Sunday, January 1, 2012

On January 1

On this day in ...
... 1962 (50 years ago today), a group of islands that had been under German control before World War I, and then had been administered by New Zealand, Western Samoa became the 1st Pacific Island country to gain independence and adopted its constitution. The country's official name of the country (flag at right) was changed to the Independent State of Samoa in 1997 -- a change that corresponded with the fact that it "had been known simply as Samoa in the United Nations since joining the organization in 1976." (image credit) But it's still sometimes called Western Samoa in order to distinguish it from a neighboring island group, American Samoa, a Pacific territory of the United States. The state of Samoa celebrates independence every June 1.

(Prior January 1 posts are here, here, here, and here.)

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