Guam in History

Historical Events

Historic 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 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

Historic Communication

1903-07-04 Pacific Cable (San Francisco, Hawaii, Guam, Philippines) opens, President Theodore Roosevelt sends a 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 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, American politician (Rep-R-Guam, 1985-93), born in Agana, Guam (d. 2014)
  • 1948-07-13 Robert A. Underwood, American politician (Rep-D-Guam), born in Tamuning, Guam
  • 1976-11-18 Sandy Zubrin, Tamuning Guam, US diver (Olympics 1996)
  • 1978-03-01 Donovan Patton, American television actor (Blue's Clues), born in Naval Air Station Agana, Guam