June 12, 1898 was the proclamation of the sovereignty and independence of the Philippines from #Spain's colonial rule. Spain was defeated at the mock Battle of Manila Bay during the Spanish-American War. Spain later ceded the Philippines to US in 1898 Treaty of Paris that ended the Spanish-American War. The US recognized Philippine independence on July 4, 1946 in the Treaty of Manila until August 4, 1964 when a law designated June 12 as the country’s Independence Day. #ProudToBePinoy
A little-known Washington Treaty of 1900 that amended the 1898 Treaty of Paris will be among the documents the Philippine government will present at the hearing of the arbitral tribunal in The Hague on Nov. 23. http://yhoo.it/1N6jVCS
Guam, an island territory of US, located 900 miles north of equator in Western Pacific, an island about 4 - 8 mi wide & 32 mi long, making it largest landmass in Micronesia. Because of location from International Date Line, Guam is first to experience a new day in US, thus island is “Where America’s Day Begins.” Under Treaty of Paris, Spain ceded Guam to US on Dec 10, 1898, people of Guam have been U.S. citizens since 1950.
William R Day, born in Ohio in 1849 was Sub-secretary and Secretary of State. He chaired the Commission of the Treaty of Paris, signed on 10th of December 1898. He died in 1923. Cigar card from the History of Cuba, Geografico Universal, Propaganda de los Cigarros Susini y La Corona, Tabacalera Cubana. (Photo by The Print Collector/Print Collector/Getty Images)
A group of activists in Puerto Rico unhappy with the current status of the island as a United States commonwealth is demanding a separation from America and reunification with Spain. The group plans to contest the 1898 Treaty of Paris, which handed Puerto Rico to the United States, at the International Court of Justice.