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On 19 May in Asian history

ON 19 MAY IN ASIAN HISTORY

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Updated on May 19, 2018

639: Ashina Jiesheshuai, a Turkish general of the Tang dynasty, and his tribesmen fail to kill Emperor Tai zong at summer Jiucheng Palace
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ashina_Jiesheshuai

Kursad ou Jiesheshuai

1526: Death of Go-Kashiwabara, 104th Japanese emperor (1500-1526), born on November 19, 1464
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Emperor_Go-Kashiwabara_of_Japan

1542: As its king Minkhaung surrenders, the Prome Kingdom falls to the Taungoo Dynasty in present-day Burma
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Prome_Kingdom
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Minkhaung_of_Prome

1865: Death of Sengge Rinchen, Mongol Qing Dynasty field marshal, born in 1811
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sengge_Rinchen

1883: French Commandant Rivière is killed in the battle of Paper Bridge against the Chinese Black Flags in Tonkin
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Paper_Bridge
http://warfarehistorian.blogspot.fr/2013/12/battle-of-paper-bridge-1883-frances-ill.html
http://paperspast.natlib.govt.nz/cgi-bin/paperspast?a=d&d=ESD18830802.2.15
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Henri_Rivi%C3%A8re_(naval_officer)

1889: Birth of Tản Đà, Vietnamese poet and author who died on June 7, 1939
http://www.vietnamlit.org/wiki/index.php?title=Tan_Da

1890: Birth of Ho Chi Minh, Vietnamese communist leader and first président of North Vietnam who died on 2nd September 1969

http://www.thefamouspeople.com/profiles/ho-chi-minh-46.php

1898: Filipino nationalist Emilio Aguinaldo Returns from exile in Hongkong
http://philippineamericanwar.webs.com/emilioaguinaldoreturns.htm

1904: Death of Jamsetji Tata, Indian industrialist, born in March 1839
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jamsetji_Tata

1908: Birth of Manik Bandopadhyay, Indian Bengali novelist who died on December 3, 1956
http://www.iloveindia.com/indian-heroes/manik-bandopadhyay-biography.html
http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/1199103.Manik_Bandopadhyay

1910: Birth of Nathuram Godse, Indian assassin of Mahatma Gandhi, executed on November 15, 1949
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nathuram_Godse

1913: The California Alien Land Law, or Webb Alien Land-Holding Bill, passes, forbidding Japanese from owning land
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/California_Alien_Land_Law_of_1913
http://www.intimeandplace.org/Japanese%20Internment/reading/constitution/alienlandlaw.html
http://www.google.fr/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=3&ved=0CDUQFjAC&url=http%3A%2F%2Fscholarship.law.berkeley.edu%2Fcgi%2Fviewcontent.cgi%3Farticle%3D3652%26context%3Dcalifornialawreview&ei=2QNaVenJJIGyUt_igOAI&usg=AFQjCNF64fKMR47zAMNjqpeUe2-p3m-R8A&sig2=fdPs_9bYEn20cjpRD72Obg

1921: Birth of Yuri Kochiyama, Japanese American human rights activist
http://www.learntoquestion.com/seevak/groups/2004/sites/kochiyama/main.html

1925: Birth of Pol Pot, leader of the Cambodia’s Khmer Rouge, who died on April 1998
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/asia-pacific/78988.stm
http://www.history.com/topics/pol-pot

1926: Birth of Swami Kriyananda, Indian teacher and author
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Swami_Kriyananda

1929: General Feng Yu-Xiang of China declares war on Chiang Kai-shek government
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Feng_Yuxiang

1934: Birth of Ruskin Bond, Indian author
http://www.iloveindia.com/literature/english/authors/ruskin-bond.html
http://www.mapsofindia.com/on-this-day/19-may-1934-ruskin-bond-indian-author-was-born

1938: Birth of Moisés da Costa Amaral, East Timorese leader who died on February 22,  1989
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mois%C3%A9s_da_Costa_Amaral

1938: Birth of Girish Karnad, Indian actor, director, screenwriter, and playwright
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Girish_Karnad
http://www.imagi-nation.com/moonstruck/clsc79.html
http://spicyonion.com/actor/girish-karnad-biography/

1941: Viet Minh, a communist coalition is formed at Cao Bằng Province, Vietnam
http://asianhistory.about.com/od/Asian_History_Terms_U_to_Z/g/Who-Were-the-Viet-Minh.htm
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Viet_Minh

1949: Generalissimo Chiang Kai-shek imposes Martial Law on Taiwan


http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Martial_law_in_Taiwan
https://outreachfortaiwan.org/2015/02/12/taiwan-martial-law/
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/asia-pacific/6294902.stm

1951: US begins counter offensive in Korea

1954: Signature of an mutual assistance treaty between USA and Pakistan

1959: The North Vietnamese Army establishes Group 559, whose responsibility is to determine how to maintain supply lines to South Vietnam; the resulting route is the Ho Chi Minh trail
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Group_559

1961: At Silchar Railway Station, Assam (India), 11 Bengalis die when police open fire on protesters demanding state recognition of Bengali language in the Bengali Language Movement
https://www.mtholyoke.edu/~mahbo22d/classweb/bengali_language_movement/BLM2.html
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bengali_Language_Movement

1964: In Laos, US Air Force begins Operation Yankee Team
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yankee_Station#Yankee_Team_beginnings

1964: Birth of Murali, Indian actor who died on September 8, 2010
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Murali_(Tamil_actor)

1964: Birth of Lawrence Ng, Hong Kong actor
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lawrence_Ng

1967: US bomb Hanoi

1972: South Vietnamese fight to open road to An Loc
http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/south-vietnamese-fight-to-open-road-to-an-loc

1975: Birth of  Masanobu Ando, Japanese actor
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Masanobu_Ando
http://asianmediawiki.com/index.php?title=Masanobu_Ando

1981: Birth of Bong Tae-gyu, South Korean actor
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bong_Tae-gyu
http://www.hancinema.net/korean_Bong_Tae-gyu.php

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LP9pD4ebSEM

1989: A 4:50 am, Chinese communist Party General secretary Zhao Ziyang goes Tian’anmen Square to implore the students to leave
http://www.theasiamag.com/cheat-sheet/zhao-ziyangs-tiananmen-square-speech
http://www.standoffattiananmen.com/2015/05/pictures-of-1989-zhao-ziyangs-farewell.html

1989: Han Dongfang, a railway worker, becomes the spokesman for China’s first autonomous workers’ union, set up in the Tiananmen square
https://www.hrw.org/legacy/campaigns/china/scholars/t15/handongfang.htm
http://www.newleftreview.org/?view=2571

1998: Death of Sosuke Uno, 75th prime minister of Japan from June to August 1989 and obliged to resign after a sex scandal, born on 27 August 1922
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/S%C5%8Dsuke_Uno

2000: China signs an agreement with Europe Union for its entry in WTO
http://www.ictsd.org/bridges-news/bridges/news/eu-and-china-reach-wto-accession-agreement

2000-05-19 Accord UE pour OMC

2001: In the Philippines, election in the senate. On the 13 seats, the People Power Coalition supporting President Arroyo wins 8 seats vs 4 for former president Estrada supporters (including his wife) and an independent

2002: East-Timor independence ceremony, effective on 20 May, 0 :am with UN general secretary Kofy Annan, Bill Clinton and Indonesian president Megawati Sukarnoputri
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/asia-pacific/1996673.stm

2002: A new Vietnamese National Assembly is elected. All the candidates have been selected by the Communist Party of Vietnam
http://edition.cnn.com/2002/WORLD/asiapcf/southeast/05/19/vietnam.electionupdate/

2008: In Malaysia, Former Premier Mahathir quits UMNO

2008: Death of Vijay Tendulkar, Indian playwright, born on January 7, 1928
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vijay_Tendulkar

2010: The Royal Thai Armed Forces concludes its crackdown on protests by forcing the surrender of United Front for Democracy Against Dictatorship leaders
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_Front_for_Democracy_Against_Dictatorship

2012: China dissident Chen Guangcheng arrives in the US
h ttp://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2012/05/201252035212808683.html
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-18135039

2013: Death of Bella Flores, Filipino actress, born on February 27, 1929
http://gulfnews.com/life-style/celebrity/veteran-philippines-actress-bella-flores-dies-1.1185220

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mpTf05PKJUI

2016: Two Chinese jet fighters intercepted an American reconnaissance aircraft flying over the South China Sea in what U.S. defense officials characterized as a potentially unsafe maneuver
http://worldaffairsjournal.org/content/chinese-jets-intercept-us-spy-plane-over-south-china-sea
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy-defence/article/1947204/beijing-and-washington-offer-differing-versions-spy

2017: Chinese fighter jets intercept US ‘sniffer’ plane over disputed territory
http://www.dw.com/en/chinese-fighter-jets-intercept-us-sniffer-plane-over-disputed-territory/a-38897597
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy-defence/article/2095015/us-criticises-chinese-military-intercept-nuclear


Holidays and observances

Vietnam: Hồ Chí Minh’s Birthday

Japan’s culture and history

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19 MAY 2018

Japanese Director Hirokazu Koreeda’s « Shoplifters » wins the Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival

It was Koreeda’s 5th time to be in competition for the Palme d’Or and his first in 3 years. In 2013, his « Like Father, Like Son » won the jury prize
https://mainichi.jp/english/articles/20180520/p2g/00m/0et/006000c
https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20180520_06/

7 APRIL 2018

Japan’s 114-year-old battleship Mikasa: A relic of another time

The Japanese battleship Mikasa is the only surviving pre-dreadnought battleship in the world. It’s 114 years old and a fascinating look into history. Here’s a full tour
https://www.cnet.com/news/japans-114-year-old-battleship-mikasa-a-relic-of-another-time/

3 JANUARY 2018

Japan’s Endless Search for Modernity

Since the morning of January 3, 1868, Japan has struggled to answer one question: What does it mean to be modern and Japanese?
https://www.theatlantic.com/international/archive/2018/01/japan-abe-meiji-restoration-china/549536/?utm_source=twb

7 DECEMBER 2017

Celebrity Japanese plastic surgeon who praised Hitler buys pencil-written memoir of Emperor Hirohito for US$275,000

The 173-page document offers the emperor’s recollections of the second world war and was dictated to several of his aides soon after the war ended
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/east-asia/article/2123255/plastic-surgeon-buys-pencil-written-memoir-japanese-emperor
https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2017/12/07/national/history/cosmetic-surgeon-katsuya-takasu-pays-275000-emperor-hirohito-memoir-ny-auction/#.WimCr0riY2x

5 OCTOBER 2017

Japanese-born Kazuo Ishiguro wins Nobel Prize in Literature

A Japan-born British author has won this year’s Nobel Prize in Literature. Kazuo Ishiguro has received wide acclaim for « The Remains of the Day » and other novels
https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20171005_30/
https://www.theguardian.com/books/2017/oct/05/kazuo-ishiguro-wins-the-nobel-prize-in-literature

5 SEPTEMBER 2017

The wedding that broke centuries of tradition

In 1959, Japan’s Crown Prince Akihito married a non-royal bride

http://www.bbc.com/news/av/magazine-41085238/the-wedding-that-broke-centuries-of-tradition

2 SEPTEMBER 2017

Five Reasons Why Japan Never Attacked the Soviet Union During WWII

Military journalist Alexander Evdokimov explains why Imperial Japan never did end up invading the Soviet Far East during the Great Patriotic War
https://sputniknews.com/world/201709021057027287-japan-soviet-union-world-war-2/

25 AUGUST 2017

The Man Behind the Burma Independence Army

Keiji Suzuki came to Yangon as a correspondent for the Yomiuri Shimbun, but his real mission was to lay the groundwork for the Imperial Japanese forces’ invasion of Myanmar. A Japanese intelligence officer at the rank of colonel, Keiji Suzuki was known as a dynamic officer passionate about his covert operation
https://www.irrawaddy.com/opinion/commentary/man-behind-burma-independence-army.html

15 JANUARY 2017

The Mongol invasions of Japan 1274 and 1281

by Stephen Turnbull (Author), Richard Hook (Illustrator)

The two attempts by Khubilai Khan, the Mongol Emperor of China, to invade Japan in 1274 and 1281 represent unique events in the history of both countries. It pitted the samurai of Japan against the fierce warriors of the steppes who had conquered half the known world
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1846034566/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=1846034566&linkCode=as2&tag=jalemosbl-20&linkId=972144441d9d5b7b3e3e6913d6629139#reader_B01BY34IP4

 

12 JANUARY 2017

China supported Japanese defense building in 1980s – Declassified files

According to the file, documenting a meeting between Japan’s prime minister Yasuhiro Nakasone and general secretary of China’s Communist Party, Hu Yaobang, in November 1983, Japan planned to build up defense capabilities in line with the country’s constitution, the NHK broadcaster reported
 https://sputniknews.com/asia/201701121049518728-china-japan-1980s-defense-building/
https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20170112_27/

26 DECEMBER 2016

Former Japanese prime minister Shigeru Yoshida’s forgotten Pearl Harbour trip

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, who will visit Pearl Harbour with President Barack Obama on Tuesday, wasn’t even born when Japan’s former leader Shigeru Yoshida went there just six years after the country’s second world war surrender, by himself and feeling awkward
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/east-asia/article/2057248/former-japanese-prime-minister-shigeru-yoshidas-forgotten-pearl

15 NOVEMBER 2016

The Last Samurai: The True history behind the film

The Last Samurai is a pretty solid, although underrated film. The action is well done, and the fusion of old and new, as well as the many ideologies throughout the movie are delivered in an interesting and enjoyable fashion
http://www.warhistoryonline.com/instant-articles/true-history-behind-film-last-samurai.html

8 NOVEMBER 2016

Early Japanese animations : The origine of animes (1917-1931)

Anime has a far longer history than you might think; in fact, it was at the vanguard of Japan’s furious attempts to modernize in the early 20th century. The oldest surviving example of Japanese animation, Namakura Gatana (Blunt Sword), dates back to 1917, though much of the earliest animated movies were lost following a massive earthquake in Tokyo in 1923
http://www.openculture.com/2014/06/early-japanese-animations-the-origins-of-anime-1917-1931.html

2 NOVEMBER 2016

Famed Japanese artist Hokusai may be the artist of six paintings hanging in a Dutch museum

A Dutch art historian says he has discovered evidence that six unattributed paintings held in storage in a museum in the Netherlands were actually painted by the famed Japanese artist Katsushika Hokusai
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-11-02/hokusai-paintings-discovered-in-the-netherlands/7989172?section=world

12 MAY 2016

Renowned stage director Yukio Ninagawa dies at 80

Yukio Ninagawa, a world-renowned Japanese stage director known for his adaptations of Shakespeare, died Thursday at a Tokyo hospital, his theater and a family member announced. He was 80.
http://www.theguardian.com/stage/2016/may/12/yukio-ninagawa-shakespeare-dies-aged-80
http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20160512_27/
http://www.japantoday.com/category/entertainment/view/renowned-stage-director-ninagawa-dies-at-80

29 MARCH 2016

 Japonisme: The Japanese Influence on Victorian Fashion

During the mid-19th century, Japan opened trade with the West for the first time in more than 200 years.  The influx of Japanese imports that followed inspired an intense fascination with Japanese art and culture.  This fascination manifested itself in the paintings of Victorian era artists like Alfred Stevens, Vincent van Gogh, James McNeill Whistler, and Claude Monet.  It also had a profound influence on Victorian fashion
https://mimimatthews.com/2016/03/29/japonisme-the-japanese-influence-on-victorian-fashion/

Wars, conflicts and strategy on 19 May in Asian history

WARS, CONFLICTS AND STRATEGY ON 19 MAY IN ASIAN HISTORY

To see another date, on Internet (Google…) type “conflicts and strategy on (date + month) in Asian history”

Updated on May 19, 2018

639: Ashina Jiesheshuai, a Turkish general of the Tang dynasty, and his tribesmen fail to kill Emperor Tai zong at summer Jiucheng Palace
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ashina_Jiesheshuai

Kursad ou Jiesheshuai

1542: As its king Minkhaung surrenders, the Prome Kingdom falls to the Taungoo Dynasty in present-day Burma
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Prome_Kingdom
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Minkhaung_of_Prome

1883: French Commandant Rivière is killed in the battle of Paper Bridge against the Chinese Black Flags in Tonkin
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Paper_Bridge
http://warfarehistorian.blogspot.fr/2013/12/battle-of-paper-bridge-1883-frances-ill.html
http://paperspast.natlib.govt.nz/cgi-bin/paperspast?a=d&d=ESD18830802.2.15
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Henri_Rivi%C3%A8re_(naval_officer)

1929: General Feng Yu-Xiang of China declares war on Chiang Kai-shek government
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Feng_Yuxiang

1941: Viet Minh, a communist coalition is formed at Cao Bằng Province, Vietnam
http://asianhistory.about.com/od/Asian_History_Terms_U_to_Z/g/Who-Were-the-Viet-Minh.htm
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Viet_Minh

1951: US begins counter offensive in Korea

1954: Signature of an mutual assistance treaty between USA and Pakistan

1959: The North Vietnamese Army establishes Group 559, whose responsibility is to determine how to maintain supply lines to South Vietnam; the resulting route is the Ho Chi Minh trail
http://www.wikiwand.com/en/Group_559
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Group_559

1964: In Laos, US Air Force begins Operation Yankee Team
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yankee_Station#Yankee_Team_beginnings

1967: US bomb Hanoi

1972: South Vietnamese fight to open road to An Loc
http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/south-vietnamese-fight-to-open-road-to-an-loc

2002: East-Timor independence ceremony, effective on 20 May, 0 :am with UN general secretary Kofy Annan, Bill Clinton and Indonesian president Megawati Sukarnoputri
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/asia-pacific/1996673.stm

On 19 May in South Asian history

19 MAY IN SOUTH ASIAN HISTORY

To see another date, on Internet (Google…) type “On (date + month) in South Asian history”

Updated on May 19, 2018

1904: Death of Jamsetji Tata, Indian industrialist, born in March 1839
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jamsetji_Tata

1908: Birth of Manik Bandopadhyay, Indian Bengali novelist who died on December 3, 1956
http://www.iloveindia.com/indian-heroes/manik-bandopadhyay-biography.html
http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/1199103.Manik_Bandopadhyay

1910: Birth of Nathuram Godse, Indian assassin of Mahatma Gandhi, executed on November 15, 1949
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nathuram_Godse

1926: Birth of Swami Kriyananda, Indian teacher and author
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Swami_Kriyananda

1934: Birth of Ruskin Bond, Indian author
http://www.iloveindia.com/literature/english/authors/ruskin-bond.html
http://www.mapsofindia.com/on-this-day/19-may-1934-ruskin-bond-indian-author-was-born

1938: Birth of Girish Karnad, Indian actor, director, screenwriter, and playwright
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Girish_Karnad
http://www.imagi-nation.com/moonstruck/clsc79.html
http://spicyonion.com/actor/girish-karnad-biography/

1961: At Silchar Railway Station, Assam (India), 11 Bengalis die when police open fire on protesters demanding state recognition of Bengali language in the Bengali Language Movement
https://www.mtholyoke.edu/~mahbo22d/classweb/bengali_language_movement/BLM2.html
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bengali_Language_Movement

1964: Birth of Murali, Indian actor who died on September 8, 2010
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Murali_(Tamil_actor)

2008: Death of Vijay Tendulkar, Indian playwright, born on January 7, 1928
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vijay_Tendulkar

On 19 May in Southeast Asian history

19 MAY IN SOUTHEST ASIAN HISTORY

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Updated on May 19, 2018

1542: As its king Minkhaung surrenders, the Prome Kingdom falls to the Taungoo Dynasty in present-day Burma
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Prome_Kingdom
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Minkhaung_of_Prome

1883: French Commandant Rivière is killed in the battle of Paper Bridge against the Chinese Black Flags in Tonkin
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Paper_Bridge
http://warfarehistorian.blogspot.fr/2013/12/battle-of-paper-bridge-1883-frances-ill.html
http://paperspast.natlib.govt.nz/cgi-bin/paperspast?a=d&d=ESD18830802.2.15
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Henri_Rivi%C3%A8re_(naval_officer)

1889: Birth of Tản Đà, Vietnamese poet and author who died on June 7, 1939
http://www.vietnamlit.org/wiki/index.php?title=Tan_Da

1890: Birth of Ho Chi Minh, Vietnamese communist leader and first président of North Vietnam who died on 2nd September 1969

http://www.thefamouspeople.com/profiles/ho-chi-minh-46.php

1898: Filipino nationalist Emilio Aguinaldo Returns from exile in Hongkong
http://philippineamericanwar.webs.com/emilioaguinaldoreturns.htm

1925: Birth of Pol Pot, leader of the Cambodia’s Khmer Rouge, who died on April 1998
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/asia-pacific/78988.stm
http://www.history.com/topics/pol-pot

1941: Viet Minh, a communist coalition is formed at Cao Bằng Province, Vietnam
http://asianhistory.about.com/od/Asian_History_Terms_U_to_Z/g/Who-Were-the-Viet-Minh.htm
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Viet_Minh

1959: The North Vietnamese Army establishes Group 559, whose responsibility is to determine how to maintain supply lines to South Vietnam; the resulting route is the Ho Chi Minh trail
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Group_559

1964: In Laos, US Air Force begins Operation Yankee Team
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yankee_Station#Yankee_Team_beginnings

1967: US bomb Hanoi

1972: South Vietnamese fight to open road to An Loc
http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/south-vietnamese-fight-to-open-road-to-an-loc

2001: In the Philippines, election in the senate. On the 13 seats, the People Power Coalition supporting President Arroyo wins 8 seats vs 4 for former president Estrada supporters (including his wife) and an independent

2002: East-Timor independence ceremony, effective on 20 May, 0 :am with UN general secretary Kofy Annan, Bill Clinton and Indonesian president Megawati Sukarnoputri
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/asia-pacific/1996673.stm

2002: A new Vietnamese National Assembly is elected. All the candidates have been selected by the Communist Party of Vietnam
http://edition.cnn.com/2002/WORLD/asiapcf/southeast/05/19/vietnam.electionupdate/

2008: In Malaysia, Former Premier Mahathir quits UMNO

2010: The Royal Thai Armed Forces concludes its crackdown on protests by forcing the surrender of United Front for Democracy Against Dictatorship leaders
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_Front_for_Democracy_Against_Dictatorship

2013: Death of Bella Flores, Filipino actress, born on February 27, 1929
http://gulfnews.com/life-style/celebrity/veteran-philippines-actress-bella-flores-dies-1.1185220

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mpTf05PKJUI

2016: Two Chinese jet fighters intercepted an American reconnaissance aircraft flying over the South China Sea in what U.S. defense officials characterized as a potentially unsafe maneuver
http://worldaffairsjournal.org/content/chinese-jets-intercept-us-spy-plane-over-south-china-sea
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy-defence/article/1947204/beijing-and-washington-offer-differing-versions-spy

 

Holidays and observances

Vietnam: Hồ Chí Minh’s Birthday

On 19 May in Japan’s history

ON 19 MAY IN JAPAN’S HISTORY

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Updated on May 19, 2018

1526: Death of Go-Kashiwabara, 104th Japanese emperor (1500-1526), born on November 19, 1464
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Emperor_Go-Kashiwabara_of_Japan

1913: The California Alien Land Law, or Webb Alien Land-Holding Bill, passes, forbidding Japanese from owning land
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/California_Alien_Land_Law_of_1913
http://www.intimeandplace.org/Japanese%20Internment/reading/constitution/alienlandlaw.html
http://www.google.fr/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=3&ved=0CDUQFjAC&url=http%3A%2F%2Fscholarship.law.berkeley.edu%2Fcgi%2Fviewcontent.cgi%3Farticle%3D3652%26context%3Dcalifornialawreview&ei=2QNaVenJJIGyUt_igOAI&usg=AFQjCNF64fKMR47zAMNjqpeUe2-p3m-R8A&sig2=fdPs_9bYEn20cjpRD72Obg

1921: Birth of Yuri Kochiyama, Japanese American human rights activist
http://www.learntoquestion.com/seevak/groups/2004/sites/kochiyama/main.html

1975: Birth of  Masanobu Ando, Japanese actor
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Masanobu_Ando
http://asianmediawiki.com/index.php?title=Masanobu_Ando

1998: Death of Sosuke Uno, 75th prime minister of Japan from June to August 1989 and obliged to resign after a sex scandal, born on 27 August 1922
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/S%C5%8Dsuke_Uno

On 19 May in Taiwan history

ON 19 MAY IN TAIWAN HISTORY

Updated on May 19, 2018

1949: Generalissimo Chiang Kai-shek imposes Martial Law on Taiwan


http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Martial_law_in_Taiwan
https://outreachfortaiwan.org/2015/02/12/taiwan-martial-law/
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/asia-pacific/6294902.stm

 

On 19 May in Chinese history, Hong Kong and Taiwan

ON 19 MAY IN CHINESE HISTORY, HONG KONG AND TAIWAN

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Updated on May 19, 2018

639: Ashina Jiesheshuai, a Turkish general of the Tang dynasty, and his tribesmen fail to kill Emperor Tai zong at summer Jiucheng Palace
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ashina_Jiesheshuai

Kursad ou Jiesheshuai

1865: Death of Sengge Rinchen, Mongol Qing Dynasty field marshal, born in 1811
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sengge_Rinchen

1883: French Commandant Rivière is killed in the battle of Paper Bridge against the Chinese Black Flags in Tonkin
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Paper_Bridge
http://warfarehistorian.blogspot.fr/2013/12/battle-of-paper-bridge-1883-frances-ill.html

1929: General Feng Yu-Xiang of China declares war on Chiang Kai-shek government
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Feng_Yuxiang

1949: Generalissimo Chiang Kai-shek imposes Martial Law on Taiwan
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Martial_law_in_Taiwan
https://outreachfortaiwan.org/2015/02/12/taiwan-martial-law/
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/asia-pacific/6294902.stm

1964: Birth of Lawrence Ng, Hong Kong actor
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lawrence_Ng

1989: A 4:50 am, Chinese communist Party General secretary Zhao Ziyang goes Tian’anmen Square to implore the students to leave
http://www.theasiamag.com/cheat-sheet/zhao-ziyangs-tiananmen-square-speech
http://www.standoffattiananmen.com/p/pictures.html

1989: Han Dongfang, a railway worker, becomes the spokesman for China’s first autonomous workers’ union, set up in the Tiananmen square
https://www.hrw.org/legacy/campaigns/china/scholars/t15/handongfang.htm
http://www.newleftreview.org/?view=2571

2000: China signs an agreement with Europe Union for its entry in WTO
http://www.ictsd.org/bridges-news/bridges/news/eu-and-china-reach-wto-accession-agreement

2000-05-19 Accord UE pour OMC

2012: China dissident Chen Guangcheng arrives in the US
h ttp://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2012/05/201252035212808683.html
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-18135039

2016: Two Chinese jet fighters intercepted an American reconnaissance aircraft flying over the South China Sea in what U.S. defense officials characterized as a potentially unsafe maneuver
http://worldaffairsjournal.org/content/chinese-jets-intercept-us-spy-plane-over-south-china-sea
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy-defence/article/1947204/beijing-and-washington-offer-differing-versions-spy

2017: Chinese fighter jets intercept US ‘sniffer’ plane over disputed territory
http://www.dw.com/en/chinese-fighter-jets-intercept-us-sniffer-plane-over-disputed-territory/a-38897597
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy-defence/article/2095015/us-criticises-chinese-military-intercept-nuclear