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Philippines gain independence from US... President Truman...
Item # 562380
July 5, 1946
THE NEW YORK TIMES, New York, July 5, 1946
* Philippines gain independence from United States
* President Harry Truman proclamation
This 30 page newspaper has one column headlines on the front page 5: "TRUMAN DECLARES PHILIPPINES FREE" "Proclamation on Independence Read at Special Observance at Washington Quarters" with complete text of the proclamation by President Harry Truman. (see)
Other news of the day throughout. Light browning, otherwise in good condition.
wikipedia notes: Efforts to prepare the country for full democracy were hampered by Japanese invasion during World War II. Despite a valiant effort to defend the country in Bataan and Corregidor, the was occupied and was turned into a puppet state, run by Jose P. Laurel. Numerous war crimes were committed during the years of occupation such as the plight of comfort women and the Bataan Death March. In exile, Quezon continued representing the Commonwealth in forums such as the Pacific War Council and the United Nations until his death in 1943. The islands were liberated in 1944-1945 beginning in the Battle of Leyte Gulf, where General Douglas MacArthur led the United States armed forces (U.S. Army, U.S. Navy, and U.S. Marine Corps) and escorted Sergio Osmeña, Quezon's successor, back to the country. The liberation ended after the Battle of Manila, killing almost 100,000 people, bringing the death toll for the country at least a million dead. On July 4, 1946, the United States finalized Philippine independence.
Category: The 20th Century