Sunday, February 7, 2010


1890 - Claro M. Recto, Filipino nationalist statesman and president of the 1934 Constitutional Convention is born; Recto will be one of the most vocal critics of American colonial rule, advocating Philippine autonomy and removal of the US military bases and the controversial parity rights considered unfair to the Filipinos.

1904 - The Russo-Japanese War breaks out after Czarist Russia penetrated Manchuria and northern Korea, regions in Asia that Japan has controlled or has began to control.

1974 - Three American astronauts return to Earth after a record-breaking stay in orbit at the Skylab space station; they have spent 85 days in Earth's orbit at a height of around 270 miles during Skylab's third and last mission.

1983 - Israel's defense minister Ariel Sharon resigns following an inquiry that accuses him of having committed  a "grave mistake" in not preventing the massacre of hundreds of Palestinians in two Lebanese refugee caps under his control.

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