Jose Rizal's Timeline

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1848, June 28 -- Rizal’s parents married in Kalamba, La Laguna: Francisco Rizal-Mercado y Alejandra (born in Biñan, April 18, 1818) and Teodora Morales Alonso-Realonda y Quintos (born in Sta. Cruz, Manila, Nov. 14, 1827).

1861, June 19 -- Rizal born, their seventh child.

1861, June 22 -- Christened as José Protasio Rizal-Mercado y Alonso-Realonda

1870, age 9 -- In school at Biñan under Master Justiniano Aquin Cruz.

1871, age 10 -- In Kalamba public school under Master Lucas Padua.

1872, June 10, age 11 -- Examined in San Juan de Letran college, Manila, which, during the Spanish time, as part of Sto. Tomás University, controlled entrance to all higher institutions.

1872, June 26 -- Entered the Ateneo Municipal de Manila, then a public school, as a day scholar.

1875, June 16, age 14 -- Became a boarder in the Ateneo.

1876, March 23, age 15 -- Received the Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degree, with highest honors, from Ateneo de Manila.

1877, June. -- Entered Sto. Tomás University in the Philosophy course.

1877, Nov. 29 -- Awarded diploma of honorable mention and merit by the Royal Economic Society of Friends of the Country, Amigos del País, for the prize poem.

1878, June, age 16. -- Matriculated in the medical course. Won Liceo Artistico-Literario prize, in poetical competition for “Indians and Mestizos”, with the poem “To the Philippine Youth”.

Wounded in the back for not saluting a Guardia Civil lieutenant whom he had not seen. The authorities ignored his complaint.

1880, April 23, age 19. -- Received Licco Artístico-Literario diploma of honorable mention for the allegory, “The Council of the Gods”, in competition open to “Spaniards, mestizos and Indians”. Unjustly deprived of the first prize.

1880, Dec. 8. -- Operetta “On the Banks of the Pasig” produced.

1881, age 20. -- Submitted winning wax model design for commemorative medal for the Royal Economic Society of Friends of the Country centennial.

1882, May 3, age 21. -- Secretly left Manila taking a French mail steamer at Singapore for Marseilles and entering Spain at Port Bou by railroad. His brother, Paciano Mercado, furnished the money.

1882, June. -- Absence noted at Sto. Tomás University, which owned the Kalamba estate. Rizal’s father was compelled to prove that he had no knowledge of his son’s plan in order to hold the land on which he was the University’s tenant.

1882, June 15. -- Arrived in Barcelona.

1882, October 3. -- Began studies in Madrid.

1886, --Received degree of Licentiate in Medicine with honors from Central University of Madrid on June 19 at the age of 24.

Clinical assistant to Dr. L. de Wecker, a Paris oculist.

Visited Universities of Heidelberg, Leipzig, and Berlin.

1887, Feb. 21, age 26. -- Finished the novel Noli Me Tangere in Berlin.

Traveled in Austria, Switzerland and Italy.

1887, July 3. -- Sailed from Marseilles.

1887, Aug. 5. -- Arrived in Manila. Traveled in nearby provinces with a Spanish lieutenant, detailed by the Governor-General, as escort.

1888, Feb. -- Sailed for Japan via Hong Kong.

1888, Feb. 28 to April 13, age 27. -- A guest at the Spanish Legation, Tokyo, and traveling in Japan.

1888, April-May. -- Traveling in the United States.

1888, May 24. -- In London, studying in the British Museum to edit Morga’s 1609 Philippine History.

1889, March, age 28. -- In Paris, publishing Morga’s History. Published “The Philippines A Century Hence” in La Solidaridad, a Filipino fortnightly review, first of Barcelona and later of Madrid.

1890, February to July, age 29. -- In Belgium finished El Filibusterismo which is the sequel to Noli Me Tangere.

Published “The Indolence of the Filipino” in La Solidaridad.

1890, August 4. -- Returned to Madrid to confer with his countrymen on the Philippine situation, then...
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