Guam in History

Historical Events

DiscoveryHistoric Discovery

1521-03-06 Portuguese navigator Ferdinand Magellan discovers Guam

  • 1898-06-21 US captures Guam from Spain during the Spanish–American War

Spain Declares War Against the United StatesSpain Declares War Against the United States

1898-12-10 Treaty of Paris which ended the Spanish–American War is signed by US President McKinley; US acquires Philippines, Puerto Rico and Guam

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Colonel ‘Teddy’ Roosevelt (centre, with glasses and holstered gun) with his ‘Rough Riders’ after victory at the Battle of San Juan Hill.
Colonel ‘Teddy’ Roosevelt (centre, with glasses and holstered gun) with his ‘Rough Riders’ after victory at the Battle of San Juan Hill.
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CommunicationHistoric Communication

1903-07-04 Pacific Cable (San Francisco, Hawaii, Guam, Philippines) opens, President Theodore Roosevelt sends a message

26th US President Theodore Roosevelt
26th US President
Theodore Roosevelt
  • 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 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 The lowest recorded non-tornadic atmospheric pressure, 87.0 kPa (870 mbar or 25.69 inHg), occurred in Guam, in the Western Pacific during Typhoon Tip
  • 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 B-2 Spirit of the USAF crashes at Guam. Crew survives but aircraft written off, the most expensive air crash in human history (aircraft alone cost $1.2Bn). B-2 had a perfect safety record before the crash; not one B-2 ever crashed.
  • 2017-08-09 North Korea says it plans to fire rockets on US territory Guam in continuing escalation of tension between it and the US

Famous Birthdays

  • 1916-07-19 James D. Ramage, American Naval Aviator in World War II, the Korean War, the Vietnam War and the Cold War, born in Waterloo, Iowa (d. 2012)
  • 1928-02-14 Ben Garrido Blaz, (Rep-R-Guam, 1985- )
  • 1948-07-13 Robert Underwood, (Rep-D-Guam)
  • 1976-11-18 Sandy Zubrin, Tamuning Guam, US diver (Olympics 1996)
  • 1978-03-01 Donovan Patton, Guamanian television star