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Old 06-10-2013, 12:42 PM   #811
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Philippines (1898) --- Araw ng Kalayaan (Independence Day)




Revolutionary sentiments were stoked in 1872 after three priests – Mariano Gómez, José Burgos, and Jacinto Zamora (collectively known as Gomburza) – were accused of sedition by colonial authorities and executed. This would inspire a propaganda movement in Spain, organized by Marcelo H. del Pilar, José Rizal, and Mariano Ponce, lobbying for political reforms in the Philippines. Rizal was eventually executed on December 30, 1896, on charges of rebellion. As attempts at reform were meeting with resistance, Andrés Bonifacio in 1892 established the secret society called the Katipunan, a society along the lines of the freemasons, which sought independence from Spain through armed revolt. Bonifacio and the Katipunan started the Philippine Revolution in 1896. A faction of the Katipunan, the Magdalo of Cavite province, eventually came to challenge Bonifacio's position as the leader of the revolution and Emilio Aguinaldo took over. In 1898, the Spanish-American War began in Cuba and reached the Philippines. Aguinaldo declared Philippine independence from Spain in Kawit, Cavite on June 12, 1898 and the First Philippine Republic was established the following year. Meanwhile, the islands were ceded by Spain to the United States for 20 million US dollars in the 1898 Treaty of Paris. As it became increasingly clear the United States would not recognize the First Philippine Republic, the Philippine–American War broke out. It ended with American control over the islands which were then administered as an insular area.

On July 7, 1892, Andrés Bonifacio, a warehouseman and clerk from Manila, established the Katipunan, a revolutionary organization which aimed to gain independence from Spanish colonial rule by armed revolt. The Katipunan spread throughout the provinces, and the Philippine Revolution of 1896 was led by its members, called Katipuneros. Fighters in Cavite province won early victories. One of the most influential and popular Cavite leaders was Emilio Aguinaldo, mayor of Cavite El Viejo (modern-day Kawit), who gained control of much of eastern Cavite. Eventually Aguinaldo and his faction gained control of the leadership of the movement. In 1897, Aguinaldo was elected president of an insurgent government while the “outmaneuvered”[1] Bonifacio was executed for treason. Aguinaldo is officially considered the first president of the Philippines.


Russia (1990) --- Russia Day




Russia Day is the national holiday of the Russian Federation, celebrated on June 12. It has been celebrated every year since 1992. The First Congress of People's Deputies of the Russian Federation adopted the Declaration of State Sovereignty of the Russian Soviet Federative Socialist Republic on June 12, 1990.

The Declaration on State Sovereignty of the RSFSR was a political act of the Russian Soviet Federative Socialist Republic, then part of the Soviet Union, which marked the beginning of constitutional reform in Russia. The Declaration was adopted by the First Congress of People's Deputies of the Russian SFSR. It proclaimed the sovereignty of the Russian SFSR and the intention to establish a democratic constitutional state within a liberalized Soviet Union. The declaration also states the following:

Priority of the constitution and laws of the Russian SFSR over legislation of the Soviet Union (sovereignty).
Equal legal opportunities for all citizens, political parties and public organizations (equality before the law).
The principle of separation of legislative, executive and judicial powers;
The need to significantly expand the rights of the autonomous republics, regions, districts, territories of Russia (federalism).

The declaration was signed by then-Chairman of the Supreme Soviet of the RSFSR, Boris Yeltsin.

The Russians' attitude towards this holiday is ambivalent. Many see adoption of Declaration of state sovereignty as a negative historic event which accelerated dissolution of the Soviet Union. People may attend concerts and fireworks that take place in many cities throughout the country. Prominent Russian writers, scientists and humanitarian workers receive State Awards from the President of Russia on this day. Most public offices and schools are closed on June 12. If the day falls on a weekend, the public holiday shifts to the following Monday. Public transport schedules may vary depending on events taking place in each city on the holiday.
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Over to Russia!

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Should we be celebrating this, or...?
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It is your choice. I merely pointed out that today is Russia's National Day. If you want to celebrate the Russian National Day on November 7, like it was in the old Soviet Union, be my guest.
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It is your choice. I merely pointed out that today is Russia's National Day. If you want to celebrate the Russian National Day on November 7, like it was in the old Soviet Union, be my guest.
I'll celebrate it, but it doesn't sound like much of a national day
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I'll celebrate it, but it doesn't sound like much of a national day
The ambivalence acts as nostalgia for those who embraced the old communist regime. This nostalgia also exists here in Romania. Old public holidays like December 30 (the old Republic Day that ended the Monarchy) is fairly popular, although less and less by each year. Also, May 9 and August 23, which were both high positioned communist memorial days have some value between the older generations. Communists celebrated Victory Day as the National Day of Romania, so large parades took place on May 9. The holiday successfully replaced the old King Day and Independence Day (events much more important in our history).

Communism, being present for two generations changed a lot of our mentality, so you must realize that in Russia, being present for more than here, it changed it even more.
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The ambivalence acts as nostalgia for those who embraced the old communist regime. This nostalgia also exists here in Romania. Old public holidays like December 30 (the old Republic Day that ended the Monarchy) is fairly popular, although less and less by each year. Also, May 9 and August 23, which were both high positioned communist memorial days have some value between the older generations. Communists celebrated Victory Day as the National Day of Romania, so large parades took place on May 9. The holiday successfully replaced the old King Day and Independence Day (events much more important in our history).

Communism, being present for two generations changed a lot of our mentality, so you must realize that in Russia, being present for more than here, it changed it even more.
Works for me

I'll celebrate this, but then we must celebrate Communist holidays as well. We must include everyone
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We are. For the countries that are under a Communist regime. There's still a few around. One of them among the world's greatest powers.
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We are. For the countries that are under a Communist regime. There's still a few around. One of them among the world's greatest powers.
No, I mean if a country was formerly Communist then we have to celebrate it, because it sounds like a lot people celebrate it in their countries, no?
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No, I mean if a country was formerly Communist then we have to celebrate it, because it sounds like a lot people celebrate it in their countries, no?
Well, than should we celebrate all former regimes because many people celebrate them? If a country changed a regime, it means that the majority felt the need for change. People here celebrate May 10, the old King Day, National Day of Romania before communism. It's a headache to collect data on all former National Days, and I say we stick to the official National Days of independent states and autonomous states. It will make this kinda-unpopular thread stay on the level easier.
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Well, than should we celebrate all former regimes because many people celebrate them? If a country changed a regime, it means that the majority felt the need for change. People here celebrate May 10, the old King Day, National Day of Romania before communism. It's a headache to collect data on all former National Days, and I say we stick to the official National Days of independent states and autonomous states. It will make this kinda-unpopular thread stay on the level easier.
Alright then, I don't want to give you -or any of us- more work
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A special surprise today:

June 14:

Falkland Islands (1982) --- Liberation Day




On 2 April 1982, Argentina invaded the Falkland Islands and other British territories in the South Atlantic. By exploiting the long-standing feelings of Argentines towards the islands, the nation's ruling military junta sought to divert public attention from Argentina's poor economic performance and growing internal opposition. The United Kingdom's reduction of military capacity in the South Atlantic is considered to have encouraged the invasion. On 3 April 1982, the United Nations Security Council issued Resolution 502, calling on Argentina to withdraw forces from the islands and for both parties to seek a diplomatic solution. International reaction ranged from support for Argentina in most of Latin America, to opposition in the Commonwealth and most of Western Europe. Chile was the only Latin American country that provided overt support to the British by allowing ports of call and airport logistics. In contrast, Peru was the only Latin American country that provided war material to the Argentinian military, including Mirage aircraft, parts, and Exocet missiles. A divided United States administration, initially publicly neutral, eventually came out in support of the United Kingdom. The United Kingdom sent an expeditionary force to retake the islands. After short but fierce naval and air battles, the British forces landed at San Carlos Water on 21 May, and a land campaign followed leading to the British taking the high ground surrounding Stanley on 11 June. The Argentine forces surrendered on 14 June 1982. The war resulted in the deaths of 255 British and 649 Argentine soldiers, sailors and airmen, as well as 3 civilian Falklanders.
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According to Wikipedia, the Falkland Islands have just under 3,000 people
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