KUWAIT, June 21 (KUNA) --
1958 -- Al-Mulla Saleh Al-Mulla, the private secretary of Kuwait's 7th ruler Sheikh Mubarak Al-Sabah and a personal envoy, passed away at age of 80. The deceased was the first director of the department of passports and was chief of staff up until 1941. He was the government secretary and was granted the Sir Title by the British government in appreciation of his services.
1964 -- State of Kuwait held its first Municipal Council election, the first to be elected by direct vote. Mohammad Yusuf Al-Adsani was elected as chairman. The council held last session on May 14, 1966.
1964 -- Kuwait Journalists Association was established with the objective of promoting journalism and defending journalists. Among founding members were Ghanima Al-Marzouq, Abdulaziz Al-Masaeed and Khaled Al-Essa.
1975 -- Kuwait Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Salem Al-Sabah signed an agreement regarding establishment of the Arab Academy for Maritime Transport.
1976 -- Kuwait Cinema Club was established with the aim of showing world-class movies and deliberate all issues related to cinema industry, directing and production. The first movie, a Kuwaiti 27-minute-long film called Funoon, was shown at Kuwait Chamber of Commerce and Industry on May 14, 1977.
1980 -- Awni Battash, head of Palestine Liberation Organization's (PLO) Kuwait office, escaped an assassination attempt.
1982 -- Kuwait national football team lost 1-4 to France as part of the FIFA World Cup in Spain.
1996 -- Kuwait News Agency (KUNA) signed a USD 1.3 million contract with the French News Agency (AFP) to upgrade the editorial system.
1999 -- A celebration was held in London to mark the 100th anniversary of the 1899 friendshop pact between Britain and Kuwait. The two countries voiced desire to further boosting relations. Kuwait was represented by Minister of Amiri Diwan Sheikh Nasser Mohammad Al-Ahmad Al-Sabah.
2010 -- Kuwait Red Crescent Society donated USD one million to Kyrgyzstan in the wake of ethnic violence that displaced thousands of people.
2011 -- A team in Al-Razi Hospital conducted a surgery in the spinal cord using the eXtreme Lateral Interbody Fusion (XLIF) technique, the first in the Gulf region.
2014 -- The hydrology program council approved State of Kuwait's proposal to recognize Kuwait Institute of Scientific Research's Water Research Center as an affiliate to UNESCO.
2018 -- Kuwait Fund for Arab Economic Development (KFAED) signed a loan agreement with Mauritius to extend 7.5 million Kuwaiti Dinars (USD 25.5 million) to fund the first phase of Flacq Hospital.
2018 -- KFAED signed a KD eight million (USD 27 million) loan agreement with Guinea to fund a road project in Conakry. (end) bs