On this day in…
1874: Harry Houdini is born. He came out of a hat.
1900: Hand-to-hand fighting takes place between US soldiers and Filipino revolutionaries in Isabela. When the Filipinos won, the Americans accused them of using performance-enhancing drugs, and refused to fight again.
1906: A “census” revealed that England ruled 1/5 of the world. China ruled the rest.
1920: “An Act granting a life pension to General Emilio Aguinaldo” was approved. It was the first and only documented case of “pabaon.”
1934: U.S. President Franklin Roosevelt signed into law a bill granting future independence to the Philippines. The law has yet to be implemented up to this day.
2001: A blind young lady named Roselle Ambubuyog tops 2001 Ateneo de Manila graduates as summa cum laude and class valedictorian… to which staunch rival La Sallistas said, “Walang paningin, naka-graduate? Wala kayo sa amin, nakaka-graduate, walang utak.”
2002 For her work in “Monster’s Ball,” Halle Berry becomes the first black performer to win a best actress Oscar… and the first black woman to be kissed by Adrien Brody.
(Thank you to Wikipedia, NHI, History On-this-Day and Today in Science History.)