Friday, February 5, 2010


1964 - Gen. Emilio Aguinaldo, president of the First Philippine Republic, dies from a heart attack at an old age of 95; Aguinaldo has been a controversial figure during the revolutionary era, being held responsible for the deaths of two revolutionary heroes, Gat Andres Bonifacio and Gen. Antonio Luna, and for his swift allegiance of fealty to the American imperialists soon after capture.

1952 - Princess Elizabeth becomes Queen of Great Britain and Northern Ireland when her father, King George VI dies during his sleep; she will be 27 years old by the time of her coronation as Queen Elizabeth II on June 2, 1953.

1997 - The Ecuadorian Congress votes to oust incumbent President Abdala Bucaram Ortiz on grounds of his supposed mental incapacity to handle the presidency; Bucaram is said to have exhibited a number of episodes of queer public behavior.

2001 - Ariel Sharon wins as Israel's new prime minister in a landslide victory during an electoral contest marked by a historic low turnout; Sharon was a former defense minister found in 1983 to hold indirect responsibility for the massacre of several hundred Palestinians by Lebanese Christians inside Beirut refugee camps controlled by Israel.

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