Guam in History

Historical Events

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1521-03-06 Portuguese navigator Ferdinand Magellan discovers Guam

  • 1898-06-21 Guam becomes a territory of US
  • 1898-07-21 Spain cedes Guam to USA
  • 1898-12-10 Spanish-American War formally ended by the Treaty of Paris; US acquires Philippines, Puerto Rico & Guam
  • 1899-02-10 Treaty of Paris which ended the Spanish-American War is signed by President McKinley; US acquires Philippines, Puerto Rico & Guam
  • 1903-07-04 Pacific Cable (SF, Hawaii, Guam, Phil) opens, Pres TR sends message
  • 1941-12-10 Japanese troops overrun Guam
  • 1941-12-11 Japanese occupy Guam
  • 1944-06-19 Heavy air raid on US fleet at Guam "Turkey Shoot"
  • 1944-07-20 US invades Japanese-occupied Guam
  • 1944-07-21 US forces land on Guam during its recapture from the Japanese (Operation Forager)
  • 1944-07-25 -26] Japanese banzai-attack on Guam
  • 1944-07-26 Japanese suicide attack on US lines in Guam
  • 1944-08-10 Battle for Guam ends, US troops recapture Guam from the Japanese
  • 1945-07-24 US destroyer Underhill torpedoed West of Guam
  • 1950-08-01 Guam Organic Act establishes Guam as an unincorporated US territory
  • 1972-01-24 Japanese Sgt. Shoichi Yokoi is found hiding in a Guam jungle, where he had been since the end of World War II.
  • 1979-10-12 Pressure in nucleus of tropical cyclone at Guam hits record 870 hpa
  • 1980-11-14 Kimberley Santos, 19 of Guam, crowned 30th Miss World
  • 1989-06-30 NASA closes down tracking stations in Santiago, Chile & Guam
  • 1990-11-06 Guam Republican governor Joseph Ada re-elected
  • 1996-08-06 Korean Air Flight 801 crashes in the United States territory of Guam, killing 228 people
  • 1997-08-05 Korean Air 747 with 331 aboard crashes in Guam, 29 survive
  • 2008-02-23 a B-2 Spirit of the USAF crashes at Guam. The crew survived but the aircraft was written off, making it the most expensive air crash in human history (the aircraft alone cost $1.2Bn). The B-2 had a perfect safety record before the crash; not one B-2 ever crashed.

Famous Birthdays

  • 1916-07-19 James D Ramage, US lt-Adm (WW II-Palau/Guam/Philippines)
  • 1928-02-14 Ben Garrido Blaz, (Rep-R-Guam, 1985- )
  • 1948-07-13 Robert Underwood, (Rep-D-Guam)
  • 1968-02-09 Marcus Meloan, Agana Guam, Canadian Tour golfer (1992 US Amat Champ)
  • 1976-11-18 Sandy Zubrin, Tamuning Guam, US diver (Olympics-96)
  • 1978-03-01 Donovan Patton, Guamanian television star