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On 27 May in Asian history

ON 27 MAY IN ASIAN HISTORY

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Updated on May 27, 2019

742: Birth of Emperor Dezong of Tang, who died on February 25, 805
http://www.liquisearch.com/emperor_dezong_of_tang

1644: Ming general Wu Sangui, after May 25 alliance with the invading Manchus, opens the gates of the Great Wall of China at Shanhaiguan pass, letting the Manchus through towards the capital Beijing
http://epicworldhistory.blogspot.fr/2012/04/wu-sangui-wu-san-kuei-chinese-general.html
https://www.newworldencyclopedia.org/entry/Wu_Sangui
http://www.travelchinaguide.com/china_great_wall/history/ming/shanhaiguan-war.htm

1644: In China, Li Zicheng, who overthroned the Ming dynasty one month before, is defeated by the Manchus
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Li_Zicheng

1893 : Birth of Magdalena Jalandoni, Filipino feminist writer who died on September 14, 1978
http://hamsternice.blogspot.fr/2015/02/leading-filipino-women-magdalena-g.html
https://kahimyang.com/kauswagan/articles/1150/today-in-philippine-history-may-27-1893-magdalena-jalandoni-was-born-in-jaro-iloilo-city
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Magdalena_Jalandoni

1898: In South China, Guangzhou Wan (Fort Bayard) is got by the French in a leasing agreement
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Guangzhouwan
http://www.scmp.com/magazines/post-magazine/article/1104397/now-forgotten-shores

1905: First day of the two-day Battle of Tsushima Straits, in which the Japanese annihited the Russian fleet


 
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Tsushima
https://www.thoughtco.com/russo-japanese-war-battle-of-tsushima-2361199
https://www.navyhistory.org.au/the-battle-of-tsushima-1905/

1906: Birth of Buddhadasa, Thai Bhikkhu and philosopher, who died on May 25 1993
http://www.buddhanet.net/budasa.htm

1908: Maulana Hakeem Noor-ud-Din is elected the first Khalifa of Ahmadiyya Muslim Community
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hakeem_Noor-ud-Din
http://www.alislam.org/library/noor1.html
http://www.alislam.org/library/books/noor-ud-deen/hakeem-noor-ud-deen.pdf

1918: Birth of Yasuhiro Nakasone, Japanese prime minister from 1982 to 1987
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yasuhiro_Nakasone

1919: Death of Kandukuri Veeresalingam, Indian activist, born on April 16, 1848
http://www.iloveindia.com/indian-heroes/kandukuri-veeresalingam-biography.html

Kandukuri_Veeresalingam

1920: In now Indonesia, the Indies Social Democratic Association (ISDV) changes its name to Perserikatan Komunis di Hindia (later PKI)
https://www.marxists.org/archive/glaberman/1968/07/indonesian-communism.htm

1929: In the frame of its anti-communit fight, the Chiang Kai-shek regime moves against the Soviet Union owning the Chinese Eastern Railroad, arresting everyone at the Soviet consulate at Harbin, a city on the rail line in Manchuria

1942: Death, due to heart attack, of Chen Duxiu, first chaiman of the Chinese communist party (1921-1927), born on October 9, 1879
http://sites.asiasociety.org/chinawealthpower/chapters/chen-duxiu/

1944: Allies land on Biak island in New Guinea, starting Operation Horlicks
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Biak
http://www.dtic.mil/dtic/tr/fulltext/u2/a550758.pdf

1944-05-27 Alied land on Biak

1949: The Chinese communist troops enter in Shanghai
http://trove.nla.gov.au/ndp/del/article/2805796
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shanghai_Campaign

1951: Chinese communist force the Dalai Lama to surrender his army to Beijing

1961: Malaya Prime Minister Tunku Abdul Rahman suggests a confederation including Singapore and British territories on Borneo island

1964: Prime Minister of India Jawaharlal Nehru dies in office

1964-05-27 Death of Nehru

http://news.bbc.co.uk/onthisday/hi/dates/stories/may/27/newsid_3690000/3690019.stm
http://www.nytimes.com/learning/general/onthisday/big/0527.html#article
http://www.mapsofindia.com/on-this-day/27-may-1964-jawaharlal-nehru-first-pm-of-india-died

1965: United States warships begin bombardments of National Liberation Front targets within South Vietnam for the first time
http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/u-s-warships-begin-bombardment-of-viet-cong-targets

1970: In Ceylon, Sirimavo Bandaranaïke, leading a leftist coalition, comes back to power
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ceylonese_parliamentary_election,_1970

1970-05-27 S B PM
1973: Death of P. Ramlee, Malaysian actor, singer and songwriter, born on March 22, 1929
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/P._Ramlee

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rfeA8M1gTt0

1980: China is admitted to International Monitary Found

1980: In South Korea, end of the repression against the Gwangju uprising when airborne and army troops retake the city from civil militias, killing at least 207 and possibly many more
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/asia-pacific/4557315.stm

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2p5g7QuijhA

1985: The Sino-British Joint Declaration signed by the Prime Ministers of the People’s Republic of China and the United Kingdom governments on 19 December 1984 enters into force with the exchange of instruments of ratification
http://history.04007.cn/en.php/HisMain/4699.html

1989: In Hong Kong, over 300,000 people gather at Happy Valley Race course in support of the Beijing Tiananmen students

1990: First multiparty elections in Myanmar, the National League for Democracy wins 60 percent of the votes and 80 percent of the seats
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Burmese_general_election%2C_1990
http://www.nytimes.com/1990/05/29/world/burmese-vote-rejects-army-rule-with-big-victory-for-opposition.html

2001: In the Philippines Dos Palmas resort, Abu Sayyaf movement, led by Abu Sayaba, abducts 20 people, including 3 Americans
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dos_Palmas_kidnappings

2003: Chinese president Hu Jintao goes to Russia for his first presidential voyage
http://en.kremlin.ru/events/president/transcripts/22004

2006: In spite of international pressures, the Myanmar’s military junta extends for one year Nobel Prize Aung San Suu Kyi house arrest
https://www.hrw.org/news/2010/11/13/burma-chronology-aung-san-suu-kyis-detention

2006: Death of Oduvil Unnikrishnan, Indian actor born on February 13, 1944
http://movies.deepthi.com/malayalam/actors/oduvil-unnikrishnan.html

2006: The May 2006 Java earthquake strikes at 5:53:58 AM local time (22:53:58 UTC May 26) devastating Bantul and the city of Yogyakarta killing over 6,600 people
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/May_2006_Java_earthquake

2007: Death of Izumi Sakai, Japanese singer, of cervical cancer, born on February 6, 1967
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Izumi_Sakai
http://english.cri.cn/3086/2007/05/28/1261@232314.htm
http://swiftywriting.blogspot.com/2007/05/r-i-p-izumi-sakai-aka-zard.html

2008: Myanmar junta extends Suu Kyi detention for one more year

2010: Death of Payut Ngaokrachang, Thai animator, born on April 1, 1929
http://schoolgirlmilkycrisis.com/blog/2010/11/payut-ngaokrachang-1929-2010/

2012: Two young Tibetan monks set themselves on fire in Lhasa Sunday in protest against Chinese rule—the first self-immolations reported in the capital of the Tibet Autonomous Region
http://www.rfa.org/english/news/tibet/burn-05272012123432.html

2013 : Death of Jagjit Singh Lyallpuri, Indian politician, last of the founding members of the Communist Party of India (Marxist)
http://www.mainstreamweekly.net/article4452.html

2014: A Chinese fishing vessel rammed and sank a Vietnamese fishing boat in the disputed South China Sea on Tuesday, a Vietnamese state official said, amid a tense territorial confrontation over Beijing’s deployment of an oil rig
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/china/10857750/Chinese-vessel-rams-and-sinks-Vietnamese-fishing-boat.html

2016: U.S. President Barack Obama emphasizes the need to pursue a world free of nuclear weapons during his visit to the atomic-bombed city of Hiroshima, the first by a sitting U.S. president
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-36394975

2016: The Dalai Lama urges Tibetans to remain united, telling an audience gathered for the swearing-in of his exiled people’s new leader that they must avoid the schisms that had damaged other religions
https://www.reuters.com/article/us-tibet-india/dalai-lama-urges-tibetan-unity-as-political-leader-sworn-in-idUSKCN0YI0XP


Holidays and observances

Japan: Navy Day

On 26 May in Asian history

ON 26 MAY IN ASIAN HISTORY

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Updated on May 26, 2019

552: General Hou Jing who had proclaimed himself emperor of Han in January is killed by one of his aids
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hou_Jing
http://history.04007.cn/en.php/HisMain/5024.html

1234: The Mongols take Kaifeng and destroy the Jin (Jurchen) dynasty
http://www.chinaknowledge.de/History/Song/jinn.html
http://www.travelchinaguide.com/intro/history/jin_dynasty/

1264: Birth of Prince Koreyasu, 7th shogun (1266-1289) of the Kamakura shogunate, who died on November 25, 1326
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Prince_Koreyasu

1877: Death of Kido Takayoshi, Japanese statesman born on August 11, 1833
http://www.ndl.go.jp/portrait/e/datas/65.html

1879: Russia and the United Kingdom sign the Treaty of Gandamak establishing an Afghan state
http://en.wikisource.org/wiki/Treaty_of_Gandamak

1904: After two days of bitter fighting, the Japanese Army soundly defeats the Russians at Kinchan and captures the forts at Nanshan


http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Nanshan
https://books.google.fr/books?id=hV1h0_iMrE4C&pg=PA250&dq=Nanshan+battle&hl=fr&sa=X&ei=kEVjVf2jHIP3UrbegKgM&ved=0CCYQ6AEwAQ#v=onepage&q=Nanshan%20battle&f=false
http://www.storiespreschool.com/russo-japanese_war_battle4.html

1904-05-26 Battle of Nanshan

1905: Birth of Seni Pramoj, three times Thailand’s prime minister, who died on July 28, 1997
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Seni_Pramoj

1908: Death of Mirza Gulam Ahmad, Indian Muslim figure, founder of the Amadiyya Movement, born on February 13, 1835
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mirza_Ghulam_Ahmad
http://irshad.org/exposed/death.php

1908: Birth of Nguyen Ngoc Tho, first Prime Minister of South Vietnam
http://www.newworldencyclopedia.org/entry/Nguyen_Ngoc_Tho

1942: Birth of Ganapathi Sachchidananda, Indian spiritual leader
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ganapathi_Sachchidananda

1945: Birth of Vilasrao Deshmukh, Indian politician
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vilasrao_Deshmukh

1961: Birth of Tarsem Singh, Indian film director
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tarsem_Singh
http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0802248/

1964: China rejects an United Kingdom asking it to intervene for an end of fights in Laos

1965: Australian troops depart for Vietnam


https://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/australian-troops-depart-for-vietnam
http://www.historycentral.com/Vietnam/australian.html

1967: China’s first successful launch of a ground-to-ground medium-range missiles
http://history.04007.cn/en.php/HisMain/5042.html

1967-05-26 1er sol-sol

1970: Birth of Nobuhiro Watsuki, Japanese cartoonist
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nobuhiro_Watsuki

1971: North Vietnamese troops seize strategic Snoul city in Cambodia
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Snuol
https://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/north-vietnamese-seize-snoul-cambodia

1971-05-26 Viet prennent Snuol

1971: The Pakistan Army massacres at least 71 Hindus in Burunga, Sylhet, Bangladesh.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Burunga_massacre

1972: Chiang Ching-kuo becomes premier of Taiwan
http://military.wikia.com/wiki/Chiang_Ching-kuo

1987: Birth of Valerie Garcia, Filipina actress
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Valerie_Garcia

1988: Vietnam announces that 50,000 soldiers will be withdrew from Cambodia before the end of the year and that the remained ones will be under the command of the Kampuchea’s armed forces

1998: British veterans reject Japanese emperor “sorrow”
http://news.bbc.co.uk/onthisday/hi/dates/stories/may/26/newsid_2502000/2502547.stm

1999: For the first time since 20 years, Indian air force intervenes in Kargill area of Kashmir where Indian military positions have been occupied by rebels supported by Pakistani soldiers
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/south_asia/352995.stm

2006: The May 2006 Java earthquake kills over 5,700 people, leaves 200,000 homeless
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/May_2006_Java_earthquake

2009: North Korea fires two more missiles, hours after the UN Security Council unanimously condemned its nuclear test
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/asia-pacific/8067711.stm

2009: Pakistan’s Supreme Court overturns a ban that prevented opposition leader Nawaz Sharif and his brother Shahbaz from running for political office
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/south_asia/8068082.stm

2011: Death of Arisen Ahubudu, Sri Lankan scholar, author, and playwright, born on March 18, 1920
http://www.bbc.co.uk/sinhala/news/story/2011/05/110526_ahubudu.shtml

2014: Narendra Modi takes the oath of office as 15th India’s prime minister at the start of a new era hailed by his Pakistani counterpart as an opportunity to end decades of regional instability
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2014/05/modi-sworn-as-india-prime-minister-2014526124620254451.html
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-india-27572807

2015 : China issues its first white paper on military strategy. The white paper, « China’s Military Strategy », issued by the State Council Information Office, outlined a strategy unifying strategic defense and operational and tactical offense. Here is full text
http://english.chinamil.com.cn/news-channels/2015-05/26/content_6508025.htm
http://www.chinanationalnews.com/index.php/sid/233216233
http://www.ecns.cn/2015/05-26/166858.shtml

2018: China, Burkina Faso resume diplomatic ties
https://www.chinadailyasia.com/articles/83/220/89/1527415780204.html

2018: North and South Korean leaders meet as US indicates summit may yet happen
Thttps://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/may/26/kim-jong-un-moon-jai-in-korean-leaders-hold-surprise-meeting
https://www.sbs.com.au/news/korean-leaders-meet-after-trump-threatens-to-quit-kim-summit
http://video.foxnews.com/v/5789976153001/?#sp=show-clips

On 25 May in Asian history

1900-05-25 Wedding of Yoshihito

ON 25 MAY IN ASIAN HISTORY

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Updated on May 25, 2019

675: Birth of Li Hong, prince of the Tang Dynasty, born in 652
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Li_Hong

967: Death of Murakami, 62nd Japanese emperor (946-967), born on June 2, 926
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Emperor_Murakami

1048: Birth of Shenzong, the 6th emperor (1067-1087) of the Chinese Song dynasty, who died on April 1st 1087
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Emperor_Shenzong_of_Song

1334: Birth of Japanese Emperor Suko (1348-1351) who died in 1398
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Emperor_Suk%C5%8D

1458: Mahmud Begada becomes Sultan of Gujarat up to his death on November 23 1511
http://history.info/on-this-day/1458-indian-sultan-mahmud-begada-power/
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mahmud_Begada

1592: The First Japanese Division arrives at Dongnae eupseong (Korea) starting the Japanese invasion
http://www.newworldencyclopedia.org/entry/Japan%27s_Korea_War:_First_Invasion_(1592-1596)
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Japanese_invasions_of_Korea_(1592%E2%80%931598)

1644: Ming general Wu Sangui forms an alliance with the invading Manchus and will open the gates of the Great Wall of China at Shanhaiguan pass, letting the Manchus through towards the capital Beijing
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wu_Sangui

1791: Birth of Minh Mạng, Vietnamese emperor who died on January 20, 1841
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Minh_M%E1%BA%A1ng

1886: Birth of Rash Behari Bose, Indian leader against the British Raj, who died in exile on January 21, 1945
http://www.liveindia.com/freedomfighters/24.html
http://www.mapsofindia.com/who-is-who/history/rash-behari-bose.html

1895: In Taiwan, pro-Qing Tang Ching-sung (Tang Qingsong) is elected president of The Republic of Formosa, capital Tinan
http://cta.yam.org.tw/cta31.htm
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tang_Ching-sung

1899: Birth of Kazi Nazrul Islam, Bengali poet, musician, revolutionary and philosopher who died on August 29, 1976
http://www.sobujbangladesh.com/biography/kazi-nazrulslam.php
http://www.iloveindia.com/indian-heroes/kazi-nazrul-islam.html

1900: Crown Prince Yoshihito marries then 16-year-old Sadako, the daughter of Prince Kujo Mitchitaka [peer], the head of the five senior branches of the Fujiwara clan
http://www.jref.com/glossary/taisho_emperor_yoshihito.shtml

1900-05-25 Wedding of Yoshihito

1907: Birth of U Nu, First and three times Burmese Prime Minister between 1948 and 1962, who died on February 14, 1995
http://www.peoplewinthrough.com/
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/U_Nu

1912: Birth of Princess Deokhye of Korea, who died on 21 April 1989
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Her_Imperial_Highness_Princess_Duk-hye

1940: Birth of Nobuyoshi Araki, Japanese photographer
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nobuyoshi_Araki
http://www.google.fr/search?q=nobuyoshi+araki&nord=1&tbm=isch&source=lnms&sa=X&ei=mryAU-6vJ8Wf0QWdooHICQ&ved=0CAYQ_AUoAQ&biw=1242&bih=571&dpr=1

1941: 5,000 drown in a storm at Ganges Delta region in India 

1942: Birth of Angela Yu Chien, Chinese actress who died from cancer on April 10, 2000
http://hkcinemagic.com/en/people.asp?id=2099
http://www.hkmdb.com/db/people/view.mhtml?id=3314&display_set=eng
http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0950472/

1953: Birth of Stan Sakai, American Japanese-born comic writer
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stan_Sakai

1954: Birth of Kee Thuan Chye, Malaysian journalist and playwriter
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kee_Thuan_Chye

Kee Thuan Chye

1954: Birth of Murali, Indian actor, who died on August 6, 2009
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Murali_(Malayalam_actor)

1965: India and Pakistan borders fights

1966: In China, the first prominent dazibao of the Cultural Revolution is posted at Beijing University by Nie Yuanzi
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nie_Yuanzi
http://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/dazibao

1966-05-25 Nie Yuanzi poster

1968: In South Vietnam, Communist launch a new offensive on Saigon
http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/communist-launch-new-offensive

1969: In South Vietnam, the National Democratic Front is formed in Saigon, led by President Nguyen Van Thieu
http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/national-democratic-front-formed-in-saigon

1970: Birth of Satsuki Yukino, Seiyuu
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Satsuki_Yukino
http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/encyclopedia/people.php?id=278

1972: Birth of Karan Johar, Indian director, producer, writer, and actor
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Karan_Johar
http://entertainment.oneindia.in/celebs/karan-johar.html
http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0424103/

1977: Chinese government removes a 10 years ban on Shakespeare works
https://chinadailymail.com/2012/05/25/15591/
http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/chinese-government-removes-ban-on-shakespeare

1978: Birth of Lee Jeong-jin, Korean actor and model
http://wiki.d-addicts.com/Lee_Jung_Jin
http://www.hancinema.net/korean_Lee_Jeong-jin.php

1980: Birth of Jae Hee, South Korean actor
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jae_Hee

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HfatenZg3FU

1983: Birth of Kunal Khemu, Indian actor
http://www.koimoi.com/actor/kunal-khemu/

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sfjYh0wCuV0

1985: Bangladesh is hit by a tropical cyclone and storm surge which kills approximately 10,000 people

1993: Death of Buddhadasa, Thai philosopher, born on May 27, 1906
http://www.buddhanet.net/biobudas.htm
https://pub.uni-bielefeld.de/download/2304034/2304041

1999: The United States House of Representatives releases the Cox Report which details the People’s Republic of China’s nuclear espionage against the U.S. over the prior two decades
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cox_Report
http://www.educationengland.org.uk/documents/cox1989/cox89.html

2005: Death of Sunil Dutt, Indian actor and politician, born on June 6, 1930
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/south_asia/4577963.stm

2005: Death of Ismail Merchant, Indian born film producer, born on December 25, 1936
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ismail_Merchant
http://www.screenonline.org.uk/people/id/532192/
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/entertainment/4580689.stm

2007: In spite of international pressures, the Myanmar’s military junta extends for one year Aung San Suu Kyi house arrest
http://www.cbc.ca/news/world/myanmar-extends-democracy-leader-suu-kyi-s-detention-1.641555
http://www.reuters.com/article/us-myanmar-suuyki-idusbkk25175820070525

2008: For the first time, the chairman of a Taiwanese ruling party, Wu Po-Hsiung, starts a visit to China
http://newyork.china-consulate.org/eng/zt/twwt/t564618.htm
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/asia-pacific/7425641.stm

2009: North Korea announces it has conducted a successful nuclear test (second one), as it steps up what it says are moves to strengthen its nuclear déterrent
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/asia-pacific/8066615.stm
http://www.nytimes.com/2009/05/25/world/asia/25nuke-text.html?_r=1
http://topics.nytimes.com/top/news/international/countriesandterritories/northkorea/nuclear_program/index.html

2010: China refuses to publicly criticise North Korea over the sinking of a South Korean naval ship. During a three-way summit, both South Korea and Japan pressed China to hold Pyongyang responsible for the sinking of the Cheonan in March
http://english.aljazeera.net/news/asia-pacific/2010/05/201053035935307189.html

2011: North Korean leader Kim Jong-il arrives in Beijing for a meeting with Chinese president Hu Jintao, highlighting the influence the economic powerhouse has with the isolated regime struggling to feed its people
http://english.aljazeera.net/news/asia-pacific/2011/05/201152555527683176.html
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-pacific-13536931
http://edition.cnn.com/2011/WORLD/asiapcf/05/24/china.north.korean.visit/index.html

2013: Indian Maoists killed 32 Congress leaders in Chhattisgarh
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/indiahome/indianews/article-2330992/Twenty-people-killed-including-Congress-leader-Maoists-ambush-party-convoy-Chhattisgarh.html
http://www.mapsofindia.com/on-this-day/25-may-2013-maoists-killed-32-congress-leaders-in-chhattisgarh

2013: Death of T. M. Soundararajan, Indian singer, born on March 24, 1922
http://www.filmibeat.com/tamil/news/2013/tm-soundararajan-dead-last-rites-110642.html

2014: Thailand Junta chief General Prayuth Chan-ocha, who is also the acting prime minister, dissolves the Senate, the only remaining legislative body
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/thailand/10855398/Thailands-military-junta-warns-it-will-not-tolerate-any-further-dissent.html

2014: Japan and China trade accusations after China scrambled fighter jets when Japanese military aircraft entered an air defence zone declared by Beijing over the East China Sea.
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2014/05/china-japan-trade-blame-over-plane-action-2014525123455438729.html
http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/may/25/china-japan-jets-south-china-sea

2016: In a statement issued by the Taliban, the group confirms the death of Mullah Mansour and added that Taliban’s Shura has selected Mullah Haibatullah Akhundzada as their new leader
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-36377008
http://www.euronews.com/2016/05/25/afghan-taliban-names-haibatullah-akhunzada-as-its-new-chief/

On 24 May in Asian history

ON 24 MAY IN ASIAN HISTORY

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Updated on May 24, 2019

1408: Death of Yi Seong-gye, founder of the Joseon (Yi) Korean dynasty, born on October 11, 1335
 http://www.newworldencyclopedia.org/entry/Taejo_of_Joseon

1839: Death in jail of Anna Pak Agi, one of the Korean martyrs, born in 1782
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anna_Pak_Agi
https://books.google.fr/books?id=QMUCAAAAQAAJ&pg=PA34&redir_esc=y&hl=fr#v=onepage&q&f=false

1899: During the war against Americans, Filipinos attack San Fernando
http://philippineamericanwar.webs.com/battlesatsanfernando.htm

1911: Birth of Ne Win, Burmese dictator (1962-1988) who died in on December 5, 2002
https://www.historyanswers.co.uk/people-politics/ne-win-the-burmese-dictator-who-bathed-in-blood/


 1917: Vyner Brooke, becomes the third and last White Rajah of Sarawak (Borneo) till 15 April 1946, and died on 9 May 1963
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charles_Vyner_Brooke

1923: Birth of Seijun Suzuki, Japanese director
http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0840671/
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Seijun_Suzuki

1931: In India, Sister Teresa took her initial vows as a nun

1942: Birth of Ichiro Ozawa, Japanese politician
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ichir%C5%8D_Ozawa
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-pacific-11284634

1947: Katayama Tetsu replaces Shigeru Yoshida as prime minister of Japan until March 1948
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tetsu_Katayama

1947: Birth of Mike De Leon, Filipino film director, cinematographer, scriptwriter and film Producer
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mike_De_Leon
http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0209672/

1956: Conclusion in Yangon of the Sixth Buddhist Council on Vesak Day, marking the 2,500 year anniversary after the Lord Buddha’s Parinibbana
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sixth_Buddhist_Council
https://vipassanamongolia.wordpress.com/2011/07/31/the-sixth-buddhist-council-1954-1956/

1964: Senator Goldwater, running Republican Party candidate to presidency, suggests using atomic weapons in North Vietnam
https://www.rallypoint.com/shared-links/goldwater-suggests-using-atomic-weapons-may-24-1964-history-com

1965: Birth of Shinichiro Watanabe, Japanese anime director
http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/encyclopedia/people.php?id=774

1970 : Birth of Jia Zhangke, Chinese filmmaker
https://gbtimes.com/jia-zhangke-the-introspective-filmmaker-of-a-global-china
https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0422605/

1974: Ban on political parties is lifted in Portuguese Timor. Five political parties emerge

1975: A group of 80 reporters and cameramen are allowed to fly out of Saigon
http://news.bbc.co.uk/onthisday/hi/dates/stories/may/24/newsid_2503000/2503771.stm

1980: Birth of Cecilia Cheung, Hong Kong actress and singer
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cecilia_Cheung

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DFtCCQim7Xw

1981: Birth of Sayaka Ando, Japanese gravure idol
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sayaka_Ando


1983: Birth of Woo Seung-yeon, South Korean model and actress who committed suicide on April 27, 2009
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Woo_Seung-yeon
http://www.hancinema.net/korean_Woo_Seung-yeon.php

1985: A cyclone devastates Bangladesh causing at least 10,000 dead and  250,000 homeless

1988: Thai Porntip Nakhirunkanok, 19, is crowned 37th Miss Universe
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Porntip_Nakhirunkanok

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aoM4_6tlaXk

1992: Thai dictator, General Suchinda Kraprayoon, resigns following pro-democracy protest
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Suchinda_Kraprayoon

1997: Shohei Imamura’s movie “The Eel” (Unagi) wins the Palme d’Or award at the Cannes Film Festival
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0120408/

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-_nBXrNcayE

2000: Death of Majrooh Sultanpuri, Indian poet and lyricist, born in 1919
http://www.mapsofindia.com/on-this-day/24-may-2000-majrooh-sultanpuri-indian-poet-and-songwriter-died
ttp://www.iloveindia.com/indian-heroes/majrooh-sultanpuri.html

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ws3qr0p2hio

2001: 15-year-old Sherpa Temba Tsheri becomes the youngest person to climb to the to of Mount Everest
http://www.everesthistory.com/youngest.htm
http://www.kidzworld.com/article/865-conquering-mount-Everest

Temba Tsheri Sherpa

2002: Death of Xi Zhongxun, Chinese moderate leader, father of Xi Jinping, born on October 15, 1913
http://chinese-leaders.org/xi-zhongxun/
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Xi_Zhongxun
http://history.04007.cn/en.php/HisMain/4871.html

2004: North Korea bans mobile phones

2009: Sri Lanka’s Tamil Tiger rebels have admitted for the first time that their leader Velupillai Prabhakaran is dead
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/south_asia/8066129.stm

2010: South Korea decides to halt all trade with North Korea over sinking of Cheonan warship
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/05/23/AR2010052301712.html

2010: Death of Tapen Chatterjee, Bengali actor from India, born in 1937
https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/kolkata/Goopy-Gynes-last-journey-From-this-world-to-the-next/articleshow/5970804.cms
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tapen_Chatterjee

Tapen Chatterjee

2012: More than 120 schoolgirls and three teachers are poisoned by the Taliban who are opposed to education of women and girls, using an unidentified toxic powder to contaminate the air in classrooms
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2012/05/201252451931671453.html
http://edition.cnn.com/2012/05/24/world/asia/afghanistan-girls-poisoned/index.html?hpt=ias_c2

2012: The US cut $33 million from the aid it sends Pakistan over the jailing of the doctor who helped the CIA hunt for Osama bin Laden, in a fresh blow to the battered relations between the two states.
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/al-qaeda/9288705/US-cuts-33-million-in-aid-to-Pakistan-over-Osama-bin-Laden-doctor-sentence.html
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2012/05/201252503242437959.html

2013: Abe start the 1st trip to Burma by Japan PM in 36 years, aiming to show Japanese support for reforms in Burma after decades of military rule and to boost economic ties
http://asiancorrespondent.com/108113/abe-on-1st-trip-to-burma-by-japan-pm-in-36-years/
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2013/05/2013524105025965644.html

2015 : Prominent Taiwanese director Hou Hsiao-hsien (侯孝賢) wins the best director award at the Cannes Film Festival in France on Sunday with his first martial arts film « The Assassin » (聶隱娘)
http://focustaiwan.tw/news/aedu/201505250002.aspx
http://focustaiwan.tw/news/aedu/201505250025.aspx
https://www.imdb.com/title/tt3508840/

2018: North Korea blows up tunnels at nuclear test site
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-05-24/north-korea-says-its-has-demolished-its-nuclear-test-site/9797594
http://www.arirang.co.kr/News/News_View.asp?nseq=217826
https://www.newdelhitimes.com/north-korea-shuts-down-nuclear-site/
https://edition.cnn.com/2018/05/24/asia/north-korea-nuclear-test-site-intl/index.html

2018: Burkina Faso breaks ties with Taiwan in fresh blow to island
http://www.asiapacificstar.com/news/257341476/burkina-faso-breaks-ties-with-taiwan-in-fresh-blow-to-island
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/policies-politics/article/2147644/burkina-faso-cuts-diplomatic-ties-taiwan
http://www.taipeitimes.com/News/front/archives/2018/05/25/2003693688


Holidays and observances

Anna Pak Agi (one of The Korean Martyrs)

On 23 May in Asian history

1958-05-23 The great Leap Forward

ON 23 MAY IN ASIAN HISTORY

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Updated on May 23, 2019

779: Death of Dai Zong, Chinese emperor, born on January 1, 727
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Emperor_Daizong_of_Tang

1100: Birth of Qinzong, ninth emperor of the Song dynasty (1126-1127) who died on June 14, 1161
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Emperor_Qinzong_of_Song

1370: Death of Toghon Temür, last Khagan of the Mongol Empire, born on May 25, 1320
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Toghon_Tem%C3%BCr
http://epicworldhistory.blogspot.fr/2012/09/toghon-temur-khan.html

1523: Death of Ashikaga Yoshitane, 10th shogun of the Ashikaga shogunate, born on September 9, 1466
http://www.wikiwand.com/en/Ashikaga_Yoshitane

1592: Beginning of the invasion of Korea by the Japanese

1638: Kandyan treaty between the Dutch and the king of Kandy
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kandyan_Treaty_of_1638

1859: The new royal palace of Mandalay, the new capital of Burma, is inaugurated
http://www.myanmar2day.com/places-to-visit-in-myanmar/2009/07/mandalay-royal-palace/

1895: Some pro-Qing proclaim the short lived Republic of Formosa after the Shimonoseki Treaty giving the Island to Japan (up to October 1895)
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Republic_of_Formosa
http://www.taipeitimes.com/News/feat/archives/2018/06/04/2003694280/1

1898: First US Philippine Expeditionary Troops sail from San Francisco

1919: Birth of Gayatri Devi Indian politician, who died on July 29, 2009
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gayatri_Devi
http://photogallery.indiatimes.com/celebs/royalty/rajmata-gayatri-devi-life-in-pictures/articleshow/4842015.cms
http://www.mapsofindia.com/on-this-day/23-may-1919-gayatri-devi-wife-of-sawai-man-singh-ii-was-born

1942: Birth of K. Raghavendra Rao, Indian film director
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/K._Raghavendra_Rao

1944: Chinese counter offensive against the Japanese at Hunan front

1945: Birth of Padmarajan, Indian film director, who died on 24 January 1991
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Padmarajan

1947: Birth of Ann Hui, Hong Kong film film director
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ann_Hui

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=49wna1xJCT0

1951: Signature of the 17 points agreement imposed by Beijing to Tibetan Dalai Lama and Panchen Lama which recognize Chine sovereignty on Tibet
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Seventeen_Point_Agreement_for_the_Peaceful_Liberation_of_Tibet
http://www.tibetjustice.org/materials/china/china3.html
http://history.04007.cn/en.php/HisMain/5039.html

1951-05-23 Signature 17 points

1958: Mao Zedong launches the « Great leap forward » movement
http://www.historylearningsite.co.uk/modern-world-history-1918-to-1980/china-1900-to-1976/the-great-leap-forward/
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Great_Leap_Forward
http://fr.slideshare.net/gabr0088/ib-history-the-great-leap-forward

1958-05-23 The great Leap Forward

1966: Death of Demchugdongrub, Mongolian politician, born on February 2, 1902
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Demchugdongrub

1967: In Hong Kong, end of the fights between Police and Maoist demonstrators which started on May 17

1974: Birth of Charlie Yeung, Hong Kong actress and singer
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charlie_Yeung
https://hkwomenfilmmakers.wordpress.com/young-charlie/


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=luiFfc030is

1975: Birth of Kim Sung-soo, South Korean actor
http://www.hancinema.net/korean_Kim_Sung-soo.php

1993: In Cambodia, beginning of the first free elections under United Nations control, till May 28
http://history.04007.cn/en.php/HisMain/4532.html

1997: In Banjarmasin city, Borneo island of Indonesia, fights between Muslim party PPP and Suharto party Golkar cause 123 casualties in the arson of a mall

2001: « Private » meeting between US president George Bush and the Dalai Lama at the White House
http://edition.cnn.com/2001/WORLD/asiapcf/east/05/23/dalai.bush.02/index.html

2003: Ong Ka Ting is elected chairman of the Malaysian Chinese Association (MCA)
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ong_Ka_Ting

2008: The International Court of Justice (ICJ) awards Middle Rocks to Malaysia and Pedra Branca (Pulau Batu Puteh) to Singapore, ending a 29-year territorial dispute between the two countries
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pedra_Branca_dispute
https://www.icj-cij.org/files/case-related/130/130-20080523-JUD-01-00-EN.pdf

2009: Former South Korea President Roh Moo-hyun plunges to his death off a mountainside near his home, sending shockwaves throughout the nation
http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2009/may/24/south-korea-former-president-suicide
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/asia-pacific/8065101.stm

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ugcwdvYc-2I

2009: Madhav Kumar Nepal, former general secretary of the Communist Party of Nepal (Unified Marxist-Leninist) is elected the new Prime Minister of Nepal
https://www.outlookindia.com/newswire/story/madhav-kumar-nepal-elected-as-nepal-pm/660284

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

2011: Pakistani security forces clear a major Pakistani naval base of heavily armed insurgents after a 17-hour gun battle, finally quashing a coordinated attack that destroyed two American-made aircraft and left at least 12 security officers dead
http://www.nytimes.com/2011/05/24/world/asia/24pakistan.html?_r=1&ref=asia
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-south-asia-13495127

2012: A Pakistani doctor who helped the CIA find Osama Bin Laden is jailed for at least 30 years
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2012/05/2012523111832779910.html
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-18175964

2013: Malaysian police arrest three prominent opposition figures, including Keadilan party vice-President Tian Chua, under the Sedition Act
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-22635078

2014: US President Barack Obama assures Japan that islands at the centre of its territorial dispute with China are covered by a bilateral defence treaty
http://-www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-27116863

2014: Death of Anand Modak, Indian composer, born on May 13, 1951
http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/pune/Marathi-music-composer-Anand-Modak-passes-away/articleshow/35528681.cms

2016: The United States has fully lifted its ban on weapons sales to Vietnam, President Barack Obama announces during a visit to Hanoi, unpicking a decades-old embargo on the one-time enemy
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-36356695

2016: India successfully launches the first technology demonstrator of indigenously made Reusable Launch Vehicle (RLV), capable of launching satellites into orbit around earth and reentering the atmosphere, from Sriharikota in Andhra Pradesh
http://www.thehindu.com/sci-tech/science/india-successfully-launches-reusable-launch-vehicle/article8635448.ece?homepage=true

2017: Former South Korean president Park Geun-hye on trial for corruption
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/may/23/former-south-korean-president-park-geun-hye-on-trial-for-corruption
http://www.arirang.co.kr/News/News_View.asp?nseq=204309

On 22 May in Asian history

ON 22 MAY IN ASIAN HISTORY

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Updated on May 22, 2019

192: Death of Dong Zhuo, Chancellor of Han (slain by his adoptive son Lü Bu), born in 138
http://thethreekingdoms.wikia.com/wiki/Dong_Zhuo

748: Death of Empress Gensho, 44th ruler of Japan (715-724), born in 680
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Empress_Genshō

1068: Death of Go-Reizei, 70th emperor of Japan (1045-1068), born on 28 August 1025
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Emperor_Go-Reizei

1408: Birth of Annamacharya, Hindu saint who died on February 14, 1503
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Annamacharya
http://www.svasa.org/annamacharya1.html

1545 : Death of Sher Shah Suri, founder of the short lived Suri Dynasty in India, born in 1486
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sher_Shah_Suri

1772: Birth of Raja Ram Mohan Roy, Hindu reformer who died on 27 September 1833
http://www.mapsofindia.com/my-india/history/raja-ram-mohan-roy-a-great-reformer
http://www.culturalindia.net/reformers/raja-ram-mohan-roy.html

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qSkfhbVLi4I

1834: Birth of Niwa Nagakuni, Japanese daimyo who died on January 15, 1904
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Niwa_Nagakuni

1867: Birth of Julio Nakpil, filipino composer and freedom fighter, composer of the first national anthem, who died on November 2, 1960
http://julionakpil.blogspot.fr/
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marangal_na_Dalit_ng_Katagalugan
https://kahimyang.com/kauswagan/articles/1142/today-in-philippine-history-may-22-1867-julio-nakpil-was-born-in-quiapo-manila

1885: Birth of Japanese Admiral Soemu Toyoda who died on 22 September 1957
http://ww2db.com/person_bio.php?person_id=45

1895: Birth of Pan Yuliang, Chinese female painter, who died on July 22, 1977
http://www.lingnanart.com/2013_ChineseMaster/PanYuLiang/Master_panyuliang.htm
https://www.google.fr/search?q=Pan+Yuliang&hl=fr&rlz=1G1ACAW_FRFR414&prmd=imvnso&source=lnms&tbm=isch&ei=W266T_rMJIX2sgaHqay7CA&sa=X&oi=mode_link&ct=mode&cd=2&ved=0CEsQ_AUoAQ&biw=1192&bih=543

1908: Birth of Rattana Pestonji, Thai film director, who died on August 17, 1970
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rattana_Pestonji

1927: In Xining (China) an earthquake causes more than 200,000 casualties
http://thegeosphere.pbworks.com/w/page/24743188/1927%20Xining%2C%20China%20Earthquake

1946: Shigeru Yoshida replaces Kijuro Shidera as prime minister of Japan till May 24, 1947
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shigeru_Yoshida

1948: Birth of Nedumudi Venu, Indian actor and screenwriter
http://www.filmibeat.com/celebs/nedumudi-venu/biography.html
http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0893449/

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BM4icJEqk94

1958: Start of Sri Lankan riots of 1958 (end on May 27). This riot was a watershed event in the race relationship of the various ethnic communities of Sri Lanka. The total number of deaths is estimated to be 300, mostly Sri Lankan Tamils
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sri_Lankan_riots_of_1958
https://justice4tamils.wordpress.com/2009/09/04/1958-riots-in-ceylon-sri-lanka/

1960: Birth of Hideaki Anno, Japanese director
http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/encyclopedia/people.php?id=15

1966: Birth of Wang Xiaoshuai, Chinese film director
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wang_Xiaoshuai

1969: Bejing reasserts its hostility on unequal treaties which establish the borders with Russia

1971: Birth of Raimund Marasigan, Filipino Musician
 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Raimund_Marasigan

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1-wKdUWqz8g

1972: Birth of Annabel Chong, Singaporian actress
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Annabel_Chong

1972: Ceylon adopts a new constitution becoming a republic, changes its name for Sri Lanka and joins the Commonwealth of Nations

http://archives.dailynews.lk/2009/05/22/supstory.asp?id=s27
https://thuppahi.wordpress.com/2014/11/13/the-fragmented-republic-reflections-on-the-1972-constitution-of-sri-lanka/

1973: Birth of Madhureeta Anand, Indian director, producer, screenwriter
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Madhureeta_Anand

1987: Hashimpura massacre in Meerut city of India
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hashimpura_massacre
http://indianexpress.com/photos/picture-gallery-others/hashimpura-massacre-most-chilling-murder-in-free-india//
http://www.ndtv.com/india-news/meerut-massacre-did-no-one-kill-the-42-men-a-question-after-a-court-verdict-748720
http://www.mapsofindia.com/on-this-day/22-may-1987-the-hashimpura-massacre-took-place

1989: Seven retired military leaders in China denounce the imposition of martial law

1991: Death of Shripad Amrit Dange, Indian politician, a founding member of the Communist Party of India (CPI) and a stalwart of Indian trade union movement, born on October 10, 1899
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shripad_Amrit_Dange
http://indiatoday.intoday.in/story/roza-deshpande-biography-on-amrut-dange-will-expose-communists-in-india/1/13

2002: Khmer Rouge leader Sam Bith, 69, is arrested. He is responsible for the kidnapping and murder of three western tourists in 1994
http://www.foreignminister.gov.au/releases/2002/fa076_02.html

2004: In India, Manmohan Singh forms his cabinet after Sonia Gandhi renounced to be Prime Minister
http://www.thehindu.com/2004/05/20/stories/2004052007550100.htm
http://www.indiainfoline.com/prime-ministers-of-india/manmohan-singh

2006: Death of Lee Jong-wook, Korean Director-General of the World Health Organization
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/obituaries/dr-lee-jongwook-479449.html

2009: India’s new government, with Manmohan Singh as prime minister, takes the oath of office in the capital, Delhi. Mr Singh is taking charge for a second time, only the second PM after Jawaharlal Nehru to be returned to power following a full five-year term
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/south_asia/8062815.stm

2012: Muzafar Bhutto, Pakistani missing general secretary of J.S.M.M is found dead, born on August 23, 1970
http://www.dawn.com/news/720472/sindhi-nationalist-leader-muzaffar-bhuttos-body-found-in-hyderabad
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Muzafar_Bhutto

2012: A Malaysian court charges opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim in relation to his role in a street protest calling for electoral reform last month at which the police fired tear gas at demonstrators
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2012/05/20125225924544479.html
http://edition.cnn.com/2012/05/22/world/asia/malaysia-anwar-charges/index.html?hpt=ias_c1

2014: Thailand’s army chief announces a coup d’état declaring that it was “necessary” to restore stability and order after six months of political deadlock and turmoil
http://edition.cnn.com/2014/05/22/world/asia/thailand-martial-law/
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-27517591

2014: An explosion occurs in the city of Ürümqi, the capital of China’s far-western Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region, resulting in at least 43 deaths and 91 injuries
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-china-27502652
http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/may/22/china-urumqi-car-bomb-attack-xinjiang
http://www.nytimes.com/2014/05/24/world/asia/residents-try-to-move-on-after-terrorist-attack-in-china.html?_r=0

2014: Russia, China Veto UN Move to Refer Syria to International Criminal Court
http://www.ndtv.com/world-news/russia-china-veto-un-move-to-refer-syria-to-international-criminal-court-563380
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-27514256

2015 : Armed separatists in Indonesia’s Papua province declare open war on the military and non-Papuan civilians, insisting that their decades-long struggle for independence is not over and denouncing as a lie President Joko Widodo’s reassurances that the region is peaceful
https://www.ucanews.com/news/armed-group-declares-all-out-war-against-indonesians-in-papua/73642

2016: Taliban supremo Mullah Akhtar Mansour was killed in a US drone attack in Pakistan, senior militant sources told, adding that an insurgent assembly was underway to decide on his successor
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-36352559

2018: Tibetan language activist Tashi Wangchuk sentenced to 5 years by China over New York Times video
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/policies-politics/article/2147241/tibetan-language-activist-sentenced-5-years-china-over
https://www.nytimes.com/video/world/asia/100000004031427/a-tibetans-journey-for-justice.html


Holidays and observances

Sri Lanka: Republic Day

 

On 21 May in Asian history

ON 21 MAY IN ASIAN HISTORY

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Updated on May 21, 2019

1086: Death of Wang Anshi (王安石) Chinese economist, statesman, chancellor and poet of the Song Dynasty, born on December 8, 1021
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wang_Anshi
http://www.chinaheritagequarterly.org/features.php?searchterm=030_wang.inc&issue=030
http://www.google.fr/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=13&ved=0CGgQFjAM&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.paulrittman.com%2FWangAnshiReformer.pdf&ei=LsBcVY-QH4bbUc2bgLgD&usg=AFQjCNGjDJ1KDokALtLb9ntbuTNo6lmjCg&sig2=uUsbCUnDrMXxvkSssEWxbQ

1260: The Mongol Emperor Kublai Khan sends his envoy Hao Jing to the Chinese Song Emperor Lizong, but Hao Jing is kept in prison

1792: In Japan, Mount Unzen (in Kyushu island) erupts causing a big tsunami and the death of more than 14,500 people
http://volcanoes.usgs.gov/Imgs/Jpg/Unzen/MayuyamaSlide_caption.html
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1792_Unzen_earthquake_and_tsunami

1837: Birth of Itagaki Taisuke, Japanese soldier and politician, founder of the Liberal Party, who died on July 16, 1919
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Itagaki_Taisuke
http://www.nndb.com/people/210/000104895/
http://japanvisitor.blogspot.fr/2009/03/itagaki-taisuke.html

1903: Birth of Ali Sastroamidjojo, Indonesian diplomat and premier (1953-1955) who died on Mach 13, 1976
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ali_Sastroamidjojo

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fA6YWYRvJ6k

1912: Birth of Chen Dayu, Chinese painter and sculptor who died on June 1, 2001
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chen_Dayu
http://www.artnet.com/artists/chen-dayu/biography

Chen Dayu

1936: Sada Abe is arrested after wandering the streets of Tokyo for days with her dead lover’s severed genitals in her hand. Her story soon becomes one of Japan’s most notorious scandals
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sada_Abe

1951: In Korea, the United Nations forces repel Communist forces that have cross the 38th parallel

1951: China and Pakistan established diplomatic relations
http://history.04007.cn/en.php/HisMain/4961.html

1958: Indonesian paratroopers reconquer Morotai Island (Mollucas) from anti-Sukarno Permesta rebellion supported and trained by CIA
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Morotai
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Permesta
http://www.coldwarstudies.com/2014/04/04/cold-war-spying-year-by-year-1958/
http://www.ratical.org/ratville/JFK/Indo58.html

1959: Birth of Abdulla Yameen, Maldivian politician, 6th President of the Maldives 2013-2018
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Abdulla_Yameen
http://www.dhivehisitee.com/election-2013/candidates/yameen-abdul-gayoom/

1960: Birth of Mohanlal, Indian actor
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mohanlal

1964: US begin intelligence flights above Laos

1990: Moelvi Mohammed Farouk, Indian spiritual leader, is murdered

1991: Former Indian Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi is assassinated by a female LTTE suicide bomber near Madras

http://news.bbc.co.uk/onthisday/hi/dates/stories/may/21/newsid_2504000/2504739.stm
http://www.mapsofindia.com/on-this-day/21-may-1991-rajiv-gandhi-former-indian-pm-was-assassinated
http://indiatoday.intoday.in/story/rajiv-gandhi-assassin-diary-sivarasan-exclusive-revelations-about-sivarasan-plot-to-kill-rajiv-gandhi/1/346167.html


 
 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g00kwomw_Ls

1991: Death in a car accident of Lino Brocka, Filipino director and screenwriter, born on April 3, 1939
http://video48.blogspot.fr/2008/07/may-21-1991-lino-brocka-killed-in-car.html
http://www.philstar.com/entertainment/2014/06/03/1330361/remembering-art-life-lino-brocka
http://www.ldsfilm.com/directors/Brocka.html

1991-05-21 Lino Brocka killed in Car Accident

1998: Indonesian president Suharto resigns, succeeded by vice-president B.J. Habibie


http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/1998/05/ined-m21.html
http://www.nytimes.com/1998/05/21/world/fall-suharto-overview-suharto-besieged-steps-down-after-32-year-rule-indonesia.html
https://nvdatabase.swarthmore.edu/content/indonesians-overthrow-president-suharto-1998

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

2005: In Indonesia, Nazaruddin Sjamsuddin, chairman of the Election National Election, is arrested on charges of corruption
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/asia-pacific/4569151.stm

2006: Death of Cherd Songsri, Thai film director, born on September 20, 1931
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cherd_Songsri


2007: Chang Chun-hsiung becomes Taiwan prime minister for a second time replacing Su Tseng-chang
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/asia-pacific/6652741.stm

2011: Singapore’s new Cabinet is sworn into office, with Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong pledging that the government will evolve in tandem with the aspirations of a new generation of Singaporeans

2012: Sarath Fonseka, Sri Lanka’s former army chief, is released from prison after President Mahinda Rajapaksa granted him a pardon to coincide with the third anniversary of the government’s victory over Tamil separatists.

http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2012/05/2012521135051302202.html
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/srilanka/9280042/Former-Sri-Lanka-army-chief-Sarath-Fonseka-freed-from-prison.html
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-18143907

2013: A Chinese boat and 16 fishermen seized for ransom by armed North Koreans two weeks ago is released, easing the latest irritant in relations between the traditional allies
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2013/05/20135216393268896.html
http://www.voanews.com/content/detained-chinese-fishermen-boat-released-by-north-korea/1665059.html

2014:  China and Russia sign a long-awaited natural gas supply deal, which will see Moscow supply 38 billion cubic metres (bcm) of gas to Beijing each year for 30 years under a contract valued in excess of $400bn overall
http://www.euronews.com/2014/05/21/china-and-russia-sign-30-year-gas-deal/
http://www.voanews.com/content/china-russia-reach-major-gas-deal/1919087.html

2015 : President Park Geun-hye nominates Justice Minister Hwang Kyo-ahn as the new prime minister, calling him “the right man” to achieve political reforms proposed in the wake of a high-profile graft scandal involving her close confidants.
http://www.arirang.co.kr/News/News_View.asp?nseq=179796
http://koreatimes.co.kr/www/news/nation/2015/05/116_179359.html
http://www.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20150521000952

2016: Death of Top North Korean diplomat Kang Sok-ju who forged 1994 nuclear deal with the U.S. 
http://www.asiapacificstar.com/index.php/sid/244265975
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/asia/2016-05/21/content_15436688.html

On 20 May in Asian history

ON 20 MAY IN ASIAN HISTORY

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Updated on May 20, 2019

1293: An earthquake strikes Kamakura, Japan, leaving 30,000 killed
http://broom02.revolvy.com/main/index.php?s=1293%20Kamakura%20earthquake

1498: Portuguese explorer Vasco da Gama arrives at Kozhikode (previously known as Calicut), India
http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/vasco-da-gama-reaches-india
http://www.newadvent.org/cathen/06374a.htm

1498-05-20 Vasco de Gama Calicut

1550: Death of Ashikaga Yoshiharu, Japanese shogun, born on 21 April 1511
http://wiki.samurai-archives.com/index.php?title=Ashikaga_Yoshiharu

1619: Coen, backed by a force of nineteen ships, storms the Jayakarta driving out the Banten forces, and from the ashes of Jayakarta, establishes Batavia (now Jakarta) as the VOC headquarters
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Batavia,_Dutch_East_Indies

1645: The Manchurian Qing army occupies the city of Yangzhou. Chinese general Shi Kefa refuses to summit. Start of a for 10 days long massacre. Hundred thousands of people get killed by the Qing troops
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yangzhou_massacre
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shi_Kefa

1784: In a Treaty signed in Paris, Netherlands cedes to Britain the port city of Nagappattinam in India and allows the British free navigation rights in the Duch-held Mollucas

1894: Birth of Chandrashekarendra Saraswati, Indian Hindu sage, who died on January 8, 1994
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paramacharya
https://rlalitha.wordpress.com/2009/06/09/sri-chandrasekharendra-saraswati-swamigal/

1900: Birth of Sumitranandan Pant, Indian poet who died on December 28, 1977
http://www.mapsofindia.com/on-this-day/20-may-1900-sumitranandan-pant-indian-poet-was-born

Sumitranandan Pant (1900-1977)

1908: In Netherlands Indies, Foundation of the Boedi Oetomo (Noble Conduct), organization led by Dr Soetomo.  Educational movement which turned to politics
https://www.britannica.com/topic/Budi-Utomo
http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2014/08/28/boedi-oetomo-birth-a-nation.html

1939: Birth of Balu Mahendra, Sri Lankan-Indian director, cinematographer, and screenwriter who died on February 13, 2014
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Balu_Mahendra
http://www.filmibeat.com/celebs/balu-mahendra/biography.html

1941: Birth of Goh Chok Tong, former Singaporian Premier and later Senior Minister
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Goh_Chok_Tong

1942: Japan completed the conquest of Burma

1946: Birth of Xanana Gusmao, former president of East-Timor (2002-2007) then Prime Minister up to February 2015
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/asia-pacific/342145.stm

1946: In Japan, formation of Yoshida cabinet
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shigeru_Yoshida

1947: Ho Chi Minh and Hoang Minh Giam reject France’s stringent cease-fire conditions

1948: Chiang Kai-shek is formally elected President of the Republic of China
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/President_of_the_Republic_of_China

1950: Birth of Wei Jingsheng, the best known Chinese dissident
http://weijingsheng.org/wei/en.html

1954: Chiang Kai-shek is reelected president of the Republic of China (Taiwan)

1957: Birth of Yoshihiko Noda, Prime Minister of Japan (2011-2012)
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yoshihiko_Noda

1959: Japanese-Americans regain their citizenship

1963: Sukarno is reelected president of Indonesia

1967: In USA, 10,000 demonstrate against Vietnam War

1967: Birth of Ramzi Yousef, Kuwaiti-born Pakistani terrorist
http://www.fas.org/irp/world/iraq/956-tni.htm

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hDPVMgt1JCE

1969: End of the ten days Battle of Hamburger Hill (Aptia Mountain) one of the bloodiest battles of the Vietnam War (see on May 10) 
http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/battle-for-hamburger-hill-ends
http://www.thefinertimes.com/Vietnam-War/the-battle-of-hamburger-hill.html

1970: 100,000 march in New York supporting US policy in Vietnam

1978: Chiang Ching-kuo, son of Chiang Kai-shek, is elected president of the Republic of China (Taiwan), till his death on January 13, 1988
http://www.ee.nthu.edu.tw/~sdyang/BioInfo/Bio_Chiang_CK.htm

1982: In the Afghanistan war, first exchange of prisoners closed of the Pakistani border

1982: Sir Edward Youde takes office as Governor of Hong Kong
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edward_Youde

1983: Birth of Jr. NTR, Indian film actor
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jr._NTR

1986: In a joint communiqué Lisbon and Beijing announce the beginning of talks on Macao

1988: Birth of Carla Humphries, Filipina actress
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carla_Humphries

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G-MXdiUPhoo

1989: Chinese Premier Li Peng proclaims the Martial Law in Beijing

1989-05- Li Peng Martial Law

https://www.upi.com/Archives/1989/05/20/China-declares-martial-law/8922611640000/
http://www.tsquare.tv/chronology/MartialLaw.html

 

1990: In Taiwan, Lee Teng-hui, elected on March 21, is sworn in as the eighth president 
 http://taiwantoday.tw/news.php?unit=4,29,31,45&post=4599
http://history.04007.cn/en.php/HisMain/5310.html

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TmEVuKivY80

1992: India launches its first satellite independently

1992: The king of Thailand ask the Prime minister Suchinda Kraprayoon and opposition leader to put an end to the brutalities in Bangkok


http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-37650466

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A8DeXAwhHko

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qz5nHpznnnc&feature=related

1993: Xanana Gusmao, leader of the East-Timor separatist insurgency (arrested in 1992) is condemned to life sentence, changed later to 20 years in prison
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Xanana_Gusm%C3%A3o

1997: US President Clinton signs an executive order 13047 barring new US investment in Burma (Myanmar), effective May 21 and renewable annually
http://www.cato.org/publications/trade-policy-analysis/us-sanctions-against-burma-failure-all-fronts

2000: In Taiwan, Chen Shui-bian becomes the first non KMT president

http://www.who2.com/chenshuibian.html
https://sites.duke.edu/niou/files/2011/06/41.pdf

2002: East-Timor is officially independent from Indonesia


http://newsweekly.com.au/article.php?id=1024

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7aAnLARXdYY

2002: Mari Alkatiri becomes Prime Minister of East Timor up to June 26, 2006
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/asia-pacific/1989267.stm

2004: Chen Shui-bian starts his second mandate as president of the Republic of China (Taiwan)

2006: In Dhaka, a series of massive wildcat strikes begin, involving nearly 1.8 million garment workers in Bangladesh
https://libcom.org/news/article.php/bangladesh-garment-revolt-140706

2007: In Vietnam, legislative elections. 83 % of the candidates are members of the Vietnam Communist Party. In the final, more than 90 % of the members of the parliament are members of the CPV

2008: Ma Ying-jeou is sworn in as president of Taiwan
http://www.china-briefing.com/news/2008/05/20/ma-ying-jeou-sworn-in-as-taiwans-new-president.html
https://china.usc.edu/ma-ying-jeou-“inaugural-address”-may-20-2008

2008: Tsai Ing-wen is elected chairperson of the Democratic Progressive Party, the main opposition party in Taiwan
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Democratic_Progressive_Party_chairmanship_election,_2008

2008: India and Pakistan resume talks
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/south_asia/7409672.stm

2009: Sri Lanka celebrates victory over the Tamil Tigers with a national holiday as the army hunt down fugitive rebels

2012: Taiwan’s President Ma Ying-jeou is sworn in for second term

https://taiwantoday.tw/news.php?unit=2&post=2402

2013: Myanmar President Thein Sein becomes the first leader of his country to visit the White House in nearly half a century, as Washington offers a strong symbolic gesture to back his reforms
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/may/20/thein-sein-burma-visit-us-obama
https://www.pri.org/stories/2013-05-20/myanmar-president-thein-sein-makes-historic-visit-white-house

2014: Thailand’s military declares martial law. It will stay in place until peace and order are restored, following months of sometimes deadly anti-government protests
http://www.voanews.com/content/thai-army-declares-martial-law-but-says-its-not-a-coup/1918780.html
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2014/05/cloneofthailand-army-declares-martial-law-201451-201452017300819831.html

2016: Vietnam releases prominent Catholic priest dissident Nguyen Van Ly ahead of Obama visit
http://www.vietnamtribune.com/index.php/sid/244261471

2016: Taiwan’s Tsai Ing-wen sworn in as first female president
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2016/05/20/taiwan-inaugurates-first-female-president-amid-warnings-from-chi/
http://www.euronews.com/2016/05/20/taiwan-s-first-female-president-tsai-ing-wen-sworn-in/
http://focustaiwan.tw/news/aipl/201605200008.aspx

2017: Former Vice President Wu Den-yih (吳敦義) wins the election for chairman of Taiwan’s main opposition party, the Kuomintang (KMT)
http://focustaiwan.tw/news/aipl/201705200021.aspx

2017: Francisco ‘Lu Olo’ Guterres is formally inaugurated as Timor-Leste’s new president
http://www.sbs.com.au/news/article/2017/05/20/new-president-timor-leste
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/may/20/much-to-be-done-new-president-brings-timor-leste-hope-for-a-better-future
http://sea-globe.com/francisco-lu-olo-guterres/


Holidays and observances

East Timor: Independence Day (independence of East Timor from Indonesia in 2002)

Cambodia: Day of Remembrance (ex National Day of Hatred)

On 19 May in Asian history

ON 19 MAY IN ASIAN HISTORY

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Updated on May 19, 2019

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://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.standoffattiananmen.com/2015/05/pictures-of-1989-zhao-ziyangs-farewell.html
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2009/may/14/zhao-ziyang-china-tiananmen-memoirs

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

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
https://www.rappler.com/entertainment/29538-bella-flores-dies-at-84
https://news.abs-cbn.com/entertainment/05/19/13/bella-flores-dies-84

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

2016: Two Chinese jet fighters intercept an American reconnaissance aircraft flying over the South China Sea in what U.S. defense officials characterized as a potentially unsafe maneuver
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

2018: Japanese Director Hirokazu Koreeda’s « Shoplifters » wins the Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival
https://mainichi.jp/english/articles/20180520/p2g/00m/0et/006000c


Holidays and observances

Vietnam: Hồ Chí Minh’s Birthday

On 18 May in Asian history

ON 18 MAY IN ASIAN HISTORY

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Updated on May 18, 2019

1388: During the Battle of Buyur Lake, General Lan Yu led a Chinese army forward to crush the Mongol hordes of Tögüs Temür, the Khan of Northern Yuan
https://dict.eudic.net/dicts/en/Battle_of_Buyur_Lake.html
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lan_Yu_(general)

1450: Death of Sejong, 4th king (1418-1450) of the Joseon Korean dynasty, born on 7 May 1397
http://asianhistory.about.com/od/southkorea/p/Sejong-the-Great-of-Korea.htm?nl=1

1584: Death of Ikeda Motosuke, samurai commander, born in 1559
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ikeda_Motosuke

1869: Surrender and dissolution of the Ezo Republic to Japan
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ezo_Republic

1895: Birth of Zhang Henshui, Chinese novelist, who died on February 15, 1967

Zhang Henshui
http://paper-republic.org/authors/zhang-henshui/
http://history.04007.cn/en.php/HisMain/5234.html

1904: Birth of Shunryu Suzuki, Japanese-American monk and educator who died on December 4, 1971
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shunryu_Suzuki

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

1912: The first Indian film, Shree Pundalik by Dadasaheb Torne is released in Mumbai


 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shree_Pundalik
http://www.marathisanmaan.com/historical-heroes/dadasaheb-torne
http://www.mapsofindia.com/on-this-day/18-may-1912-shree-pundalik-the-first-indian-film-was-released

1913: Birth of Neelam Sanjiva Reddy, 6th president on India (1977-1982) who died on 1st June 1996
http://pastpresidentsofindia.indiapress.org/reddy.html

1916: In China, Chen Qimei is assassinated. Chiang Kai-shek succeeds him as leader of the Chinese Revolutionary Party in Shanghai
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chen_Qimei
https://www.revolvy.com/main/index.php?s=Chen+Qimei

1916: In Vietnam, Khai Dinh is the 12th emperor of the Nguyen dynasty, up to his death on November 6, 1925
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Khai_Dinh

1918: Opening of the Voksraad (People’s Council in Batavia (Dutch East Indies)
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Volksraad_(Dutch_East_Indies)

1933: Birth of Deve Gowda, Indian prime minister from June 1, 1996 to April 21, 1997
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/H._D._Deve_Gowda

1946: Birth of Frank Hsieh, Taiwanese politician, 40th Premier of the Republic of China (2005-2006)
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Frank_Hsieh

 Frank Hsieh 2006

1948: The First Legislative Yuan of the Republic of China officially convenes in Nanking

1948: Birth of Yi Munyol, South Korean writer
http://www.bookbrowse.com/biographies/index.cfm?author_number=580

1951: United Nations adopts a resolution on the boycott of strategic goods to Communist China

1955: A security treaty is signed between Cambodia and the USA

1955: End of Operation Passage to Freedom, the evacuation of 310,000 Vietnamese civilians, soldiers and non-Vietnamese members of the French Army from communist North Vietnam to South Vietnam following the end of the First Indochina War


http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Operation_Passage_to_Freedom
http://www.ussskagit.org/optf.html

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vt8jN8UFaRQ

1955: Birth of Chow Yun-Fat, Hong Kong actor
http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0000334/

1963: birth of Mari Iijimia, Japanese actress
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mari_Iijima

1967: In Vietnam, the US troops cross the demilitarized zone

1974: India detonates its first nuclear weapon
http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/india-joins-the-nuclear-club
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Smiling_Buddha

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_ndcH8b3mfo

1980: In South Korea, Gwangju uprising up to May 27

http://www.koreaobserver.com/may-18th-1980-an-eyewitness-account-of-gwangju-massacre-28666/
http://krcla.org/en/history/may18
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gwangju_Massacre
http://www.koreatimes.co.kr/www/nation/2018/05/356_249179.html

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

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2p5g7QuijhA

1980: China launches its first intercontinental missile, a DF-5

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=37nHdfZF2b0

1988: Birth of Koji Seto Japanese actor and singer
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Koji_Seto
http://kamenrider.wikia.com/wiki/Koji_Seto

1989: In Beijing one-million people demonstrate as members of the government meet with leaders of the student protests
http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/one-million-protesters-take-to-the-streets-in-Beijing

1990: Birth of Heo Ga-yoon, South Korean singer, dancer, and actress
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Heo_Ga-yoon

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

2002: Kim Hong-gul, third son of South Korea president Kim Dae-jung is arrested on charge of corruption. One of his brothers is already in jail
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/asia-pacific/1990530.stm

2002: Death in Moscow of Song Hye-rim, the former wife of Kim Jong-il, born on January 24, 1937
https://www.reuters.com/article/us-korea-north-secret/a-n-korean-life-shattered-by-kim-jong-ils-secret-idUSTRE6120WJ20100203

2006: In Nepal, the parliament, which has been restore, passes a law curtailing the power of the monarchy, making Nepal a secular country

2007: Death of Yoyoy Villame, Filipino novelty singer and movie actor, born on 18 November 1932
http://www.pep.ph/news/13289/yoyoy-villame-succumbs-to-heart-attack

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

2009: The leader of the Tamil Tiger rebels, Velupillai Prabhakaran, is dead, the Sri Lankan military has said. May 18 will be proclaimed « Victory Day »
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/south_asia/8055015.stm

2011: China has blocked the release of a UN report accusing North Korea of sharing ballistic missile technology with Iran in violation of sanctions. The report said the material passed through a third country, which was later identified by diplomats as China
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-pacific-13440438

2012: Death of Jai Gurudev, Indian religious leader, born in 1895
http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/lucknow/Chief-minister-condoles-demise-of-Baba-Jai-Gurudev/articleshow/13310149.cms
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jai_Gurudev

2013: Death of Nam Duck-woo, South Korean politician, 12th Prime Minister of South Korea (1080-1982), born on April 22, 1924
http://bambooinnovator.com/2013/05/20/former-korean-prime-minister-nam-duck-woo-who-led-the-nations-economic-development-in-the-1970s-died-of-complications-from-prostate-cancer-at-89/

2017: The first ever ferry service linking Russia and North Korea is launched to serve tourists and North Korean workers
http://eurasiadiary.com/en/news/politics/140803-russia-launches-ferry-connection-with-north-korea
http://www.koreatimes.co.kr/www/nation/2017/05/103_229411.html

 

Holidays and observances

Sri Lanka: Victory Day