Tumult in the Philippines

A timeline of the country’s conflicts

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December 1898

The U.S. Navy defeats the Spanish fleet in Manila Bay during the Spanish-American War and drafts a treaty that ensures U.S. control of the Philippines.

February 1899

Filipino leaders reject U.S. sovereignty and launch a (failed) rebellion that lasts four years, costing tens of thousands of Filipino and thousands of U.S lives.

November 1935

By U.S. decree, the Philippines becomes a self-governing commonwealth.

December 1941

Japanese occupation begins.

October 1944

Gen. Douglas "I Shall Return" MacArthur does just that.

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