Friday, March 19, 2010


1731 - Maria Josefa Gabriela Cari-oSilang, Filipina patriot who will lead a rebellion against the Spanish colonizers, is born in Sta. Caniogan, Ilocos Sur; better known as Gabriela Silang, she will take over leadership of her husband's rebel group in the Ilocos province and will thus become the first woman revolutionary of the Philippines

1982 - A group of around 50 Argentines land on the British colony Falkland Islands in the south Atlantic and plant their nation's flag; Britain and Argentina have disputed sovereignty over the islands the latter call Islas Malvinas and the incident will become a in what will be a trigger for a minor war between the two countries, won by the latter.

1990 - Columbian peasant-based rebel group M-19 (April 19 Movement) signs a peace accord with the government, giving its members amnesty and a right to political representation; its presidential candidate will soon be murdered following the assasination of another  from the Popular Union party.

2003 - The United States begins to invade Iraq, with President George W. Bush shortly announcing on televised address that "At this hour, American and coalition forces are in the early stages of military operations to disarm Iraq, to free its people and to defend the world from grave danger;" Iraqi strongman Saddam Hussein will later be caught and executed but it will later be found that Bush's claims that the Hussein government has weapons of mass destruction and has been supporting Al Qaeda terrorists are false.

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