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Today in History: July 21

NASSAU, BAHAMAS – Parliament dissolved, a famous musician dies and a hospital fire. See what events took place on this day in history.

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NASSAU, BAHAMAS – On this day in Bahamian history – In 1992, Parliament was dissolved, which paved the way for the next general election that was held on August 19th that year.  

The Free National Movement won the election, in which Hubert Ingraham also returned for his second consecutive term as prime minister. 

Then in 2014, noted musician and former Coconut Grove MP Edmund Moxie died at the age of 80. Moxie was born on Ragged Island in 1933. 

Then Prime Minister Perry Christie in a statement, said Moxie would be best remembered for his many years of fearless involvement in front-line politics.  

Moxie was among the group of PLP members elected to the House of Assembly in the historic general election on January 10th, 1967 which ushered in majority rule. Moxie served in the House until 1977 and served as parliamentary secretary for community development from 1968 – 1971.   

In that role, Moxie began the development of Jumbey Village which was designed to express the country’s cultural heritage. 

And finally, in 2017, dozens of patients were wheeled out of the Rand Memorial Hospital in Freeport after a kitchen fire.  

Photos and videos had circulated that showed nurses escorting patients into the parking lot. 

The fire did not cause any serious injury, however, two staff members suffered mild smoke inhalations. 

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