1603 - Rumors of an upcoming Chinese Uprising circulate in the Spanish colony, the Philippines, around a week before it is to take place; Spain had begun colonization of the islands (populated by an Austronesian race when it sent explorer Miguel Lopez de Legazpi to forge the first settlements in the Southeast Asian archipelago some 38 years earlier.
1887 - Filipino patriot, reformist and polymath Jose Mercado Rizal sends his friend Austrian Ferdinand Blumentritt a package
that includes sulpakan, his own invention of a lighter operating on
the principle of compressed air, and writes about the death of his
sister Olimpia during a difficult childbirth; Rizal adds that
Blumentritt's package also includes a gold coin, part of a recently
unearthed clay jar of gold coins believed to have used by the ancient Tagalogs.
1898 - Gen. Emilio Aguinaldo y Famy of the fledgling Philippine Republic forms his Malolos cabinet 3 1/2 months after declaring the Southeast Asian country Independent from colonial Spain, but a month after the Peace Protocol and the Mock Battle of Manila
wherein the emerging imperialist United States falsely made it appear
that their forces were the ones who subdued the Spaniards and not the
Filipino revolutionaries; Aguinaldo's cabinet, with his government now
avoiding the vile invader Americans, is based in Malolos, Bulacan and includes Felipe Buencamino as Secretary of Development; Gregorio Araneta as Secretary of Justice; Jose E. Basa as justice director of the central government; Baldomero Aguinaldo, Secretary of War; Antonio Luna, Director; Artemio Ricarte, Vito Belarmino, Emiliano Riego de Dios
as Generals of Division; and Tomas Mascardo, Pantaleon Garcia, Mariano
Llanera, Mariano Noriel, Isidro Torres, Miguel Malvar, and Paciano
Rizal as Brigadier-Generals; in less than five months time, the leader
of the Bald Eagle nation, William McKinley who will subsequently ridiculously claim God instructed him to
invade the "whole archipelago or none," will secretly order his regimental military commanders to instigate what will be the bloody and protracted Filipino-American War (1899-1914).