On this day, July 29, in 1850, Spanish military officer Juan Antonio de Urbiztondo began his term as Governor-General of the Philippines.
His administration is known for establishing the first Council of State called the Junta de Autoridades composed of himself, the Archbishop of Manila, the president of the Real Audiencia, and other officials of the colonial government.
During his administration, the colonial government waged a bloody military campaign against the Sultanate of Sulu. The first bank in the Philippines, as well as the first interisland postal service in the country, opened during his administration. His term ended on Dec. 20, 1853.