Friday, May 14, 2010

14 May

1935 - The  Constitution of the Philippines during the American Colonial Era is ratified by a plebiscite held after United States President Franklin D. Roosevelt certified it as conforming with  Public Act No. 127 earlier passed by the US Congress; the 1935 Charter will serve as the fundamental law of the Philippines from 1935 and will be amended in 1940 and in 1947, two years after neo-imperialist America grants its colony "independence."

1948 - The independent state of Israel is proclaimed at midnight as British rule in Palestine ends, making  it the world's newest sovereign nation; while the United States  had opposed its establishment, the new state appeals to the United Nations "to assist the Jewish people in the building of its state and to admit Israel into the family of nations."

1955- The Soviet Union and its Eastern Bloc allies sign the Warsaw Treaty of Friendship, Co-operation, and Mutual Assistance as the culmination of a three-day conference in the Polish capital, Warsaw; the new security pack to be more known as the Warsaw Pack is aimed, among others, at ensuring the close integration of military, economic and cultural policy between the eight Communist states.

1964 - Egypt's Gamal Abdul Nasser and Soviet Union's Nikita Khrushchev mark the first stage of the construction of the Aswan High Dam with the diversion of the ancient Nile river into a canal; the dam's construction, financed with Soviet help, marks a great propaganda coup for Nasser who still reels from the United States' 1956 refusal to finance the dam owing to his Soviet links.

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