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Historical Events

Events 1 - 11 of 11

1889-03-15 - 6 US & German warships perish in harbor of Apia Samoa, 200 die
1892-07-04 - Western Samoa changes the International Date Line, so that year there were 367 days in this country, with two occurrences of Monday, July 4.
1899-12-02 - US & Germany agree to divide Samoa between them
1900-01-16 - The United States Senate accepts the Anglo-German treaty of 1899 in which the United Kingdom renounces its claims to the Samoan islands.
1904-07-16 - Islands of Manu'a group (Samoa) ceded to US by their chiefs
1912-09-29 - French/British troops lands on Samoa
1918-11-07 - The 1918 influenza epidemic spreads to Western Samoa, killing 7,542 (about 20% of the population) by the end of the year.
1962-01-01 - Western Samoa gains independence from New Zealand Susuga Malietoa Tanumafili II becomes co-chief of Western Samoa
1963-04-05 - Susuga Malietoa Tanumafili II becomes chief of Western Samoa
1976-12-15 - Samoa becomes a member of the UN.
2009-09-29 - An 8.0 magnitude earthquake near the Samoan Islands causes a tsunami .

Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 1 - 11 of 11

1901-12-16 - Margaret Mead, Phila, anthropologist (Coming of Age in Samoa)
1913-01-04 - Malietoa Tanumafili II, King of West-Samoa (1962- )
1945-04-14 - Tuilaepa Aiono Sailele Malielegaoi, 8th Prime Minister of Samoa
1966-10-02 - Yokozuna, [Rodney Anoia], wrestler (WWF/NJPW/AWA, Wild Samoan Kokina)
1966-11-07 - Murphy Logo Su'a, cricket pace bowler (NZ left-arm of Samoan parents)
1972-11-21 - David Tua, Samoan boxer
1973-03-28 - Eddie Fatu, Samoan professional wrestler
1974-07-23 - Sonny Siaki, Samoan-born professional wrestler
1976-08-12 - Henry Tuilagi, Samoan rugby player
1979-03-17 - Samoa Joe, Samoan professional wrestler
1984-12-25 - Chris Cahill, Samoan footballer

Famous Deaths

Deaths 1 - 2 of 2

1999-03-19 - Tofilau Eti Alesana, former Prime Minister of Samoa (b. 1924)
2007-05-11 - Malietoa Tanumafili II, Sovereign Ruler of Samoa (b. 1913)


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