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Historical Events

Events 1 - 100 of 125

1521-03-17 - Portuguese navigator Ferdinand Magellan reaches the Philippines
1565-04-27 - 1st Spanish settlement in Philippines, Cebu City, forms
1582-06-20 - Bishop Domingo de Salazar of Manila suppresses the Philippines
1594-06-11 - Philip II recognized the rights and privileges of the local nobles and chieftains in the Philippines, which paves way to the creation of the Principalía (i.e., elite ruling class of native nobility in Spanish Philippines).
1600-10-16 - Olivier van Noorts ships reach Philippines
1603-10-20 - Chinese uprising in Philippines fails after 23,000 killed
1605-10-03 - Chinese uprising on Philippines, Tondo/Quiapo massacre
1607-01-19 - San Agustin Church in Manila is officially completed; it is currently the oldest church in the Philippines
1611-04-28 - Establishment of the Pontifical and Royal University of Santo Tomas, The Catholic University of the Philippines, the oldest existing university in Asia and the largest Catholic university in the world.
1660-12-15 - Philippines: Andres Malongs rebels plunders Bagnotan
1686-05-04 - Municipality of Ilagan is founded in the Philippines.
1755-06-29 - 515 prominant filipinos baptized as Catholic
1755-06-30 - Philippines close all non-catholic Chinese restaurants
1762-10-06 - British troops occupy Manila Philippines
1787-11-30 - Spanish governor leaves Philippines
1814-02-01 - Volcano Mayon on Luzon Philippines erupts killing 1,200
1820-03-09 - -11) Philippines chases out foreigners; about 125 die
1896-08-30 - Eight provinces in the Philippines were declared under martial law by the Spanish Governor General Ramon Blanco. This included the provinces of Batangas, Rizal, Cavite, Nueva Ecija as well as the nearby areas.
1898-04-24 - US fleet under commodore Dewey sails from Hong Kong to Philippines
1898-12-10 - Spanish-American War ends; US acquires Philippines, PR & Guam
1899-02-04 - Revolt against US occupation of Philippines
1899-12-02 - Philippine-American War: The Battle of Tirad Pass, termed "The Filipino Thermopylae", is fought.
1900-09-13 - Filipino resistance fighters defeat a small American column in the Battle of Pulang Lupa, during the Philippine-American War.
1900-09-17 - Philippine-American War: Filipinos under Juan Cailles defeat Americans under Colonel Benjamin F. Cheatham at Mabitac.
1904-10-19 - Polytechnic University of the Philippines founded as Manila Business School through the superintendence of the American C.A. O'Reilley.
1907-06-03 - Centro Escolar University is established by Librada Avelino and Carmen de Luna in Manila, Philippines.
1911-01-12 - The University of the Philippines College of Law is formally established; three future Philippine presidents are among the first enrollees.
1911-07-14 - 46" of rain begins to fall in Baguio, Philippines
1911-07-15 - 46" of rain (begining 7/14) falls in Baguio, Philippines
1912-04-29 - 108°F (42°C), Tuguegarao, Philippines (Oceania record)
1914-07-27 - Felix Manalo registers the Iglesia ni Cristo with the Filipino government.
1916-08-29 - US Congress accept Jones Act: Philippines independence
1917-03-10 - Batangas was formally founded as one of the Philippines's earliest encomiendas.
1926-07-26 - Philippines government asks US to plebiscite for independence
1933-01-12 - US Congress recognize independence Philippines
1934-03-23 - US Congress accepts Philippines independence in 1945
1934-05-07 - World's largest pearl (6.4 kg) found at Palawan, Philippines
1935-05-14 - Plebiscite in Philippines ratifies independence agreement
1935-09-17 - Manuel Luis Quezón y Molina chosen 1st president of Philippines
1935-11-15 - Commonwealth of Philippines inaugurated
1936-10-31 - The Boy Scouts of the Philippines was formed.
1937-04-30 - The Philippines holds a plebiscite for Filipino women on whether they should be extended the right to suffrage; over 90% would vote in the affirmative.
1941-12-09 - 1st US WW II bombing mission in Far East, Luzon, Philippines
1941-12-10 - Japanese troops landed on northern Luzon in the Philippines
1941-12-22 - Japans invasion leader lands on Luzon, Philippines
1942-01-02 - Japanese troops occupy Manila Philippines
WW2 General Douglas MacArthurWW2 General Douglas MacArthur 1942-02-22 - World War II: President Franklin Roosevelt orders General Douglas MacArthur out of the Philippines as American defenses collapse
1942-04-09 - Battle of Bataan; US-Filipino forces overwhelmed by Japanese at Bataan
1942-04-12 - Japan kills about 400 Filipino officers in Bataan
1942-05-06 - Corregidor & Philippines surrender to Japanese Armies
1944-06-19 - Two day Battle of Philippines Sea begins
1944-06-20 - US attacks Japanese fleet in Philippines Sea
1944-10-19 - US forces land in Philippines
1944-10-20 - US 6th army lands on Leyte, Philippines
1944-10-20 - US forces under Gen Douglas MacArthur return to Philippines
1944-10-24 - US aircraft carrier Princeton sinks at Philippines
1944-12-17 - US destroyers sink in storm off Philippines, 790 killed
1944-12-18 - US Destroyers Hull, Spence & Monaghan sink in typhoon (Philippines)
1945-01-09 - US soldiers led by Gen Douglas MacArthur invades Philippines
1945-07-05 - World War II: Liberation of the Philippines declared.
1945-07-30 - Philippines Sea: US cruiser Indianapolis torpedoed/sinks, 880 die
1945-09-03 - Japanese forces in Philippines surrender to Allies
1946-07-04 - Philippines gains independence from US
1950-11-05 - Philippines president Quirino ends emergency crisis
1951-08-30 - US & Philippines sign mutual defense pact
1951-12-04 - Superheated gasses roll down Mount Catarman (Philippines), kills 500
1952-06-21 - Philippine School of Commerce, through a republic act, is converted to Philippine College of Commerce; later to be the Polytechnic University of the Philippines.
1960-03-28 - Pope John appoints the first Japanese, African & Filipino cardinals
1965-09-28 - Lava flows kill at least 350 (Taal Philippines)
1965-09-28 - Volcano explodes on Luzon Philippines; 500 killed
1965-11-12 - Ferdinand Marcos elected president of Philippines
1966-07-04 - Beatles attacked in Philippines after insulting Imelda Marcos
1967-01-06 - 2 homemade buses collided on a mountain road in Terpate, Philippines plunging off a cliff, killing 84, injuring 140
1967-08-08 - Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore & Thailand meet to form Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN)
1969-03-29 - Communist New People's Army found in Philippines
1970-11-27 - Pope Paul VI wounded in chest during a visit to Philippines by a dagger-wielding Bolivian painter disguised as a priest
1972-09-21 - Marcos declares martial law in Philippines
1972-09-23 - Philippines President Ferdinand Marcos declares martial law
1972-09-23 - President Marcos ends emergency crisis in Philippines
1974-03-09 - Last Japanese soldier, a guerrilla operating in Philippines, surrenders, 29 years after World War II ended
1976-08-17 - An earthquake & tidal wave in the Philippines kills up to 8,000
1977-09-30 - Philippine political prisoners, Eugenio Lopez, Jr. and Sergio Osmeña III successfully escaped from Fort Bonifacio Maximum Security Prison in the Philippines
1978-04-01 - Philippine College of Commerce becomes the Polytechnic University of the Philippines by presidential decree
1981-01-17 - Philippino president Marcos ends state of siege
1986-02-15 - Ferdinand Marcos wins rigged Philippines presidential election
1986-02-22 - Start of the People Power Revolution in the Philippines.
1986-02-25 - Corazon Aquino becomes President of the Philippines, Marcos flees
1986-02-26 - People Power Revolution in the Philippines.
1986-07-06 - Ex-minister Arturo Tolentino failed coup in Philippines
1987-02-02 - Philippines adopts constitution
1987-02-11 - Philippines constitution goes into effect
1987-11-25 - Supertyphoon Nina pummels the Philippines with category 5 winds of 165 mph and a surge that swallows entire villages. at least 1,036 deaths attributed to the storm.
1990-07-16 - 400 die in a (7.7) earthquake in Philippines
1990-11-14 - Philippines hit by typhoon, 110 die
1991-06-07 - Mount Pinatubo (Philippines) erupts for 1st time
1991-06-15 - Climactic eruption of the Mount Pinatubo volcano in the Philippines
1991-06-22 - Underwater volcano, Mount Didicas, erupts in Philippines
1992-06-30 - Fidel Ramos installed as president of Philippines
1993-07-02 - Boat sinks at Bocaue Philippines, 325 die
1993-10-07 - "Les Miserables," opens at Meralco Theatre, Philippines

Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 1 - 100 of 137

1788-04-02 - Francisco Balagtas, Filipino poet (d. 1862)
1812-01-06 - Melchora Aquino, Filipino revolutionary hero (d. 1919)
1818-03-15 - Mariano Álvarez, Filipino general (d. 1924)
1851-12-18 - Graciano Lopez Jaena, Filipino hero, orator and satirist (d. 1896)
1864-07-23 - Apolinario Mabini, Filipino political theoretician and Prime Minister (d. 1903)
1869-03-22 - Emilio Aguinaldo, first President of the Philippines (d. 1964)
1875-11-14 - Gregorio del Pilar, Filipino general (d. 1899)
1875-12-15 - Emilio Jacinto, Filipino poet and revolutionary (d. 1899)
1877-04-18 - Vicente Sotto, Filipino patriot, author (d. 1950)
1877-10-29 - Narcisa de Leon, Filipino film mogul (d. 1966)
1878-08-19 - Manuel Luis Quezón y Molina, 1st president of Philippines (1935-42)
1878-09-09 - Sergio Osmeña, 4th President of the Philippines (d. 1961)
1879-09-25 - Lope K. Santos, Filipino writer and labor leader, Father of the Philippine National Language and Grammar (d. 1963)
1883-01-21 - Amang Rodriguez, Filipino politician (d. 1964)
1888-02-19 - Aurora Quezon, First Lady of the Philippines (d. 1949)
1890-02-08 - Claro Mayo Recto, Filipino nationalist/opponent of US colonialism
1890-11-16 - Elpidio Quirino, president of Philippines (1949-53)
1891-11-28 - Gregorio Perfecto, Filipino jurist & politician (d. 1949)
1892-01-01 - Manuel Roxas y Acuna, 1st president Philippines
1892-05-30 - Fernando Amorsolo, Filipino painter (d. 1972)
1895-03-23 - Encarnacion Alzona, Filipino historian (d. 2001)
1896-11-04 - Carlos P. Garcia, 8th President of the Philippines (d. 1971)
1899-01-14 - Carlos Romulo, Filipino diplomat and author (d. 1985)
1901-08-01 - Pancho Villa, Filipino world boxing champion (d. 1925)
1902-01-25 - Pablo Antonio, Filipino modernist architect (d. 1975)
1902-08-19 - J. B. L. Reyes, Filipino jurist (d. 1994)
1904-01-28 - Canuplin, Filipino magician and bodabil entertainer (d. 1979)
1905-03-24 - Pura Santillan-Castrence, Filipino writer and diplomat (d. 2007)
1905-07-13 - Alfredo M. Santos, First Four-star General of the Armed Forces of the Philippines, World War II hero (d. 1990)
1905-09-05 - Justiniano Montano, Filipino politician (d. 2005)
1907-02-13 - Katy de la Cruz, Filipino singer (d. 2004)
1907-08-31 - Ramon Magsaysay, Philippines, statesman (US Legion of Merit-1952)
1910-09-28 - Diosdado Macapagal, Philippines president (1961-65)
1911-11-27 - Fe del Mundo, Filipino pediatrician and National Scientist
1911-12-26 - Arsenio Lacson, Filipino politician and sportswriter (d. 1962)
1915-07-24 - Enrique Fernando, Philippino jurist (d. 2004)
1915-09-29 - Brenda Marshall, Philippines, actress (Sea Hawk, Paris After Dark)
1916-07-19 - James D Ramage, US lt-Adm (WW II-Palau/Guam/Philippines)
1916-11-12 - Rogelio de la Rosa, Filipino actor and politician (d. 1986)
1917-09-11 - Ferdinand Marcos, Philippines Pres (1965-86)
1918-01-21 - Chichay, Filipino actress (d. 1993)
1918-07-16 - Bayani Casimiro, Filipino dancer and actor (d. 1989)
1921-10-08 - Abraham Sarmiento, Filipino Supreme Court jurist
1922-05-11 - Ameurfina Melencio-Herrera, Filipino Supreme Court jurist
1924-12-03 - Francisco Sionil José, Filipino novelist, Philippine National Artist for Literature
1927-02-03 - Blas Ople, Filipino politician (d. 2003)
1928-07-25 - Mario Montenegro, Filipino actor (d. 1988)
1929-07-02 - Imelda Marcos, politician/shoe collector/former 1st lady of Philippines
1931-10-16 - Rosa Rosal, Filipino actress and humanitarian
1932-02-20 - Adrian Cristobal, Filipino writer (d. 2007)
1933-01-25 - Corazon Aquino, 11th President of the Philippines
1933-12-11 - Aquilino Pimentel, Jr., Filipino politician
1934-08-25 - Eddie Ilarde, Filipino disk jockey, television host, and Senator
1935-03-25 - Flash Elorde, Filipino boxer
1935-06-27 - Ramon Zamora, Filipino martial arts actor (d. 2007)
1935-10-06 - Charito Solis, Filipino actress (d. 1998)
1937-04-19 - Joseph Estrada, actor and 13th President of the Philippines
1939-02-08 - José Maria Sison, Filipino communist
1939-08-20 - Fernando Poe Jr., Filipino actor and politician (d. 2004)
1939-10-05 - Consuelo Ynares-Santiago, Filipino Supreme Court jurist
1939-11-06 - Leonardo Quisumbing, Filipino Supreme Court jurist
1940-04-03 - Lino Brocka, San Jose Philippines, director (Macho Dancer, Jaguar)
1941-06-19 - Conchita Carpio-Morales, Filipino Supreme Court jurist
1942-07-21 - Kim Fowley, Philippines/US rock vocalist/producer/songwriter
1943-09-05 - Dulce Saguisag, Filipino politician and former DSWD Secretary. (d. 2007)
1947-04-05 - Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, President of the Philippines
1949-07-03 - Susan Penhaligon, Manilla Philippines, actress (Dracula, Nasty Habits)
1951-02-18 - Isabel Preysler, Philippines-born Spanish socialite
1951-04-18 - Ricardo Fortaleza, Australian-Filipino boxer
1951-05-04 - Tirso Cruz III, Filipino actor and singer.
1952-01-22 - Ace Vergel, Filipino actor (d. 2007)
1953-02-13 - Rico J. Puno, Filipino pop singer
1953-03-17 - Filemon Lagman, Filipino communist revolutionary (d. 2001)
1953-11-05 - Florentino V. Floro, Filipino dwarf judge
1954-01-15 - Jose Dalisay, Jr., Filipino writer
1954-08-26 - Efren Reyes, Filipino pool player
1955-10-29 - Boy Abunda, Filipino journalist and television personality
1957-01-22 - Rene Requiestas, Filipino comedian (d. 1993)
1959-12-31 - Alfie Anido, Filipino actor (d. 1981)
1960-03-02 - Hector Calma, Filipino basketball player
1960-04-16 - Wahab Akbar, Filipino politician (d. 2007)
1961-01-27 - Dina Bonnevie, Filipino actress
1961-05-11 - Cecile Licad, Manila Philippines, pianist (Leventritt Award-1981)
1962-02-17 - Lou Diamond Phillips, Philippines, actor (La Bamba, Stand & Deliver)
1962-12-18 - Renaldo Lapuz, Filipino-American Singer
1963-12-29 - Francisco Bustamante, Filipino billiard player
1965-05-11 - Monsour del Rosario, Filipino martial artist and actor
1965-07-10 - Alec Mapa, Filipino-American actor and comedian
1965-07-21 - Jovy Marcelo, Filipino racing driver (d. 1992)
1967-02-10 - Armand Serrano, Filipino animator
1967-06-22 - Al Carlay, Manila Philippines, US fencer-foil (Olympics-96)
1968-05-21 - Julie Vega, Filipino child actress and singer (d. 1985)
1969-08-12 - Aga Muhlach, Filipino actor
1969-09-29 - Angelo Barretto, Filipino racecar driver
1970-01-11 - Joy Nilo, Filipino Composer
1970-04-22 - Regine Velasquez, Filipino singer and actress
1971-02-14 - Kris Aquino, Filipino Actress and TV Host
1971-02-22 - Lea Salonga, Philippines, singer/actress (Miss Siagon)
1972-10-10 - Jun Lana, Filipino playwright and screenwriter
1974-07-15 - Chot Ulep, Filipino musician

Famous Weddings

Weddings 1 - 1 of 1

2006-09-18 - Chinese movie actor Nicholas Tse (26) weds HK actress and cantopop singer Cecilia Cheung (26) at Palawan island in the Philippines

Famous Deaths

Deaths 1 - 72 of 72

1521-04-27 - Ferdinand Magellan, Portuguese explorer, killed by Filipino natives at 50 while on voyage to circumnavigate the world
1637-09-29 - Lorenzo Ruiz, Filipino saint
1661-01-17 - Andres Malong, Philippines rebel leader, executed
1896-12-30 - Jose Mercado Rizal, anti-Spanish rule of Philippines proponent, dies
1897-05-10 - Andrés Bonifacio, Filipino revolutionary leader (b. 1863)
1899-04-16 - Emilio Jacinto, Filipino poet and revolutionary (b 1875)
1899-12-02 - Gregorio del Pilar, Filipino general (killed at Battle of Tirad Pass) (b. 1875)
1919-03-02 - Melchora Aquino, Filipino revolutionary hero (b. 1812)
1924-08-25 - Mariano Álvarez, Filipino general (b. 1818)
1925-07-14 - Pancho Villa, Filipino world boxing champion (b. 1901)
1944-08-01 - Manuel Luis Quezón y Molina, pres of Philippines (1935-42), dies at 65
1945-02-10 - Anacleto Diaz, Filipino jurist (b. 1878)
1945-02-12 - Antonio Villa-Real, Filipino jurist (b. 1880)
1948-06-26 - Lilian Velez, Filipino actress (b. 1924)
1949-04-28 - Aurora Quezon, First Lady of the Philippines (shot) (b. 1888)
1949-08-17 - Gregorio Perfecto, Filipino jurist & politician (b. 1891)
1956-02-29 - Elpidio Quirino, president of Philippines (1949-53), dies at 65
1962-04-15 - Arsenio Lacson, Filipino politician and sportswriter (b. 1911)
1963-05-01 - Lope K. Santos, Filipino writer, Father of the Philippine National Language and Grammar (b. 1879)
1964-02-06 - Emilio Aguinaldo, Filipino general and President (b. 1869)
1966-02-06 - Narcisa de Leon, Filipino film mogul (b. 1877)
1972-04-26 - Fernando Amorsolo, Filipino painter (b. 1892)
1975-06-14 - Pablo Antonio, Filipino modernist architect (b. 1902)
1977-11-11 - Abraham Sarmiento, Jr., Filipino journalist & political activist (b. 1950)
1979-09-04 - Canuplin, Filipino magician and bodabil entertainer (b. 1904)
1981-12-30 - Alfie Anido, Filipino actor (b. 1959)
1983-08-21 - Benigno S Aquino Jr, Philippines opposition leader, killed at 50
1984-11-14 - Cesar Climaco, Filipino politician (b. 1916)
1985-05-06 - Julie Vega, Filipino child actress and singer (b. 1968)
1986-02-11 - Evelio Javier, Filipino politician, lawyer, and civil servant (b. 1942)
1986-11-10 - Rogelio de la Rosa, Filipino actor and politician (b. 1916)
1986-11-13 - Rolando Olalia, Philippines worker's union leader, murdered
1988-08-27 - Mario Montenegro, Filipino actor (b. 1928)
1989-01-27 - Bayani Casimiro, Filipino dancer and actor (b. 1918)
1989-09-28 - Ferdinand E Marcos, president of Philippines (1965-86), dies at 72
1990-02-07 - Alfredo M. Santos, First Four-star General of the Armed Forces of the Philippines, World War II hero (b. 1905)
1992-05-15 - Jovy Marcelo, Filipino race car driver (b. 1965)
1993-02-17 - Alfredo de Leon, leader (Philippines Red Scorpio Gang), killed
1993-02-25 - Mary Walter, Filipino actress (b. 1912)
1993-03-31 - Chichay, Filipino actress (b. 1918)
1993-07-24 - Rene Requiestas, Filipino comedian (b. 1957)
1994-12-27 - J. B. L. Reyes, Filipino jurist (b. 1902)
1998-01-09 - Charito Solis, Filipino actress (b. 1935)
2001-02-06 - Filemon Lagman, Filipino Communist revolutionary (b. 1953)
2001-03-13 - Encarnacion Alzona, Filipino historian (b. 1895)
2001-11-07 - Nida Blanca, Filipino actress (b. 1936)
2003-12-14 - Blas Ople, foreign minister of the Philippines (b. 1927)
2004-01-27 - Salvador Laurel, Vice President of the Philippines (b. 1928)
2004-10-04 - Rio Diaz, Filipino actress & TV hosts (b. 1959)
2004-11-10 - Katy de la Cruz, Filipino singer (b. 1907)
2004-12-14 - Fernando Poe, Jr., Filipino actor and presidential candidate (b. 1939)
2005-03-31 - Justiniano Montano, Filipino politician (b. 1905)
2005-06-21 - Jaime Cardinal Sin, Filipino Catholic Archbishop of Manila (b. 1928)
2007-01-15 - Pura Santillan-Castrence, Filipino writer and diplomat (b. 1905)
2007-08-26 - Ramon Zamora, Filipino martial arts actor (b. 1935)
2007-11-08 - Dulce Saguisag, Filipino politician and former DSWD Secretary. (b. 1943)
2007-11-13 - Wahab Akbar, Filipino politician and Congressman (b. 1960)
2007-12-22 - Adrian Cristobal, Filipino writer (b. 1932)
2008-06-07 - Rudy Fernandez, Filipino actor (b. 1953)
2008-12-07 - Marky Cielo, Filipino and Igorot dancer and actor (b. 1988)
2008-12-10 - Didith Reyes, Filipino singer (b. 1948)
2009-01-13 - Doña Mary Ejercito, Filipino supercentarian, mother of Joseph Ejercito Estrada (b. 1905)
2009-03-06 - Francis Magalona, Filipino media artist and photographer. (b. 1964)
2009-08-01 - Corazon Aquino, Former President of the Philippines (b. 1933)
2009-08-31 - Eraño Manalo, Filipino religious figure (b. 1925)
2010-04-12 - Palito, Filipino comedian (b. 1934)
2010-07-25 - Redford White, Filipino comedian (b. 1955)
2010-11-01 - Ernesto Presas, Filipino martial artist (b. 1945)
2010-11-16 - Wyngard Tracy, Filipino talent manager (b. 1952)
2011-01-01 - Reynaldo Dagsa, Filipino politician
2011-04-17 - AJ Perez, Filipino teen actor (b. 1993)
2011-08-06 - Fe del Mundo, Filipino pediatrician and National Scientist (b. 1911)


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