1896 - Filipino patriot -propagandist and polymath Jose Rizal y Mercado petitions the Spanish colonial authorities for permission to issue a manifesto condemning the Philippine Revolution of 1896 and censuring the unauthorized use of his name by revolutionary elements; Rizal, who had earlier been arrested for his supposed association with Katipuneros, members of the secret-society-turned-revolutionary-government Kagalanggalangang Katipunan nang manga Anak nang Bayan, reckoned that the Katipuneros not prepared enough for a revolution against
Spain; Rizal's major writings, the Noli Me Tangere and El
Filibusterismo, had inspired the initiator of the Revolution, Supremo Andres
Bonifacio y de Castro but the former ultimately decided he would have nothing of the Himagsikan,
even offering his medical services to serve in another Spanish colony,
Cuba, and supposedly describing the latter's Revolution as "highly absurd."