2 December

The Battle of Tirad Pass sometimes referred to as the “Philippine Thermopylae”, was a battle in the Philippine-American War fought on this day in 1899, in northern Luzon in the Philippines, in which a 60-man Filipino rear guard commanded by Brigadier General Gregorio del Pilar succumbed to over 500 Americans, mostly of the 33rd Infantry Regiment under Major Peyton C. March, while delaying the American advance to ensure President Emilio Aguinaldo’s and his troops to escape.