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1944 – World War II: The “Great Marianas Turkey Shoot”

19-20 June

The Battle of the Philippine Sea concludes with a decisive U.S. naval victory over the forces of the Empire of Japan. The lopsided naval air battle is also known as the “Great Marianas Turkey Shoot”.

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1991 – Mount Pinatubo eruption

15 June

Mount Pinatubo, in the Philippines, explodes in the second largest volcanic eruption of the 20th Century.

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1988 – Johnson South Reef Skirmish

14 March

The Johnson South Reef Skirmish of 1988 was a naval battle that took place between Chinese and Vietnamese forces over Johnson South Reef in the Spratly Islands on this day. Continue reading “1988 – Johnson South Reef Skirmish”

1899 – Philippine–American War: The Battle of Tirad Pass

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.

1900 – Battle of Pulang Lupa

13 September – On this day

The Battle of Pulang Lupa was an engagement fought on this day in 1900, during the Philippine–American War, between the forces of Philippine Colonel Maximo Abad and US Captain Devereux Shields, in which Abad’s men defeated the American force. Continue reading “1900 – Battle of Pulang Lupa”

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