Welcome to Pacific Electric Monograph's guide to significant dates in Pacific History. At this point, the listings are peculiarly weighted toward military history; this is only because of superior references in that area.
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In 1941, Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Harold Stark sent a vaguely worded "war warning" to Pacific and Asian commanders.
In 1944, Peleliu was secured. The Japanese lost 13,600 soldiers; the Allies 1,792.
In 1945, Gen. George C. Marshall was named special U.S. envoy to China to try to end hostilities between the Nationalists and the Communists.
In 1970, Pope Paul VI, visiting the Philippines, was attacked at the Manila airport by a dagger-wielding Bolivian painter disguised as a priest. Although the Vatican maintained the pontiff was not hurt, it was revealed in 1979, a year after his death, that Pope Paul had, in fact, suffered a chest wound.
In 1978, San Francisco Mayor George Moscone and City Supervisor Harvey Milk, a gay-rights activist, were shot to death inside City Hall by former supervisor Dan White.
In 1983, 183 people were killed when a Colombian Avianca Airlines Boeing 747 crashed near Madrid's Barajas airport.
In 1989, 107 people were killed when a bomb blamed on drug traffickers destroyed a Colombian jetliner, minutes after the plane had taken off from Bogota's international airport.
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