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20 April 2006
PLEASE NOTE: The information presented below contributed to a one-page (two-sided) handout distributed while I was a "Destination Lecturer" on Pacific Princess Itinerary K612: Islands of the Pacific Theater, Honolulu to Osaka (Wednesday April 26, 2006-> Wednesday May 17, 2006) [Figure I]. The web page below should be considered a "companion piece" to a handout distributed in May 2005 while I was a "Destination Lecturer" on Pacific Princess Itinerary K515 (Islands of the Pacific Theater, Honolulu to Beijing: Sunday, 29 May 2005 -> Friday, 24 June 2005) [Figure I I]. Please consult http://www.csuchico.edu/~curban/PacificPrincessMay2005.html for significant dates for that particular period of time
1512 - Two Portuguese sailors call Papua Illas dos Papua: Islands of people with crinkly hair.
1480 - April 27, 1521: It is believed that Ferdinand Magellan was born in 1480. On September 20, 1519, this Portuguese explorer, sailed from Spain to circumnavigate the globe. Magellan was killed in the Philippine Islands on April 27, 1521 and what was left of his crew and fleet (only the Vittoria) arrived back in Spain on September 6, 1522.
1543: Portuguese missionaries arrive in Japan.
1565: Alonso de Arellano in San Lucas is the first to sail into Truk lagoon (now known as Chuuk).
February 17, 1568: Alvaro de Meñdana lands on Isabel Island and claims for Spain = names Guadalcanal after his birthplace in Spain.
September 30, 1579: Francis Drake, on the Golden Hinde, makes landfall on the "Island of Thieves" in the Caroline Islands ("Micronesia").
November 24, 1642: Abel Tasman (1603-1659) sees part of uncharted shore and names it after Antony van Diemen (1593-1645), Governor-General of the East Indies.
April 5, 1722: Jacob Roggeveen (1659-1729) "discovers" Easter Island.
August 26, 1768: Captain James Cook (born October 27, 1728 and dies February 14, 1779) sails on HMS Endeavour from Plymouth, England.
April 13, 1769: HMS Endeavour enters Matavai Bay, Tahiti.
April 29, 1770: Captain James Cook (October 27, 1728 - February 14, 1779), Daniel Solander (1733-1782), and Joseph Banks (1743-1820) (and others) land on Australia and name the area Botany Bay.
May 6, 1770: Captain James Cook sails by Port Jackson (later known as Sydney), Australia.
August 22, 1770: Captain Cook, just beyond Cape York (and the island he named "Possession"), claims all of the eastern seaboard of Australia for King George III and names it New South Wales.
March 16, 1774: Matthew Flinders is born (dies July 19, 1814).
February 14, 1779: Captain James Cook (born October 27, 1728) murdered in Kealakakua Bay, Hawai'i.
May 13, 1787: The "First Fleet" departs Portsmouth, England, for Australia: two men-of-war and nine transport ships and 750 convicts (and approximately 210 marines and 40 women and children).
January 20, 1788: "First Fleet" arrives in Botany Bay, Australia.
1795-1803: Matthew Flinders completely circumnavigates the continent of Australia.
October 1798-January 1799: Matthew Flinders, and George Bass (1771-1803), complete circumnavigation of Tasmania.
1804: Hobart, Tasmania: City is foundedby Lieutenant-Governor David Collins.
February 12, 1809: Charles R. Darwin is born in Shrewsbury, England (dies April 18, 1882).
1814: Matthew Flinders publishes A Voyage to Terra Australis using the word "Australia" in the book.
May 24, 1819: Alexandrina Victoria (later known as Queen Victoria) is born (dies January 22, 1901).
October 23, 1819: The brig Thaddeus sails from Boston to the Hawai'ian islands with ABCFM missionaries: The American Board of Commissioners for Foreign Missions.
1824: British Admiralty agrees with New South Wales Governor Lachlan Macqe (1762-1824) that the continent should be known officially as Australia.
1824: "Recalcitant" prisoners moved from Sydney to Moreton Bay and then moved upstream to a site named Brisbane, after Gov-General of New South Wales, Thomas Brisbane (1773-1860).
May 12, 1824: George Arthur (1784-1854) arrives in Hobart, Tasmania, to govern the penal colony.
May 14, 1836: US President Andrew Jackson (1767-1845) authorizes the Wilkes Exploring Expedition.
August 29, 1842 : After the first Sino-British Opium War the Treaty of Nanking is signed and Great Britain gets Hong Kong.
June 7, 1848: Paul Gauguin is born (dies May 8, 1903).
July 8, 1853: Commodore Perry enters Tokyo Bay.
1856: Tasmania re-named from Van Diemen's Land.
1859: Queensland becomes independent from New South Wales and is named for Queen Victoria (1819-1901) and Rabbits introduced to Australia: Advance at rate of 60 miles/year.
August 28, 1867: Midway Atoll claimed for the United States by Captain Reynolds.
November 30, 1874: Winston L. S. Churchill born (dies January 24, 1965).
1878: Joseph Stalin is born (dies March 5, 1953).
March 14, 1879: Albert Einstein is born (dies April 18, 1955).
January 25, 1880: Douglas A. MacArthur is born (dies April 5, 1964).
January 30, 1882: Franklin D. Rooseveltis born (dies April 12, 1945).
July 29, 1883: Benito Mussolin bornis born (dies April 28, 1945).
January 24, 1884: Thomas A. Blamey is born (dies May 27, 1951).
1884: Isoroku Takano (later, changed through adoption to Yamamoto) is born (dies April 18, 1943).
May 8, 1884: Harry S Truman is born (dies December 26, 1972).
December 30, 1884: Hideki Tojo is born (dies December 23, 1948).
January 8, 1885: John Curtin is born (dies July 5, 1945).
February 24, 1885: Chester W. Nimitz is born (dies February 20, 1966).
July 18, 1886: Simon Boliva Buckner is born (dies July 18, 1945).
April 20, 1889: Adolf Hitler is born (dies April 30, 1945).
September 16, 1889: Karl Doenitz is born (dies December 24, 1980).
April 13, 1890: Herbert O. Yardley is born (dies August 7, 1958 and is buried in Arlington National Cemetary).
October 14, 1890: Dwight D. Eisenhower is born (dies March 28, 1969)
December 14, 1896: James H. ("Jimmy") Doolittle is born (dies September 27, 1993).
April 17, 1895: As a result of Japan defeating China the Treaty of Shimonoseki is signed and China abandoned its claims to Korea, as well as ceding Taiwan and Lüshunkou (often called Port Arthur).
April 25, 1898: War is formally declared between Spain and the United States.
December 23, 1898: The island of Guam is placed under control of U.S. Department of the Navy.
August 3, 1900: Ernie Pyle is born (dies April 18, 1945).
January 1, 1901: Australia becomes a nation and and Sir Edmund Barton (1849-1920) becomes the first Prime minister of Australia.
January 22, 1901: Queen Victoria dies.
April 29, 1901: Future Emperor Michinomiya Hirohito born (dies January 7, 1989): the 124th direct descendant of Japan's first Emperor, Jimmu.
February 8, 1904: Japanese battle fleet attacks the Russian Squadron at Port Arthur.
February 10, 1904: Japan formally declares war on Russia.
September 5, 1905: Treaty of Portsmouth, New Hampshire.
June 28, 1914: Gavrilo Princip assasinates Archduke Franz Ferdinand, heir to the Austro-Hungarian throne.
August 23, 1914: Japan declares war against Germany and occupies Shantung, China.
April 25, 1915: ANZAC (Australian and New Zealand Army Corps) Forces land at Gallipoli, Turkey: 52,000 Allied troops (including 35,000 British and 17,000 others: Australian, New Zealand, India, Canada, and French troops).
December 27, 1919: Charles W. Sweeney is born (Lowell, massachusetts) (dies July 15, 2004).
May 16, 1919: Herbert O. Yardley (1890-1958) submits a plan for the "permanent organization for code and cipher investigation and attack."
September 24, 1920: Richard Bong is born (dies August 6, 1945).
February 1922: Washington Naval Conference between Great Britain, the United States of America, and Japan (establishing a vessel ratio of 5:5:3).
1923: Fred Walker (1884-1935) of Melbourne, Australia , invents "Vegemite."
September 1, 1923: Tokyo earthquake.
June 20, 1924: Audie L. Murphy born (dies May 28, 1971).
October 23, 1929: New York Stock Exchange collapses.
September 18, 1931: Japan launched attack ("incident") on Mukden, China.
March 19, 1932: Sydney Harbour Bridge opens (eight years to construct).
January 30, 1933: Adolf Hitler appointed as Chancellor of Germany.
March 1935: Japan withdraws from the League of Nations.
October 3, 1935: Italians troops invade Ethiopia.
May 6, 1937: Hindenburg explodes in Lakehurst, New Jersey.
June 2, 1937: The plane of Amelia Earhart (with co-pilot Fred Noonan) is down somewhere in the Pacific Ocean (born July 24, 1897).
July 7, 1937: Beginning of Sino-Japanese War (staged attack on bridge in China and known as the Marco Polo Bridge Incident).
December 13, 1937: The Chinese city of Nanking attacked by Japanese forces.
March 13, 1938: German troops annex Austria.
July 16, 1939: Albert Einstein (1879-1955) writes to
President Roosevelt about the feasibility of an Atomic Bomb.
September 1, 1939: German troops invades Poland.
November 1939: The Japanese Navy's Fourth Fleet is headquarted at Chuuk.
January 9, 1940: Soldiers of the 6th Australian Division
board transports in Sydney .
January 10, 1940: The first convoy of the Second Australian Imperial Force (A.I.F.), 6th Division, sails for the Middle East.
May 7, 1940: President Franklin D. Roosevelt orders the United States Pacific Fleet to remain in Hawaiian waters indefinitely.
June 14, 1940: Paris falls to the Germans.
December 29, 1940: Franklin D. Roosevelt makes a speech declaring the United States of America is the "Arsenal of Democracy."
April 13, 1941: Japan and the Union of Soviet Socialist
Republics (USSR) sign five-year non-agression pact.
April 27, 1941: Singapore Conference of American-Dutch-British ends, having reached agreement on combined operating plan of local defense forces in the event of war with Japan.
May 12, 1941: Japanese Ambassador Nomura presents the United States Secretary of State with the Japanese proposal for establishment of "just peace in the Pacific."
October 16, 1941: Hideki Tojo becomes Prime Minister and War Minister.
December 4, 1941: Frank Knox, the United States Secretary of the Navy states: "No matter what happens, the U.S. Navy is not going to be caught napping."
December 7, 1941: The United States fleet is attacked at Pearl Harbor, Hawai'ian Islands.
December 29, 1941: First Japanese air attacks on Corregidor, Philippine Islands.
January 4, 1942: First Japanse planes bomb Rabaul
and USAAF raids Japanese warships at Malalag Bay, Davao
(Mindanao, the Philippines).
February 10, 1942: FDR signs Executive Order 9066: 112,000 Japanese Americans are eventually incarcerated and Emperor Hirohito has Hideki Tojo begin to draw up peace plans: from the Japanese point of view.
February 19, 1942: Darwin, Australia, is bombed for the first time from Admiral nagumo's Carrier Strike Force (various attacks continue to November 12, 1943).
February 22, 1942: Franklin D. Roosevelt order General MacArthur to leave the Philippines.
March 17, 1942: General Douglas MacArthur arrives in Australia.
March 30, 1942: Pacific area divided into two commands: Admiral Nimitz placed in charge of Pacific Ocean Area and General MacArthur Commander of the Southwest Pacific Area.
April 6, 1942: The 41st US Division arrives in Australia and Japanese Southern Expeditionary Fleet raids convoys and bombards coastal sites south of Calcutta, India.
April 9, 1942: Americans surrender at Bataan.
April 18, 1942: General Doolittle bomber raid on Japan from USS Hornet.
May 2, 1942: Japanese troops land on Florida Island, Solomon Islands.
May 3, 1942: Japanese troops occupy Tulagi Island (Solomon Islands) and on this day in 1975 the United States nuclear powered aircraft carrier USS Nimitz is commissioned.
May 4-8, 1942: The Battle of the Coral Sea.
May 6, 1942: Lt. Gen. Jonathan M. Wainwright surrenders his troops on Corregidor, Philippines.
May 9, 1942: US Forces land on Tongatapu Island (Polynesia) and New Zealand forces comes under US command; and US troops land in the Ga;ápagos Islands (Baltra Island).
May 29, 1942: Individuals identified as "Jewish" in NAZI-occupied areas of Europe are required to wear a yellow star.
June 1, 1942: A Japanese submarine enters Sydney Harbor (Australia) and sinks an Australian boat.
June 3, 1942: Japanese carriers raid Dutch Harbor, Alaska.
June 4, 1942: The Battle of Midway begins.
June 20, 1942: Japanese submarine I-26 shells Estevan Point, Vancouver Island, British Columbia.
June 21, 1942: Japanese submarine shells Fort Stevens, Oregon.
July 23, 1942: Japanese advance over the Kokoda Trail towards Port Moresby.
August 7, 1942: Admiral Robert Ghormley's First US Marine Division lands on Guadalcanal.
August 8, 1942: Battle of Savo Island, Guadalcanal.
August 26, 1942: Japanese land forces at Milne Bay, New Guinea, to establish a base to attack Port Moresby from the sea.
September 10, 1942: The Ford aircraft plant at Willow Run, Michigan, rolls out its first plane (8,685 were produced throughout the war): B-24 Liberator bombers.
September 12-14, 1942: Battle of Bloody Ridge, Guadalcanal.
September 25, 1942: Australian forces begin counter-offensive in the Owen Stanleys, New Guinea.
October 11, 1942: Battle of Cape Esperance, Guadalcanal.
December 2, 1942: First self-sustaining chain reaction (nuclear) at the University of Chicago.
December 31, 1942: Japanese Imperial general Headquarters decides to evacuate Guadalcanal.
January 3, 1942: Japanese planes bomb Port Moresby.
January 3, 1943: Buna, New Guinea, is captured by Allied forces and the Japanese attempt to take Port Moresby is stopped.
February 1943: Headquarters of Japan's Combined Fleet transferred to Chuuk.
February 2, 1943: Japanese begin evacuation of troops from Guadalcanal and German forces surrender at Stalingrad.
March 2-4, 1943: Battle of the Bismarck Sea.
March 26, 1943: Battle of Komandorski Islands.
April 15, 1943: The Los Alamos Laboratory, New Mexico, formally opens.
April 18, 1943: Admiral Yamamoto's plane is shot down.
April 26, 1943: United States task group of three cruiser and six destroyers bombards Japanese installations at Attu, Aleutian Islands.
April 30, 1943: US submarine Gudgeon lands troops and equipment on Panay, Philippine Islands.
May 8, 1943: US forces sink three Japanese destroyers in the Solomon Islands.
May 13, 1943: US cruisers and destroyers bombard Munda and Vila (Solomon Islands).
May 15, 1943: The US establishes an Advanced Base and Naval Air Facility, Russell Islands (Solomon Islands) as well as the Naval Air Station (Adak, Aleutian Islands).
May 29, 1943: Norman Rockwell's "Rosie the Riveter" (Mary Doyle) appears on the cover of The Saturday Evening Post.
May 31, 1943: Japanese occupation of the Aleutian Islands ends.
August 2, 1943: PT-109 (with Lt. John F. Kennedy) is sunk in the Solomon Islands.
October 2, 1943: Japanese lose Finschaven, New Guinea.
October 6, 1943: Battle of Vella Lavella, New Georgia Island (Solomon Islands).
November 1943: Tehran Conference and Stalin promises to enter the war.
November 1, 1943: Beginning of the Bougainville campaign.
November 20, 1943: D-Day on Tarawa & Makin by US Marines under General Holland Smith.
December 11, 1943: "Operation Flintlock" and the invasion of Kwajelein Atoll.
January 1, 1944: Alexander Archer (Archie) Vandegrift
appointerd Commandant of the United States marine Corps.
February 10, 1944: Japanese abandon Truk (Chuuk), Caroline Islands (Micronesia) as their main naval base and warships dispersed from Truk: some to Japan, Singapore, and Palau; Combined Fleet Headquarters moves to Palau.
February 17-18, 1944: "Operation Hailstone" begins at Truk and US Troops assault Eniwetok Atoll.
February 21, 1944: Japanese lose Eniwetok, Marshall Islands (Micronesia).
February 22, 1944: Allies begin attack on the Marianas Islands.
April 29, 1944: Aircraft from fast carrier task commence two-day bombing attack installations at Truk.
May 1, 1944: US naval group bombards Ponape Island in the Caroline Islands (Micrones).
May 9, 1944: US submarine chaser PC-558 sunk.
May 10, 1944: A US naval base is established at Eniwetok.
May 11, 1944: The US submarine Crevalle evacuates women and children from the Philippine Islands.
May 14, 1944: USS submarine Bonefish sinks the Japanese destroyer Inazuma.
May 16, 1944: US destroyers Frank and Haggard sink the Japanese submarine I-76, north of the Solomon Islands.
May 17, 1944: Allied forces land at Sarmi, New Guinea.
June 15, 1944: First bombing raid on Japan since the Doolittle raid of April 1942 and US Marines land on Saipan, Marianas Islands.
June 17, 1944: The 27th US Army Infantry Division lands on Saipan.
June 19, 1944: Battle of the Philippine Sea or the Great Marianas "Turkey Shoot."
June 24, 1944: US aircraft carrier planes bomb Japanese locations in the Mariana Islands.
July 9, 1944: Saipan falls.
July 21, 1944: The battle for Guam begins.
July 24, 1944: US forces invade Tinian, Marianas Islands.
July 25, 1944: US Marines invade Guam.
July 26, 1944: Meeting in Hawai'i between Roosevelt, MacArthur, and Nimitz and Saipan viewed as secure by US forces and it is the first campaign where Japanese surrender in large numbers.
September 24, 1944: Lt. (jg) George Bush, from the carrier San Jacinto, shot down of Chi Chi Jima (rescued by USS Finback and at sea for a month).
October 20, 1944: US Landings at Leyte: MacArthur returns to the Philippines: "People of the Philippines, I have returned! Rally round me!"
October 23-24, 1944: The Battle of Leyte Gulf (largest naval engagement in history and last major battle for the Japanese fleet) and Battleship Musashi is sunk and US aircraft carrier Princeton is sunk on the 24th.
November 24, 1944: First B-29 raids from Saipan on Japan (1,350 miles distant).
December 1944: Richard Bong (1920-1945) is awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor (40 Japanese planes shot down: the most "kills" by any pilot in World War II).
December 16, 1944: In Europe, the Battle of the Bulge begins.
December 1944: Lt. Col. Paul Tibbets officially organizes the 509th Composite Group - 36 modified B29s - no top or belly gun turrets.
December 27, 1944: 20th Century Fox releases The Fighting Lady.
January 1945: Last Japanese garrison in Micronesia fall:
Fais island, SE of Ulithi.
January 9, 1945: Americans land on Luzon, the Philippines.
February 19, 1945: US Marines land on Iwo Jima.
February 23, 1945: Iwo Jima Flag-Raising photographs by Lou Lowery and then Joe Rosenthal.
April 1, 1945: Final amphibious landing in the Pacific ("Operation Iceberg") as American forces invade Okinawa.
April 7, 1945: The Yamato is sunk bu US carrier aircraftt in the East China Sea en route to Okinawa and the first US fighter escorts (P-51s) from Iwo Jima escort B-29s on raid to Japan.
April 12, 1945: American President Franklin D. Roosevelt dies and is succeeded by Harry S Truman.
April 28, 1945: Benito Mussolini killed by Italian partisans.
April 30, 1945: Adolf Hitler commits suicide and Grand Admiral Karl Doenitz (16 September 1889 - 24 December 1980) is named head of Germany.
May 1, 1945: Australian troops land on Tarakan Island, Borneo.
May 2, 1945: Berlin is captured by Soviet troops.
May 3, 1945: British troops capture Rangoon, Burma.
May 4, 1945: Japanese aircraft launch heavy air attack on Yontan Airfield, Okinawa, and off of Okinawa, Kamakazee cost the lives of 482 Allied sailors and wounded 618; also, Charles Sweeney (1919-2004) becomes the Commander of the 393rd Bombardment Squadron (which, in June 1945, flies to Tinian).
May 6, 1945: 1,200 support troops of the 509th Composite group sail out of Seattle on the S.S. Cape Victory for Guam.
May 7, 1945: Germany surrenders at Reims, France.
May 8, 1945: Victory-in-Europe Day (VE Day) and on this day in 1884 day Harry S Truman was born.
May 9, 1945: Secretary of War Henry L. Stimson meets and recommends use of the Atomic Bomb against Japan.
May 13, 1945: Admiral Mitscher's task force begin a two-day air attack on Kyushu airfields, Japan.
May 14, 1945: B-29s began fire bombing raids on selected Japanese locations and the German submarine U-234 is boarded by American forces in the Atlantic Ocean.
May 17, 1945: The final sea battle of WWII: Royal Navy destroyers sink the Japanese heavy cruiser Haguro off Penang, Malaya.
May 25, 1945: US Joint Chiefs of Staff issue overall plans for "Operation Olympic" (to begin November 1, 1945) and the invasion of the Japanese home islands.
May 28, 1945: General Douglas MacArthur issues plan for the first Japanese invasion: "Operation Downfall."
June 1, 1945: President Harry S Truman receives the recommendation to use the Atomic Bomb.
June 3,1945: US Marines land on Iheya Shima, Ryuku Islands (Okinawa).
June 18, 1945: General Simon Bolivar Buckner killed on Okinawa.
July 5, 1945: Australian Prime Minister John Curtin dies and the Philippines are liberated.
July 16, 1945: First successful Atomic Bomb test in New Mexico.
July 26, 1945: U.S. cruiser Indianapolis reaches Tinian with atom bomb and there is a meeting at Potsdam (German) and the Potsdam Declaration is issued calling for "Unconditional Surrender" of Japan.
July 28, 1945: A B-25 Bomber crashes into the 78th and 79th stories of the Empire State Building (New York City): three crew members killed and ten pedestrians.
July 30, 1945: Thirty scientists and technicians arrive at Tinian to assemble the Atomic Bombs and US cruiser Indianapolis is sunk by the Japanese.
August 6, 1945: Hiroshima.
August 9, 1945: Nagasaki.
August 10, 1945: Japanese succesfully test atomic bomb off the Hugnam Coast, North Korea.
August 27, 1945: Admiral Halsey sails into Sagami Wan (outer Bay of Tokyo).
August 28, 1945: First American troops land in Japan: USAAF (United States Army Air Force) personnel land at Atsugi Aerodrome (near Tokyo).
August 30, 1945: General Douglas A. MacArthur arrives in Sagami Bay and Tokyo Bay, Japan (and at 9:35am, 9,450 marines and 1,200 sailors set foot on Japanese soil at Yokosuka).
September 2, 1945: Japanese officals sign the "Instrument of Surrender" on BB-63 (Missouri) in Tokyo Bay.
January 1, 1946: Emperor Hirohito renounces his
January 19, 1946: The Charter of the International Military Tribunal for the Far East (CIMTFE) is proclaimed.
March 5, 1946: Winston Churchill makes his famous "Iron Curtain" speech in Fulton, Missouri.
May 3, 1946: The International Military Tribunal for the Far East (lso referred to as the Tokyo War Crimes) opens - adjourned on November 12, 1948.
June 25, 1946: Berlin Blockade begins (ends May 12, 1949).
July 1, 1946: Operation Crossroads at Bikini Atoll first nuclear test (Able)
July 25, 1946: Nuclear test (Baker)
October 26, 1946: German war criminals executed in Berlin's Spandau Prison.
January 8, 1949: The last two Japanese defenders on Iwo
April 7, 1949: The musical South Pacific opens at the Majestic Theater (New York City) (and runs until January 19, 1954: 1,925 performances).
May 12, 1949: Berlin blocade ends (began June 24, 1946).
May 21, 1949: Pacific War Crimes Trials end.
May 27, 1951: Field Marshall Sir Thomas A. Blamey dies.
April 28, 1952: Allied Occupation of Japan officially ends.
March 1, 1954: Hydrogen bomb(Bravo) tested at Bikini Atoll.
April 29, 1957: Public meeting of the AAF (Aboriginal-Australian Fellowship) in Sydney to begin process of couting Aborigines in the Australian census (see May 27, 1967).
April 5, 1964: Douglas A. MacArthur dies.
February 20, 1966: Admiral Chester W. Nimitz dies.
May 27, 1967: Referendum passes in Australia which allows for the counting of Australian Aborigines (now known as "Koorie" or "people") in the census.
December 26, 1972: Harry S Truman dies.
May 3, 1975: The United States nuclear powered aircraft carrier USS Nimitz is commissioned.
September 16, 1975: Papua New Guinea Independence Day
January 8, 1978: Commonwealth Day in the Commonwealth of the Northern Marianas Islands.
July 7, 1978: Independence Day in the Solomon Islands.
July 12, 1978: After a Constitutional Convention, the people of four of the former Districts of the Trust Territory, Truk (now Chuuk), Yap, Ponape (now Pohnpei) and Kusaie (now Kosrae) vote in a referendum to form a Federation under the Constitution of the Federated States of Micronesia (FSM).
May 10, 1979: Federated States of Micronesia Constitution Day.
July 9, 1979: Republic of Palau Constitution Day.
January 7, 1989: Emperor Hirohito dies.
September 17, 1991: Federated States of Micronesia becomes a member of the United Nations.
March 31, 1992: US Battleship Missouri decommisioned.
June 15, 1994: On Saipan, for the 50th anniversary, the American Memorial Park monument dedicated: 5,000 names are engraved at the memorial.
June 22, 1998: US Battleship Missouri docks at Pearl Harbor adjacent to the USS Arizona.
May 27, 2001: Field Marshall Sir Thomas A. Blamey Square named in Canberra, Australia (was named Sir Thomas Blamey Square in 1984).
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