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On 8 February in Asian history

1904-02-08 Attaque jap sur Port-Arthur

ON 8 FEBRUARY IN ASIAN HISTORY

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Updated on February 8, 2018

701: Birth of Li Bai, famous romantic poet of the Tang Dynasty who died in 762
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Li_Bai
http://www.newworldencyclopedia.org/entry/Li_Bai

http://www.bbc.com/news/magazine-19884020

Li bai raising glass

1238: The Mongols Under Batu Khan burn the Russian city of Vladimir
http://www.advantour.com/russia/vladimir.htm
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mongol_invasion_of_Rus
http://www.newworldencyclopedia.org/entry/Batu_Khan

1238-02-08 Vladimir détruite par Mongols

1265: Death of Hulagu Khan, Mongol ruler who took and destroyed Bagdad in 1258, born in 1217
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hulagu_Khan

1720: Birth of Sakuramachi, 115th emperor of Japan (1735-1747) who died on May 28, 1750.( Don’t confuse with his daughter who will be the 117 th emperor under the name of Go-Sakuramachi)
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Emperor_Sakuramachi

1762: Birth of Gia Long, emperor of Vietnam (1802-1820) who died on February 3, 1820
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gia_Long

1890: Birth of Claro M. Recto, Filipino nationalist, father of the 1935 constitution, who died on October 2, 1960
https://kahimyang.com/kauswagan/articles/921/today-in-philippine-history-february-8-1890-claro-m-recto-was-born-in-tiaong-tayabas
http://biography.yourdictionary.com/claro-m-recto

1893: Birth of Ba Maw, Burmese premier (1937-1939), who died on May 29, 1977
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ba_Maw
http://ww2db.com/person_bio.php?person_id=145

http://www.drbamawlibrary.org/about-drbamaw.asp

1897: Birth of Dr Zakir Husain, president of India (May 1967 to May 1969), who died on 3 May 1969
http://www.liveindia.com/freedomfighters/12.html
http://www.thefamouspeople.com/profiles/dr-zakir-hussain-5298.php

Zakir Husain

1902: Birth of Demchugdongrub, Mongolian politician, who died on May 23, 1966
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Demchugdongrub

1903: Birth of Tunku Abdul Rahman, First Malayan Prime Minister after independence (1957-1990) who died on December 6, 1990
http://www.thefamouspeople.com/profiles/tunku-abdul-rahman-93.php
http://www.malaysiahistory.net/v2/?p=158
http://www.yayasantar.org.my/eng/sp_biography.html

tunku-abdul-rahman-14
 1904: Japan launches the war against Russia by a surprise attack on Port-Arthur, a Russian naval base in China
http://www.newworldencyclopedia.org/entry/Battle_of_Port_Arthur
http://warfarehistorynetwork.com/daily/military-history/baiting-the-russian-bear-the-siege-of-port-Arthur/
http://www.mapsofworld.com/on-this-day/february-8-1904-a-surprise-japanese-torpedo-attack-at-port-arthur-china-begins-the-russo-japanese-war

1904-02-08 Attaque jap sur Port-Arthur

1924: Birth of Khamtay Siphandone, president of Laos (1998-2006)
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Khamtai_Siphandon

1935: The Philippine Constitution is adopted
https://kahimyang.com/kauswagan/articles/1435/today-in-philippine-history-february-8-1935-the-philippine-constitution-was-adopted

1936: Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru succeeds Gandhi as chairman of India Congress Party
http://www.iloveindia.com/indian-heroes/jawaharlal-nehru.html
http://www.newworldencyclopedia.org/entry/Jawaharlal_Nehru

1936-02-08  Nehru succeeds Gandhi
1939: Birth of Jose Maria Sison, founder of the Communist Party of the Philippines (Maoist) in December 1968, living in exile in the Netherlands
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jose_Maria_Sison
http://www.josemariasison.org/

1941: Birth of Jagjit Singh, Indian ghazal singer, songwriter and musician, who died on October 2011

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jagjit_Singh
http://www.mapsofindia.com/on-this-day/8-feb-1941-jagjit-singh-famous-ghazal-singer-was-born

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NqRCVdotF1U

1942: Japanese begin main assault on Singapore, landing on the north-west cost at 8.15 PM
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Singapore
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-chat/2844297/posts

1942: Due to the strong resistance of the US-Filipino forces, Japanese General Masaharu Homma, suspends his offensive on Luçon
http://ww2db.com/person_bio.php?person_id=108

1942: US Congress advises president Roosevelt that, Americans of Japanese descent should be locked up en masse so they wouldn’t oppose the US war effort

1943: Birth of Pirzada Qasim, Pakistani poet and Vice-Chancellor of Karachi University
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pirzada_Qasim

1943: Under the command of Major General Orde Wingate, the 77th Indian Brigade, also called the Chindits, launch guerrilla raids behind Japanese lines in Burma


http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/britains-indian-brigade-begins-guerrilla-operations-in-burma
http://www.chindits.info/Longcloth/Main.htm

1948: The formal creation of the Korean People’s Army of North Korea is announced
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Korean_People’s_Army_Ground_Force#History

1955: The Government of Sindh (India) abolished Jagirdar system in the province. One million acres (4000 km²) of land thus acquired is to be distributed among the landless peasants
http://www.yourarticlelibrary.com/paragraphs/abolition-of-jamindars-and-jagirdars-system-in-india/32012/

1960: Birth of Benigno Simeon “NoyNoy” Aquino III, former president of the Philippines from 2010 to 2016
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/asia-pacific/8674853.stm
https://www.thefamouspeople.com/profiles/benigno-6896.php

1962: The Military Assistance Command Vietnam (MACV), headed by Gen. Paul D. Harkins, former U.S. Army Deputy Commander-in-Chief in the Pacific, is installed in Saigon as the United States reorganizes its military command in South Vietnam
http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/macv-established

1965: Birth of Dicky Cheung, Hong Kong actor
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dicky_Cheung
http://www.hkcinemagic.com/en/people.asp?id=333

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fLWc0uEfFUc

1971: Military operation of South Vietnamese troops against Ho Chi Minh Tracks in Laos
http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/operation-lam-son-719-begins
http://www.history.com/topics/vietnam-war/vietnam-war-history/videos/a-soldiers-story-operation-lam-son-719

1980: Birth of Lee Jae-eun,  South Korean actress
http://wiki.d-addicts.com/Lee_Jae_Eun
http://www.hancinema.net/korean_Lee_Jae-eun.php

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tcNby3CF_n0

1982: Birth of Sousuke Takaoka, Japanese actor
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sousuke_Takaoka
http://wiki.d-addicts.com/Takaoka_Sousuke

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QT_n19dnr4k

1985: After more than two years in exile in the United States, Kim Dae Jung, the opposition leader, returns to South Korea and immediately placed under unofficial house arrest
http://www.thefamouspeople.com/profiles/kim-dae-jung-52.php

1993: Death of N. Shanmugathasan, Sri Lanka communist leader, born in 1920
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/N._Shanmugathasan

2002: Ong Teng Cheong, president of Singapore (1993-1999), dies from cancer at 66 years old
http://www.singapore-window.org/sw02/020208af.htm
http://mothership.sg/2016/02/in-memory-ong-teng-cheong-spores-only-peoples-president-passed-away-14-years-ago/

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i-8HYcuNrG4

2004: Sri Lanka’s president Chandrika Kumaratunga, opposed to her Prime Minister Ranil Wrickramasinghe on the way to solve the Tamil question, dissolves the parliament, one year after the last elections

2005: E. Kausalyan, political leader of separatist LTTE for East of Sri Lanka, is killed in an ambush. The Tigers (LTTE) break off all relations with the government
http://www.tamilweek.com/Kausalyan.html
http://dbsjeyaraj.com/dbsj/archives/38304

E. Kausalyan

2006: In Nepal, failure of the local elections organized by the king because the threats of the Maoist rebellion and the boycott of the opposition parties. Only 21 % of the electorate went to vote

2006: Death of Japanese composer Akira Ifukube, born on May 31, 1914
 http://www.nytimes.com/2006/02/10/arts/music/10ifukube.html?_r=0
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/entertainment/4697022.stm

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PDeU42u2s2Y

2007: The former separatist cadre, Irwandi Yusuf, elected in December 2006, takes officially his functions as governor of Aceh province
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Irwandi_Yusuf

2007: Taiwan president Chen Shui-bian announces that the word « China » or « Chinese » will be withdraw from all national Taiwanese corporations and companies

2008: Death of Chua Ek Kay, Singaporean painter, born on November 21, 1947
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chua_Ek_Kay
https://www.google.fr/search?q=chua+ek+kay&hl=fr&tbo=d&rlz=1G1ACAW_FRFR414&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ei=iRAUUaPwLo-YhQeYpYHwDA&sqi=2&ved=0CAcQ_AUoAA&biw=1366&bih=508

Chua Ek Kay

2010: Sri Lanka presidential election loser General Sarath Fonseka is arrested
http://english.aljazeera.net/news/asia/2010/02/20102816287441879.html
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/south_asia/8504882.stm

2011: Military officers from the rival Koreas meet at their heavily armed border for their first talks since North Korea attacked a southern island in November
http://english.aljazeera.net/news/asia-pacific/2011/02/20112861855728272.html

2011: Angelo Tomas Reyes, 65, who had also served as defense secretary of the Philippines and in other Cabinet-level posts, commits suicide from a single bullet fired into his chest
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-pacific-12389096

2011: Thousands of Sri Lankan opposition activists staged a protest outside a jail on Tuesday to demand the release of former army chief and defeated presidential candidate Sarath Fonseka
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-south-asia-12387300

2012: Thousands of supporters of Mohamed Nasheed, who says he was forced to resign as the president of Maldives, have taken to the streets to protest over what they are calling a coup
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2012/02/201228593123326.html
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-16945764
http://www.france24.com/en/20120208-maldives-president-says-resignation-was-coup-waheed-nasheed

2012: The ethnic Mon community has been permitted by authorities to publicly celebrate their national day for the first time in 15 years in Myanmar. The minority group, who number up to eight million of the country mark the ancient founding of Hanthawady, the last Mon kingdom
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2012/02/201228145322572206.html

2013: Hundreds of thousands of people are rallying in the Bangladesh capital Dhaka, calling for the death penalty for Islamists on trial for war crimes
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-21383632

2016: The South Korean navy fires several warning shots at a North Korean patrol boat that had intruded into the disputed maritime border zone. The incident comes one day after the North launched a long-range rocket
http://www.dw.com/en/south-korea-fires-warning-shots-at-north-korean-vessel-one-day-after-norths-rocket-launch/a-19032724

 

Holidays and observances

Nirvana Day, an annual Buddhist festival

Main news on Bangladesh

8 FEBRUARY 2018

Violent protests as opposition leader Khaleda Zia is jailed in Bangladesh

A judge in Bangladesh has convicted the opposition leader Khaleda Zia of corruption and sentenced her to five years in jail as police clashed with thousands of her supporters outside the court
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/feb/08/violent-protests-opposition-leader-jailed-bangladesh-khaleda-zia
http://www.atimes.com/article/former-bangladesh-pm-khaleda-zia-found-guilty-graft-case/
https://bdnews24.com/bangladesh/2018/02/08/live-eyes-on-khaleda-verdict

1 FEBRUARY 2018

Bangladesh’s new digital security law alarms journalists

Bangladesh’s government has approved the draft of a contentious digital security law aimed at tackling digital crimes. But journalists fear the proposed law could be used to muzzle freedom of expression in the country
http://www.dw.com/en/bangladeshs-new-digital-security-law-alarms-journalists/a-42377844

22 JANUARY 2018

Bangladesh announces delay in refugee return

The repatriation of hundreds of thousands of Rohingya who fled violence in Myanmar will not begin as planned, Bangladesh said Monday, with authorities admitting « a lot of preparation » was still needed
https://frontiermyanmar.net/en/bangladesh-announces-delay-in-refugee-return
https://asiancorrespondent.com/2018/01/rohingya-repatriation-delayed-burma/#Qe0Lvp6iA867iXxU.97

16 JANUARY 2918

Bangladesh, Myanmar agree on Rohingya repatriation plan in two-year period

Bangladesh and Myanmar have agreed to repatriate the hundreds of thousands of Rohingya Muslims who have fled a recent army crackdown in Myanmar within a period of two years
http://www.presstv.com/Detail/2018/01/16/549097/Bangladesh-Myanmar-Rohingya-Muslims-repatriate-two-years
http://www.france24.com/en/20180116-myanmar-rohingya-bangladesh-deal-agrees-complete-rohingya-return-two-years
http://www.euronews.com/2018/01/16/-major-challenges-face-repatriation-of-rohingya-muslims

8 JANUARY 2018

Bangladesh court upholds ban on Rohingya marriage

A Bangladesh court on Monday (Jan 8) upheld a government ruling banning marriage between its citizens and refugees from Myanmar’s persecuted Rohingya minority, who have fled ethnic violence in the neighbouring country
https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/bangladesh-court-upholds-ban-on-rohingya-marriage-9843400
http://www.thedailystar.net/rohingya-crisis/plea-seeking-legality-marrying-myanmar-rohingya-girl-rejected-1516816

30 NOVEMBER 2017

Pope urges ‘decisive measures’ to tackle Rohingya crisis on Bangladesh visit

Pope Francis demanded Thursday that the international community take « decisive measures » to resolve the causes of the mass exodus of Rohingya Muslims from Myanmar, breaking his recent silence over the issue
http://www.france24.com/en/20171130-pope-francis-bangladesh-rohingya-muslim
http://www.thedailystar.net/country/pope-francis-awaits-rousing-reception-in-bangladesh-as-he-arrives-dhaka-roman-catholic-church-1498540
https://www.chinadailyasia.com/articles/43/81/21/1512053986586.html

29 NOVEMBER 2017

Bangladesh priest disappearance casts pall over pope visit

A Catholic priest has disappeared in Bangladesh, police said Wednesday, as the Muslim-majority country stepped up security ahead of a landmark visit by Pope Francis that follows a rise in Islamist attacks on religious minorities
http://gulfnews.com/news/asia/bangladesh/bangladesh-priest-disappearance-casts-pall-over-pope-visit-1.2132875
http://www.thedailystar.net/country/bangladesh-natore-priest-walter-william-rozario-missing-miscreants-demand-tk-three-lakh-ransom-1498180

27 NOVEMBER 2017

Bangladesh court upholds 2013 death sentence for 139 soldiers over mutiny

In 2013, a court had sentenced 152 soldiers to death for the 2009 killings in which dozens of officers were shot, hacked to death or burnt alive before being dumped into sewers or shallow graves
https://www.trtworld.com/asia/bangladesh-court-upholds-2013-death-sentence-for-139-soldiers-over-mutiny-12652
https://bdnews24.com/bangladesh/2017/11/27/high-court-s-bdr-mutiny-verdict-greeted-with-cheers-and-tears
http://www.observerbd.com/details.php?id=108210

23 NOVEMBER 2017

Myanmar, Bangladesh ink Rohingya return deal

Myanmar and Bangladesh signed an accord on Thursday (Nov 23) over terms for the return of hundreds of thousands of Rohingya Muslims who have fled to Bangladesh, both governments said, amid concern that Myanmar’s powerful army could prove obstructive
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/myanmar-bangladesh-ink-rohingya-return-deal-9432828
http://www.observerbd.com/details.php?id=107505
http://www.dw.com/en/rohingya-myanmar-and-bangladesh-sign-deal-to-repatriate-refugees/a-41497951

9 NOVEMBER 2017

Bangladeshi academic missing amid spike in disappearances

Mubashar Hasan, a Bangladeshi professor internationally respected for his work on Islamist extremism has gone missing, police said Thursday, with activists fearing the worst amid a spate of disappearances in recent months
http://gulfnews.com/news/asia/bangladesh/bangladeshi-academic-missing-amid-spike-in-disappearances-1.2121537
http://www.theindependentbd.com/post/122891

14 OCTOBER 2017

Bangladesh chief justice is accused of corruption as he departs country

Bangladesh’s chief justice has been accused of serious crimes, including corruption, by the country’s government, as he departed for Australia expressing his fears for judicial independence in the nation
https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2017/10/14/asia-pacific/crime-legal-asia-pacific/bangladesh-chief-justice-accused-corruption-departs-country/#.WeORlmi0M2z

12 OCTOBER 2017

Bangladesh issues warrants for opposition leader’s arrest

The move came after the government of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina launched a crackdown on the opposition, arresting leaders and supporters of Zia`s Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP)
http://zeenews.india.com/asia/bangladesh-issues-warrants-for-opposition-leaders-arrest-2049678.html

29 SEPTEMBER 2017

How Bangladeshis are coping with half a million new Rohingya refugees

The sudden arrival of half a million Rohingya Muslims has upended life in this humble village, which is now overshadowed by one of the largest concentrations of refugees in the world
https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/asia_pacific/how-bangladeshis-are-coping-with-half-a-million-new-rohingya-refugees/2017/09/29/4a6624ca-a1ee-11e7-b573-8ec86cdfe1ed_story.html?utm_term=.9d6d8e728d29

9 SEPTEMBER 2017

Rohingya exodus to Bangladesh nears 300,000: UN

Nearly 300,000 Rohingya Muslims have fled Myanmar’s Rakhine state into Bangladesh in the 15 days since new violence erupted, the United Nations said Saturday (Sep 9)
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/world/rohingya-exodus-to-bangladesh-nears-300-000-un-9200758
http://www.euronews.com/2017/09/09/red-cross-says-a-humanitarian-crisis-is-looming-for-the-rohingya

26 AUGUST 2017

No Rohingya to be allowed to enter Bangladesh: Government

The government has directed the local administration in the district to employ its best efforts to restrict the entry of fresh Rohingyas into the country saying not a single person will be allowed in the name of ‘humanity
http://www.unb.com.bd/Bangladesh-news/No-Rohingya-to-be-allowed-to-enter-BD-Govt%C2%A0/49679
http://bdnews24.com/bangladesh/2017/08/25/thousands-of-rohingyas-stranded-at-bangladesh-border-after-myanmar-attacks
http://www.presstv.ir/Detail/2017/08/26/533025/Myanmar-violence-Rohingya

20 AUGUST 2017

Bangladesh sentences 10 to death for plot to kill PM Hasina

A Bangladesh court sentenced ten Islamist militants to death on Sunday (Aug 20) over a failed plot to assassinate Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina by detonating a huge bomb at one of her rallies
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/south-asia/bangladesh-sentences-10-to-death-for-plot-to-kill-pm-hasina
http://bdnews24.com/bangladesh/2017/08/20/ten-sentenced-to-death-over-assassination-plot-against-sheikh-hasina
http://gulfnews.com/news/asia/bangladesh/10-get-death-penalty-over-plot-to-assassinate-hasina-1.2077095

21 APRIL 2017

Hasina, under political duress, looks to the right

Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has turned to the right to placate hardline Islamists after facing flak for her recent visit to neighboring India, a trip her opponents have claimed sold out national interests to its giant western neighbor
http://www.atimes.com/article/hasina-political-duress-looks-right/

1st MARCH 2017

Keener on arms from China, Bangladesh dithers on defence pact with India

After several postponements, the prime minister of Bangladesh, Sheikh Hasina Wajed, has finally agreed to visit India in April but her government is reluctant to sign an agreement on defence that India is pushing for
http://www.scmp.com/week-asia/geopolitics/article/2075152/keener-arms-china-bangladesh-dithers-defence-pact-india

31 OCTOBER 2016

Holy Hindu temples and idols vandalised, houses looted in Bangladesh on biggest festival for Hindus, Diwali

As Hindus across the world celebrated one of their biggest festivals, Diwali – over 15 holy temples and houses of Hindus were vandalised by mobs in Bangladesh. All this, after a derogatory post was put up by a Facebook user against the holiest of mosques in the world
http://www.asiapacificstar.com/index.php/sid/249004441
http://bdnews24.com/bangladesh/2016/10/30/at-least-15-temples-100-hindu-houses-vandalised-looted-for-hours-in-brahmanbarhia
http://www.dw.com/en/islamists-vandalize-hindu-temples-in-bangladesh-over-facebook-post/a-36211956

14 OCTOBER 2016

China’s Xi elevates ties with Bangladesh to strategic partnership as two countries ink deals worth billions

Xi’s trip, the first by a Chinese head of state to Bangladesh in 30 years, is part of China’s ambition to advance its “One Belt, One Road” initiative
http://www.thedailystar.net/frontpage/ties-new-historical-starting-point-1298932
http://opinion.bdnews24.com/2016/10/13/the-geo-politics-of-bangladesh-china-relations/
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/south-asia/chinas-xi-elevates-ties-with-bangladesh-to-strategic-partnership-as-two-countries

7 OCTOBER 2016

Why Bangladesh wants to ‘silence’ its civil society

A new measure passed by Bangladesh’s parliament makes it a criminal offense to make « malicious » comments on any constitutional bodies in the country. Many say the controversial move is a blow to freedom of expression
http://www.dw.com/en/why-bangladesh-wants-to-silence-its-civil-society/a-35987962

11 SEPTEMBER 2016

Pakistan Refuses Fresh Calls for Afghan Trade with India Through Land Routes

Pakistan has rejected fresh calls by Afghanistan to allow the conflict-ridden landlocked country to engage in direct trade with India through its land routes, citing existing official arrangements between Islamabad and Kabul
http://www.voanews.com/a/pakistan-refuses-fresh-calls-for-afghan-trade-with-india-through-land-routds/3502168.html

3 SEPTEMBER 2016

Bangladesh hangs Islamist tycoon Mir Quasem Ali

Mir Quasem Ali, a key leader of the Jamaat-e-Islami party, was executed after being convicted by a controversial war crimes tribunal for offences committed during the 1971 independence conflict with Pakistan
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/bangladesh-hangs-top-financier-of-largest-islamist-party/3098508.html
http://bdnews24.com/bangladesh/2016/09/03/jamaats-mir-quasem-ali-hanged-for-war-crimes-as-al-badr-chief-of-chittagong
http://www.thedailystar.net/country/al-badr-chief-mir-quasem-executed-1280152

29 AUGUST 2016

Kerry offers security aid to help Bangladesh fight terror, says Islamic State has links in the country

The United States believes that elements of Islamic State are “connected” to operatives in Bangladesh, Secretary of State John Kerry said on Monday, promising help with intelligence and law enforcement after a wave of militant attacks
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/diplomacy/article/2010891/kerry-offers-security-aid-help-bangladesh-fight-terror
http://gulfnews.com/news/asia/bangladesh/kerry-in-bangladesh-for-security-talks-amid-terror-concerns-1.1887155
http://www.thedailystar.net/frontpage/together-we-fight-terror-1277701

23 JULY 2016

80 killed, over 200 injured in twin suicide bomb attacks on Kabul protesters; Islamic State claims responsibility

Islamic State (IS) jihadists claimed responsibility for twin explosions Saturday that ripped through crowds of Shiite Hazaras in Kabul, killing at least 80 people and wounding 231 others in the deadliest attack in the Afghan capital since 2001
http://www.scmp.com/news/world/middle-east/article/1993817/islamic-state-bombings-kabul-kill-least-80-making-it-groups
http://www.euronews.com/2016/07/23/bloodshed-in-kabul-as-isil-murder-scores-of-minority-hazarahttp://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-36874570

21 JULY 2016

Bangladesh court convicts former PM’s son

A Bangladesh court on Thursday convicted the exiled eldest son of the main opposition leader for money laundering and sentenced him to seven years in prison, a move that could end his political ambitions
http://gulfnews.com/news/asia/bangladesh/bangladesh-court-convicts-former-pm-s-son-1.1866356
http://bdnews24.com/bangladesh/2016/07/21/tarique-used-his-political-clout-as-a-shield-to-commit-financial-crime-high-court

2 JULY 2016

ISIS attack on Dhaka café leaves 20 foreigners dead

In an act that killed nine Italians and seven Japanese citizens, assailants wrenched a cafe’s customers from a space of tolerance and cultural exchange to one of terrorism
http://gulfnews.com/news/asia/bangladesh/20-foreigners-killed-in-bangladesh-hostage-carnage-1.1856179
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-36692613

12 JUNE 2016

Bangladesh arrests 3,000 as PM vows to catch killers

Police in Bangladesh have arrested 85 suspected militants and more than 5,000 other suspects in a nationwide crackdown over Islamist killings. The government claims that domestic jihadi groups are behind the attacks
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2016/06/bangladesh-arrests-160611161725828.html
http://www.dw.com/en/bangladesh-arrests-thousands-over-killing-wave/a-19324753

28 MAY 2016

Tokyo renews pledge to give Dhaka $6b

Japan yesterday (28) assured Bangladesh of fulfilling its commitment to provide Bangladesh with $6 billion and under the arrangement Dhaka would get $1.5 billion this year.
http://www.thedailystar.net/frontpage/tokyo-renews-pledge-give-dhaka-6b-1231042

11 MAY 2016

Clashes in Bangladesh after Islamist leader’s hanging. Condemnations in Pakistan

Clashes erupted in Bangladesh Wednesday after the execution of a top Islamist leader, heightening tension in a country reeling from a string of killings of secular and liberal activists.
https://sg.news.yahoo.com/bangladesh-hikes-security-top-islamist-hanged-war-crimes-082146919.html?nhp=1
http://www.dawn.com/news/1257686/pakistan-accuses-bangladesh-of-killing-opposition-leaders-through-flawed-trials
http://bdnews24.com/bangladesh/2016/05/11/we-are-nizami-pakistan-jamaat-protests-their-war-criminal-comrades-execution-by-bangladesh

10 MAY 2016

Top Islamist leader Motiur Rahman Nizami hanged in Bangladesh

Bangladesh has executed Islamist leader Motiur Rahman Nizami for committing war crimes during the 1971 liberation war against Pakistan. The government beefed up security to deal with a possible backlash from Islamists
http://www.dw.com/en/top-islamist-leader-motiur-rahman-nizami-hanged-in-bangladesh/a-19248272
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-36261197

5 MAY 2016

Bangladesh top court upholds Nizami death sentence for 1971 war crimes

The Supreme Court in Dhaka has confirmed the death sentence for Islamist leader Motiur Rahman Nizami. Nizami was convicted of rape and murdering top intellectuals during Bangladesh’s 1971 war of independence
http://www.dw.com/en/bangladesh-top-court-upholds-nizami-death-sentence-for-1971-war-crimes/a-19237525
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-36210552

19 APRIL 2016

Japan’s South Asia Focus: Growing Association With Bangladesh – Analysis

Solid bilateral economic relationships between the two nations can be regarded as a testimony of Japan’s influence in Bangladesh. While Bangladesh has been keen to exploit its economic potential and diversify its relationship with Japan, it has also used it to as an option to balance Beijing’s increasing influence in the region.
http://worldaffairsjournal.org/content/analysis-japan%E2%80%99s-south-asia-focus-growing-association-bangladesh

16 APRIL 2016

Senior Bangladesh editor Shafik Rehman is arrested

Prominent Bangladeshi magazine editor Shafik Rehman has been arrested in Dhaka on suspicion of sedition, police and his family have said.
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-36063520
http://www.nytimes.com/2016/04/17/world/asia/bangladeshi-editor-81-is-accused-in-plotto-kill-leaders-son.html?ref=asia
http://bdnews24.com/bangladesh/2016/04/16/police-arrest-journalist-shafik-rehman-in-a-2015-sedition-case

30 MARCH 2016

Dhaka court orders ex-PM Khaleda Zia’s arrest

A court in Bangladesh has ordered the arrest of former Prime Minister Khaleda Zia. Zia has been charged with involvement in firebomb attacks on a passenger bus that killed one and injured more than 30 people last year
http://www.dw.com/en/dhaka-court-orders-ex-pm-khaleda-zias-arrest/a-19152053
http://bdnews24.com/politics/2016/03/30/court-orders-khaledas-arrest-over-deadly-bus-firebombing-in-dhaka

28 MARCH 2016

Bangladesh court upholds Islam as religion of the state

Bangladesh’s High Court on Monday rejected a 28-year-old petition calling for the removal of a constitutional provision recognising Islam as the official religion of the Muslim-majority South Asian nation.
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2016/03/bangladesh-court-upholds-islam-religion-state-160328112919301.html
http://atimes.com/2016/03/bangladesh-islamists-protest-legal-move-to-scrap-state-religion/

10 MARCH 2016

Big India-Bangladesh power deal dims China’s shine in South Asia

India’s bagging of the power project marks an important victory for India in the Sino-Indian contest for influence in Bangladesh. This is likely to be quietly applauded by the United States, Japan and other countries that are concerned over China’s mounting economic and military presence in Indian Ocean littorals
http://atimes.com/2016/03/big-india-bangladesh-power-deal-dims-chinas-shine-in-south-asia/

13 FEBRUARY 2016

Bangladesh starts tally of Rohingya minority

Bangladesh has begun a count of the number of Rohingya Muslims living on its territory, as reported persecution continues to drive thousands from Myanmar. The census will also include data on living conditions.
http://www.dw.com/en/bangladesh-starts-tally-of-rohingya-minority/a-19046349
https://asiancorrespondent.com/2016/02/bangladesh-begins-survey-of-undocumented-rohingya-muslims/

2 FEBRUARY 2016

Bangladesh sentences two to death for war crimes

The International Tribunal-1 (ICT-1) awarded death penalty to former Razakar commander Md Obaidul Haq alias Abu Taher and a member of the notorious militia, Ataur Rahman Noni, for their crimes against humanity during the country’s Liberation War in 1971
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2016/02/bangladesh-sentences-death-war-crimes-160202130516749.html
http://www.observerbd.com/2016/02/02/134303.php

31 JANUARY 2016

Afghan president Ashraf Ghani issues a decree to ensure the safety of journalists and give them access to accurate information

The deputy spokesman for Ghani, Sayed Zafar Hashemi, said that the decree focuses on the safety of journalists as well as ensuring probes into the killing of journalists
http://www.tolonews.com/en/afghanistan/23554-ghani-issues-decree-to-ensure-safety-of-journalists

24 JANUARY 2016

Taliban demands removal from blacklists to join peace talks

The militant group has said pre-conditions must be met before they join any talks aimed at ending their insurgency. The statement comes as Afghanistan boosts efforts to end the conflict amid an uptick of violence
http://www.dw.com/en/taliban-demands-removal-from-blacklists-to-join-peace-talks/a-19001347

20 JANUARY 2016

Singapore deported 27 men who planned Jihad in Bangladesh

27 male Bangladeshi nationals who were radicalised and supported extremist beliefs have been arrested under the Internal Security Act. http://bdnews24.com/bangladesh/2016/01/20/singapore-says-deported-men-planned-jihad-in-bangladesh
http://news.asiaone.com/news/singapore/27-radicalised-bangladeshis-arrested-under-isa-mha

17 JANUARY 2016

In Bangladesh, Ershad makes brother GM Quader Jatiya Party co-chairman

Ershad announced that Quader has been made co-chairman of the party at a media call in its stronghold Rangpur on Sunday
http://bdnews24.com/politics/2016/01/17/ershad-makes-brother-gm-quader-jatiya-pa

6 JANUARY 2016

Bangladesh court upholds death sentence for Jamaat-e-Islami leader Nizami

Bangladesh’s Supreme Court has upheld a death sentence against a top Islamist political leader for crimes committed during the country’s 1971 war of independence from Pakistan
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2016/01/bangladesh-court-upholds-death-sentence-nizami-160106071459350.html
http://bdnews24.com/bangladesh/2016/01/06/supreme-court-seals-fate-of-nizami-confirms-jamaat-chiefs-death-sentence-for-horrific-war-crimes
http://www.thedailystar.net/frontpage/the-nightmare-named-nizami-198244

 

Wars, conflicts and strategy on 8 February in Asian history

1904-02-08 Attaque jap sur Port-Arthur

WARS, CONFLICTS AND STRATEGY ON 8 FEBRUARY IN ASIAN HISTORY

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Updated on February 8, 2018

1238: The Mongols Under Batu Khan burn the Russian city of Vladimir
http://www.advantour.com/russia/vladimir.htm
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mongol_invasion_of_Rus
http://www.newworldencyclopedia.org/entry/Batu_Khan

1238-02-08 Vladimir détruite par Mongols

1904: Japan launches the war against Russia by a surprise attack on Port-Arthur, a Russian naval base in China
http://www.newworldencyclopedia.org/entry/Battle_of_Port_Arthur
http://warfarehistorynetwork.com/daily/military-history/baiting-the-russian-bear-the-siege-of-port-Arthur/
http://www.mapsofworld.com/on-this-day/february-8-1904-a-surprise-japanese-torpedo-attack-at-port-arthur-china-begins-the-russo-japanese-war

1904-02-08 Attaque jap sur Port-Arthur

1942: Japanese begin main assault on Singapore, landing on the north-west cost at 8.15 PM
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Singapore
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-chat/2844297/posts

1942: Due to the strong resistance of the US-Filipino forces, Japanese General Masaharu Homma, suspends his offensive on Luçon
http://ww2db.com/person_bio.php?person_id=108

1942: US Congress advises president Roosevelt that, Americans of Japanese descent should be locked up en masse so they wouldn’t oppose the US war effort

1943: Under the command of Major General Orde Wingate, the 77th Indian Brigade, also called the Chindits, launch guerrilla raids behind Japanese lines in Burma


http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/britains-indian-brigade-begins-guerrilla-operations-in-burma
http://www.chindits.info/Longcloth/Main.htm

1948: The formal creation of the Korean People’s Army of North Korea is announced
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Korean_People’s_Army_Ground_Force#History

1962: The Military Assistance Command Vietnam (MACV), headed by Gen. Paul D. Harkins, former U.S. Army Deputy Commander-in-Chief in the Pacific, is installed in Saigon as the United States reorganizes its military command in South Vietnam
http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/macv-established

1971: Military operation of South Vietnamese troops against Ho Chi Minh Tracks in Laos
http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/operation-lam-son-719-begins
http://www.history.com/topics/vietnam-war/vietnam-war-history/videos/a-soldiers-story-operation-lam-son-719

2005: E. Kausalyan, political leader of separatist LTTE for East of Sri Lanka, is killed in an ambush. The Tigers (LTTE) break off all relations with the government
http://www.tamilweek.com/Kausalyan.html
http://dbsjeyaraj.com/dbsj/archives/38304

E. Kausalyan

2011: Military officers from the rival Koreas meet at their heavily armed border for their first talks since North Korea attacked a southern island in November
http://english.aljazeera.net/news/asia-pacific/2011/02/20112861855728272.html

On 8 February in South Asian history

ON 8 FEBRUARY IN SOUTH ASIAN HISTORY

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Updated on February 8, 2018

1897: Birth of Dr Zakir Husain, president of India (May 1967 to May 1969), who died on 3 May 1969
http://www.liveindia.com/freedomfighters/12.html
http://www.thefamouspeople.com/profiles/dr-zakir-hussain-5298.php

Zakir Husain

1936: Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru succeeds Gandhi as chairman of India Congress Party
http://www.iloveindia.com/indian-heroes/jawaharlal-nehru.html
http://www.newworldencyclopedia.org/entry/Jawaharlal_Nehru

1936-02-08  Nehru succeeds Gandhi

1941: Birth of Jagjit Singh, Indian ghazal singer, songwriter and musician, who died on October 2011

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jagjit_Singh
http://www.mapsofindia.com/on-this-day/8-feb-1941-jagjit-singh-famous-ghazal-singer-was-born

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NqRCVdotF1U

1943: Under the command of Major General Orde Wingate, the 77th Indian Brigade, also called the Chindits, launch guerrilla raids behind Japanese lines in Burma


http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/britains-indian-brigade-begins-guerrilla-operations-in-burma
http://www.chindits.info/Longcloth/Main.htm

1943: Birth of Pirzada Qasim, Pakistani poet and Vice-Chancellor of Karachi University
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pirzada_Qasim

1955: The Government of Sindh (India) abolished Jagirdari system in the province. One million acres (4000 km²) of land thus acquired is to be distributed among the landless peasants
http://www.yourarticlelibrary.com/paragraphs/abolition-of-jamindars-and-jagirdars-system-in-india/32012/

1993: Death of N. Shanmugathasan, Sri Lanka communist leader, born in 1920
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/N._Shanmugathasan

2004: Sri Lanka’s president Chandrika Kumaratunga, opposed to her Prime Minister Ranil Wrickramasinghe on the way to solve the Tamil question, dissolves the parliament, one year after the last elections

2005: E. Kausalyan, political leader of separatist LTTE for East of Sri Lanka, is killed in an ambush. The Tigers (LTTE) break off all relations with the government
http://www.tamilweek.com/Kausalyan.html
http://dbsjeyaraj.com/dbsj/archives/38304

E. Kausalyan

2006: In Nepal, failure of the local elections organized by the king because the threats of the Maoist rebellion and the boycott of the opposition parties. Only 21 % of the electorate went to vote

2010: Sri Lanka presidential election loser General Sarath Fonseka is arrested
http://english.aljazeera.net/news/asia/2010/02/20102816287441879.html
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/south_asia/8504882.stm

2011: Thousands of Sri Lankan opposition activists staged a protest outside a jail on Tuesday to demand the release of former army chief and defeated presidential candidate Sarath Fonseka
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-south-asia-12387300

2012: Thousands of supporters of Mohamed Nasheed, who says he was forced to resign as the president of Maldives, have taken to the streets to protest over what they are calling a coup
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2012/02/201228593123326.html
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-16945764
http://www.france24.com/en/20120208-maldives-president-says-resignation-was-coup-waheed-nasheed

2013: Hundreds of thousands of people are rallying in the Bangladesh capital Dhaka, calling for the death penalty for Islamists on trial for war crimes
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-21383632

 

Holidays and observances

Nirvana Day, an annual Buddhist festival

On 8 February in Southeast Asian history

ON 8 FEBRUARY IN SOUTHEAST ASIAN HISTORY

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1762: Birth of Gia Long, emperor of Vietnam (1802-1820) who died on February 3, 1820
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gia_Long

1890: Birth of Claro M. Recto, Filipino nationalist, father of the 1935 constitution, who died on October 2, 1960
https://kahimyang.com/kauswagan/articles/921/today-in-philippine-history-february-8-1890-claro-m-recto-was-born-in-tiaong-tayabas
http://biography.yourdictionary.com/claro-m-recto

1893: Birth of Ba Maw, Burmese premier (1937-1939, who died on May 29, 1977
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ba_Maw
http://ww2db.com/person_bio.php?person_id=145
http://www.drbamawlibrary.org/about-drbamaw.asp

1903: Birth of Tunku Abdul Rahman, First Malayan Prime Minister after independence (1957-1990) who died on December 6, 1990
http://www.thefamouspeople.com/profiles/tunku-abdul-rahman-93.php
http://www.malaysiahistory.net/v2/?p=158
http://www.yayasantar.org.my/eng/sp_biography.html

tunku-abdul-rahman-14

1924: Birth of Khamtay Siphandone, president of Laos (1998-2006)
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Khamtai_Siphandon

1935: The Philippine Constitution is adopted
https://kahimyang.com/kauswagan/articles/1435/today-in-philippine-history-february-8-1935-the-philippine-constitution-was-adopted

1939: Birth of Jose Maria Sison, founder of the Communist Party of the Philippines (Maoist) in December 1968, living in exile in the Netherlands
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jose_Maria_Sison
http://www.josemariasison.org/

1942: Japanese begin main assault on Singapore, landing on the north-west cost at 8.15 PM
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Singapore
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-chat/2844297/posts

1942: Due to the strong resistance of the US-Filipino forces, Japanese General Masaharu Homma, suspends his offensive on Luçon
http://ww2db.com/person_bio.php?person_id=108

1943: Under the command of Major General Orde Wingate, the 77th Indian Brigade, also called the Chindits, launch guerrilla raids behind Japanese lines in Burma


http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/britains-indian-brigade-begins-guerrilla-operations-in-burma
http://www.chindits.info/Longcloth/Main.htm

1960: Birth of Benigno Simeon “NoyNoy” Aquino III, former president of the Philippines
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/asia-pacific/8674853.stm
https://www.thefamouspeople.com/profiles/benigno-6896.php

1962: The Military Assistance Command Vietnam (MACV), headed by Gen. Paul D. Harkins, former U.S. Army Deputy Commander-in-Chief in the Pacific, is installed in Saigon as the United States reorganizes its military command in South Vietnam
http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/macv-established

1971: Military operation of South Vietnamese troops against Ho Chi Minh Tracks in Laos
http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/operation-lam-son-719-begins
http://www.history.com/topics/vietnam-war/vietnam-war-history/videos/a-soldiers-story-operation-lam-son-719

1982: Birth of Carlene Aguilar, Filipino beauty
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carlene_Aguilar

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xDfWuDJdf5o

2002: Ong Teng Cheong, president of Singapore (1993-1999), dies from cancer at 66 years old
http://www.singapore-window.org/sw02/020208af.htm
http://mothership.sg/2016/02/in-memory-ong-teng-cheong-spores-only-peoples-president-passed-away-14-years-ago/

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i-8HYcuNrG4

2007: The former separatist cadre, Irwandi Yusuf, elected in December 2006, takes officially his functions as governor of Aceh province
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Irwandi_Yusuf

2008: Death of Chua Ek Kay, Singaporean painter, born on November 21, 1947
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chua_Ek_Kay
https://www.google.fr/search?q=chua+ek+kay&hl=fr&tbo=d&rlz=1G1ACAW_FRFR414&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ei=iRAUUaPwLo-YhQeYpYHwDA&sqi=2&ved=0CAcQ_AUoAA&biw=1366&bih=508

Chua Ek Kay

2011: Angelo Tomas Reyes, 65, who had also served as defense secretary of the Philippines and in other Cabinet-level posts, commits suicide from a single bullet fired into his chest
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-pacific-12389096

2012: The ethnic Mon community has been permitted by authorities to publicly celebrate their national day for the first time in 15 years in Myanmar. The minority group, who number up to eight million of the country mark the ancient founding of Hanthawady, the last Mon kingdom
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2012/02/201228145322572206.html

 

Holidays and observances

Nirvana Day, an annual Buddhist festival

On 8 February in Japan’s history

ON 8 FEBRUARY IN JAPAN’S HISTORY

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1720: Birth of Sakuramachi, 115th emperor of Japan (1735-1747) who died on May 28, 1750.( Don’t confuse with his daughter who will be the 117 th emperor under the name of Go-Sakuramachi)
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Emperor_Sakuramachi

1904: Japan launches the war against Russia by a surprise attack on Port-Arthur, a Russian naval base in China
http://www.newworldencyclopedia.org/entry/Battle_of_Port_Arthur
http://warfarehistorynetwork.com/daily/military-history/baiting-the-russian-bear-the-siege-of-port-Arthur/
http://www.mapsofworld.com/on-this-day/february-8-1904-a-surprise-japanese-torpedo-attack-at-port-arthur-china-begins-the-russo-japanese-war

1904-02-08 Attaque jap sur Port-Arthur

1942: Japanese begin main assault on Singapore, landing on the north-west cost at 8.15 PM
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Singapore
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-chat/2844297/posts

1942: US Congress advises president Roosevelt that, Americans of Japanese descent should be locked up en masse so they wouldn’t oppose the US war effort

1942: Due to the strong resistance of the US-Filipino forces, Japanese General Masaharu Homma, suspends his offensive on Luçon
http://ww2db.com/person_bio.php?person_id=108

1943: Under the command of Major General Orde Wingate, the 77th Indian Brigade, also called the Chindits, launch guerrilla raids behind Japanese lines in Burma


http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/britains-indian-brigade-begins-guerrilla-operations-in-burma
http://www.chindits.info/Longcloth/Main.htm

2006: Death of Japanese composer Akira Ifukube, born on May 31, 1914
http://www.nytimes.com/2006/02/10/arts/music/10ifukube.html?_r=0
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/entertainment/4697022.stm

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PDeU42u2s2Y

 

Holidays and observances

Nirvana Day, an annual Buddhist festival

On 8 February in Chinese history, Hong Kong and Taiwan

ON 8 FEBRUARY IN CHINESE HISTORY, HONG KONG AND TAIWAN

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Updated on February 8, 2018

701: Birth of Li Bai, famous romantic poet of the Tang Dynasty who died in 762
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Li_Bai
http://www.newworldencyclopedia.org/entry/Li_Bai
http://www.bbc.com/news/magazine-19884020

Li bai raising glass

1238: The Mongols Under Batu Khan burn the Russian city of Vladimir
http://www.advantour.com/russia/vladimir.htm
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mongol_invasion_of_Rus
http://www.newworldencyclopedia.org/entry/Batu_Khan

1238-02-08 Vladimir détruite par Mongols

1904: Japan launches the war against Russia by a surprise attack on Port-Arthur, a Russian naval base in China
http://www.newworldencyclopedia.org/entry/Battle_of_Port_Arthur
http://warfarehistorynetwork.com/daily/military-history/baiting-the-russian-bear-the-siege-of-port-Arthur/
http://www.mapsofworld.com/on-this-day/february-8-1904-a-surprise-japanese-torpedo-attack-at-port-arthur-china-begins-the-russo-japanese-war

1904-02-08 Attaque jap sur Port-Arthur

1965: Birth of Dicky Cheung, Hong Kong actor
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dicky_Cheung
http://www.hkcinemagic.com/en/people.asp?id=333

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fLWc0uEfFUc

2007: Taiwan president Chen Shui-bian announces that the word « China » or « Chinese » will be withdraw from all national Taiwanese corporations and companies