




  • Malta
    Saturday Jun 9, 1798
    Napoleon

    Bonaparte reached Malta

    Malta
    Saturday Jun 9, 1798

    Bonaparte reached Malta on 9 June 1798, then controlled by the Knights Hospitaller. Grand Master Ferdinand von Hompesch zu Bolheim surrendered after token resistance, and Bonaparte captured an important naval base with the loss of only three men.




  • Malta
    Tuesday Jun 11, 1940
    World War II

    Siege of Malta

    Malta
    Tuesday Jun 11, 1940

    In early June 1940 the Italian Royal Air Forces attacked and besieged Malta, a British possession. The siege lasted from June 1940 to November 1942, the fight for the control of the strategically important island of the British Crown Colony of Malta, which pitted the air forces and navies of Fascist Italy and Nazi Germany against the Royal Air Force (RAF) and the Royal Navy. By May 1943, the Allied forces had sunk 230 Axis ships in 164 days, the highest Allied sinking rate of the war. The Allied victory in Malta played a major role in the eventual Allied success in North Africa.




  • Malta
    Tuesday Jan 30, 1945
    Winston Churchill

    Malta Conference

    Malta
    Tuesday Jan 30, 1945

    From 30 January to 2 February 1945, Churchill and Roosevelt met for their Malta Conference.




  • Malta
    Sunday Jul 16, 1950
    Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh

    Philip was promoted to lieutenant commander

    Malta
    Sunday Jul 16, 1950

    On 16 July 1950, Philip was promoted to lieutenant commander and given command of the frigate HMS Magpie.




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