On 25 June in Asian history

1950-06-25 North Korea invades South Korea


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635: Death of the first Tang dynasty Chinese Emperor Gaozu (618-626), born in 566

1579: Death of Hatano Hideharu, Japanese warlord and samurai, born in 1541

1658 : Aurangazeb arrests his father Shah Jehan and puts him in Agra Fort jail, then proclaims himself emperor of the Moghuls in India

1884: Birth of Jeon Myeong-un, Korean independence activist, who died on November 19, 1947

1892: Birth of Shirō Ishii, Japanese war criminal who was in charge of the biological warfare Unit 731 and who died on October 9, 1959

1900: The Daoist monk Wang Yuanlu discovers the Dunhuang manuscripts, a cache of ancient texts that are of great historical and religious significance, in the Mogao Caves of Dunhuang, China

1902: Birth of Prince Chichibu, younger brother of Emperor Showa (Harihito), who died on January 4, 1953

1931: Birth of V. P. Singh, Indian politician, 7th Prime Minister of India (1989-1990) who died on November 27 2008

1936: Birth of Jusuf Habibie, President of Indonesia (1998-1999)

1937: Birth of Obuchi Keizo, Japanese prime minister (1998-2000) who died on May 14, 2000

1944: Birth of Broery Marantika, Indonesian singer, who died on April 7, 2000

1946: Ho Chi Minh travels to France for talks on Vietnamese independence

1950: North Korea invades South Korea. UN condemns North Korea invasion

1950-06-25 North Korea invades South Korea

1952: Nguyen Van Tam becomes prime minister to Emperor Bao Dai of Vietnam

1954: Chinese Prime Minister Zhou Enlai goes to India. An important communiqué on pacific coexistence will be published on 28

1969: US Navy turns boats to South Vietnam Navy

1974: Birth of Karisma Kapoor, Indian actress

1975: The Indian Emergency (up to 21 March 1977) starts when President Fakhruddin Ali Ahmed, upon advice by Prime Minister Indira Gandhi, declares a state of emergency effectively bestowing on her the power to rule by decree, suspending elections and civil liberties

1975-06-25 State of emergency

1975: Birth of Chakrit Yamnam, Thai film and television actor

1978: Birth of Aftab Shivdasani, Bollywood actor


1994: After 9 weeks in power, because the Japan Socialist Party has left his anti-LDP coalition, Japanese premier Tsutomu Hata resigns

1997: The Number Two of the East-Timor resistance, is killed in a military operation of the Indonesian forces

1997: In Thailand, sixteen bank companies, ears in debt, are ordonned to stop their activities

1998: Bill Clinton starts the first of an American president in China since Tiananmen massacre (till July 3)

1998-06 Clinton-Zhu
2000: General elections in Japan. The LDP, with 233 representatives on 480, loses the absolute majority, but its alliance keep the majority in the Lower House with 267 members,_2000

2002: In Malaysia, the United Malayan National Organization (UMNO) announces that Prime Minister Mahathir will quit on October 25, 2003, and that he will progressively give his powers to Abdullah Ahmad Badawi

2007: Death of Jeeva Murugaraj, Indian film director, born on September 21, 1963

2010: Death of Wu Guanzhong, Chinese painter, born on August 29, 1919

2010: The Hong Kong Legislative Council voted 46 to 12 to approve a plan to add 10 seats to the legislature in 2012. The public would elect lawmakers to fill five seats

2012: Tens of thousands of supporters of Thailand’s « Red Shirt » protest movement stage a mass rally in Bangkok, amid renewed political tensions in the troubled country.

2012: Police in India arrest one of the key organisers of the 2008 Mumbai terror attacks in which 10 Pakistani extremists killed 166 civilians in a three day massacre.

2014: China’s most senior official ever to visit Taiwan meets his counterpart to try to improve relations after mass protests in Taipei earlier this year, sparking angry confrontations between protesters and riot police

2015: In Burma, with their veto power intact, the military still keep the main opposition leader out of the run for the presidency. Only 388 lawmakers out of 664 voting in favour of changing the constitution, far short of the 75 per cent threshold’s-parliament-keeps-Aung-San-Suu-Kyi-away-from-the-presidential-election-34615.html

On 24 June in Asian history


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1398: Death of Hongwu (Zhu Yuanzhang), first emperor (1368-1398) of the Chinese Ming dynasty, born on October 21, 1328

1520: Death of Hosokawa Sumimoto, Japanese samurai commander, born in 1489

1571: Miguel López de Legazpi founds Manila

1622: The Dutch attempt to capture Macau from the Portugueses fails

1763 : Murshidabad (in now West Bengal) is captured by the East India Company for the second time and Mir Jafar will be declared King on 29

Murshidabad early 19th century

1897: Birth of Omkarnath Thakur, Indian singer and musicilogist who died on December 29, 1967

1908: Birth of Guru Gopinath, Indian classical dancer, who died on October 9, 1987

1910: In Korea, Japanese gendarmerie replace Korean police

1931: Xiang Zhongfa, Head of Chinese Communist Party, born in 1880, is executed

1932: A military coup ends the absolute power of the king of Siam

1939: Siam is renamed to Thailand by Plaek Pibulsonggram, the third prime minister

1949: In Indonesia, Dutch troops leave Jogjakarta

1954: Beginning of the Battle of Mang Yang Pass. Vietminh troops ambush the French G.M. 100 unit in An Khê. Also known as the Battle of An Khe, it was a major defeat for the French by the Viet Minh

1954-06-24 Battle of Mang Yang Pass Map

1955: Birth of Swami Chidvilasananda, current guru of Siddha Yoga

1965: Saigon breaks its diplomatic relations with France after it has recognized North Vietnam

1971: Birth of Ji Jin Hee, South Korean actor


1974: In India, after the Hight Court of Allahabad declared her election invalid, the Supreme Court authorizes Indira Gandhi, to keep her premiership but withdraws her vote right in the parliament

1974: Birth of Ruffa Gutierrez, Filipino actress and model

Ruffa Gutierrez


1988: Death of Bui Xuan Phai, Vietnamese painter, born in September 1920

1989 : In India, a majority of opposition members resign from the Lok Sabha on the issue of the Comptroller Auditor General report on the Bofors gun deal

1989: Death of Hibari Misora, Japanese singer and actress, born on May 27, 1937

1998: In Malaysia, Daim Zainuddin, closed to Mahathir, is appointed « special » minister, in charge of some economic topics, so encroaching the domain of Anwar Ibrahim who is at odd with Mahathir

2000: Death of Sadiq Hussain Qureshi, Pakistani politician, born on July 25, 1927

2006: The death penalty is abolished in the Philippines

2006: Phan Van Khai and Tranh Duc Luong leaves as Prime Minister and President of Vietnam

2008: A Japanese warship calls in China for the first time since World War II

2012: China has successfully completed its first ever manual docking of a spacecraft with another space module. Astronauts on the Shenzhou-9 spacecraft docked with the Tiangong-1 lab module without relying on an automated system.

2013: Burmese President Thein Sein has defended a Buddhist monk accused of fomenting a wave of anti-Muslim violence in the country

2014: Former Interior Minister Charupong Reuangsuwan said in an open letter read on YouTube and posted on Facebook that the Organization of Free Thais for Human Rights and Democracy rejects the junta’s legitimacy

2014: President Aquino endorses Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s push to amend Japan’s constitution and expand the Japanese role on regional security amid China’s expansionism moves

2015: Death of Tran Van Khe, known as the master of traditional Vietnamese music, at the age of 94

Tran Van Khe

2015: China blocks an Indian move at the United Nations to seek an explanation from Pakistan for releasing from prison an alleged mastermind of the Mumbai terror attacks

On 23 June in Asian history


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229: Sun Quan proclaims himself emperor of Eastern Wu

1180: In Japan, first Battle of Uji, starting the Gempei War

1368: Hongwu (Zhu Yuanzhang), becomes the first emperor of the Ming Dynasty, up to his death on June 24, 1398

1534: Birth of Nobunaga Oda, Japanese daimyo, forced to suicide on June 21, 1582

1582: Death of Shimizu Muneharu, Japanese military leader, born in 1537

1596: De Houtman expedition reaches Banten (now in Indonesia). The initial reception is friendly, but after some rough behavior by the Dutch, the Sultan of Banten, along with the Portuguese stationed in Banten, shell the Dutch ships

1596-06-23 Houtman à Banten

1615: Death of Mashita Nagamori, Japanese warlord, born in 1545

1662: Death of Taiwan’s national hero Zheng Chenggong more known as Koxinga, born on August 27, 1624

Koxinga statue 2

1757: In India, 3,000 British forces, under the command of Robert Clive, win the Battle of Plassey, defeating 50,000 soldiers of the Nawab of Bengal

1884: A Chinese army defeats the French at Bac Le, Indochina

1898: Emilio Aguinaldo is proclaimed president of the first Philippine Republic but not recognized by the international community

1906: Birth of King Tribhuvan of Nepal who died on March13, 1955

1908: Death of Kunikida Doppo, Japanese writer, born on July 15, 1871

Kunikida Doppo

1914: Death of Bhaktivinoda Thakur, Indian guru and philosopher, born on September 2, 1838

1924: Birth of Ranasinghe Premadasa, Sri Lanka president (1989-1993), assassinated on May 1, 1993

1946 : Mahatma Gandhi advises Congress not to enter into an interim government but only the Constituent Assembly

1946: The National Democratic Front wins a landslide victory in the municipal elections in French India,_1946

1951: Soviet United Nations delegate Jacob Malik proposes cease-fire in Korean War

1954: Outside the official negociating sessions, in the Conference of Geneva, French premier Pierre Mendès France meets Chine Foreign Minister Zhou Enlai

1960: Birth of Tatsuya Uemura, Japanese musician and programmer

1962: In Laos, Prince Souvanna Phouma is Prime Minister for the fourth time, up to December 1975

1966: Birth of Richie Ren, Taiwanese musician

1969: In Vietnam War, North Vietnamese encircle Ben Het

1970: Extension of the nippo-American 1960 security treaty

1973: South Korean president Park Chung-hee proclaims  a new foreign policy of peace and reunification with North Korea

1980: Death of Varahagiri Venkata Giri, fourth president of India (1969-1974), born on August 10, 1894

1980: Large Vietnamese raid in Thai territory, causing the tougher stance of Asean on Vietnam

1980: Death of Sanjay Gandhi, Indian politician; son of Indira Gandhi, born on December 14, 1946

1985: A terrorist bomb aboard Air India Flight 182 brings the Boeing 747 down off the coast of Ireland killing all 329 aboard.

1988: Birth of Isabella Leong, Macau-born Hong Kong singer, actress and model

1998: In South Korea, a small northerner submarine is hailed in the territorial waters

1996: Sheikh Hasina Bangladesh prime Minister for the first time, till July 2001

1998: In South Korea, a small northerner submarine is hailed in the territorial waters

2002: In Malaysia, death of Fadzil Noor, chairman of Pan-Malaysian Islamic Party (Pas)

2002: In Indian Kashmir, Omar Abdullah succeeds his father Farooq Abdullah as chairman of the National coalition ruling the region

2005: Philippine president Arroyo is accused of ballot rigging during the last elections. Her husband accused of corruption leaves the country

2007: Death of Vietnamese General Nguyen Chanh Thi, born on February 23, 1923

2009: One of China’s most prominent political activists, Liu Xiabo, is formally arrested for inciting subversion

2010: Police in Indonesia have captured one of the most wanted « terrorists » in the country, Abdullah Sonata, an explosives expert

2011: Afghan President Hamid Karzai welcomes his U.S. counterpart Barack Obama’s decision over withdrawal of American forces from Afghanistan

2011: President Nicolas Sarkozy’s office announces a progressive withdrawal of French troops from Afghanistan. The withdrawal of France’s approximately 4,000 troops will follow a timetable comparable to that of the staggered pullout of American troops

2013: Tokyo voters give their support to the economic policies of Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe with his party winning a landslide victory in local elections in the capital

2014: The European Union condemns the military takeover in Thailand, saying it was suspending all official visits to the country and shelving important agreements to back up calls for an urgent return to democratic rule

2015: Death of Nirmala Joshi, Indian nun, lawyer, and social worker, successor to Mother Teresa, born on July 23, 1934

On 22 June in Asian history

1965-06-22 Traité et relations diplo


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662: Birth of Rui Zong, Chinese emperor of the Tang Dynasty, who died on July 13, 716

1527: Fatahillah chased away Portugal from Sunda Kelapa harbour, and peoples celebrated it as birthday of Jayakarta, Indonesia


1555 : Emperor Humayun declared his son Akbar as his heir apparent

1622: Portuguese forces repel a Dutch invasion at the two-day Battle of Macau during the Dutch–Portuguese War

1635: By an edit, shogun Tokugawa Iemitsu forbids the Japanese to leave the country and to build ships, closing the country to foreign influence

1793: Birth of Tokugawa Ieyoshi, 12st shogun of the Tokugawa shogunate (1837-1853) who died In July 1853

1895: During the invasion of Taiwan, the Japanese enter in Hsinchu after small resistance from Formosan militia and Chinese soldiers

1897: British colonial officers Charles Walter Rand and Lt. Charles Egerton Ayerst are assassinated in Pune, Maharashtra, India by the Chapekar brothers and Mahadeo Vinayak Ranade, who are later caught and hanged

 1920: Birth of Jovito Salonga, Filipino politician and activist

1922: Birth of Mona Lisa, Filipino actress

1932: Birth of Amrish Puri, Indian actor, who died on January 12, 2005

1945: Suicide of Isamu Cho, Japanese general at Okinawa, by seppuku, born on January 19, 1895

1945 Suicide of Mitsuru Ushijima, Japanese general, at Okinawa by seppuku, born on July 31, 1887

1948: British king George VI renounces the title of Emperor of India

1951: Attempts at cease fire in Korean war begin

1955: Ho Chi Minh, president of North Vietnam starts a visit to Beijing and Moscow

1955-06-22 Ho Chi Minh à Pékin

1956: Birth of Mehmood Qureshi, Pakistani politician, Foreign minister (2008-2011)

1962: Birth of Stephen Chow Sing Chi, Hong Kong actor, director and film producer

1962: Using for the 100th time its power of veto, Soviet Union blocks a resolution of the United Nations Security Council asking India and Pakistan to open talks on Kashmir

1962: The Philippines officially claims its sovereignty on North Borneo

1965: Signature of the Treaty on Basic Relations between Japan and the Republic of Korea. It establish basic diplomatic relations
 1965-06-22 Traité et relations diplo

1966: Birth of Doze Niu Chen-Zer, Taiwanese director and producer

1967: Death of Li Lìsan (李立三), top leader of the Chinese Communist Party from 1928 to 1930, born on November 18, 1899

1974: Birth of Joseph Vijay, Indian actor

1978: Ratification by Japan, of the January 30, 1974 treaty with South Korea on the delimitation of the continental shelf between the two countries

1979: At their Vienna summit, the countries of the G7 ask for the total withdrawal of the Soviet troops from Afghanistan

1982: At Kuala Lumpur, the political forces opposed to the regime intalled in Phnom Penh by the Vietnamese agree to form a Coalition Government of Democratic Kampuchea, led by Sihanouk

1987: The Taiwan National Security Law was passed in Legislative Yuan on this day, and was set to replace Martial Law which will be lifted on July 15

1987: Birth of Lee Min Ho, Korean Actor

1989: Birth of Jung Yong Hwa, Korean actor and singer

1995: Sam Rainsy, leader of opposition in Cambodia is expelled from parliament

2002: During the annual congress of the United Malay National Organisation (UMNO), Mahathir announces that he is resigning from the chairmanship of  the party and the government. He will renounce an hour later at the request of the party leaders

2010: Thousands of mourners have attended the funeral of renegade Thai general Khattiya Sawasdipol, who was shot in May as he backed anti-government protesters in Bangkok

2010: The UN secretary general has set up a panel to look into alleged human rights abuses during the final stages of Sri Lanka’s civil war in 2009

2011: Chinese dissident artist Ai Weiwei is released. The police decided to release him after admitting his crimes and for poor health. The dissident had been in jail since April 3

2011: Taiwan lifts a decades-old ban on travel to the island by individual Chinese tourists, saying visitors would act as « peace ambassadors » for the former arch foe. Initially, Taiwan will allow 500 individual arrivals from the mainland per day

2012: China and the remote Himalayan nation of Bhutan agree to establish diplomatic relations and resolve a long-standing border dispute, China’s foreign ministry says.

2012: South Korea’s population will exceed 50 million on Saturday 23, making it the 26th country to reach the mark, according to a report from Statistics Korea.

2012: Pakistan’s parliament elects a former water and power minister and ruling party member Raja Pervez Ashraf as the country’s new prime minister.

2016: India once again proves its desire to become a key player in the global space industry as the country’s state-run space agency pulls off a massive 20-satellite launch in a single attempt

On 21 June in Asian history


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1307: Külüg Khan is enthroned as Khagan of the Mongols and Wuzong of the Yua

1576 The Mughal army defeats Rana Pratap Singh in the Battle of Haldighati

1576-06-21 Battle of Haldighati

1582: Daimo Oda Nobugana, who almost unified Japan, his forced to suicide in hands of his General Akechi Mitsuhide, in what is known as the Incident at Honno-ji

1730: Birth of Motoori Norinaga, the most famous scholar of the Edo period, who died on November 5, 1801

1811: Birth of Pagan Min, 9th king (1846-1853) of the Burmese Konboung dynasty, who died on March 14, 1880

1862: Birth of Damrong Rajanubhab, Thai prince and the founder of the modern Thai education system as well as the modern provincial administration

1900: In the Philippines, General Arthur McArthur, US military governor of the Philippines, issues an amnesty proclamation to those Filipinos who will renounce the insurgent movement and accept US sovereignty

1900: Boxer Rebellion. China formally declares war on the United States, Britain, Germany, France and Japan, as an edict issued from the Dowager Empress Cixi.

1912: Birth of Vishnu Prabhakar, Indian author who died on April 11, 2009

1913: Birth of Luis Taruk who led the  communist People Anti-Japanese Army (Huk) during the WW2 and died on May 4, 2005

1942: A Japanese submarine surfaces near the Columbia River in Oregon, firing 17 shells at nearly Fort Stevens in one of only a handful of attack by the Japanese against the US mainland

1944 : Japanese troops conquer Changsha China

1944-06-21 Fall of  Changsha

1945: The Battle of Okinawa ends when the organized resistance of Imperial Japanese Army forces collapses in the Mabuni area on the southern tip of the main island

1948: Lord Mountbatten resigns as Governor General of India, formerly the last Viceroy. Rajagopalachari is appointed the first (and last) Indian Governor General of the Indian union

1948-06-21 C. Rajagopalachari

1952: Birth of Koichi Kashimo, Japanese anime director

1953: Birth of Benazir Bhutto, twice Pakistani prime minister, assassinated on December 27, 2007

1957: USA announces the withdrawal of its occupation forces from Japan

1961: Birth of Joko Widodo, President of Indonesia since july 2014

Joko Widodo

1965: Birth of Yang Liwei, first Chinese send in space

1970: Death of Sukarno, first president of Indonesia

sukarno 5

1987: Birth of Ryeowook, South Korean singer (Super Junior)

1989: Chosen by Deng Xiaoping, Jiang Zemin is appointed General Secretary of the Communist Party of China, succeeding Zhao Ziyang who is put under house of arrest

Jiang Zemin & Deng

1991 : P.V Narasimha Rao is sworn in as the ninth Prime Minister of India

1991-06-21 Narasimha Rao sworn in

1992: Death of Rudra Mohammad Shahidullah, Bengali poet, born on October 16, 1956

1992: Death of Li Xiannian, Chinese politician, President of the People’s Republic of China (1983-1988), born on June 23, 1909

Li Xianniang

1996: Suryadi, closed to Suharto, is elected chairman of the Democratic Party of Indonesia, one of the only three autorised parties, succeeding Megawati Sukarnoputri who says that the congress is illegal

1997: Death of Shintaro Katsu, Japanese actor, born in November 1931

1997: Death of Toshio Okumura, actor, singer, producer and director, born on November 1931

2001: In Malaysia, during the annual meeting of UMNO, prime minster Mahathir accuses the westerners of aiming to overthrow his power

2002: Kim Hong-up (52 years old), son of President Kim Dea-jung, is arrested for corruption. His brother  Kim Hong-gul (38) is in jail since May under the same charge

2003: Beginning of a six-day visit of Indian Premier Atal Behari Vajpayee in China. The first at this level since ten years

2005: Vietnamese Prime Minister Phan Van Khai meets US president George W Bush. He is the first Vietnamese leader to go to USA since the end of the Vietnam War in 1975

2005: Death of Filipino cardinal Jaime Sin, who, as leader of the Philippine Catholic church, played an important role in the overthrow of Ferdinand Marcos in 1986, and of Joseph Estrada in 2001. Born on August 31, 1928

2011: Japan and the US agree to drop a 2014 deadline to move a controversial US airbase on the island of Okinawa. Officials from both nations said the Futenma airbase, near the provincial capital of Naha, would be moved « at the earliest possible date after 2014 »

2011: Ban Ki-moon wins second term as UN Secretary General. Mr Ban, a former South Korean foreign minister, was the only candidate after the U.N Security Council unanimously recommended his re-election

2012: Chinese dissident author Liao Yiwu wins the annual German Book Trade Peace Prize, earning praise for his portrayal of what the judges called « the outcasts of modern China. »

2012: Aung San Suu Kyi urges the world to help Myanmar complete its journey towards democracy as she becomes the first foreign woman to address both houses of Britain’s parliament

2012: An Indonesia court sentences Umar Patek, dubbed the « Demolition Man », to 20 years in jail, finding him guilty on all six charges related to his role in the 2002 Bali bombings.

2012: Having already ousted one prime minister this week, Pakistan’s courts sabotage the appointment of a replacement by ordering the arrest of the man nominated to take up the job.

2014: Thirteen assailants are killed in an attack on a police station in China’s restive western province of Xinjiang

On 20 June in Asian history

1900-06-20 Killing of von Ketteler


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1737: Birth of Tokugawa Ieharu, 10th shogun of the Tokugawa shogunate (1760-1786) who died on September 17, 1786

1756: In Calcutta (India), after their fort have been taken  by Siraj, the nawab of Bengale, 150 British soldiers are imprisoned in a cell. That became known as the Black Hole of Calcutta

1826: Siam and Britain sign a trade and peace treaty, known as Burney Treaty

1826-06-20 Burney treaty

1858 : The Gwalior Fort is captured by British troops and the first Indian Sepoy Mutiny officially comes to an end

1858-06-20 Fall of Gwalior fort

1869: Death of Hijikata Toshizo, Japanese military leader, who resisted the Meiji Restoration, born on May 31, 1835.

1870: In Tientsin (Tianjin), twenty French, ten Charity sister and a missionary are slaughtered

1887: Victoria Terminus, the busiest railway station in India, opens in Bombay

1900: In China, the Boxers start to besiege the legation compound and killings of foreigners in Beijing (till August 14). Clements von Ketteler, the German envoy is killed

1900-06-20 Killing of von Ketteler

1901: Birth of Iri Maruki, Japanese artist (The Hiroshima Panels), who died on October 19, 1995

Iri Maruki

1921: Workers of Buckingham and Carnatic Mills in the city of Chennai, India, begin a four-month strike

1944: The Battle of the Philippine Sea concludes with a decisive US naval victory (see June 19)

1946: Birth of Xanana Gusmao, former President of East Timor (2002-2007) then Prime Minister up to February 2015

1948: Foundation of the Malayan People’s anti-British Army, (renamed Malayan Peoples Liberation Army in February 1949), led by communist leader Chin Peng

1950 After recognition of independence, Dutch Air Force base of Tjililitan is given to Indonesia

1952: Birth of Vikram Seth, Indian poet

1959: In India, the 14th Dalai Lama repudiates the Seventeen-point agreement for the peaceful liberation of Tibet, signed in Beijing on May 23, 1951, because “thrust upon Tibetan government and people by the threat of arms”

1959: Soviet Union lets China to know that it will not provide nuclear bomb technology, as promised in the October 1957 Nuclear cooperation agreement

1959: Death of Hitoshi Ashida, 47th Japanese prime minister from March to October, born on November 15, 1887

1962: Vietnamese Buddhist sect Hoa Hao organizes huge demonstrations against Catholic president Ngo Dimh Diem

1962: Following a Nationalist troop buildup on the Jinmen and Mazu islands in the Taiwan Strait, Chinese Communists begin massing troops and military equipment on the mainland opposite the islands. Three days later, Beijing puts its citizens on alert for an invasion by the Nationalists.

1964: In Tokyo, the conference on Malaysia between Malacagal, Sukarno et Abdul Rahman, ends with no result

1964: US General William Westmorland takes command in South Vietnam

1970: Birth of Zhang Ting, Taiwanese actress

1976: The Americans give up their last two military bases in Thailand

1983: Birth of Cherrie Ying, Hong Kong actress

1984: Beginning of the third withdrawal of Vietnamese troops from Cambodia, around 10,000 troopers

1984: Birth of Neetu Chandra, Indian actress

1985 :The America’s highest civilian decoration, the Medal of Freedom, is presented to Mother Teresa

1985-06-20 Medal of Freedom is presented to Mother Teresa.

1996 : India refuses to sign the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty (CTBT) at the Geneva Conference

1997: Indonesia and Portugal announce that they resume talks on East-Timor future

1997: At the G-8 summit in Denver, Boris Yeltsin announces that Russian strategic nuclear missiles would no longer be targeted at Japan and that he supports both Japan and Germany joining the United Nations Security Council, without any of the current members giving up their veto rights

2001: In Pakistan, General Pervez Musharraf names himself president, replacing Muhammad Rafiq Tarar, as president, and after that dissolves the parliament

2001: With the defection of the Sri Lanka Muslim Congress (11 MP) to the opposition side, Sri Lanka President Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga loses the majority in the parliament

2011: Taiwan’s jailed former leader Chen Shui-bian accuses the government of restricting his freedom of speech after he was blocked from publishing a political commentary from behind bars. Initially prison authorities allowed Chen to send the article to the magazine’s editors, but later reversed their decision.

2015: The ruling Cambodian People’s Party elected Prime Minister Hun Sen to succeed the late Chea Sim as party president


On 19 June in Asian history

1925-06-19 General strike begins

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626: Death of Umako Soga, Japanese leader of the Soga clan, born in 551 ?

1052: Death of Fan Zhongyan, politician and literary figure during the Song dynasty, born in 989

1301: Birth of Prince Morikuni, 9th Japanese shogun of the Kamatura shogunate, who died on September 25, 1333

1505: Chine Emperor Zhengde is enthroned. He will reign up to April 1521

1560: In the Battle of Okehazama, Oda Nobunaga defeats Imagawa Yoshimoto

1560-06-19 Battle of Okehazama

1595: Birth of Guru Hargobind- 6th sikh guru who died on March 2, 1644

1747: Nader Shah, Persian Emperor is assassinated

1861: Birth of José Rizal, Filipino poet and national hero, executed on December 30, 1896

1909: Birth of Osamu Dazai, Japanese author, who died on June 13, 1948

1925: Pushed by Chinese communist party, Hong Kong anti-imperialist general strikes begin. They will end on October 10, 1926

1925-06-19 General strike begins

1909: Birth of Midori Naka Japanese actress, who died from radiation poisoning in Hiroshima on August 24, 1945

1944: Beginning of the two-day Battle of the Philippine Sea on the Japanese

1945: Birth of Aung San Suu Kyi, Burmese politician and Nobel laureate

1947: Birth of Salman Rushdie, Indian author of the controversial “Satanic Verses”

1949: Death of Syed Zafarul Hasan, prominent Muslim Indian-Pakistani philosopher, born in February 1885

1949: Signature of a convention between France and Laos which becomes a state associated to French Union française

1965: Air General Nguyen Cao Ky is appointed Vietnamese prime minister

1966 : The Shiv Sena, a Hindu nationalist political organisation, is founded by Balasaheb Thackeray

1970: Birth of Rahul Gandhi, Indian politician

1972: Sheikh Mohammed Abdullah, former Chief Minister of Kashmir and known as the Lion of Kashmir returns after 16 months in exile for advocating a plebiscite on the future of Kashmir

1973: Birth of Yuko Nakazawa, Japanese singer

1978: Soviet Union says that the Amity and Peace Treaty project between China and Japan is a threat for the in Far East

1979: Birth of U Gambira, Burmese monk and activist

1981: Apple, India’s first three-axis stabilized experimental Geostationary communication satellite, is launched by the Indian Space Research Organization

Apple satellite

1982: Birth of Joe Cheng, Taiwanese actor

1985: Birth of Kajal Aggarwal, Indian actress

1998: In Malaysia, at the opening of the annual meeting of UMNO, Ahmad Zahid Hamidi, leader of the Young Wing condemns nepotism, corruption and chumminess

2000: Death of Noboru Takeshita, 74th Japanese prime minister (1987-1989), born on February 26, 1924

2003: Speaking for the last time in front his party congress before his retirement, Malaysian PM Mahathir violently speaks against American and British accused of willing dominate the world

2007: Vietnam president Nguyen Minh Triet starts a six-day visit to USA, first visit of a Vietnamese head of state to USA since the Communist victory in 1975

2007-06-19 Nguyen Bush

2008: Death of Barun Sengupta, Bengali journalist, born on January23, 1934

2009: Mass riots involving over 10,000 people and 10,000 police officers break out in Shishou, China, over the dubious circumstances surrounding the death of a local chef.

2009: The Pakistani Armed Forces open Operation Rah-e-Nijat against the Taliban and other Islamist rebels in the South Waziristan area of the Federally Administered Tribal Areas

2011: For the first time in nearly a decade, Myanmar’s democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi celebrates her birthday in freedom

2012: Pakistan’s top court disqualifies Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani from holding office, two months after convicting him of contempt of court.

2012: Speaking at the University of Westminster, the Dalai Lama calls for « realistic » expectations on Tibet’s future, reasserting his belief that « complete independence is out of the question »

2013: Igor Morgulov, the Russian deputy foreign minister, says Moscow will stay out of the territorial disputes involving China, the Philippines and Vietnam over islands in the South China Sea


On 18 June in Asian history


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Updated on June 18, 2017

618: Foundation of the Chinese Tang dynasty by Li Yuan with his coronation as Emperor Gaozu (618-626). Born in 566 and died on June 25, 635

1234: Death of Chukyo, 85th emperor of Japan, who reigned some months in 1221, born on October 30, 1218

1517: Birth of Ogimachi, 106th emperor of Japan (1557-1586) who died on February 6, 1593

1816: Birth of Maharaja Jung Bahadur Rana, Prime Minister and virtual ruler of Nepal for approximately more than three decades between 1846 and his death on February 25, 1877

1861: Birth of Devaki Nandan Khatri, Indian writer who died in 1913

Devaki NandanKhatri

1900: Empress Dowager Longyu of China, joining the Boxer rebellion,  orders all foreigners killed, including foreign diplomats and their families

Empress Longyu

1904: Birth of Keye Luke, Chinese-born American actor, died on January 12, 1991

1908: Japanese immigration to Brazil begins when 781 people arrive in Santos aboard the Kasato-Maru ship

1908: The University of the Philippines is established

1934: Birth of Mitsuteru Yokoyama, Japanese manga artist who died on April 15 2004

1936: Birth of Norodom Monineath, spouse of king Sihanouk and mother of the king of Cambodia


1946: Dr Ram Manohar Lohia, a Socialist, calls for a Direct Action Day against the Portuguese in Goa

1947: Japanese Admiral Shigematsu Sakaibara, garrison commander of Wake Island during WWII is hanged in Guam, born in 1898

1948: Because the Communist insurgency, state of emergency is proclaimed in all Malaya

1949: Birth of Han Duck-soo, prime minister of South Korea from March 2007 to February 2008

1951: General Vo Nguyen Giap ends his Red River Campaign against the French in Vietnam

1952: USA give and additional aid to Indochina

1952: United Nation Security Council asks for a Red Cross mission to investigate on possible use of bacteriological weapons in Korea

1953: In South Korea, on order of President Syngman Rhee, 27,000 North Korean prisoners are freed to live in South Korea

1954: Birth of Baburam Bhattarai, Maoist leader, prime minister of Nepal from August 29, 2011 to March 2013

1965: In Vietnam War, the USA uses B-52 bombers to attack National Liberation Front guerilla fighters in South Vietnam

1971 : In Vietnam, Battle of Cung Son, the biggest engagement between Allied and Communist forces in Phu Yen Province since 1968


1980: Birth of Ivana Wong, Hong Kong singer and songwriter

1981: Birth of Ella (Jiahua) Chen, member of the Taiwanese girl-group S.H.E.

1983: In China Li Xiannian is elected president succeeding Ye Jianying

1989: In Burma, The Slorc (military junta) adopts the name of Union of Myanmar as a new name for the country

1991: Birth of Rei Okamoto, Japanese model and actress

2001: Macedonia cuts its relations with Taiwan and restores its diplomatic links with Beijing

2001: Protests occur in Manipur over the extension of the ceasefire between Naga insurgents and the government of India

2008: Death of Miyuki Kanbe, Japanese actress, born on May 7, 1984

2008: China and Japan have agreed to jointly develop a disputed gas field

2008: Taiwan president ups pressure in Diaoyutai row with Japan

2012: In yet another sign of warming ties with former rival China, Taiwan says that all landmines laid on the frontline islands off the mainland during the 1950s will be removed within six months

2012: A Taliban commander in northwest Pakistan announces a ban on polio vaccines for children as long as the United States continues its campaign of drone strikes in the region

2013: Afghanistan armed forces take full control of operations. The handover of responsibility is a significant milestone in war and marks a turning point for American and NATO military forces, which will now move entirely into a supporting role

2014: Japan finally falls into line with other major developed countries and made the possession of child pornography illegal, but the sometimes graphic images of paedophilia in manga comic books remain legal

2015 : A bill proposed by the Chinese government that would have allowed Hong Kong residents to vote for their next leader as long as the candidates were approved by Beijing is rejected by Hong Kong’s legislature

2016: Russia calls on Japan to jointly develop disputed islands

2016: Death of Jeppiaar, Indian educationist, founder and chancellor of Sathyabama University, born in 1931


Holidays and observances

Cambodia: Queen Mother’s Birthday

On 17 June in Asian history




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850: Death of Tachibana no Kachiko, Japanese empress who founded the Danrin-Ji temple, born in 786

1565: Matsunaga Hisahide assassinates the 13th Ashikaga shogun, Ashikaga Yoshiteru

1631: Death of Arjumand Banu Begum, for who her husband Shah Jahan built the Taj Mahal mausoleum

1756: Nawab Siraj-ud-Daulah attacks the British settlement of Calcutta with 50,000 soldiers

1858: In the battle for Gwalior, Rani Lakshmibai, queen of Jhansi (northern India) is killed. One of the leading figures of the Indian rebellion of 1857. Born in 1828

1900: During the Boxer Rebellion, Allied Western and Japanese forces capture the Taku Forts in Tianjin, China

1918: Birth of Ajahn Chah, Thai Buddhist meditation master who died on January 16, 1992

1920: Birth of Setsuko Hara, Japanese actress

1928: Birth of Peter Seiichi Shirayanagi, Japanese cardinal who died on December 30, 2009

1954: Sino-British agreement to exchange chargés d’affaires

1961: In Zurich, opening of a conference between representatives of the three Laos political movements, till 22

1961: Birth of Koichi Yamadera, Japanese seiyu, actor and tarento

1963: A day after South Vietnamese President Ngo Dinh Diem announced the Joint Communique to end the Buddhist crisis, a riot involving around 2,000 people breaks out, killing one

1965:  Death of Indian actor Motilal, born on December 4, 1910

1967: The People’s Republic of China tests its first hydrogen bomb

1967-06-14 China 1st hydrogen bomb

1970: North Vietnamese troops cut the last operating rail line in Cambodia

1971: Agreement between Japan and USA for the return of Ryukyu including Okinawa under Japanese rule in 1972

1972: In Japan, prime minister Eisaku Sato resigns (replaced on July 7)

1978: Birth of Kumiko Aso, Japanese actress

1980: Birth of Kimeru, Japanese singer

1983: Birth of Kazunari Ninomiya, Japanese singer and actor

1989 : In a joint communiqué, India and Pakistan announce that they decide to end the five-year-old confrontation in Siachen Glacier area by withdrawing and redeploying their forces.

1993: Gulbuddin Hekmatyar becomes Afghan premier till June 1994

2002: In Indonesia, beginning of the trial of Akbar Tanjung, chairman of Golkar party, accused to have used 4 million USD of state money to support his party in 1999

2002: In Hong Kong, first trial against members of Falun Gong (for hindrance to traffic)   

2011: Fatal floods hit China. The government has described flooding in some areas as the worst since 1955 and has mobilized troops to evacuate some 555,000 people

2012: Death of Fauzia Wahab, Pakistani politician, born on November 24, 1956

2015 : Australia and China sign a free trade agreement with Prime Minister Tony Abbott hailing it as « history making » for both countries

2016: An Indian court jails 11 Hindus for life for the murder of dozens of Muslims during riots in Gujarat in 2002 that shook India at a time Prime Minister Narendra Modi was the state’s chief minister


On 16 June in Asian history

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1139: Birth of Konoe, 76th emperor of Japan (1142-1155), who died on August 22, 1155

1407: During the Ming–Hồ War, retired King Hồ Quý Ly and his son King Hồ Hán Thương of Hồ dynasty are captured by the Ming armies.

1801: In now Vietnam, Nguyen dynasty is installed in Hue (Annam), it will later seize Tonkin

1858: Battle of Morar, during the anti-British Indian mutiny

1878: Death of Kikuchi Yōsai, Japanese painter, born on November 28, 1781

Kikuchi Yōsai

1899: During the Philipine Americain war, Filipinos attack San Fernando

1908: Birth of Sarit Thanarat (Dhanarajata), Thailand’s PM (1958-1963) who died on December 8, 1963

1924: In China, the Whampoa military academy is inaugurated

1924-06-16 Whampoa Academie

1925: Death of Chittaranjan Das, Indian patriot and freedom fighter, born on November 5, 1870

1934: Birth of Kumari Kamala, Indian dancer and actress

1941: Birth of Mumtaz Hamid Rao, Pakistani journalist

1945: In Okinawa island, Mount Yuza is taken by the US forces

1948: In Malaya, after three European planters were murdered by communist rebels, state of emergency is declared in Perak and Johor

1950: Birth of Mithun Chakraborty, Indian actor

1960: Because violent anti-US demonstrations, at the request of Japan’s government, president  Eisenhower cancels his visit to Tokyo

1960: Soviet Union protests for the flight over its territory by two US U-2 planes that came from Japan

1961: US President Kennedy agrees to send instructors to train South Vietnamese troops

1962: Birth of Anthony Wong Yiu Ming, Hong Kong composer and producer

1970: In Cambodia, North Vietnamese and Vietcong attacks almost completely isolate Phnom Penh

1970: Birth of Younus AlGohar, Pakistani poet, academic, and humanitarian, co-founded Messiah Foundation International

1972: Birth of John Cho, Korean-American actor

1978: Beijing demands the closing of the Vietnamese consulates in South China

1978: Birth of Jasmine Leong, Chinese Malaysian singer

1981: In the Philippines, First elections after dictator Marcos lifted martial law. The opposition boycotts the election and Marcos wins a huge majority for another six year term as President

1982: Birth of Jodi Santamaria, Filipina actress

1994: Birth of Aarya Ambekar, Indian Marathi singer

2000: Death of Japanese empress Kojun, widow of emperor Hirohito

2004: Death of Field Marshal Thanom Kittichorn, twice premier of Thailand, born on August 11, 1912

2005: In Hong Kong, Donald Tsang, gets the support of 710 of the great electors and will become the second Chief of the Executive of the Special administrative Region after appointment by Beijing

2006: In Sri Lanka, after an attack on a bus that caused 69 killed, new war between government troops and the Tamil Tigers

2009: The leaders of India and Pakistan meet for the first time since last November’s Mumbai (Bombay) attacks

2010: Bhutan becomes the first country to institute a total ban on tobacco

2011: The general command of al-Qaeda announces the appointment of Sheikh Ayman al-Zawahiri as head of the group.

2011: Abu Bakar Bashir, the controversial Indonesian cleric, has been jailed for 15 years on charges he helped plan and fund a camp of fighters in the western Aceh province which aimed to kill the country’s president.

2012: Myanmar’s Aung San Suu Kyi gives her Nobel speech in Norway, more than two decades after she won the peace prize

2012: China launches its first female space traveller aboard a rocket that blasted off from the Gobi Desert on one of the country’s most ambitious space missions yet.

2013: Death of Khondakar Ashraf Hossain, Bangladesh poet and academic, born on January 4, 1950

2014: Chinese authorities execute 13 people for « terrorist attacks and violent crimes » in the violence-wracked northwestern region of Xinjiang

2015 : In the Philippines, The Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) begins the first phase of a staggered decommissioning of its weapons, marking the group’s commitment to end the armed conflict that has plagued the region for décades