Independence For All

I am writing this post on the 4th of July… Independence Day for the United States.

Yes on July 4th, 1776, the United States gained her independence from Great Britain.

I live in the United States territory of Puerto Rico. That is one of the reasons I am writing this post. This is an island with many people feeling animosity toward the mainland.

Why?

Many Puerto Ricans have served in the United States military but still have no right to vote for President.

Recently, the island voted to become a State, but it all lies in the hands of Congress and does not look as if it will be accomplished.

So here the people sit… Not independent and not a State. With a massive debt they cannot pay.

Is it right? Is it fair?

Please share your views in the comment area at the end.

statue of liberty

I am going to share many countries who have gained their independence and when they celebrate their freedom.

National Day – Hungary

Hungary celebrates its independence starting in the year 1000. It was the founding of a Christian country.

Swiss National Day – Switzerland

The day is August 1st and started in 1291 when the people aligned against the Roman Empire.

National Day of Sweden

It was 1523 on June 6th when King Gustav Vasa was elected and brought independence to the Swedes.

Restoration – Portugal

On December 1st, 1640, Portugal took its independence from Spain’s dominance.

Haiti

On January 1st, 1804, Haiti declared their independence from France.

Statehood Day – Serbia

On February 15th, 1804, the Serbian Revolution began taking their country from the Ottoman Empire.

Statehood Day – Ecuador

August 10th is the recognized day and 1809 the year, but it is also sad. They declared independence from Spain but all the conspirators were executed in 1810.

But the day came on May 24th, 1822.

Fiestas Patrias – Chile

On February 12th, 1810, they declared independence from Spain but the holiday is celebrated when the first Government was installed on September 18th.

Columbia

Columbia recognizes 2 independence days; July 20th, 1810 when they declared independence and August 7th, 1819 when it was recognized.

Grito de Dolores – Mexico

It was 1810 when our Southern neighbors declared independence from Spain and is celebrated on September 15th and 16th.

Those above are just a few. Now I will list the country, declaration, year and day and country they took their independence from.

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Afghanistan August 19, 1919 Independence from United Kingdom control over Afghan foreign affairs in 1919.
Albania On November 28, 1912 Declared by Ismail Qemali in 1912 and signaled the end of five centuries of Ottoman rule.
Algeria On July 5, 1962 Independence from France in 1962.
Angola On November 11, 1975 Independence from Portugal in 1975.
Antigua and Barbuda On November 1, 1981 Independence from the United Kingdom in 1981.
Argentina On July 9, 1816 Independence declared from Spain in 1816.
Armenia On September 21, 1991 Independence from the Soviet Union in 1991.
Austria On October 26, 1955 Independence from Allies of World War II in 1955
Azerbaijan On October 18, 1918 and May 28, 1991 October 18 Independence from the Russian Empire in 1918; May 28 Independence re-declared from the Soviet Union in 1991
Bahamas, The On July 10, 1973 Independence from the United Kingdom in 1973.
Bahrain On December 16, 1971 Independence from the United Kingdom in 1971
Bangladesh On March 26, 1971 Independence was declared from Pakistan and this led to a nine month war ending on December 16, 1971.
Barbados On November 30, 1966 Independence from the United Kingdom in 1966.
Belarus On July 3, 1944 Liberation of Minsk from German occupation by Soviet troops in 1944.
Belgium On July 21, 1831 Independence from the Netherlands (Belgian revolution). Leopold of Saxe-Coburg-Saalfeld takes the oath as first king of the Belgians in 1831.
Belize On September 21, 1981 Independence from the United Kingdom in 1981.
Benin On August 1, 1960 Independence from France in 1960.
Bolivia On August 6, 1825 Independence from Spain in 1825.
Bosnia and Herzegovina On March 1, 1992 Independence from the Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia in 1992.
Botswana On September 30, 1966 Independence from the United Kingdom in 1966.
Brazil On September 7, 1822 (Dia da Independência) Declared Independence from Portugal on that date in 1822.
Brunei On January 1, 1984 Independence from United Kingdom in 1984
Bulgaria On September 22, 1908 Independence from Ottoman Empire in 1908
Burkina Faso On August 5, 1960 Independence from France in 1960
Burundi On July 1, 1962 Independence from Belgium in 1962
Cambodia On November 9, 1953 Independence from France in 1953
Cape Verde On July 5, 1975 Independence from Portugal in 1975.
Central African Republic On August 13, 1960 Independence from France in 1960.
Chad On August 11, 1960 Independence from France in 1960.
Costa Rica On September 15, 1821 Independence from Spain in 1821.
Côte d’Ivoire On August 7, 1960 Independence from France in 1960.
Croatia On October 8, 1991 and June 25 Independence from Yugoslavia in 1991. Independence was declared, after a referendum, by the Parliament on June 25 (the date is celebrated as Statehood Day); EU pressured Croatia into a three month moratorium, and on October 8 the ties with SFRJ were formally severed.
Cuba On May 20, 1902 Independence from United States in 1902.
Cyprus On October 1, 1960 Independence from the United Kingdom on August 16, 1960, but Cyprus Independence Day is commonly celebrated on October 1.[1]
Czech Republic On October 28, 1918 As Czechoslovakia, marking independence from Austria-Hungary on October 28, 1918. Jan 1 As the Czech Republic after the split of Czechoslovakia
Congo, Democratic Republic of the On June 30, 1960 Independence from Belgium in 1960.
Djibouti On June 27, 1977 Independence from France in 1977
Dominica On November 3, 1978 Independence from the United Kingdom in 1978
Dominican Republic On February 27, 1844 Independence from Haiti in 1844, after a 22-year occupation.
Timor-Leste On May 20, 2002 Independence from Portugal in 2002 (recognition, East Timor was invaded by Indonesia from 1975 to 1999, officially it never ceased to be considered as administrated by Portugal).
El Salvador On September 15, 1821 Independence from Spain in 1821
Eritrea On May 24, 1993 Independence from Ethiopia in 1993.
Estonia On February 24, 1918 and August 20, 1991 February 18 Independence from the Russian Empire in 1918; August 20 Independence re-declared from the Soviet Union in 1991
Fiji On October 10, 1970 Fiji Independence Day Independence from United Kingdom in 1970.
Finland On December 6, 1917 Independence Day of Finland Independence from Russia in 1917.
Georgia On May 26, 1918 and April 9, 1991 05-26 May 26 Day of First Republic in 1918; April 9 Independence from USSR in 1991.
Ghana On March 6, 1957 Independence from the United Kingdom in 1957.
Greece On March 25, 1821 Declaration of independence from Ottoman Empire in 1821. Start of the Greek War of Independence
Grenada On February 7, 1974 Declaration of independence from United Kingdom in 1974.
Guatemala On September 15, 1821 Independence from Spain in 1821.
Guinea On October 2, 1958 Independence from France in 1958.
Guyana On May 26, 1966 Independence from the United Kingdom in 1966.
Honduras On September 15, 1821 Independence from Spain in 1821.
Iceland On December 1, 1918 Independence from Kingdom of Denmark in 1918.
India On August 15, 1947 Independence from the United Kingdom in 1947.
Indonesia On August 17, 1945 Declaration of Independence day from the Netherlands in 1945. The Netherlands acknowledged Indonesian independence and sovereignty in 1949.
Iran On February 11, 1979 Iranian Revolution ends Monarchy in 1979.
Ireland On April 24, 1916 Proclamation of the Irish Republic commencing the Easter Rising on April 24, 1916. Independence from the United Kingdom.
Israel On May 14, 1948 (Yom Ha’atzmaut) Independence from the British Mandate of Palestine which took place on May 14, 1948 (5 Iyar 5708 in the Hebrew calendar). It is actually celebrated on Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday nearest to 5 Iyar, so it actually occurs between the 3rd and 6th of Iyar, which may fall between April 15 and May 15 in the Gregorian calendar.
Jamaica On August 6, 1962 Independence from the United Kingdom in 1962.
Jordan On May 25, 1946 Independence from the United Kingdom in 1946.
Kazakhstan On December 16, 1991 Independence from the Soviet Union in 1991.
Kenya On December 12, 1963 Independence from the United Kingdom in 1963.
Korea, North On September 9, 1948 Founding of the DPRK in 1948.
Korea, South On August 15, 1945 Independence from Japan in 1945. (Independence from Japan was declared on March 1, 1919, August 15 is the official Liberation Day of Korea.)
Kuwait On June 19, 1961 Independence from the United Kingdom in 1961.
Kyrgyzstan On August 31, 1991 Independence from USSR in 1991.
Latvia On November 18, 1918 and May 4, 1990 Independence from Russia on November 18, 1918. Independence from Soviet Union on May 4, 1990
Lebanon On November 22, 1943 Independence from France in 1943.
Lesotho On October 4, 1966 Independence from the United Kingdom in 1966.
Liberia On July 26, 1847 1847.
Libya On December 24, 1951 Independence from Italy. However, celebration of this day was abolished after the “revolution” of September 1, 1969.
Lithuania On February 16, 1918 and March 11. 1990 Act of Independence of Lithuania: Independence from the Russian and German Empires in February, 1918; Act of the Re-Establishment of the State of Lithuania: independence from the Soviet Union in March, 1990.
Madagascar On June 26, 1960 Independence from France in 1960.
Malawi On July 6, 1964 Independence from the United Kingdom in 1964.
Malaysia On August 31, 1957 Independence from the United Kingdom in 1957
Maldives On July 26, 1965 Independence from the United Kingdom in 1965 join[2]
Mali On September 22, 1960 Independence from France in 1960
Malta On September 21, 1964 (Independence Day (Malta)) Independence from the United Kingdom in 1964.
Mauritius On March 12, 1968 Independence from the United Kingdom in 1968.
Moldova On August 27, 1991 Independence from the Soviet Union in 1991
Mongolia On November 26, 1921 Independence from China on July 11, 1921
Montenegro On May 21, 2006 Independence from State union with Serbia, in 2006
Morocco On November 18, 1956 Independence from France and Spain in 1956
Mozambique On June 25, 1975 Independence from Portugal in 1975
Burma On January 4, 1948 Independence from the United Kingdom in 1948
Namibia On March 21, 1990 Independence from South African mandate in 1990
Netherlands On May 5, 1945 Liberation from Nazi Germany in 1945
Nicaragua On September 15, 1821 Independence from Spain in 1821
Niger On August 3, 1960 Independence from France in 1960
Nigeria On October 1, 1960 Independence from United Kingdom in 1960
Pakistan On August 14, 1947 Independence from the United Kingdom on 27 Ramadan ul Mubarik, August 14, 1947.
Panama On November 3, 1903 Emancipation and Liberation from Spain on November 28th in 1821, but Panama was a part of Colombia. The 1903 separation and independence from Colombia is celebrated as the official national Panamanian independence day on November 3, Separation Day,also known as Independence from Colombia).
Papua New Guinea On September 16, 1975 Independence from Australia of the former Territories of New Guinea, and Papua, in 1975.
Paraguay On May 15, 1811 (Día de Independencia) Independence from Spain in 1811.
Peru On July 28, 1821 Independence from Spain in 1821.
Philippines On June 12, The proclamation date of the 1898 Declaration of Independence by Emilio Aguinaldo during the Philippine Revolution is celebrated as Independence Day. The Republic of the Philippines was recognized as an independent nation on July 4, 1946.
Poland On November 11, 1918 Restoration of Poland’s independence in 1918 after 123 years of partitions by Austro-Hungary, Prussia, and Russia.
Qatar On December 18, 1878 The assumption of power of Sheikh Jassem bin Mohamed al-Thani, ancestor of the current ruling family, in 1878.
Macedonia On September 8, 1991 Independence from Yugoslavia in 1991.
Romania On May 9, 1877 Independence from the Ottoman Empire in 1877.
Russia On June 12, 1990 Supremacy of Russian laws over Soviet ones in the territory of the RSFSR is declared in 1990.
Rwanda On July 1, 1962 Independence from Belgium in 1962.
Saint Kitts and Nevis On September 19, 1983 Independence from the United Kingdom in 1983.
Samoa On June 1, 1962 Independence from New Zealand in 1962.
Sao Tome and Principe On July 12, 1975 Independence from Portugal in 1975.
Seychelles On June 29, 1976 Independence from the United Kingdom in 1976.
Sierra Leone On April 27, 1961 Independence from the United Kingdom in 1961.
Singapore On August 9, 1965 (National Day Parade) Marks exit / separation from Malaysia in 1965.
Slovakia On July 17, 1992 Declaration of Independence in 1992 (only a remembrance day), de jure independence came on January 1, 1993 after the division of Czechoslovakia (public holiday).
Slovenia On December 26, 1990 and June 25, 1991 (Independence and Unity Day) Date of the release of the official results of the independence plebiscite in 1990, confirming secession from Yugoslavia. (Statehood Day) Declared independence from Yugoslavia in 1991.
Solomon Islands On July 7, 1978 Marks independence from United Kingdom in 1978.
South Africa On December 11, 1931 Independence from the United Kingdom in 1931. Not a public holiday. Union of South Africa formed on May 31, 1910 and Republic of South Africa declared on May 31, 1961
Sri Lanka On February 4, 1948 Independence from the United Kingdom in 1948.
Sudan On January 1, 1956 Independence from the United Kingdom in 1956.
Suriname On November 25, 1975 Independence from the Netherlands in 1975.
Swaziland On September 6, 1968 Independence from the United Kingdom in 1968.
Tajikistan On September 9, 1991 Independence from the Soviet Union in 1991.
Tanzania On December 9, 1961 Declaration of independence from United Kingdom in 1961.
Gambia, The On February 18, 1965 Independence from the United Kingdom in 1965.
Togo On April 27, 1960 Independence from France in 1960.
Tonga On June 4, Tonga was never a colony, but late King’s birthday was celebrated on 4 July.
Trinidad and Tobago On August 31, 1962 Independence from the United Kingdom in 1962.
Tunisia On March 20, 1956 Declaration of independence from France in 1956.
Turkey On October 29, 1923 Turkey becomes a republic following the dissolution of the Ottoman Empire Turkish War of Independence
Turkmenistan On October 27, 1991 Declaration of independence from the Soviet Union in 1991.[3]
Ukraine On August 24, 1991 and January 22, 1919 Independence from the Soviet Union on August 24, 1991. Unification of Ukraine on January 22, 1919.[4]
United Arab Emirates On December 2, 1971 (National Day) Independence from the United Kingdom in 1971.
Uruguay On August 25, 1825 (Día de la Independencia) Declaration of independence from Brazil in 1825.
Uzbekistan On September 1, 1991 Independence from USSR in 1991.
Vanuatu On July 30, 1980 Independence from United Kingdom and France in 1980.
Holy See (Vatican City) On February 11, 1929 Lateran Treaty signed with Italy in 1929.
Venezuela On July 5, 1811 Declaration of independence from Spain in 1811.
Vietnam On September 2, 1945 Proclamation of independence from Japan and France in 1945.
Yemen On November 30, 1967 South Yemen Declaration of independence from United Kingdom in 1967.
Zambia On October 24, 1964 Declaration of independence from United Kingdom in 1964.
Zimbabwe On April 18, 1980 Declaration of independence from United Kingdom in 1980.

Conclusion

Some day, maybe all humans will have independence. It is a dear thing we have, so celebrate heartily and enjoy your freedom.

God Bless The U.S.A. and let freedom ring!

References

  1. http://chartsbin.com/view/2295
  2. https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/fields/2109.html
  3. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_national_independence_days

About The Author

Greg Boudonck is a full time freelance writer and the author of over 50 books. He served in the United States Army in the early 1980’s and enjoys writing about military subjects. You can see Greg’s books on Amazon by searching his name and you can also visit his website at Lancerlife.com.

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