Saturday, February 13, 2010


1952 - Filipino revolutionary leader from Albay, Simeon A. Ola, dies at a ripe old age of 86; Ola was a fervent revolutionary leader who persisted in fighting despite the imperialists' superior firepower and combat training--thus inspiring more patriots to join his army during the Filipino-American War for several years.

1920 - The League of Women Voters is born in the United States; the non-partisan organization is  founded by Carrie Chapman Catt  "during the convention of the National American Woman Suffrage Association... held just six months before the 19th amendment to the U.S. Constitution was ratified" to finally give women the right to vote.

1956 - The 20th Congress of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union begins, at the end of which Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev will make his so-called "secret speech" criticizing former dictator Joseph Stalin for his "cult of personality" and dictatorship (Feb. 25).

1989 - Ayatollah Khomeini, Iran's Muslim leader, issues a fatwa (Islamic ruling) of death sentence on British writer Salman Rushdie, along with the publishers of his book "Satanic Verses;" speaking on broadcast radio, Khomeini describes Rushdie book as being "against Islam, the Prophet and the Koran."

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