Manila in History

Philippines: Cebu - Luzon

Historical Events

  • 1571-03-19 Spanish troops occupy Manila
  • 1582-06-20 Bishop Domingo de Salazar of Manila suppresses the Philippines
  • 1600-12-14 Olivier van Noort sinks Spanish galleon San Diego at Bay of Manila, 350 die
  • 1607-01-19 San Agustin Church in Manila is officially completed; it is currently the oldest church in the Philippines
  • 1762-10-06 British troops occupy Manila, Philippines
  • 1843-12-04 Manila paper (made from sails, canvas & rope) patented, Mass
  • 1891-08-15 San Sebastian Church in Manila, the first all-steel church in Asia, is officially inaugurated and blessed.

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1892-07-06 Jose Rizal forms La Liga Filipina in Manila

Filipino Nationalist and Novelist Jose Rizal
Filipino Nationalist and Novelist
Jose Rizal
  • 1896-08-23 First Cry of the Philippine Revolution is made in Pugad Lawin (Quezon City), in the province of Manila.
  • 1896-12-30 Filipino nationalist José Rizal is executed by firing squad in Manila by the Spanish.

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1898-05-01 US Admiral George Dewey commands "You may fire when you are ready, Gridley" as US route Spanish fleet at Manila

Admiral George Dewey
Admiral
George Dewey
  • 1898-05-25 1st US troop transport to Manila leaves SF
  • 1898-07-08 US battle fleet under Admiral George Dewey occupies Isla Grande at Manila
  • 1898-08-13 US forces under Admiral George Dewey captures Manila during Spanish-American War
  • 1904-10-19 Polytechnic University of the Philippines founded as Manila Business School through superintendence of American C.A. O'Reilley
  • 1907-06-03 Centro Escolar University is established by Librada Avelino and Carmen de Luna in Manila, Philippines.
  • 1941-12-27 Japan bombs Manila even though it was declared an "open city"
  • 1942-01-02 Japanese troops occupy Manila Philippines

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1945-02-07 General Douglas MacArthur returns to Manila

US WWII General Douglas MacArthur
US WWII General
Douglas MacArthur

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1946-07-04 President Manuel Roxas was inaugurated as the 5th President of the Philippines and the first president of the Third Republic at the Independence Grandstand in Manila

5th President of the Philippines Manuel Roxas
5th President of the Philippines
Manuel Roxas

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

1975-10-01 Muhammad Ali TKOs Joe Frazier in 15 for heavyweight boxing title in "The Thrilla in Manila"

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Muhammad Ali
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Muhammad Ali
Heavyweight Boxing Champion Joe Frazier
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Joe Frazier
  • 1979-05-07 5th UNCTAD-conference opens in Manila
  • 1983-09-21 11 killed in anti Marcos demonstrations in Manila
  • 1986-11-01 Horse Racing Breeders' Cup Champs: Brave Raj, Capote, Lady's Secret, Last Tycoon, Manila, Skywalker, Smile at Santa Anita
  • 1987-01-29 The president of the Philippines puts down a rebellion against their government in Manila
  • 1995-01-06 A chemical fire in an apartment complex in Manila, Philippines, leads to the discovery of plans for Project Bojinka, a mass-terrorist attack.
  • 2000-12-30 Rizal Day Bombings: A series of bombs explode in various places in Metro Manila, Philippines within a span of a few hours, killing 22 and injuring about a hundred.
  • 2005-02-14 Seven people are killed and 151 wounded in a series of bombings by suspected Al-Qaeda-linked militants that hit the Philippines' Makati financial district in Metro Manila, Davao City, and General Santos City.
  • 2006-02-04 A stampede occurs in the ULTRA Stadium near Manila killing 71.
  • 2007-11-29 The Armed Forces of the Philippines lay siege to The Peninsula Manila after soldiers led by Senator Antonio Trillanes stage a mutiny.

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2010-08-01 200m x 250m photo mosaic commemorating the life of Filipino President Corazon Aquino is unveiled near Quirino Grandstand at the Luneta Park, Manila

11th President of the Philippines Corazon Aquino
11th President of the Philippines
Corazon Aquino
  • 2010-08-23 Manila hostage crisis, which occurred at the Quirino Grandstand in Manila, where a dismissed police officer took hostage a tour bus full of Chinese nationals.
  • 2012-08-07 Heavy rain forces 20,000 people to flee their homes in Manila, Phillipines
  • 2012-12-25 8 people are killed and thousands left homeless after two fires strike Manila, Philippines
  • 2013-12-16 21 people are killed and 20 are injured after a bus falls from an elevated highway in Manila, Philippines

Famous Birthdays


Person of interestPerson of Interest

1837-12-26 George Dewey, American admiral, naval hero in Battle of Manila Bay, born in Montpelier, Vermont (d. 1917)

Admiral George Dewey
Admiral
George Dewey
  • 1917-01-31 José Maceda, Filipino composer, born in Manila, Philippines (d. 2004)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1929-07-02 Imelda Marcos, Filipino politician and First Lady of the Philippines (1965-86) who famously collected over 1,000 pairs of shoes, born in Manila, Philippines

First Lady and Politican Imelda Marcos
First Lady and Politican
Imelda Marcos
  • 1952-02-28 Cristina Raines, [Tina Herazo], actress (Sentinel), born in Manila, Philippines
  • 1953-06-29 Billy Hinsche, American musician (Dino, Desi & Billy), born in Manila, the Philippines
  • 1961-05-11 Cecile Licad, pianist (Leventritt Award-1981), born in Manila, Philippines
  • 1964-07-03 Pia Reyes, playmate (Nov, 1988), born in Manila, Philippines
  • 1967-06-22 Al Carlay, US fencer-foil (Olympics-96), born in Manila, Philippines

Famous Weddings


HeartWedding of Interest

1896-12-30 Filipino Nationalist Jose Rizal (35) weds girlfriend Josephine Bracken (20) before his execution in Fort Santiago, Manila

Filipino Nationalist and Novelist Jose Rizal
Filipino Nationalist and Novelist
Jose Rizal

HeartWedding of Interest

1933-11-16 Ramon Magsaysay, latter President of the Philippines (26) weds Luz Banzon (18) at Lourdes church in Manila

7th President of the Philippines Ramon Magsaysay
7th President of the Philippines
Ramon Magsaysay

Famous Deaths


Person of interestPerson of Interest

1917-01-16 George Dewey, U.S. Admiral of the Navy, won Battle of Manila Bay, dies at 79

Admiral George Dewey
Admiral
George Dewey
  • 2005-06-21 Jaime Cardinal Sin, Filipino Catholic Archbishop of Manila (b. 1928)