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On 27 February in Asian history

ON 27 FEBRUARY IN ASIAN HISTORY

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Updated on February 27, 2017

907: Yelu Abaoji, a Khitan chieftain, is enthroned as Emperor Taizu (don’t confuse with Taizu of the Song), establishing the Liao Dynasty in northern China
http://history.cultural-china.com/en/46History9500.html
http://depts.washington.edu/silkroad/exhibit/khitans/essay.html

1626: Yuan Chonghuan is appointed governor of Liaodong, after he led the Chinese into a great victory  at Ningyuan against the Manchurians under Nurhaci
http://kaleidoscope.cultural-china.com/en/178K5751K11663.html
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Ningyuan

1712: Death of Bahadur Shah 1, Mughal emperor, born in October 1643
http://www.indianetzone.com/37/bahadur_shah_i_mughal_emperor.htm
http://www.storyofpakistan.com/person.asp?perid=P065

1803: Great fire in Bombay
http://www.historychannel.com.au/classroom/day-in-history/454/great-fire-of-bombay
http://www.bl.uk/onlinegallery/onlineex/kinggeorge/a/003ktop00000115u058e0000.html

1858: Birth of Pedro Paterno, Filipino politician, poet and novelist who died on March 11, 1911
http://kahimyang.info/kauswagan/articles/962/today-in-philippine-history-february-27-1858-pedro-paterno-was-born-in-sta-cruz-manila
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pedro_Paterno

1870: The current flag of Japan is first adopted as the national flag for Japanese merchant ships
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flag_of_Japan

1908: Birth of Kazuo Hasegawa, Japanese actor, who died on April 8, 1984
http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0367928/bio
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kazuo_Hasegawa

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

1912: Birth of Kusumagraj, Indian writer who died on March 10, 1999
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kusumagraj

1929: Birth of Bella Flores, Filipino actress who died on May 19, 2013
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bella_Flores

1931: Chandrashekhar Azad, Indian heroe born on July 23, 1906, surrunded by police, kills himself
http://www.iloveindia.com/indian-heroes/chandrashekhar-azad.html
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chandrasekhar_Azad
http://www.mapsofindia.com/on-this-day/27-february-1931-chandra-shekhar-azad-indian-revolutionary-died

1939: Birth of Kenzo Takada, Japanese fashion designer
http://www.japan-zone.com/modern/takada_kenzo.shtml

1939: Birth of Nguyen Chi Thien, Vietnamese-American poet who died on October 2, 2012 http://www.vietnamlit.org/nguyenchithien/index.html
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nguy%E1%BB%85n_Ch%C3%AD_Thi%E1%BB%87n

1942: During the Battle of the Java Sea, an allied (ABDA) strike force is defeated by a Japanese task force in the Java Sea in the Dutch East Indies


http://www.microworks.net/PACIFIC/battles/java_sea.htm
http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/u-s-aircraft-carrier-langley-is-sunk
http://thediplomat.com/2013/03/08/history-lesson-the-battle-of-java-sea/

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rMM8LgmR3Io

1950: In Taipei, Chiang Kai-shek is elected President of the Republic of China (starting March 1)
http://www.history.com/topics/chiang-kai-shek

1955: Elections in Japan, confirming the defeat of Shigeru Yoshida clique
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yoshida_Shigeru

1957: Mao’s speech « On the correct handling of contradiction among people » launching the « One hundred flowers movement »
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hundred_Flowers_Campaign
https://www.marxists.org/reference/archive/mao/selected-works/volume-5/mswv5_58.htm

1957-02-27 discours

1962: Two pilots bomb the Independence Palace of Vietnam’s president Ngo Dinh Diem. In this action, the first US is killed in Vietnam
http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/diem-survives-coup-attempt
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1962_South_Vietnamese_Independence_Palace_bombing

1965: Birth of Maggie Siu, Hong Kong actress
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maggie_Siu
http://www.lovehkfilm.com/people/siu_maggie.htm

1965: In a White Paper, Washington accuses Hanoi of leading against Saigon an aggression so real as the one of an invasion army

1975: Death of Jiao Juyin (焦菊隐), Chinese director, translator, and theater theoris, born on December 11, 1905
http://english.cri.cn/4026/2007/02/06/269@193340.htm
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jiao_Juyin
http://ir.library.oregonstate.edu/xmlui/handle/1957/25034
http://history.04007.cn/en.php/HisMain/1795.html

1977: Birth of Ji Sung, South Korean actor
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ji_Sung
http://wiki.d-addicts.com/Ji_Sung

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fO62Pe9-EGY

1983: Death of Fan Shoukang, Chinese philosopher
http://wiki.china.org.cn/wiki/index.php/Fan_Shoukang
http://history.04007.cn/en.php/HisMain/1714.html

1989: Birth of Shota Shimizu, Japanese musician
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shota_Shimizu

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aDy-Yfrrmg4

1991: General election in Bangladesh, won by the Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) led by Khaleda Zia
http://www.ipu.org/parline-e/reports/arc/2023_91.htm

2002: A train carrying Hindu nationalist pilgrims is attacked at Godhra (Gujarat) causing 59 victims. In the following days, violence between Muslims and Hindus will cause more than 1,000 deaths
http://news.bbc.co.uk/onthisday/hi/dates/stories/february/27/newsid_4168000/4168073.stm
http://india.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/02/27/from-the-archives-godhra-february-2002/?ref=asia

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w7Lgzcgo1Qo

2004: Death of Yoshihiko Amino, Japanese historian born in January 1928
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yoshihiko_Amino

2004: A bombing of a Superferry by Abu Sayyaf in the Philippines worst terrorist attack kills 116
http://4freedoms.com/group/filipino/forum/topics/abu-sayyaf-bombed-superferry

2007: A suicide bomber strikes Bagram Air Base in Afghanistan during a visit by Vice President Dick Cheney, who is rushed to a bomb shelter. Twenty-three people are killed
http://www.nbcnews.com/id/17355517/ns/world_news-south_and_central_asia/t/cheney-unhurt-after-deadly-blast-afghan-base/#.VO-SKO83NMs
http://www.theguardian.com/world/2007/feb/28/usa.afghanistan

2007-02-27 Cheney

2009: A monk carrying a Tibetan national flag and shouting slogans sets himself on fire in south-central China and then shot at by police
http://www.asianews.it/index.php?l=en&art=14606&size=A
http://edition.cnn.com/2009/WORLD/asiapcf/02/27/monk/index.html
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/asia-pacific/7916544.stm
http://observers.france24.com/en/content/20090309-you-wont-see-photo-chinese-web

2010: Death of Nanaji Deshmukh, Indian activist, born on October 11, 1916
http://www.thehindu.com/todays-paper/tp-national/nanaji-deshmukh-passes-away/article719951.ece
http://www.bjp.org/images/kamal_sandesh/ks_e_mar_02_2010.pdf

2011: A call for protests in more than 20 Chinese cities results in a tiny turnout but an enormous police presence and clashes with foreign journalists
http://www.nytimes.com/2011/02/28/world/asia/28china.html?_r=1&ref=asia
http://news.asiaone.com/News/Latest%2BNews/Asia/Story/A1Story20110227-265581.html

2012: Indonesia’s top court upholds a 15-year jail term against Islamist militant Abu Bakar Bashir for terrorist acts, reversing an earlier decision to slash the sentence to nine years
http://www.asiaone.com/News/AsiaOne%2BNews/Asia/Story/A1Story20120227-330486.html

2012: Death of Ma Jiyuan, Chinese Muslim general and warlord, born on January 18, 1921
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ma_Jiyuan
http://www.generals.dk/general/Ma_Jiyuan/_/China.html

2013: More than a hundred leading intellectuals have signed an open letter calling for China’s national legislature to ratify a major human rights treaty as lawmakers are preparing to convene in Beijing next week to attend the inaugural session of the 12th National People’s Congress
http://asiancorrespondent.com/99497/china-100-leading-intellectuals-sign-human-rights-petition/
http://cmp.hku.hk/2013/02/26/31531/
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-china-21597752

2014: Taiwan and China sign agreements on meteorology and earthquake monitoring, in yet another sign of improving ties between the former rivals.
http://english.cntv.cn/program/china24/20140227/105424.shtml
http://www.taipeitimes.com/News/front/archives/2014/02/28/2003584522

2015: The parents of former Thai princess Thanpuying Srirasm Suwadee are detained under the lese majeste law, the strict defamation rules that protect the royal family
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-31656469
http://www.nationmultimedia.com/national/Parents-of-former-princess-confess-to-defaming-the-30255045.html

On 26 February in Asian history

1936-02-26 Incident

ON 26 FEBRUARY IN ASIAN HISTORY

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Updated on February 26, 2017

1233: During the Mongol–Jin War, the Mongols capture Kaifeng, the capital of the Jin Dynasty, after besieging it for months
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mongol_siege_of_Kaifeng

1876: Japan and Korea sign a treaty granting Japanese citizens extraterritoriality rights, opening three ports to Japanese trade, and ending Korea’s status as a tributary state of Qing Dynasty China
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Japan%E2%80%93Korea_Treaty_of_1876

1887: Birth of Sir Benegal Narsing Rau co-founder of the constitution and a time Indian president of UN Security Council (1950) who died on November 30, 1953
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/index.html?curid=20234656

1901: In China, two leaders of the Boxer Revolt, Chi Xiu and Xu Chengyou, are publicly beheaded

1908: Birth of Leela Majumdar, Bengali writer, who died on April 5, 2007
http://parabaas.com/translation/database/authors/texts/lilamajumdar.html
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leela_Majumdar
 http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/4858997.Leela_Majumdar

1911: Birth of Taro Okamoto, Japanese avant-garde artist who died on January 7, 1996
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tar%C5%8D_Okamoto
http://www.flickr.com/photos/dr_dave/65019195/

1914: Death of Zhao Bingjun, third Premier of the Republic of China, probably poisoned by Yuan Shikai
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zhao_Bingjun

1924: Birth of Noboru Takeshita, Japanese PM (1987-89), who died on June 19, 2000
http://www.encyclopedia.com/doc/1E1-Takeshit.html

1936: Attempted coup d’état by the ultranationalist Kodo-ha faction of the Imperial Japanese Army in which two formers prime ministers are killed
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/February_26_Incident
http://www.ndl.go.jp/modern/e/cha4/description07.html
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=52gGwFSTK2I

1936-02-26 Incident

1956: Birth of Keisuke Kuwata, Japanese singer
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Keisuke_Kuwata

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

1958: Death of Japanese painter Yokoyama Taikan, born on November 2, 1868
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yokoyama_Taikan
http://ndl.go.jp/portrait/e/datas/346.html?c=15
http://www.chitralekha.org/yokoyama.htm
http://www.google.fr/search?q=Yokoyama+Taikan&hl=fr&rlz=1G1ACAW_FRFR414&prmd=imvns&source=lnms&tbm=isch&ei=bflIT7aNHqLX0QGcpbHuDQ&sa=X&oi=mode_link&ct=mode&cd=2&ved=0CBQQ_AUoAQ&biw=1192&bih=543

1965: The first contingent of South Korean troops arrives in Saigon
http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/first-south-korean-troops-arrive

1966: Death of Vinayak Damodar Savarkar, Indian freedom fighter and writer, born in May 1883
http://www.kamat.com/kalranga/itihas/vds.htm
http://www.mapsofindia.com/on-this-day/26-february-1966-vinayak-damodar-savarkar-indian-politician-passed-away

1966: The ROK Capital Division of the South Korean Army massacres 380 unarmed civilians in South Vietnam
http://english.hani.co.kr/arti/english_edition/e_international/734596.html
https://wn.com/go_dai_massacre

1968: Allied troops who had recaptured the imperial capital of Hue from the North Vietnamese during the Tet Offensive discover the first mass graves in Hue
http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/mass-graves-discovered-in-hue

1969: Birth of Wang Dan, one of the students leaders in the 1989 Tiananmen Square protest
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wang_Dan
http://edition.cnn.com/2005/US/10/05/cnn25.wang.tan/index.html

1969: Birth of Hitoshi Sakimoto, Japanese composer
http://sakimoto.cocoebiz.com/index.shtml

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

1973: Opening at Paris of the International Conference on Vietnam
http://history.04007.cn/en.php/HisMain/2048.html

1979: Birth of Ngo Thanh Van, Vietnamese dancer, singer, actress and model
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ngo_Thanh_Van

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ctAFwkb8vnM

1980: Birth of Alex Fong, Hong Kong singer
http://www.lovehkfilm.com/people/fong_lik_sun.htm

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hMAn3Rf8F3g

1982: Birth of Song Hye Kyo, South Korea’s model and actress
http://www.hancinema.net/korean_Song_Hye-kyo.php
http://yummycelebrities.com/2006/06/23/song-hye-kyo-picture-gallery-1/
http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x19wkw_kbs-awards-bi-rain-song-hye-kyo_fun

1982: Death of Teinosuke Kinugasa, Japanese film director, born on January 1, 1896
http://www.filmreference.com/Directors-Jo-Ku/Kinugasa-Teinosuke.html
http://www.famousfix.com/topic/teinosuke-Kinugasa

http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x7iew7_une-page-folle-teinosuke-kinugasa-clip_shortfilms

Teinosuke Kinugasa 2

1986: Birth of Crystal Kay, Japanese singer
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Crystal_Kay

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EjA54kiLtgM

1988: The tenth and current constitution of the Republic of Korea enters into force . The government under current constitution is called the Sixth Republic and the constitution is valued as the most successful, stable and democratic constitution in the history of the Republic of Korea
http://en.wikisource.org/wiki/Constitution_of_South_Korea

1993: World Trade Center bombing terrorises New York
http://news.bbc.co.uk/onthisday/hi/dates/stories/february/26/newsid_2516000/2516469.stm
https://www.fbi.gov/news/stories/2008/february/tradebom_022608

2003: Goh Kun is elected South Korean PM
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/asia-pacific/2800257.stm

2004: Death of Shankarrao Chavan, Indian politician born on July 14, 1920
http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/articleshow/521502.cms
http://www.hindu.com/2004/02/27/stories/2004022705230100.htm

2007: Nepal government decides to confiscate and nationalize king Gyanendra assets
http://www.dnaindia.com/world/report-nepal-govt-to-seize-nationalise-royal-property-1082150
http://www.nytimes.com/2007/02/27/world/asia/27nepal.html?_r=0

 Gyanendra 2001

2008: The New York Philharmonic Orchestra, performs a landmark concert in North Korea

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Iw1x3uTYpy4

2010: Thailand’s top court finds Thaksin Shinawatra guilty of corruption and rules that 1.4 billion dollars of his fortune, estimated at 2.3 billion, would be seized
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/8538013.stm

2011: Death of Zhu Guangya, one of China’s « two bombs and one satellite » father, born onDecember 25, 1924
http://news.xinhuanet.com/english2010/china/2011-02/26/c_13751633.htm

http://english.cntv.cn/program/china24/20120206/108832.shtml

http://english.cast.org.cn/n1181872/n1182069/13431973.html
http://history.04007.cn/en.php/HisMain/2061.html

2013: Chung Hong-won, nominated as Prime Minister of Korea on February 8, is confirmed by the National Assembly
http://cogitasia.com/the-leaderboard-chung-hong-won/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+cogitasia%2FZCwV+%28cogitASIA+Posts%29

Chung Hong-Won 2

 

On 25 February in Asian history

ON 25 FEBRUARY IN ASIAN HISTORY

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Updated on February 25, 2017

1398: Birth of Chinese emperor Xuande (1425-1435) who died on January 31, 1435
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Xuande

1553: Suicide of Hirate Masahide, Japanese diplomat and tutor of Oda Nobunaga
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hirate_Masahide

1605: Portuguese garrison on Ambon (Now in Indonesia) surrenders to Admiral Van der Haghen

1677: The Dutch East India Company (VOC) makes a treaty with Amangkurat I: VOC will help Mataram, VOC territory around Batavia will be extended eastward, VOC may establish a factory anywhere they like without any restrictions on exports or imports

1682: Death of Ngawang Lobsang Gyatso, 5th Dalai Lama, born in 1617
http://www.treasuryoflives.org/biographies/view/Ngawang-Lobzang-Gyatso/6065
http://www.dorjeshugden.com/great-masters/enlightened-lamas-series/the-great-fifth-dalai-lama-ngawang-lobsang-gyatso-1617-1682/
http://history.04007.cn/en.php/HisMain/1853.html

1715: Death of Pu Songling, Chinese writer, born on June 5, 1640
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pu_Songling
https://www.revolvy.com/main/index.php?s=Pu%20Songling&item_type=topic

1850: Death of Emperor Daoguang (1820-1850), born in September 1782
http://www.newworldencyclopedia.org/entry/Daoguang_Emperor
http://www.cultural-china.com/chinaWH/html/en/33History2628.html

1875: Guangxu Emperor of China begins his reign, under Empress Dowager Cixi’s regency
http://madmonarchist.blogspot.fr/2011/12/monarch-profile-emperor-guangxu-of.html
http://madmonarchist.blogspot.fr/2010/12/consort-profile-empress-dowager-cixi.html

1877: Birth of Jung Bahadur Rana, Nepalese Prime Minister and de facto ruler of Nepal, born on June 18, 1816
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jung_Bahadur_Rana

1885: Birth of Sylvia Brett, Lady Brooke, Ranee of Sarawak who died on November 11, 1971
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sylvia_Brett

1894: Birth of Meher Baba, Indian guru who died on January 31, 1969
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Meher_Baba
http://www.mapsofindia.com/on-this-day/25-february-1894-meher-baba-indian-mystic-was-born
http://www.meherbabainformation.org/

1910: The 13th Dalai Lama Thubten Gyatso flees Tibet from Chinese troop to British-Indies
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/13th_Dalai_Lama

1920: Birth of Sun Myung Moon, South Korean religious leader, founded the Unification Church who died on September 3, 2012
http://www.biography.com/people/sun-myung-moon-38310
http://www.reverendsunmyungmoon.org/rev_moon_life.html

1921: The Living Buddha, Khutuktu, is crowned king of Mongolia as the country declares independence from China
http://madmonarchist.blogspot.fr/2009/04/monarch-profile-viii-bogd-khan.html
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bogd_Khan

1925: Diplomatic relations between Japan and the Soviet Union are established

1926: In China, the Kuo Min Tang (Guomindang) declares war on warlords

1943: Vietminh forms Indochinese Democratic Front

1945: Birth of Toshikatsu Matsuoka, Japanese politician who committed suicide on May 28, 2007
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Toshikatsu_Matsuoka

1948: Birth of Danny Denzongpa, Indian actor
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Danny_Denzongpa

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IrUJHGMdN34

1953: Birth of Kim Yeong-cheol, South Korean actor
http://www.imdb.com/name/nm1116906/
http://www.hancinema.net/korean_Kim_Young-cheol.php

1957: Nobosuke Kishi, president of the Liberal Democratic Party  becomes Japanese Prime Minister (up to July 19, 1960)
http://encyclopedia2.thefreedictionary.com/Nobosuke+Kishi

1962: India Congress Party wins élections for the third time
http://www.elections.in/parliamentary-constituencies/1962-election-results.html

1964: North Korean Prime Minister Kim Il-sung calls for the removal of feudalistic land ownership aimed at turning all cooperative farms into state-run ones

1964: Death of Mariano Jesus Cuenco, a Filipino Cebuano politician and writer, born on January 16, 1888
http://www.senate.gov.ph/senators/senpres/cuenco.asp

1965: Birth of Maricel Soriano, Filipina actress
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maricel_Soriano

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VkQ-QcXA4l0

1968: Sonia Maino marries Rajiv Gandhi
http://www.itnsource.com/shotlist//BHC_ANI/1968/02/25/X25026801/

1968: During the Vietnam War, 135 unarmed citizens of Ha My village in South Vietnam’s Qu?ng Nam Province are killed and buried in mass by South Korean troops in what would come to be known as the Ha My massacre
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ha_My_massacre

1970: Birth of Teresa Lee, Hong Kong actress
http://wiki.d-addicts.com/Teresa_Lee

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c1m22gQI8bA

1971: In his second annual State of the World address to Congress, Nixon states « The United States is prepared to see the People’s Republic of China play a constructive role in the family of nations. » It is the first time the president refers to the P.R.C. by its formal name

1974: Birth of Divya Bharti, Indian actress, who died on April 5, 1993
http://www.divyabhartiportal.com/
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Divya_Bharti

1977: Birth of Kim Hee Sun, Korean actress
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kim_Hee-sun

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bVAbpS8CIUs

1981: Birth of Shahid Kapoor, Indian actor
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shahid_Kapoor

1982: Ven. Thich Quang Do and Thich Huyen Quang, the two most prominent figures of the « recalcitrant opposition UBCV. » are arrested and exiled to separate locations

1982: Birth of Han Ga-in, South Korean actress
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Han_Ga-in

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VEseX_k7muo

1986: Ferdinand Marcos flees to Hawaii. Cory Aquino sworn in as president of the Philippines up to June 1992


http://news.bbc.co.uk/onthisday/hi/dates/stories/february/25/newsid_4694000/4694530.stm
http://kahimyang.info/kauswagan/articles/959/today-in-philippine-history-february-25-1986-president-corazon-c-aquino-was-sworn-in-as-the-11th-president-of-the-philippines
http://www.nytimes.com/1986/02/26/world/marcos-flees-and-is-taken-to-guam-us-recognizes-aquino-as-president.html?pagewanted=all
http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/marcos-flees-the-philippines

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=40BEywMpksI&feature=related

1988: Roh Tae-woo becomes the 6th president of South Korea, up to 1993
http://www.koreatimes.co.kr/www/news/issues/2015/02/363_98466.html
http://biography.yourdictionary.com/roh-tae-woo

1989: US president George H. W. Bush (former US representative in China in the 70s) arrives in Beijing
http://history.04007.cn/en.php/HisMain/1911.html

1989-02-25 Bush in Beijing

1992: In China, the “Law on Territorial Waters and Their Contiguous Areas”  is adopted by the National People’s Assembly that includes all South China Sea in Chinese territory
http://en.wikisource.org/wiki/Law_on_the_Territorial_Sea_and_the_Contiguous_Zone_of_the_Republic_of_China

1993: Death of Mary Walter, Filipino actress, born on September 10, 1912
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mary_Walter
http://pelikulaatbp.blogspot.com/2008/09/mary-walter.html

1993: Kim Young-sam is sworn as first civilian president of South Korea for 23 years (up to 1998)
http://www.asianinfo.org/asianinfo/korea/history/kim_young_sam_administration.htm

http://www.s9.com/Biography/Kim-Young-Sam

1993-03-25 Kim Young Sam sworn in

1996: Death of Haing S. Ngor, Cambodian-born actor, born on March 22, 1940
http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0628955/
http://www.picsearch.com/pictures/actors/academy%20awards%20winners/best%20supporting%20actor/haing%20s.%20ngor.html

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dGkaF5kDiGU

1998: Kim Dae-jung is sworn in as president of  South Korea
http://www.nndb.com/people/087/000089817/

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CXH-lpG4KJ0

2003: M. Roh Moo-hyun becomes president of South Korea
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/asia-pacific/2535143.stm

2008: New South Korean president, Lee Myung-bak is sworn in
https://asiansecurityblog.wordpress.com/2013/06/05/admit-it-south-korea-president-lee-myung-bak-was-pretty-good/
http://topics.nytimes.com/top/reference/timestopics/people/l/lee_myung_bak/index.html

2008: Death of  Hans Raj Khanna, Judge of the Supreme Court of India, born on July 3, 1912
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hans_Raj_Khanna

2009: A mutiny by paramilitary border security forces erupts in a daylong gunbattle in Dakha,posing the biggest test yet to a newly elected government trying to reestablish civilian control after two years of army-backed emergency rule
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2009/feb/25/bangladesh-mutiny-soldiers
http://www.nytimes.com/2009/02/26/world/asia/26bangla.html

2010: India and Pakistan have concluded their first direct talks in over a year, agreeing to « stay in touch » but making little progress on a number of sticking points
http://english.aljazeera.net/news/asia/2010/02/2010225133831528801.html
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/south_asia/8535787.stm

2011: China eliminates capital punishment for some economic crimes, as it moved to curb use of the death penalty in a country believed to execute more people than the rest of the world combined
http://news.asiaone.com/News/Latest%2BNews/Asia/Story/A1Story20110225-265390.html
http://news.xinhuanet.com/english2010/china/2011-02/25/c_13750127.htm

2012: Thailand’s parliament votes to pave the way for a rewrite of the military-backed 2007 constitution. After a two-day debate, both houses voted to permit a redrafting of the charter written after the September 2006 coup toppled former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra

2012: NATO pulled all its staff out of Afghan government ministries after two US military advisors were shot dead in the interior ministry, as anti-US protests raged for a fifth day
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2012/02/2012225151435215869.html
http://www.france24.com/en/20120225-nato-kabul-government-ministries-united-states-afghanistan-koran-burning-protests-taliban

2013: Park Geun-hye made history becoming South Korea’s first female president, pledging to secure South Korea against the threat of an increasingly hostile North Korea at the same time as mending bridges with Pyongyang
http://edition.cnn.com/2013/02/24/world/asia/south-korea-female-president/index.html?hpt=ias_c2
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2013/02/201322505739252717.html

2014: Sri Lanka rejects a call by U.N. human rights chief Navi Pillay for an international inquiry into alleged war crimes committed during the country’s civil war, saying it reflects a “preconceived, politicized and prejudicial agenda” against the island nation.
http://asiancorrespondent.com/119923/sri-lanka-rejects-probe-call-by-un-rights-chief/

2015: Death of Aloysius. Vincent, Indian director and cinematographer, born on June 14, 1928
http://currentaffairs.gktoday.in/veteran-cinematographer-aloysius-vincent-passes-02201520106.html
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/A._Vincent

2015: A Bangladeshi court has issued an arrest warrant for opposition leader Khaleda Zia for failing to attend hearings for graft charges, amid growing political turmoil in the country
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/southasia/2015/02/arrest-warrant-issued-bangladesh-pm-150225061136694.html
http://www.dawn.com/news/1165835/bangladesh-court-issues-arrest-warrant-for-khaleda-zia

2016: The United States and China reach an agreement on a new United Nations Security Council draft resolution aimed at punishing North Korea in the wake of its recent nuclear test and for violating previous résolutions
http://edition.cnn.com/2016/02/24/world/un-north-korea-draft-resolution-sanctions/index.html
http://www.arirang.co.kr/News/News_View.asp?nseq=188592

 

Holidays and observances

Philippines People Power Day

Inauguration day of South Korean President, every 5 years from 1988

On 24 February in Asian history

ON 24 FEBRUARY IN ASIAN HISTORY

To see another date, on Internet, type “On (day + month) in Asian history »

Updated on February 24, 2017

1103: Birth of Toba, the 74th Japanese emperor (1107-1123) who died in July 1156
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Emperor_Toba_of_Japan

1568: Akbar orders the massacre of 30,000 plus unarmed captive Hindu peasants after the fall of Chitod
http://www.hindunet.org/hindu_history/modern/akbar_vs.html

1739: In the Battle of Karnal, the Iranian army defeats the forces of the Mughal emperor of India, Muhammad Shah
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Karnal
http://sites.asiasociety.org/princesandpainters/decline-of-power-pursuit-of-pleasure-muhammad-shah-1719-1748/

1767: Birth of Buddha Loetla Nabhalai (Rama II), Thai king who died on July 21, 1824
https://madeinthai.wordpress.com/tag/buddha-loetla-nabhalai/
http://www.newworldencyclopedia.org/entry/Rama_II

1786: Charles Cornwallis is appointed governor-general of India
http://www.historyhome.co.uk/c-eight/india/cornw.htm
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cornwallis_in_India

1822: The 1st Swaminarayan temple in the world, Shri Swaminarayan Mandir, Ahmedabad is inaugurated
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shri_Swaminarayan_Mandir,_Ahmedabad

1826: The signing of the Treaty of Yandaboo marks the end of the First Burmese War
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Treaty_of_Yandaboo
https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Treaty_of_Yandabo.pdf

1861: Battle of Ky Hoa (24 and 25 February), important French victory in the Cochinchina campaign (1858–62). The war concluded with the establishment of the French colony of Cochinchina
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_K%E1%BB%B3_H%C3%B2a


 1881: China and Russia sign the Sino-Russian Ili Treaty
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Treaty_of_Saint_Petersburg_(1881)
http://encyclopedia2.thefreedictionary.com/St.+Petersburg+Treaty+of+1881

1888: Birth of Filipino General Vicente Lim, executed by the Japanese on December 31, 1944
http://kahimyang.info/kauswagan/articles/955/today-in-philippine-history-february-24-1888-general-vicente-lim-was-born-in-calamba-laguna
https://www.facebook.com/notes/brigadier-general-vicente-lim/brigadier-general-vicente-p-lim-1888-1945/1260005600695144
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vicente_Lim

1911: Japan and the US conclude a treaty that continues restrictions on Japanese laborers

1916: The Governor-General of Korea establishes a clinic called Jahyewon in Sorokdo to segregate Hansen’s disease patients.

1924 : Mahatma Gandhi is released from jail

1933: League of Nations tells Japanese to pull out of Manchuria. Refusing to leave,  Japan withdraws from League of Nations
http://www.johndclare.net/league_of_nations6_news.htm

1935: Qu Qiubai, a pro Soviet Chinese communist leader is captured by the Kuomintang forces. He will be sentenced to death one year later
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Qu_Qiubai
http://history.04007.cn/en.php/HisMain/1927.html

1939 : Birth of Joy Mukherjee, Indian actor and director, who died on May 9, 2012
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joy_Mukherjee
http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0611535/bio
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dpqsDWMI9-I

1942: An order-in-council passed under the Defence of Canada Regulations of the War Measures Act gives the Canadian federal government the power to intern all « persons of Japanese racial origin »
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Japanese_Canadian_internment

1942 : Birth of Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak, Indian theorist and philosopher
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gayatri_Chakravorty_Spivak
http://www.dawn.com/news/1152482

1944: Maj. Gen. Frank Merrill’s guerrilla force, nicknamed « Merrill’s Marauders, » begin a campaign in northern Burma
http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/merrills-marauders-hit-burma
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Merrill%27s_Marauders

1947: Birth of Adam Cheng, Hong Kong actor
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adam_Cheng

1948: Birth of Jayaram Jayalalithaa, Indian politician of Tamil Nadu who died on December 5, 2016
http://www.searchindia.com/search/indian-politicians-jayalalitha.html

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WXJ-l0nENXU&feature=related

1950: An American mission in Indochina is set up

1962: Death of Hu Shi, Chinese philosopher and writer, born on December 17, 1891
http://www.chinaheritagequarterly.org/articles.php?searchterm=029_grieder.inc&issue=029
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hu_Shih

http://history.04007.cn/en.php/HisMain/1899.html

1962: Beijing warns that U.S. military action in South Vietnam is « a direct threat » to North Vietnam, and therefore « seriously affects the security of China and the peace of Asia”

1962: General mobilization in Indonesia over New-Guinea

1967: Death of Mir Osman Ali Khan, last nizam (ruler) of Hyderabad (1911-1948), born in April 1886
http://hubpages.com/hub/A_Great_Personality_of_his_time

1968: During the Vietnam War, the Tet Offensive is halted as South Vietnam forces recapture Hué
http://news.bbc.co.uk/onthisday/hi/dates/stories/february/24/newsid_4249000/4249381.stm
http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/hue-recaptured
http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/tet-offensive-halted

1971: The All India Forward Bloc holds an emergency central committee meeting after its chairman, Hemantha Kumar Bose, is killed 3 days earlier. P.K. Mookiah Thevar is appointed as the new chairman
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/All_India_Forward_Bloc
http://www.mapsofindia.com/on-this-day/24-february-1971-the-all-india-forward-bloc-appointed-p.k.-mookiah-thevar-as-the-new-chairman

1975: King Birendra of Nepal coronation ceremony held in Kathmandu
http://jplaffont.photoshelter.com/gallery/CORONATION-OF-THE-KING-OF-NEPAL/G00004u44NHRLjqc/
http://www.itnsource.com/shotlist/ANI/1975/05/24/X24057501/

   

1975-02-24 Birendra coronation

1978: Birth of Shinya, Japanese musician (Dir en grey)
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shinya_(musician)
http://www.nautiljon.com/people/shinya+-dir+en+grey.html

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fN18AQhPRZc

1983: A special commission of the U.S. Congress releases a report that condemns the practice of Japanese internment during World War II.

1987: Birth of Chieko Kawabe, Japanese singer, model and actress
http://www.soul-hunter.com/sailormoon/pgsm/actors/chiekokawabe.php

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TwU3cIi-GvM

1989: Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini offers a USD $3 million bounty for the death of The Satanic Verses author Salman Rushdie
http://www.salman-rushdie.com/blog/the-satanic-verses/

1997: The Chinese leader Deng Xiaoping, who died on 19 February is cremated http://edition.cnn.com/WORLD/9702/24/deng.funeral.am/
http://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=860&dat=19970224&id=4YEeAAAAIBAJ&sjid=8coEAAAAIBAJ&pg=4589,3628888

1997-02-24 Deng cremated

1998: Khamtay Siphandone is elected President of Laos (up to 2006)
http://wikipedia.qwika.com/fr2en/Khamtay_Siphandone

2005: After losing legislative elections, Taiwanese president Chen Shui-bian signs an agreement with James Soong in which he renounces to his principal anti-China objectives

2006: Afraid of a possible coup d’état on the 20th anniversary of the fall of Ferdinand Marcos, President  M. G. Arroyo proclaims the state of emergency. Around 15 officers are arrested on complot charge
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Proclamation_1017

2009: Sri Lankan soldiers enter the last rebel-held town in the country’s north, Puthukudiyiruppu
http://english.aljazeera.net/news/asia/2009/02/200922410421649558.html

2011: Death of Anant Pai, Indian educationalist and creator of comics, born on September 17, 1929
http://www.theguardian.com/world/2011/apr/07/anant-pai-obituary
http://query.nytimes.com/gst/fullpage.html?res=950CE4DA113CF930A35750C0A9679D8B63

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MAbWrN2ADkI

2011: French Economy Minister Christine Lagarde starts a two-day visit to Indonesia, the first by a French minister since 1997 when authoritarian ruler Suharto was in power
http://www.english.rfi.fr/asia-pacific/20110224-lagarde-first-french-minister-visit-indonesia-1997

2013: Afghan President Hamid Karzai orders all U.S. Special Forces to leave a strategically important province in two weeks, alleging that they have been involved in the torture and murder of “innocent people.”
http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/afghan-president-karzai-ends-us-special-forces-operations-in-key-province/2013/02/24/b7e8684c-7eb6-11e2-a671-0307392de8de_story.html
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/afghanistan/9890985/US-special-forces-ordered-to-leave-critical-Afghanistan-province.html
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-21566295

2014: Top Pakistan Taliban commander Asmatullah Shaheen ‘shot dead’. He was ambushed as he drove through a village near Miranshah in North Waziristan
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-26323200

2015: Thailand’s anti-graft agency indicts 250 former lawmakers, a member of the body said, in a ruling that will further erode the influence of former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/thai-anti-graft-body-indicts-250-former-mps-over-charter-change

2015: Death of Tyzen Hsiao, Taiwanese pianist, composer, and conductor, born on January 1, 1938 http://www.taipeitimes.com/News/front/archives/2015/02/26/2003612259 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tyzen_Hsiao
http://www.unsungcomposers.com/forum/index.php?topic=5511.0

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

2015: India’s ruling Hindu nationalist party will for the first time govern the country’s only Muslim-majority state of Kashmir under a power-sharing deal with another party
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-india-31598836
http://www.straitstimes.com/news/asia/south-asia/story/indias-ruling-party-bjp-govern-muslim-majority-kashmir-the-first-time-201

On 23 February in Asian history

ON 23 FEBRUARY IN ASIAN HISTORY

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Updated on February 23, 2017

1100: Death of Chinese Emperor Zhezong, born in January 1076
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Emperor_Zhezong_of_Song

1464: Death of Chinese Emperor Zhengtong (1435-1449) and again from 1457 to 1464 under the name of Tianshen, born on November 29, 1427
http://www.mingtombs.eu/emp/06zhengtong/zhengtong.html
http://www.chinaknowledge.de/History/Ming/personsmingyingzong.html

1568: Almost four months after the siege of Chitod Fortress (Rajasthan) , a musket shot fired from the Mughal army of Akbar kills Jai Mal, the leader of the Rajputs. The fort will surrender the following day
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Siege_of_Chittorgarh

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QQf-m1e_Rxg

1646: Birth of Tokugawa Tsunayoshi, 5th shogun of the Tokugawa dynasty
https://wiki.samurai-archives.com/index.php?title=Tokugawa_Tsunayoshi
http://www.sinister-designs.com/graphicarts/tsunayoshi.html

1768: In India, by the treaty of Masulipatam agreement, Hyderabad submits to British control
http://archive.is/0CV3M

1852: Birth of Dục Đức, Vietnamese emperor during three days and who was executed on October 6, 1883
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/D%E1%BB%A5c_%C4%90%E1%BB%A9c
http://trandinh.info/bio/dduc/dd_bio.html

1883 Duc Duc

1865: Death by ritual suicide of Yamanami Keisuke, Japanese samurai, born in 1833
http://wiki.samurai-archives.com/index.php?title=Yamanami_Keisuke

Yamanami Keisuke

1872: Birth of Hiragushi Denchu, Japanese sculptor who died on December 30, 1979
http://www.geidai.ac.jp/museum/exhibit/2001/denchu/denchu_en.htm
http://www.city.ibara.okayama.jp/denchu_museum/about_denchu/english-about_denchu.html

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j-x9B-_ViWk

1873: Birth of Liang Qichao, Chinese scholar, who died on January 19, 1929
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Liang_Qichao
http://history.cultural-china.com/en/50History6660.html?PHPSESSID=c9b8fad6d185477b424c340b9409dd79

1885: During the Sino-French War, French Army captures Dong Dang
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_%C4%90%E1%BB%93ng_%C4%90%C4%83ng

1904: Japan forces the Korean authorities to sign the « Korea-Japanese Agreement Letter » This letter permits Japan to use any facilities, at any time, on the Korean peninsula, to further its war strategies

1907: Birth of Lee Hyo-seok, South Korean author and poet who died on May 25, 1942
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lee_Hyo-seok

Lee Hyo-seok

1923: Birth of Vietnamese General Nguyen Chanh Thi, who died on June 23, 2007
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nguyen_Chanh_Thi

Nguyen Chanh Thi

1933: Japan starts invasion of China, north of the Great Wall

1942: A Japanese submarine shells an oil refinery near Santa Barbara, California
http://www.independent.com/news/2012/mar/20/ellwood-bombing/
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bombardment_of_Ellwood

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4u15zyjOa-A

1944: End of the Battle od Eniwetok Atoll
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Eniwetok
http://life.time.com/history/world-war-ii-rare-and-classic-photos-from-eniwetok-atoll/#1
http://www.stamfordhistory.org/ww2_eniwetok.htm

1945: US Flag is rised on Iwo Jama
http://news.bbc.co.uk/onthisday/hi/dates/stories/february/23/newsid_3564000/3564547.stm
http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/marines-raise-the-flag-on-mt-suribachi
http://edition.cnn.com/2015/02/22/opinion/ben-ghiat-iwo-jima-anniversary/index.html

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uHe9gCgQsos

1945: US Forces, under general Mac Arthur, enter in Manila (Philippines), starting a devastating intramurros battle
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_for_the_Liberation_of_Manila

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jDx2dvTYizk&feature=related

1945: The 11th Airborne Division, with Filipino guerrillas, free the captives of the Los Baños internment camp
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Raid_at_Los_Ba%C3%B1os
http://www.historynet.com/world-war-ii-liberating-los-banos-internment-camp.htm

 

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

1946: General Tomoyuki Yamashita, born on November 8, 1885, « The Tiger of Malaya » is hanged
http://www.world-war-2.info/figures/tomoyuki-yamashita.php

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-H6HxpbZijw

1951: Death of Chinese famous educator Zhang Boling, born on April 5, 1876
http://www.bdcconline.net/en/stories/z/zhang-boling.php
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zhang_Boling

1952: The cabinet of Premier Sukiman Wirjosandjojo resigns in protest against the Indonesian foreign minister secretly accepted Mutual Security Aid offer from the United States

1953: Birth of Kenny Bee, Hong Kong singer-songwriter, guitarist, and actor
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kenny_Bee

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gCXD1gyrD8s

1955: Conference of Bangkok establishing the South East AsiaTreaty Organization (Seato)
http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/first-council-meeting-of-seato

1960: Birth of Crown Prince Naruhito
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Naruhito,_Crown_Prince_of_Japan

1969: Death of Madhubala, Indian actress, from illness, born on February 14, 1933
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Madhubala
http://bollywoodpicturesgallery.com/madhubala_01.htm
http://www.mapsofindia.com/on-this-day/23-february-1969-madhubala-indian-actress-passed-away

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

1971: Birth of Jeong Chan, South Korean actor
http://www.hancinema.net/korean_Jeong_Chan.php
http://www.koreanmovie.com/Jeong_Chan_ka380/

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ru0bO5CRlWE

1976: First summit of the five heads of state or of government of Asean countries in Bali

1982: Birth of Karan Singh Grover, Indian actor
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Karan_Singh_Grover

1983: Birth of Aziz Ansari, Indian American comedian
http://www.comedycentral.com/comedians/browse/a/aziz_ansari.jhtml

1986: Birth of Kazuya Kamenashi, Japanese idol
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kazuya_Kamenashi

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3OsxPfYbRno

1991: In Thailand, General Sunthorn Kongsompong leads a bloodless coup d’état, deposing Prime Minister Chatichai Choonhavan
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sunthorn_Kongsompong

Sunthorn Kongsompong

2004: In Beijing, second round of talks in the Six-countries Conference (Koreas, China, Japan, USA, Russia) trying to put an end to the nuclear crisis in North Korea). No agreement reached

2004: Death of Vijay Anand, Indian film director, born on January 22, 1034
http://www.theguardian.com/news/2004/mar/09/guardianobituaries.film
http://www.indolink.com/displayArticleS.php?id=022204113616

2004: Death of Sikander Bakht, Governor of Kerala (India), born on August 24, 1918
http://www.milligazette.com/Archives/2004/01-15Apr04-Print-Edition/011504200486.htm

2010: Sri Lanka’s Supreme Court refuses to order the release of detained opposition leader and former army chief Sarath Fonseka
http://news.asiaone.com/News/Latest%2BNews/Asia/Story/A1Story20100223-200494.html

2011 : Death of Nirmala Srivastava, Indian religious leader who founded Sahaja Yoga
http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/nytimes/obituary.aspx?pid=150251414
http://shrimataji.org/site/life/shri-mataji-family/sir-c.p.-srivastava.html

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1R0bncg6C_w

2012: Envoys from the United States and North Korea meet in Beijing for their first talks on dismantling Pyongyang’s nuclear programme since the death of Kim Jong-il
http://www.nytimes.com/2012/02/24/world/asia/us-and-north-korean-officials-meet-for-talks-in-china.html?_r=1&ref=asia
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2012/02/201222354626464321.html

2012: Former Philippine President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo pleads not guilty to an electoral fraud charge at the opening of a landmark trial
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2012/02/201222311129150864.html

2013: Death of Lotika Sarkar, Indian feminist lawyer and academic, born on January 4, 1923
http://www.legallyindia.com/Legal-opinions/lotika-sarkar-obituary
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lotika_Sarkar

2015: Japan’s crown prince warns of the need to remember World War II « correctly », in a rare foray into an ideological debate as nationalist politicians seek to downplay the country’s historic crimes
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2964845/Japan-crown-prince-warns-correct-history.html
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/feb/23/japanese-crown-prince-says-country-must-not-rewrite-history-of-ww2
http://america.aljazeera.com/articles/2015/2/23/japan-prince-history.html

 

 

 

Holidays and observances

National Day of Brunei

On 22 February in Asian history

ON 22 FEBRUARY IN ASIAN HISTORY

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Updated on February 22, 2017

705: Wu Zetian (81), the only one Chinese empress, since October 16, 690, is forced to transfer the throne, restoring the Tang dynasty
http://www.womeninworldhistory.com/heroine6.html

1784: The ship called the Empress of China, the first U.S. merchant vessel to trade with China, sets sail from New York

Empress of China (ship)

1799: Infaming Qing dynasty Chinese official at court, Heshen, born on May 30, 1750, is forced to commit suicide
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Heshen
http://history.cultural-china.com/en/47History2662.html

1836 : Birth of Mahesh Chandra, Indian scholar and reformer, who died on April 12, 1906
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mahesh_Chandra_Nyayratna_Bhattacharyya

1898: Death of Heungseon Daewongun, Korean regent, born on December 21, 1820
http://www.newworldencyclopedia.org/entry/Daewongun

1899: Filipino forces led by General Antonio Luna launch counterattacks for the first time against the American forces during the Philippine–American War. The Filipinos fail to regain Manila from the Americans
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Second_Battle_of_Caloocan
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Antonio_Luna

1906: Birth of Humayun Kabir, Indian poet, educationist and politician, who died on August 18, 1969
http://www.poemhunter.com/humayun-kabir/biography/
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Humayun_Kabir

Humayun Kabir

1927: Shanghai workers hold a second armed uprising
https://www.marxists.org/history/etol/writers/isaacs/1938/tcr/ch07.htm
http://history.04007.cn/en.php/HisMain/1926.html

1929: Birth of James Hong, Chinese-American actor
http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0393222/
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/James_Hong

http://www.dailymotion.com/video/xcnvpz_actorys-secrets-from-james-hong_shortfilms

1940: Five-year old Tenzin Gyatso is enthroned as the 14h Dalai Lama in Lhasa, Tibet

http://video.about.com/asianhistory/Profile-of-Tenzin-Gyatso–Dalai-Lama.htm

1942: President Franklin D. Roosevelt orders general Douglas MacArthur out of the Philippines as American defense collapses
http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/president-roosevelt-to-macarthur-get-out-of-the-philippines

1944: Death of Kasturba Gandhi, wife of Mohandas Gandhi, born in April 1869
http://rrtd.nic.in/kasturbagandhi.html
http://www.gandhi-manibhavan.org/aboutgandhi/photographs_kasturba.htm

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IKjxotbB320

1945: British troops take Ramree Island, Burma


https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Ramree_Island
https://www.thevintagenews.com/2016/10/11/an-army-of-1000-japanese-soldiers-was-decimated-by-saltwater-crocodiles-during-the-battle-of-ramree-island-of-world-war-ii/

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TrV8luNWFt4

1950: Indonesian forces defeat the guerrilla movement, Darum Islam, running the Muslim forces from West Java

1955: Representatives of the Cao Dai, Hoa Hao, Dan Xa, Lien Minh and Binh Xuyen confessional forces (sects) meet at Tay Ninh and agree to form a « United Front » against Vietnam’s Catholic Prime Minister Diem

1957: An assailant fires a shot at President Diem as he arrives on foot for the inauguration of the Ban Me Thuot Economic Fair. The shot misses Diem but seriously wounds the Secretary of Agrarian Reform

Ngo Dinh Diem

1958: Indonesian air force bombs Padang, Sumatra and Menado, Celebes

1958: Death of Abul Kalam Azad, Indian independence movement leader, born on November 11, 1888
http://www.iloveindia.com/indian-heroes/maulana-abul-kalam-azad.html
http://www.liveindia.com/freedomfighters/5.html
http://www.mapsofindia.com/on-this-day/22-february-1958-abul-kalam-azad-indian-politician-and-scholar-died

1961: Birth of Akira Takasaki, Japanese guitarist
http://www.takasaki.net/

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

1967: In Indonesia, Suharto takes full power
http://www.historychannel.com.au/classroom/day-in-history/53/suharto-takes-full-power-in-indonesia
http://www.fsmitha.com/h2/ch26-indo23.htm

1967: 25,000 US and South Vietnamese troops launche Operation Junction City, offensive to smash Viet Cong stronghold near Cambodian border



http://www.angelfire.com/pa2/hotshot/jc.html
http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/operation-junction-city-begins
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YHWGhhNpgLU

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1vFnvuXrEy8

1971: Birth of Lea Salonga, Filipina actress and singer
http://www.leasalonga.com/
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lea_Salonga

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e7Ns1U0OnE8

1973: Sino-US Communiqué announcing the opening of Liaison Offices in Beijing and Washington

1974: Pakistan and the Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC) recognize the independence of Bangladesh

1979: Birth of Lee Na-young, South Korean actress
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lee_Na-young
http://www.hancinema.net/korean_Lee_Na-young.php

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4-AcdepEJpM

1980: Afghanistan declares martial law
https://www.washingtonpost.com/archive/politics/1980/02/23/martial-law-declared-after-kabul-violence/35648395-572a-4d97-b6b4-cf5d18b69891/

1980: Birth of Kang Sung Hoon, South Korean singer
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kang_Sung_Hoon

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RRFFmuvk8Hw

1982: Death of Josh Malihabadi, Urdu poet of India and Pakistan, born on December 5, 1898
http://www.urdupoetry.com/profile/josh.html

1985: Opening of the trial of general Fabian Ver, chief the Philippine armed forces, and of 24 servicemen accused of the murder of the opposition leader Begnino Aquino (verdict on 2 December)
http://www.nytimes.com/1985/02/23/world/trial-of-26-opens-in-aquino-killing.html
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fabian_Ver

1986: In the Philippines, the People Power Revolution is triggered after two key Marcos allies, Defense Minister Juan Ponce Enrile and Armed Forces Vice-Chief of Staff Fidel Ramos called on Marcos to resign and holed up in two military camps in Quezon City
http://news.bbc.co.uk/onthisday/hi/dates/stories/february/22/newsid_2519000/2519155.stm

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

1987: Birth of Han Hyo-joo, South Korean actress and model
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Han_Hyo-joo

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WLfLWaxQ39Q&feature=related

1989: Death of Moisés da Costa Amaral, East Timorese leader, president of the Timorese Democratic Union, born on May 19, 1938
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mois%C3%A9s_da_Costa_Amaral

Moises da Costa Amaral

2002: Unlimited ceasefire between Sri-Lankan government and Tamil separatists with the help of Norway

2005: During negotiations at Helsinski, Aceh rebels renounce to their independence claim for the province

2005: South Korean actress Lee Eun-ju commits suicide at 25
http://www.smh.com.au/news/People/Young-star-hangs-herself/2005/02/23/1109046974175.html


2006: At Geneva, resumption for the first time in three years of the negotiation between Sri Lankan government and Tamil LTTE

2006: Joseph Zen, 70 years, bishop of Hong Kong is elevated cardinal
http://www.hsstudyc.org.hk/en/staff/en_staff_bishop_zen.html

2008: United Nations extends East Timor mission for one year

2009: Death of Cardinal Paul Joseph Pham Dinh Tung, archbishop of Hanoi, born on June 15, 1919
http://www.vietcatholic.net/News/Html/64449.htm

2011: Japan’s governing party suspends its scandal-tainted political kingmaker Ichiro  Ichiro Ozawa, a shadowy political figure who once led the party, indicted in a political financing case
http://www.nytimes.com/2011/02/23/world/asia/23japan.html?_r=1&ref=asia


2011: Thailand and Cambodia agree to accept Indonesian observers and avoid further clashes over a border dispute that has claimed at least 10 lives and displaced thousands.
http://www.france24.com/en/20110222-asean-send-observers-disputed-thailand-cambodia-border-temple

2011: An Indian court has found 31 people guilty of the 2002 Godhra train burning, which killed 59 Hindu pilgrims and sparked religious violence that left 2,000 people dead
http://english.aljazeera.net/news/asia/2011/02/201122295657693210.html
http://www.english.rfi.fr/asia-pacific/20110222-india-convicts-31-over-deadly-gujarat-train-fire
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-south-asia-12534127

2012: China’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs has lodged an official complaint to Japan after a politician claimed the Nanjing Massacre never occurred
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-17125934

2012: Death of Sukhbir, Indian author and poet, born on July 9, 1925
https://www.revolvy.com/main/index.php?s=Sukhbir%20(writer)

2015: Police in the Maldives arrest opposition leader and ex-President Mohamed Nasheed on terror charges
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-south-asia-31575279
http://www.thehindu.com/news/international/maldives-expresident-mohamed-nasheed-arrested-on-terror-charges/article6922181.ece?homepage=true

2015: In Malaysia, police arrest PKR Youth chief Nik Nazmi Nik Ahmad for joining a rally in support of jailed Opposition Leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim that saw two activists detained
http://www.themalaymailonline.com/malaysia/article/pkrs-nik-nazmi-arrested-at-home
http://www.nst.com.my/node/73652

2015: Japan urges South Korea again to return disputed islets, one of the issues which have soured ties between the two US allies. Seoul controls the islands which it calls Dokdo. They are known in Japan as Takeshima
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/japan-calls-return-isles-s-korea

On 21 February in Asian history

1972-02-21 Nixon arrive en Chine

ON 21 FEBRUARY IN ASIAN HISTORY

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Updated on February 21, 2017

1184: In Japan, Minamoto no Yoshinaka is killed during the Battle of Awazu
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Awazu
http://www.historyoffighting.com/tomoe-gozen.php

 

1795: The Dutch give up Ceylon to the British

1846: Death of the 120th Japanese emperor Ninko (1817-1846), born on 16 March 1800
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Emperor_Nink%C5%8D

1849: In India, the British defeat the Sikhs at Gujrat
http://britishbattles.com/second-sikh-war/goojerat.htm
http://pakgeotagging.blogspot.fr/2014/05/the-battle-of-gujrat-it-took-british.html

http://www.mcgonagall-online.org.uk/gems/the-battle-of-gujrat

1853: Birth of Felix Resurreccion Hidalgo, Filipino painter who died on March 13, 1913
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/F%C3%A9lix_Resurrecci%C3%B3n_Hidalgo
http://kahimyang.info/kauswagan/articles/945/today-in-philippine-history-february-21-1853-felix-resurreccion-hidalgo-was-born-in-binondo-manila

Felix Resurreccion Hidalgo

1875: The murder of the British diplomat and explorer Augustus Raymond Margary cause a crisis between China and The United Kingdom. The “Margary Affair” will end with the Chefoo Convention signed on August 21, 1876
http://history.cultural-china.com/en/34History6614.html
http://www.snipview.com/q/Augustus%20Raymond%20Margary

1878: Birth of The Mother (Mirra Alfassa), Indian spiritual leader who died on November 17, 1973
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mirra_Alfassa
http://www.auroville.org/contents/533
http://www.jewage.org/wiki/he/Article:Mirra_Alfassa_-_Biography

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NM1TXTNiONw

1887: Birth of Japanese General Korechika Anami, who committed suicide on August 15, 1945
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Korechika_Anami

1896: Birth of Suryakant Tripathi, Indian Poet, who died on October 15, 1961
http://www.poemhunter.com/suryakant-tripathi-nirala/biography/
http://www.iloveindia.com/indian-heroes/suryakant-tripathi.html

1914: White Wolf Bandits troops attack Zhanjiang China
http://www.globalsecurity.org/military/world/war/pai-lang.htm

1914: Birth of Park Su-geun, South Korean painter who died on May 6, 1965
http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/archive/program/program_koreanstory.htm?no=115602
http://www.arirang.co.kr/News/News_View.asp?nseq=156158
https://www.google.fr/search?q=Park+Su-geun&biw=1301&bih=641&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ei=NZjnVLHeI8e7UeGmgtAN&ved=0CAcQ_AUoAg

Park Su-geun

1945: Japanese kamikaze planes sink escort carrier Bismarck Sea and damage the Saratoga
http://derekconant.com/iad/maritime_resource/historical_documentation_center/usa/aircraft_carriers/uss_bismarck_sea_cv95/captain_john_l_pratt/

1949: In Indonesia, Tan Malaka, nationalist and communist leader, is captured and executed by a TNI commander after a Dutch contingent attacks the town where he was staying
http://www.marxists.org/archive/malaka/index.htm
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tan_Malaka

1950: Bloody riots in West Bengal (India)

1951: In China, a law to punish the counter-revolutionaries leads to a one year terror campaign causing more than one million people killed
http://chineseposters.net/themes/counterrevolutionaries.php
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Campaign_to_Suppress_Counterrevolutionaries

1952: Nehru’s Congress party wins general election in India
http://www.elections.in/parliamentary-constituencies/1951-election-results.html
http://indiansaga.com/history/postindependence/elections.html
http://scroll.in/article/659860/Rare-images-of-independent-India’s-first-general-election-in-1952

1952: In Dhaka, East Pakistan (present Bangladesh) police opens fire on a procession of students demanding the establishment of Bengali as the official language, killing four peoples and starting a country-wide protest which led to the recognition of Bengali as one of the national language of Pakistan
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bengali_Language_Movement

1957: Sukarno formally proposes « guided democracy » in a speech
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Guided_Democracy_in_Indonesia

1965: In South Vietnam, the Armed Forces Council dismissed General Khanh as chairman and as commander of the armed forces. General Lam Van Phat replaces him. The next day, Khanh announces that he had accepted the council’s decision, after which he was appointed a « roving ambassador, » assigned first to go to the United Nations
http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/south-vietnamese-coup-unsuccessful
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nguy%E1%BB%85n_Kh%C3%A1nh

http://www.britishpathe.com/video/general-khanh-arrives-in-america/query/China

1970: Communist Pathet Lao guerilla seizes  Xieng Khuang and Muong Suy in central Laos
http://www.infoplease.com/encyclopedia/history/pathet-lao.html

1970: Kissinger begins secret talks with North Vietnamese negotiator Le Duc Tho
http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/kissinger-begins-secret-negotiations-with-north-vietnamese

1973 Paris-Peace negot

1972: Birth of Seo Taiji, Korean musician
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Seo_Taiji

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AQR-yMJPr98

1972: US president Richard Nixon starts his historical visit to China (up to February 28)
http://news.bbc.co.uk/onthisday/hi/dates/stories/february/21/newsid_2728000/2728761.stm

http://abcnews.go.com/Archives/video/feb-20-1972-president-nixon-visits-china-9411161
http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/nixon-arrives-in-china-for-talks
http://www.c-spanvideo.org/program/107545-1
http://history.04007.cn/en.php/HisMain/1409.html

1972-02-21 Nixon arrive en Chine

1972: Death of Zhang Guohua, Chinese general and politician, born in October 1914
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zhang_Guohua

1973: Birth of Bowie Tsang, Taiwanese singer
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bowie_Tsang

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_e0aJUNjufM

1973: A ceasefire is signed for Laos

1976: Richard Nixon arrives in Beijing, at China’s invitation, for a nine-day visit, during which he will meet with Mao Zedong on February 24. The visit is a clear demonstration of China’s disenchantment with President Ford.

1976-02-24 Mao Nixon

1978: Birth of Kim Ha-neul, South Korean actress
http://www.hancinema.net/korean_Kim_Ha-neul.php

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yad5eaEdP3o

1978: Birth of Park Eun-hye, South Korean actress
http://www.hancinema.net/korean_Kim_Ha-neul.php

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

1980: Birth of Jigme Khesar Namgyal Wangchuck, 5th king of Bhutan since December 2006
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jigme_Khesar_Namgyal_Wangchuck

1981: Birth of Jun Kaname, Japanese actor
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jun_Kaname

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NieEGWI9Wn4

1983: Marshal Ye Jianying, 85, is forced by Deng Xiaoping to resign as chief of State of China
http://english.peopledaily.com.cn/data/people/yejianying.shtml

1991: Death of Nutan Behl, Indian actress, born on June 4, 1936
http://www.rediff.com/entertai/2002/feb/05din.htm
http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0638295/bio

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yaFpXV9UPOo

1999: India’s Prime Minister Atal Bihair Vajpayee concluded two days of meeting with Pakistan’s Prime Minister Mohammad Nawaz Sharif. Declaration of Lahore
http://www.nti.org/treaties-and-regimes/lahore-declaration/
http://storyofpakistan.com/the-lahore-declaration/
http://www.google.fr/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=2&ved=0CDEQFjAB&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.usip.org%2Fsites%2Fdefault%2Ffiles%2Ffile%2Fresources%2Fcollections%2Fpeace_agreements%2Fip_lahore19990221.pdf&ei=VJ_nVIK3OMP5UPiTguAF&usg=AFQjCNFKGo3lYYhqlCNQsVKzogNFFNy5VA&sig2=8L4k8zbFpokkS7GzfoGZAA

2001: China publishes a new White Paper on Taiwan threatening of a military intervention

2002: First official visit of US president George W. Bush in China
http://english.peopledaily.com.cn/zhuanti/Zhuanti_237.html
http://www.c-span.org/video/?168772-1/uschina-joint-news-conference

2007: According to a United Nations representative investigating on 887 political killings in the Philippines, the military is involved in the killing of 356 leftist personalities

2010: Albader Parad, one of the Philippines’s most wanted Abu Sayyaf leaders, is killed in fighting with the military in the country’s south
http://english.aljazeera.net/news/asia-pacific/2010/02/20102217219857969.html

2013: Japan carries out three executions – the first since the country’s conservative prime  minister, Shinzo Abe, was elected last December, and a sign that Tokyo will defy international pressure to abolish the death penalty
http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2013/feb/21/japan-executions-resume-three-hangings
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-21528526

2013: Twin bomb blasts kill 17 people in Hyderabad
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-india-21537197
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2013_Hyderabad_blasts
http://www.mapsofindia.com/on-this-day/21-february-2013-twin-bomb-blasts-killed-17-people-in-hyderabad

2014: Obama hosts Dalai Lama at White House. The US leader vowed « strong support » for the protection of Tibetans’ human rights in China during the encounter
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-china-26271596
http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/feb/21/china-us-barack-obama-dalai-lama

2015: Indonesia recalls its new ambassador to Brazil after the South American country postponed a ceremony sealing his appointment, Jakarta said on Saturday, amid a row over the execution of a Brazilian national for drugs trafficking
http://thejakartaglobe.beritasatu.com/news/indonesia-recalls-ambassador-brazil-death-penalty-spat/
http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2015/02/21/brazil-s-overreaction-puts-diplomatic-ties-risk.html

 

Holidays and observances

Bangladesh: Language Movement Day

On 20 February in Asian history

1947-02-20 mountbatten_installation_as_viceroy

ON 20 FEBRUARY IN ASIAN HISTORY

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Updated on February 20, 2017

1707: Death of Aurangzeb, Mogul emperor of India, born in 1618
http://asianhistory.about.com/od/india/p/Aurangzeb-Emperor-Of-Mughal-India.htm
http://www.preservearticles.com/201012302033/aurangzeb-biography.html
http://lostislamichistory.com/aurangzeb-and-islamic-rule-in-india/

1846: An imperial edict says again, under some restrictions, that catholic activities are authorized in China

1862: Death of Francisco Baltazar, Filipino poet, born on April 2, 1788
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Francisco_Balagtas
http://kahimyang.info/kauswagan/articles/944/today-in-philippine-history-february-20-1862-francisco-baltazar-died-at-the-age-73
http://www.poemhunter.com/francisco-baltazar/biography/

1883: Birth of Shiga Naoya, Japan, novelist (Road Through the Dark Night), who died on October 21, 1971
http://www.ndl.go.jp/portrait/e/datas/273.html

1886: Birth of Takuboku Ishikawa, Japanese poet, who died on April 13, 1912
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Takuboku_Ishikawa

1913: Coronation of Nepal king Tribhuvan
http://www.flickr.com/photos/mpp_flr/sets/72157629626130677/

1919: Murder of Habib Ullah Khan, emir of Afghanistan (1901-1919), at 46
http://www.afghan-web.com/bios/detail/dhabib.html
http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/amir-of-afghanistan-is-assassinated

1928: In Tokyo, first election with universal suffrage
https://books.google.fr/books?id=km-9YkgxGbsC&pg=PA67&lpg=PA67&dq=In+Tokyo,+first+election+with+universal+suffrage&source=bl&ots=OnHBvcZ4_9&sig=wrgSkC9ipyVyYf9sSBZr3U3InB4&hl=fr&sa=X&ei=-zPmVMv3Bcn-UreOgJgJ&ved=0CFQQ6AEwCQ#v=onepage&q=In%20Tokyo%2C%20first%20election%20with%20universal%20suffrage&f=false

1929: Birth of Toshiro Mayuzumi Yokohama, Japanese composer (Sphenogramme) who died on April 10, 1997
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Toshiro_Mayuzumi

1932: Birth of Adrian E Cristobal, Filipino writer who died on December 22, 2007
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adrian_Cristobal

1932 Japanese troops occupy Tunhua (Dunhua), Jilin province in China
http://www.geographic.org/geographic_names/name.php?uni=-2690577&fid=1241&c=china

1933: Death in jail of communist Japanese writer Kobayashi Takiji
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Takiji_Kobayashi
http://japanfocus.org/-Heather-Bowen_Struyk/3180

1941: Birth of Lim Kit Siang, Malaysian lawyer and politician, chairman of the Democratic Action Party
http://www.thefamouspeople.com/profiles/lim-guan-eng-5881.php
https://blog.limkitsiang.com/about/

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hzWTfXvL2Nw

1942: Japanese troop land on Timor
http://www.easttimor.org.uk/battleoftimor.htm

1945: Birth of Annu Kapoor, Indian actor
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Annu_Kapoor
http://www.koimoi.com/actor/annu-kapoor/

http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x251ipu_the-golden-era-with-annu-kapoor-1st-september-2014-video-watch-online-pt4_fun

1947: Lord Mountbatten becomes Viceroy of India to oversee the move to independence
http://www.bbc.co.uk/history/historic_figures/mountbatten_lord_louis.shtml
http://history.04007.cn/en.php/HisMain/2252.html

1947-02-20 mountbatten_installation_as_viceroy

1947: Ho Chi Minh sends a letter – via the British Consul – to the French President appealing for peace. He writes « …we want our unity and our independence within the French Union; we want, a just peace which will do honor both to France and to Vietnam »

1950: Birth of Ken Shimura, Japanese actor
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ken_Shimura

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ic53hhFllPM

1976: The South-East Association Treaty Organization (SEATO) is disbanded
http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/seato-disbands

1983: Hundreds die in Assam poll violence
http://news.bbc.co.uk/onthisday/hi/dates/stories/february/20/newsid_4269000/4269719.stm

1987: Arunachal Pradesh (former NEFA), disputed with China, gets the status of state of India
http://www1.american.edu/ted/ice/india-china.htm

1988: Birth of Jiah Khan, Indian actress
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jiah_Khan

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BVwLSVgeb6U

1996: Death of Toru Takemitsu, Japanese composer, born on October 8, 1930
http://www.naxos.com/composerinfo/bio23861.htm

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6lgk8MdM_jw

2003: For the first time since 1982, a North Korean airplane overflies the South air space on Yellow Sea

2003: Death of Mushaf Ali Mir, Pakistani Chief of the Air Staff, in an air crash, born on March 5,1947
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mushaf_Ali_Mir
http://www.democraticunderground.com/discuss/duboard.php?az=view_all&address=125×59589

2006: In South Korea the United Liberal Democrats, the three top political parties was merged into Grand National Party

2007: Zilla Huma Usman, a minister and an activist for women emancipation in Pakistan is assassinated. She was born on September 16, 1971
http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/world/pakistani-minister-killed-for-refusing-to-wear-veil/story-e6frg6so-1111113031544

2009: Two Tamil Tiger planes bomb the Sri Lankan capital, but one of them is shot down as it flew back towards the country’s north
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/south_asia/7902392.stm
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2009_suicide_air_raid_on_Colombo

2010: Death of Basavaraju Venkata Padmanabha Rao, Indian actor, born August 20, 1931
http://www.thehindu.com/todays-paper/tp-national/tp-andhrapradesh/actor-padmanabham-no-more/article714855.ece
http://www.veethi.com/india-people/basavaraju_venkata_padmanabha_rao-profile-3939-14.htm

2012: Death of S. N. Lakshmi, Indian actress, born in 1927
http://www.indiaglitz.com/channels/tamil/article/78241.html
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/S._N._Lakshmi

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rG4DPjMz08Y

2013: Saudi Arabia has recalled its ambassador from Colombo in a tit-for-tat decision amid tensions after a Sri Lankan nanny convicted of murder was beheaded in the kingdom, the official SPA news agency reported. http://www.aljazeera.com/news/middleeast/2013/02/20132208370323293.html

2014: Families torn apart for more than 60 years — separated by the Korean War — begin to reunite at a mountain resort in North Korea
http://edition.cnn.com/2014/02/20/world/asia/koreas-reunion/index.html?hpt=ias_t2 http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-26252563
http://www.nbcnews.com/news/world/heartbreaking-reunion-korean-families-meet-again-after-60-years-n34621
http://www.euronews.com/2014/02/20/sixty-years-on-families-separated-by-the-korean-war-get-a-rare-chance-to-meet/

2014: Death of Reghu Kumar, Indian composer, born on July 13, 1953
http://www.kerala9.com/news-category/news/movie-news/music-composer-reghu-kumar-passes-away
http://mathrubhuminews.in/ee/ReadMore/5059/renowned-music-director-reghu-kumar-passes-away/E

2014: India’s top court blocks the release of three of former premier Rajiv Gandhi’s killers after Prime Minister Manmohan Singh denounced their freeing as against all principles of justice
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-26269476

2015: Death of Govind Pansare, Indian author and communist activist, four days after a gun attack, born in 1933
http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/other-states/grief-anger-at-govind-pansares-funeral/article6920075.ece
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Govind_Pansare

On 19 February in Asian history

ON 19 FEBRUARY IN ASIAN HISTORY

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Updated on February 19, 2017

1184: In Japan, during the Genpei wars, Second battle of Uji
https://boardgamegeek.com/blogpost/46132/gp17-second-battle-uji
http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Uji_(1184)

1630: Birth of Shivaji Bhosle, founder of the Maratha Empire (India) in 1674 and died on April 3, 1680
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shivaji
http://chhatrapatishivaji.wordpress.com/2008/10/29/shivaji-bhosle/

1709: Death of Tokugawa Tsunayoshi, 5th shogun of the Tokugawa dynasty, born onFebruary 23, 1646
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tokugawa_Tsunayoshi
http://www.jstor.org/stable/j.ctt6wr2bp
http://history-of-japan.weebly.com/tokugawa-shogunate.html

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BT1jqwVdGnI

1862: Saint Lucy Yi Zhenmei (one of Martyrs of Guizhou) is beheaded, born on December 19, 1815
https://catholico.wordpress.com/2015/05/09/saint-lucy-yi-zhenmei/
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lucy_Yi_Zhenmei

1886: Birth of Jose Abad Santos, Philippine national hero, executed by the Japanese on May 2, 1942
http://www.andropampanga.com/bio/jsantos.htm
http://www.gov.ph/about/gov/judiciary/sc/cj/jose-abad-santos/

1888: Birth of Aurora Quezon, First Lady of the Philippines, who died on August 1, 1949
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aurora_Quezon
http://www.quezon.ph/familyinfo/aurora-a-quezon/
http://kahimyang.info/kauswagan/articles/942/today-in-philippine-history-february-19-1888-dona-aurora-aragon-quezon-was-born-in-baler-tayabas

1915: Death of Gopal Krishna Gokhale, leader of the Indian Independence Movement, born on 9 May 1866
http://www.iloveindia.com/indian-heroes/gopal-krishna-gokhale.html
http://www.culturalindia.net/leaders/gopal-krishna-gokhale.html
http://www.mapsofindia.com/on-this-day/19-february-1915-gopal-krishna-gokhale-indian-political-leader-died

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

1927: At the Communist Party initiative, several Thousands of -Shanghai workers stage a general strike
https://www.marxists.org/history/etol/writers/isaacs/1938/tcr/ch07.htm
http://eresources.nlb.gov.sg/newspapers/Digitised/Article/straitstimes19270221.2.36.aspx

1930: Birth of K Viswanath, South Indian film director
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kasinadhuni_Viswanath

K_Vishwanath

1938: Birth of Choekyi Gyaltsen, 10th Panchen Lama, who died on January 28, 1989
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Choekyi_Gyaltsen,_10th_Panchen_Lama
http://www.tibetantrip.com/tibet-guides/buddhism/choekyi-gyaltsen-10th-panchen-lama-of-tibet.html

1942: Japanese troop land on Timor
http://www.easttimor.org.uk/battleoftimor.htm
http://www.oocities.org/dutcheastindies/bali.html

1942: Nearly 250 Japanese warplanes attack the Australian northern city of Darwin, killing 243 people
http://www.naa.gov.au/collection/fact-sheets/fs195.aspx
http://www.australia.gov.au/about-australia/australian-story/japanese-bombing-of-darwin
http://www.bbc.com/news/magazine-17073472

1942: President Franklin D. Roosevelt signs the executive order 9066, allowing the United States military to relocate Japanese-Americans to Japanese internment camps
http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/roosevelt-signs-executive-order-9066
http://historymatters.gmu.edu/d/5154
http://www.pbs.org/childofcamp/history/eo9066.html

1945: Start of the offensive against Japanese on Iwo-Jima (Volcano Archipelao)
http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/marines-invade-iwo-jima

http://ww2today.com/19-february-1945-us-marines-invade-beaches-of-iwo-jima

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qWcDIMrd6eE&NR=1&feature=fvwp

1945: 980 Japanese soldiers reportedly killed by crocodiles in 2 days on Ramree Island, Burma
http://historum.com/war-military-history/21989-crocodiles-ate-my-army.html
http://iberianature.com/wildworld/tag/massacre-by-crocodiles-on-ramree-island/

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gPrK1ndjbZI

1946: Birth of Hiroshi Fujioka, Japanese actor
http://kamenrider.wikia.com/wiki/Hiroshi_Fujioka

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9qH3kT3618Q

1948: The Conference of Youth and Students of Southeast Asia Fighting for Freedom and Independence convenes in Calcutta
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Conference_of_Youth_and_Students_of_Southeast_Asia_Fighting_for_Freedom_and_Independence

1949: Mass arrest of Communists in India

1951: Birth of Tahir-ul-Qadri, Pakistani Islamic scholar
http://www.dawn.com/news/778260/profile-dr-muhammad-tahirul-qadri
http://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/features/2014/10/tahir-ul-qadri-political-enigma-pakistan-2014102271530973245.html
http://www.tahir-ul-qadri.com/

1952: French offensive at Hanoi

1952: Birth of Ryu Murakami, Japanese writer
http://www.fantasticfiction.co.uk/m/ryu-murakami/

1955: South-East Asia collective Defense Treaty (SEATO), signed in September 1954,  goes into effects
http://www.globalsecurity.org/military/world/int/seato.htm

1958: Beijing and Pyongyang announce the withdrawal of all the Chine troops from North Korea before the end of the year
http://history.04007.cn/en.php/HisMain/1244.html

1960: China successfully launches the T-7, its first sounding rocket
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/T-7_(rocket)

1961: Albania disavows Chinese « Revisionism »

1964: Birth of Sonu Walia, Indian actress
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sonu_Walia

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0J9aZnY6iHM

1965: Dissident officers move several battalions of troops into Saigon with the intention of ousting Gen. Nguyen Khanh from leadership. General Khanh escaped to Dalat with the aid of Air Vice Marshal Nguyen Cao Ky
http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/south-vietnamese-coup-unsuccessful

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gpDRlr0pIcQ

1972: The Asama-Sanso hostage standoff begins in Japan
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Asama-Sanso_incident

1986: Akkaraipattu massacre, massacre of 80 Tamil farm workers by the Sri Lankan Army in the eastern province of Sri Lanka
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/index.html?curid=7545534

1989: Second informal Jakarta meeting between all the Cambodian factions

1994: Phoolan Devi, popularly named the « Bandit Queen », is released from an Indian jail
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phoolan_Devi

1997: Death of Deng Xiaoping, leader of China since December 1978, born on August 22, 1908
http://news.bbc.co.uk/onthisday/hi/dates/stories/february/19/newsid_2565000/2565613.stm
http://www.nytimes.com/1997/02/20/world/deng-xiaoping-is-dead-at-92-architect-of-modern-china.html?pagewanted=all
http://edition.cnn.com/WORLD/9702/19/deng.obit/
http://history.04007.cn/en.php/HisMain/1638.html

1999: Indian PM Atal Bihari Vajpayee inaugurate the Delhi-Lahore bus line going to an historic summit with his Pakistani counterpart Nawaz Sharif
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Delhi%E2%80%93Lahore_Bus

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2001: General Tin Oo, number four in the Burmese military junta is killed in an helicopter crash
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/burmamyanmar/1323414/Helicopter-crash-kills-chief-in-Burmese-junta.html

2005: United States and Japan say that stability in the Taiwan Strait is one in their strategic target

2008: Death of veteran Hong Kong actress Lydia Sum, born in Shanghai on July 21, 1945
http://in.reuters.com/article/2008/02/19/us-hongkong-lydiashum-idINSYD26589820080219

2013: Nepal’s major political parties agree to form an interim government led by a supreme court chief justice, and to hold elections in June, in an attempt to end the deadlock that has left the nation without a fully functioning government since last year
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2013/02/20132196114628235.html

2013: Death, in a car accident, of Park Chul-soo, South Korean director, screenwriter, and producer, born on November 20, 1948
http://www.filmbiz.asia/news/park-chul-soo-1948-2013
http://koreajoongangdaily.joins.com/news/article/article.aspx?aid=2967360

2013: Prominent Pakistani Taliban commander Maulvi Faqir Mohammad has been arrested in eastern Afghanistan
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-21504250

2013: North Korean diplomat Jon Yong Ryong told the meeting in Geneva that « South Korea’s erratic behaviour would only herald its final destruction »
http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2013/feb/19/north-korea-threatens-destroy-south-korea
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-21510479
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/northkorea/9880727/North-Korea-envoy-warns-South-of-final-destruction.html

2014: The chief minister of  Indian state of Tamil Nadu orders the release of all seven people jailed for plotting the assassination of former prime minister Rajiv Gandhi
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/india-minister-orders-release-rajiv-gandhis-killers
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-india-26252797

2015: Former Thai premier Yingluck Shinawatra is formally indicted over a bungled rice subsidy scheme in the latest legal move against her polarising family that could see her jailed for up to a decade
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/thai-ex-pm-yingluck-indicted-over-rice-subsidy-scheme
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-31529663

 

Holidays and observances

Birthday of Shivaji or Shivaji Jayanti (Maharashtra)

Lucy Yi Zhenmei (one of Martyrs of Guizhou)

On 18 February in Asian history

ON 18 FEBRUARY IN ASIAN HISTORY

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Updated on February 18, 2017

3102 BC: Origin of the Kali Era (India)
http://www.thevedicfoundation.org/bhartiya_history/mahabharat.htm

259 BC: Birth of Qin Shi Huangdi, first Chinese emperor, who died on September 10, 210 BC


https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Qin_Shi_Huang
http://www.ducksters.com/history/china/emperor_qin_shi_huang.php

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UmVbrOe8gdA

1294: Death of Khubilai Khan, founder of the Chinese Yuan dynasty, born on September, 23 1215
http://www.biography.com/people/kublai-khan-9369657#life-under-kublai-khan
http://countrystudies.us/mongolia/18.htm
http://history.04007.cn/en.php/HisMain/1955.html

1405: Death of Tamerlane (Timur), Mongol emperor, born on April 8, 1336
http://www.historytoday.com/richard-cavendish/death-tamerlane
http://www.silk-road.com/artl/timur.shtml

1486: Birth of Chaitanya Mahaprabhu, Bengali saint and bhakti yoga developer
http://www.purebhakti.com/mission/bhakti-is-love-mainmenu-75/799-life-of-sri-chaitanya-mahaprabhu.html
http://www.dlshq.org/saints/gauranga.htm

1530: Birth of Uesugi Kenshin, Japanese samurai and warlord who died on April 19, 1578
http://www.samurai-archives.com/kenshin.html

1745: The city of Surakarta, Central Java is founded on the banks of Bengawan Solo river, and becomes the capital of the Kingdom of Surakarta
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Surakarta

1815: The king Sri Wickrama Rajasinghe of Kandyan kingdom (Ceylon) is captured by the British
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sri_Vikrama_Rajasinha



1836: Birth of Sri Ramakrishna, Bengali saint, guru of Swami Vivekananda  who died on August 16, 1886
http://www.belurmath.org/sriramakrishna.htm

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

1853: Burmese king Pagan Min is forced to abdicate in favor of his half-brother Mindon Min
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pagan_Min

1857: Insurrection of Chinese in Sarawak, Borneo, against the « White Rajah » James Brooke

1883: Birth of Madan Lal Dhingra, Indian Revolutionary who died on August 17, 1909
http://www.whereincity.com/india/great-indians/freedom-fighters/madan-lal.php)
http://www.freeindia.org/biographies/greatpersonalities/madanlal/index.htm

1894: Birth of Rafi Ahmed Kidwai, Indian independence activist then minister who died on October 24, 1954
http://www.iloveindia.com/indian-heroes/rafi-ahmed-kidwai-biography.html
http://www.google.fr/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=23&ved=0CC8QFjACOBQ&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.paulbrass.com%2Ffiles%2FDnb_entry_kidwa.doc&ei=g3PjVIr9OsvtaNTwgagH&usg=AFQjCNFwEezTNswQrk1–Vlqz3dynlHZ9Q&sig2=FWMifQsvSP2BrULhRE5Iog

Rafi Ahmed Kidwai

1902: During the Philippines-USA War, the Last Holdouts, General Vicente Lukban falls

 http://philippineamericanwar.webs.com/thelastholdouts.htm

1908: The American ambassador to Japan is given a note by the Japanese in which they agree to restrict Japanese emigration to the US; this becomes known as the ‘Gentlemen’s Agreement’

1911: The first official flight with air mail takes place in Allahabad, British India, when Henri Pequet, a 23-year-old pilot, delivers 6,500 letters to Naini, about 10 km away
http://postalmuseumblog.si.edu/2011/01/india-and-the-worlds-first-official-air-mail-by-airplane.html
http://earlyaviators.com/epequet.htm

1926: Birth of Nalini Jaywant, Indian actress
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nalini_Jaywant
http://www.imdb.com/media/rm1663081728/nm0419787

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2SA7pOS4nQ0

1927 : Birth ofnKhayyam, Indian music composer
http://www.allmusic.com/artist/khayyam-mn0002009653
http://www.thehindu.com/features/friday-review/musicbetween-silence-and-speech/article4414752.ece

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L5IgtRr-QqM

1930: Ho Chi Minh and those who gathered since the formation of the Communist Party of Vietnam hold their first party platform in Hong Kong

1932: Japan proclaims Manchukuo (Manchuria) independence
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Manchukuo
http://www.crwflags.com/FOTW/FLAGS/cn_j_mk.html

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t_aZWY2Pm3g&feature=related

1933: Birth of Yoko Ono, Japanese born singer, ex wife of John Lennon
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yoko_Ono

1938: Beginning of the bombing of Chongqing by the Japanese airplanes, up to August 23, 1943
http://history.cultural-china.com/en/34History7592.html
http://timelines.com/1938/2/18/japanese-army-begins-sustained-bombing-of-chongqing

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xkHUvRp9buw

1938: During the Nanking Massacre, the Nanking Safety Zone International Committee is renamed « Nanking International Rescue Committee » and the safety zone in place for refugees falls apart

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nanking_Safety_Zone

1942: The Imperial Japanese Army begins the systematic extermination of perceived hostile elements among the Chinese in Singapore
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sook_Ching
http://eresources.nlb.gov.sg/infopedia/articles/SIP_40_2005-01-24.html

http://fr.slideshare.net/tysjason/japanese-occupation-16372400?related=1

1946: Sailors of the Royal Indian Navy mutiny in Mumbai harbour, from where it would spread throughout British India and involve 78 ships, 20 shore establishments and 20,000 sailors
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Royal_Indian_Navy_Mutiny
http://www.mapsofindia.com/on-this-day/18-february-1946-mutiny-against-the-british-began-in-the-royal-indian-navy
http://oldphotosbombay.blogspot.fr/2008/07/indian-naval-mutiny-of-1946-against.html

1947: During the First Indochina War, the French gain complete control of Hanoi after forcing the Viet Minh to withdraw to mountains
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Hanoi

1948: Burma and Soviet Union establish diplomatic relations

1951: Birth of Chen Shui-bian, president of Taiwan (2000-2008)
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/asia-pacific/2172980.stm

1951: Nepal king Tribhuvan, in exile from one year, comes back to his country as a constitutional king
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tribhuvan

1959: For the first time in Tibet history, legislative elections are organized

1967: Birth of Yongyoot Thongkongtoon, Thai director, producer, and screenwriter
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yongyoot_Thongkongtoon
http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0861129/

Yongyoot Thongkongtoon

1979: Signature of a treaty of peace, amity and cooperation between Vietnam and the Democratic Republic of Kampuchea

1979: President Zia ur-Rahmans National Party wins elections in Bangladesh
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bangladeshi_general_election,_1979

1979: The Soviet Union warns China to stop its war against Vietnam before it could be too late

1981, Lorenzo Ruiz is beatified by Pope John Paul II, first Filipino Saint. Born on November 28, 1594, executed in Japan on September 29, 1637
http://livesofsaints.tripod.com/id13.html
http://www.catholic.org/saints/saint.php?saint_id=231
http://kahimyang.info/kauswagan/articles/941/today-in-philippine-history-february-18-1981-lorenzo-ruiz-was-beatified-by-pope-john-paul-ii

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6mnBpiJ4G_Y

1981: Birth of Kim Jae Won, South Korean actor
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kim_Jaewon
http://asianmediawiki.com/Kim_Jae-Won

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eysaoDbs8Jw

1990: Birth of Park Shin Hye, South Korean actress
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Park_Shin-hye
http://wiki.d-addicts.com/Park_Shin_Hye

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QxeYmS-WAZ0

2001: Inter-ethnic violence between Dayaks and Madurese breaks out in Sampit, Indonesia, that will ultimately result in more than 500 deaths and 100,000 Madurese displaced from their homes

2007: Attack on the Samjhanta Express (Train of the Friendship) between Pakistan and India causing 67 people dead
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2007_Samjhauta_Express_bombings
http://www.dawn.com/news/695646

2008: First free elections since Musharraf took power, won by Bhutto family party, the PPP
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/south_asia/7258318.stm

2010: Obama meets with Dalai Lama despite Chinese objections
http://edition.cnn.com/2010/POLITICS/02/18/obama.dalailama/index.html

2010: Myanmar jails Buddhist abbot Gaw Thita for seven years
http://news.asiaone.com/News/Latest%2BNews/Asia/Story/A1Story20100219-199719.html

2012: North Korea rejects the South’s call for talks aimed at restarting reunions for families separated since the Korean War, saying Seoul should first respond to its conditions for dialogue.

2015: Death of D. Ramanaidu, Indian actor, director, and producer, founder of Suresh Productions, born on June 6, 1936
http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/entertainment/hindi/bollywood/news/N-Chandrababu-Naidu-condoles-D-Ramanaidus-death/articleshow/46288593.cms
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/D._Ramanaidu
http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0619656/

 

Holidays and observances

Nepal: National Democracy Day (The 1951 overthrow of the Rana dynasty)