On 22 January in Asian history


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239: Death of Cao Rui (Wei Ming Di), emperor of the Kingdom of Wei, born in 205

1258: Hulagu Khan , after severely beating the army of the caliphate, besieges Baghdad

1553: Birth of Mori Terumoto, Japanese warrior, who died on 27 April 1599

1555: The Ava Kingdom falls to the Taungoo Dynasty in what is now present-day Burma

1666: Death of of Shah Jahan, ruler of the Mughal Empire (1628-1658) who build the Taj Mahal, born on January 5, 1592

1760: French General Thomas Arthur  Lally-Tollendal, defeated in the Wandiwash Battle by the British is besieged in Pondicherry. After a long resistence, he will capitulate on January 16, 1761

1760-01-22 Battle of Wandiwash

1849: During the Second Anglo-Sikh War, The Siege of Multan ends after nine months when the last Sikh defenders of Multan, Punjab, surrender

1849  Siège of Multan

1878: After an agreement was signed between the Sultanate of Sulu and British commercial syndicate (Alfred Dent and Baron von Overback), which stipulates that North Borneo is either ceded or leased (depending on translation used) to the British syndicate in return for payment of 5000 Malayan Dollar per year, baron-von-overbeck-is-conferred-the-title-datu-bandahara-by-the-sultan-of-sulu

1886: Birth of Baron Ungern von Sternberg, a white Russian, short time leader of Outer Mongolia who was killed on September 15, 1921

1909: Birth of U Thant, third United Nations General Secretary (1961-1971) who died on November 25, 1974

1916: Birth of Harilal Upadhyay, Gujarati author, poet, astrologist, who died on Juanary 15,  1994

1928: Birth of Shozo Shimamoto, Japanese painter who died on January 25, 2013

1928: Birth of Yoshihiko Amino, Japanese historian who died on February 27, 2004

1934: Birth of Vijay Anand, Indian film director who died on February 23, 2004

1936: Birth of Ong Teng Cheong, president of Singapore  (1993-1999) who died on February 8, 2002

1943: Australian and American forces finally defeat the Japanese army in Papua New Guinea. This turning point in the Pacific War marks the beginning of the end of Japanese aggression

1945: In China, resumption of negociations between the CCP and KMT

1949: Mao Zedong troops enter in Beijing

1952: Birth of Ace Vergel, Philipino actor who died on December 15, 2007

1953: Birth of Myung-Whun Chung, South Korean Conductor and pianist

1955: Birth of Park Kwang-su, Korean filmmaker

Park kwang-su 2

1957: Birth of Rene Requiestas, Filipino actor who died on July 24, 1993 of tubercolisis

1962: Birth of Mizan Zainal Abidin, king of Malaysia (2006-2011)

1962: Birth of Choi Min-sik, South Korean actor

1965: Birth of Chintara Sukapatana, Thai actress

1969: Birth of Xu Qing, Chinese actress

1971: The Singapore Declaration, one of the two most important documents to the uncodified constitution of the Commonwealth of Nations, is issued

1972: Birth of Romi Paku, Japanese seiyu (voice actress)

1972: Birth of Namrata Shirodkar, Indian actress

1973: US, North & South Vietnam & Vietcong sign boundary accord

1980: Birth of Subhash Ram Prajapati, Nepalese Writer

1981: Death of Ishtiaq Hussain Qureshi, Pakistani historian and educationist, born on November 20, 1903

1986: Three Sikh who assassinated Indira Gandhi are condemned to death penalty,4495905

1986: Birth of Lee Pa-ni, South Korean model

1987: Philippine security forces open fire on a crowd of 10,000–15,000 demonstrators at Malacañang Palace, Manila, killing 13

1993: Death of Abe Kobo, Japanese writer, born on March 7, 1924

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1999: Australian missionary Graham Staines and his two sons are burned alive by radical Hindus while sleeping in their car in Eastern India

2001: Filipino justice opens an enquiery on former president  Joseph Estrada, accused to have dilapided the economy of the country

2004: Assassination of Cambodia free trade union leader Chea Vichea

2006: The Cambodia People’s Party of Prime Minister Hun Sen wins 43 of the 57 seats for Senat. Funcinpec gets 12 seats ans opposition Sam Rainsy 2 seats

2007: Death of Ngo Quang Truong, South Vietnam general, born in December 1929

Ngo Quang Truong

2010: Death of Iskandar, the sultan of Johor, born on April 8, 1932

2013: The Philippines take the step of bringing its West Philippine Sea (South China Sea) territorial disputes to China before an Arbitral Tribunal under the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) to achieve a peaceful and durable solution to the disputes

2013: Death of John Cheng, Singaporean actor, born in 1961

2013: The U.N. Security Council unanimously adopts a resolution expanding and strengthening sanctions against North Korea as a response to Pyongyang’s launch of a long-range rocket last month – a violation of existing U.N. résolutions

2014: Death of Akkineni Nageswara Rao, Indian actor and producer, born on September 23, 1924

Akkineni Nageswara Rao

2015: South Korea’s Supreme Court uphold a nine-year prison sentence for a former leftist lawmaker convicted of inciting an armed revolt in the event of war breaking out with North Korea

2016 : Authorities in the northwestern Chinese region of Xinjiang have jailed a Han Chinese rights activist for 19 years on subversion and spying charges after he openly criticized government policy in the troubled region

2016: The communist party of Laos elects a new leader, putting Bounnhang Vorachit in charge of the single-party country as it takes its turn as the chair of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations

On 21 January in Asian history


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Updated on January 21, 2018

1546: Death of Azai Sukemasa, Japanese samurai and warlord, born in 1491

1853: Birth of Leon Ma. Guerrero y Leogardo, Filipino writer, revolutionary leader, politician, the first licensed pharmacist in the Philippines, and one of the most eminent botanists in the country in his time, who died on April 13, 1935

1883: Birth of Amang Rodriguez, Filipino politician, who died on December 19, 1964

1885: Birth of Japanese general Itagaki Seishiro, hanged on December 23, 1948 as criminal war

1899: Aguinaldo promulgates what is now known as the Malolos Constitution (of the Philippines)

1899-01-21 Malolos constitution

1910: Birth of Eua Sunthornsanan, Thai composer and bandleader who died on April 1, 1981

1914: The Gandhi-Smuts Agreement is reached between Gen. J.C. Smuts and Mahatma Gandhi, regarding voluntary registration, poll tax, recognition of Indian marriages and other matters

1918: Birth of Chichay, Filipino actress who died on March 31, 1993

1919: Death of Gojong, Korean Emperor, born on 8 September 1852 and forced by the Japanese to abdicate on 18 July 1907–the-Gwangmu-Emperor.htm

1930: Opening of the London Naval Conference


1936: Birth of Japanese filmmaker Noriyoshi Matsura who died on January 15, 2005

1936: Birth of Koji Hashimoto, Japanese film director who died in January 2005

1945: British troops land on Ramree, near coast of Burma

1945: Death of Rash Behari Bose, an Indian leader against the British Ray in India, born on May 25, 1886

1947: Birth of Rebiya Kadeer, president of the World Uyghur Congress, or on November 15, 1946

1948: Dutch found « Negara Madura » government on Madura

1949: The United Nations Security  Council votes a resolution asking the resumption of negotiations between Netherlands and Indonesian independence leaders

1949: After all the defeats of the Nationalist troops, the president of China, Chiang Kai-shek resigns as president of the Republic of China and is replaced by Li Zongren

1949-01-21 Chiang demission

1950: Nguyen Phan Long becomes Prime Minister of the State of Vietnam

1955: US Army takes charge of organization and training of South Vietnam Army

1961: Senator Ferdinand Marcos is elected president of the Liberal party

1963: Death of Acharya Shivpujan Sahay, Indian author, born on August 9, 1893

1964: Birth of Wang Chao, Chinese actor

1968: The North Vietnamese forces attack the US Marines base of Khe Sanh, South Vietnam. One of the biggest battle of the Vietnam war, it finished only in early April

1968: Birth of Sundar C., Indian actor and director

Sundar C
  1970: After two-month, resumming of sino-Us talks in Varsovy and again adjourned on May 18

1972: Birth of Yasunori Mitsuda, Japanese composer

1972: Tripura, Meghalaya and Manipur become full-fledged states in India

1977: President Jimmy Carter pardons nearly all American Vietnam War draft evaders, some of whom had emigrated to Canada

1979: Birth of Inul Daratista, Indonesian dangdut singer

1981: Birth of Gillian Chung, Hong Kong singer

1984: Birth of Raymond and Richard Gutierrez, Filipino actors and television hosts

1999: The Cambodia’s Prime Minister Hun Sen authorizes United Nations to organize the trial of Khmer Rouge

2002: Taiwan president Chen Shui-bian appoints a new government led by the General Secretary of the presidence Yu Shyi-kun

2007: Suicide of U Nee, Korean pop artist, born on May 3, 1981

2008: Since the military seized power in September, a new elected parliament meets in Thailand

2010: A court in Vietnam convicts four activists, including prominent human rights lawyer Le Cong Dinh, of trying to overthrow the Communist government

2010: Joseph Estrada, the former Philippines president, is cleared to make a run for the presidency again in elections scheduled for later this year. Estrada, who was removed from office in 2001, argues that he never completed his first term

2011: In a major step forward in Nepal’s tortured peace process, Maoist political leaders formally relinquish control of their 19,000-member army to a special governmental committee

2011: Death of E. V. V. Satyanarayana, Indian film director and producer, born on June 10, 1958

EVV Satyanarayana

2012: Dozens of anti-government activists are arrested in the Maldivian capital Male;as the government accuses them of whipping up religious extremism

2013: North Korea is loosening some restrictions on foreign mobile phones by allowing visitors to bring their own into the country. However, security regulations still prohibit mobile phone calls between foreigners and locals

2013: Death of Chumpol Silpa-archa, Thai academic and politician; Deputy Prime Minister of Thailand since 2011, born on June 6, 1940

2015: The new Sri Lankan government removes punishments imposed on controversial war-time army chief Sarath Fonseka by the previous regime

On 20 January in Asian history


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Updated on January 20, 2018

1435: Birth of Ashikaga Yoshimasa, Japanese shogun (1449-1473) who died in January 1490

1785: Invading Siamese forces attempt to exploit the political chaos in Vietnam, but are ambushed and annihilated at the Mekong River by the Tay Son in the Battle of Rạch Gầm-Xoài Mút——ch-g——m-xo—-i-m—-t/1208018#!info

1785-01-20 Battle of Rạch Gầm Xoài Mút

1841: End of the first Opium war, Convention of Chuanbi by which Great-Britain gets 6 million dollars as compensation, the reopening of Canton (Guangzhou) and the transfer of Hong Kong (120 km2, 3 000 inhabitants)

1842-01 firt Opium War

1841: Death of Minh Mang, the second emperor of the Nguyen Dynasty of Vietnam born on Feburuary 14, 1791

1853: The British proclamation of annexation of Burma is issued. Thus the Second Burmese War is brought to an end without any treaty being signed

1872: In the Philippines, the so-called Cavite Mutiny takes place

1877: Death of Dato Maharajalela Lela, Malay nationalist

1887: The United States Senate allows the Navy to lease Pearl Harbor as a naval base.

1895: Beginning of the 23 day siege of Weihaiwei (China) by the Japanese forces

1896: Death of Graciano Lopez Jaena, Filipino hero, orator and satirist, of turbeculosis, born in January 1856

1898: Birth of U Razak, Burmese politician, chairman of the Burma Muslim Congress, assassinated in July 1947

1899: In the Philippines, the Schurman Commission is created

1915: Birth of Ghulam Ishaq Khan, president of Pakistan (1988-1993) who died on October 27, 2006

1920: Birth of Filipino General Fabian Ver, who died on November 21,  1998

1924: In China, first KMT-CPC cooperation as KMT first National People’s Congress convenes

1925: Birth of Jamiluddin Aali, Pakistani poet, essayist and columnist

1925: The Soviet and Japan sign a convention resuming relations: Russia agrees to limit revolutionary activity of the Third Communist International, while Japan agrees to leave the Sakhalin
1926: Birth of Qurratulain Hyder, Indian novelist who died on August 21, 2007

1931: Birth of Sawako Ariyoshi, Japanese writer

1931: Birth of Hachidai Nakamura, Japanese songwriter and pianist who died on June 10, 1992

Hachidai Nakamura

1934: Japan brings back Puyi to Manchukuo


1939: Birth of Nalin Chandra Wickramasinghe, Sri Lankan astronomer

1940: Birth of Krishnam Raju, Indian actor and politician

1942: Japanese start air raid on Rabaul, New Britain

1945: The Burma Road, a highway in southeastern Asia, extending about 1,125 km from the railhead of Lashio ( Burma), to Kunming (capital of Yunnan Province), cut by the Japanese is reopened

1949: Afro-Asian meeting in New-Delhi aimed to support the Republic of Indonesia

1955: Birth of  Hiromi Ota, Japanese singer

1958: Birth of Hiroaki Zakoji, Japanese composer and pianist who died on January 29, 1987

1963: Indonesian Foreign minister announces that Indonesia would pursue a policy of Konfrontasi with Malaysia

1964: In Jars Plain, meeting between  laotian Prime Minister Souvanna Phouma and the leader of communist Pathet Lao Souphanouvong

1969: East Pakistani police kill student activist Amanullah Asaduzzaman. The resulting outrage is in part responsible for the Bangladesh Liberation War

Amanullah Asaduzzaman

1972: Pakistan launched its Nuclear weapons program few weeks after its defeat in Bangladesh Liberation War and Indo-Pakistani War of 1971.

1974: End of the battle between Chinese and Vietnamese navies in Paracels archipelago which is sized by the Chinese

1974: Birth of Fuyuko Matsui, Japanese painter

1978: Australia recognizes the East-Timor integration in Indonesia

1979: Birth of Asaka Kubo, Japanese gravure idol of the 20th century

1980: Birth of Kim Jeong-hoon, South Korean singer and actor

1983: Birth of Mari Yaguchi, Japanese singer

1984: Birth of Toni Gonzaga, Filipina actress and singer

1986: Birth of Genie Chuo, Taiwanese singer and actress

1988: Second meeting between Prince Sihanouk and pro-Vietnam Cambodian leader Hun Sen in Saint-Germain-en-Laye (France)

1988: Death of Khan Abdul Ghaffar Khan, Pashtun Nationalist and non-violent freedom fighter, born in 1889

1989: Death of Alamgir Kabir, Bangladeshi film director, born in December 1938

1990: Death of Prince Naruhiko Higashikuni, uncle of emperor Hirohito and first Prime Minister after the war in 1945

prince Narukiko Higashikuni

2001: After the Philippines armed forces withdraw their support, President Joseph Estrada is dismissed and replaced by vice-president Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo

2005: Death of Parveen Babi, Indian actress, born on April 9, 1949

2006: A 2,000-page report to the  United Nations General Secretary accuses the Indonesian army of killing from 100,000 to 180,000 victims during the 25 years of occupation of East-Timor by murders, rapes, organized starvation and chemical weapons

2012: France suspends its training programmes for Afghan troops after an Afghan army soldier opened fire in eastern part of the country, killing four French soldiers

2012: The Bangladesh army has foiled a plan to bring down the government of Sheikh Hasina, the prime minister, according to a military spokesman. Around 16 former and active officers were involved in the plot

2013: Death of Toyo Shibata, Japanese poet, born on June 26, 1911

2016: Popular Telugu film director E V V Satyanarayana, known for his comedy films, died of cardia arrest. He was 53

On 19 January in Asian history

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Updated on January 19, 2018

649: The forces of Kucha surrender after a forty-day siege led by Tang Dynasty general Ashina She’er, establishing Tang control over the northern Tarim Basin in Xinjiang

1200: Birth of Dogen Zenji, Japanese Buddhist monk who died on September 22, 1253

1431: Chinese Admiral Zheng He starts his seventh and last voyage

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1597: Death of Maharana Pratap, Indian ruler, born onMay 9, 1540

1607: San Agustin Church in Manila is officially completed; it is currently the oldest church in the Philippines

1655: Birth of Chinese poet Nalan Xingde who died on July 1, 1685

1686: Birth of Hakuin Ekaku, Japanese  Zen Buddhist

1819: Raffles leaves Penang to establish a new settlment south of Malacca. It will be Singapore

1890: Birth of Prince Phetsarath Rattanavongsa, prime minister of Laos from 1942 to 1945, and the first and last vice-king of the Kingdom of Laos

1895: During the sino-Japanese war,-Japanese landing in Shandong Chengshan. Beginning of the decisive battle of Weihaiwei the following day

1904: Birth of Pei Wenzhong, founder of the Chinese anthropology who died on September 18, 1982

Pei Wenzhong

1905: Death of Debendranath Tagore, Indian philosopher, born on May 15, 1817

Debendranath Tagore 2

1927: Because its trade interest are threatened by the civil war, the British government decides to send troops to China

1929: Death of Liang Qichao, Chinese scholar, born in February 1873

1932: Five Japanese are attacked in Shanghai by Chinese. One of them, a Buddhist monk is killed

1935: Birth of Soumitra Chatterjee, Indian actor

1936: Birth of Ziaur Rahman, president of Bangladesh (1978-1981), assassinated by army officers on 30 May 1981

1937: Birth of Appadurai Muttulingam, Sri Lankan Tamil author

Appadurai Muttulingam

1941: Birth of Tony Anholt, Singapore born actor

1942: Japanese forces invade Burma from Thailand

1943: Birth of Petchara Chaowarat, Thai film actress

1944: Birth of Robert Barbers, Filipino politician who died on December 25, 2005

1946: Founding of the International military tribunal for Far-East, or  Tokyo Tribunal

1946-01-19 International_Military_Tribunal

1948: Death of Onisaburo Deguchi, co-founder of the Japanese religious sect Oomoto

1951: In Korean War, China reject Korean proposal of a ceasefire

1955: President Eisenhover recommends a cease-fire patronized by the United Nations between the two Chinas

1958: Peace treaty and  war reparations agreement between Japan and Indonesia

1960: Signature of a new treaty of mutual cooperation and security between USA and Japan


1962: Death of Dato’s Sir Onn bin Ja’afar, a Malay politician and Chief Minister of Johore in Malaysia, then Malaya. The founder of United Malays National Organization (UMNO), born in 1895

1966: Indira Gandhi is elected Prime Minister of India and announces her intention to have a non-alignment politics

1977: Birth of Cocco, Japanese singer

1977: World’s largest crowd gathering so far when the Hindu Kumbh Mela in India attracts a then record 15 million people

1977: President Gerald Ford pardons Iva Toguri D’Aquino (a.k.a. « Tokyo Rose »

1980: In retaliation for the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan, China pospones sine die all negotiations with Moscow

1980: Birth of Kotoko, Japanese singer

1985: Birth of Rika Ishikawa, Japanese singer

1990: Death of Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh, Indian religious leader, also known as Osho (Chandra Mohan Jain), Indian spiritual and philosophical figure, born on December 11, 1931

1992: Historic speech of Deng Xiaoping in Shenzhen

2001: In the Philippines, the Armed forces withdraw its support to president Joseph Estrada

2011: Nguyen Phu Trong becomes the new General Secretary of the Communist Party of Viet Nam as the 11th National Party Congress ends its nine-day sitting

Nguyen Phu Trong 2011-01-19

2011: Malaysia’s New Opposition Party Kita, the People’s Welfare Party, announces its president, Zaid Ibrahim, aims « to bring back the politics of goodwill and compromise that started this nation 54years ago… so that politics and public service can be made honorable once again. »

2015: Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen says that seven opposition lawmakers charged with insurrection, which is punishable by up to 30 years in jail, would not be « spared » from prosecution

2015: Hong Kong creates a new army cadet force modelled partly on the Chinese military

2015: Bangladesh has ended a 16-day confinement of opposition leader Khaleda Zia after a surge in political violence left 27 people dead, but her party vowed to continue a nationwide transport blockade

On 18 January in Asian history

1974-01-18 Lin-Confius Critic

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Updated on January 18, 2018

885: Birth of Daigo, 60th Japanese emperor (897-930), who died in October 930. Not confuse with Go-Daigo, the 96th emperor (1336-1339)

1073: Shirakawa, born on July 7, 1053, becomes the 72nd emperor of Japan up to January 5, 1087 and will die on July 24, 1129

1126: Emperor Huizong abdicates the Chinese throne in favour of his son Emperor Qinzong

1471: Death of Go-Hanazono, 102nd Japanese emperor (1428-1464), born in July 1419

1591: King Naresuan of Siam kills Crown Prince Minchit Sra of Burma in single combat, for which this date is now observed marked as Royal Thai Armed Forces day

1615: The first members of the Society of Jesus reach Vietnam on ships that docked in the port of Hoi An as part of a delegation of Japanese Christians who had fled their homeland because of an ongoing campaign of persecution against them

1737: A peace treaty is signed between the Spanish governor general and the Sultan of Sulu

1769: Death ofHakuin Ekaku, Japanese Zen teacher (reformer of Rinzai school), Born on January 19, 1686

Hakuin Eraku

1853: First train in Asia (Bombay to Tanna, 36 km)

1868: Birth of Kantarō Suzuki, Japanese admiral and politician, 42nd Prime Minister of Japan (April to August 1945) who died on April 17, 1948

1877: Birth of Vicente Sotto, Filipino patriot and author, who died  in 1950

1889: Birth of Kanji Ishiwara, Japanese general who died on August 15, 1949

1915: Japan sends its “21 demands” to the Chinese government including rights on Shandong and Manchuria

1927: Birth of Sundaram Balachander, Indian veena player, actor, and singer who died on April 13, 1990

1927: Chiang Kai-shek forms an anti-government in China

1931: Birth of Chun Doo-hwan, president of South Korea from 1980 through 1988

1943: Death of Isoroku Yamamoto, Japanese admiral, born on April 4, 1884

1945: Birth of Balagangadharanatha Swamiji, Indian religious leader who died on January 13, 2013

1947: Birth of Takeshi Kitano, Japanese actor and director

1947 : K.L. Saigal, Indian singer and film actor, passed away, born on April 11, 1904

1950: Soviet Union recognizes the  Democratic Republic of Vietnam as China establish diplomatic relations

1952: South Korea extends ist territorial waters up to the “MacArthur” line

1955: The People’s Liberation Army attacks the Nationalist held Yijiangshan islands, off Zhejiang and takes full control after a two-day battle

1955-01-18 KMT_prisoners in Battle of Yijiangshan Islands

1955: Death of Saadat Hassan Manto, Pakistani author, born on May 11, 1912

1956: In London, first Anglo-Malayan conference for the independence of Malaya

1956: Birth of Poonam Dhillon, Indian actress

1962: Us begins spraying foliage in Vietnam to reveal Viet Cong guerillas

1964: Birth of Rithy Panh, Cambodian film director

1968: United Nations general secretary U Thant declares that the end of US bombing on North Vietnam is the prerequisite condition before any negociations

1969: In Paris, first meeting of the enlarged conference on Vietnam (USA, North Vietnam, South Vietnam and National Liberation Front)

1969: Death of Dada Lekhraj, Indian spiritual leader, born on December 15, 1884

1969: Birth of Princess Sayako of Japan

1974: Mao Zedong and Jiang Qing launch the « Pi Lin Pi Kong » (Criticize Lin Biao and Confucius) campaign,_Criticize_Confucius

1974-01-18 Lin-Confius Critic

1976: Birth of Subhrajit Mitra, Indian film maker,59032.php


1977: After 21 months of emergency rule, Indhira Gandhi announces the release of her leading opponents, hence suspending her ban of political parties and calls a free election

1978: Death of Muhammad Hasan Askari, Pakistani philosopher and author, born on November 5, 1919

1979: Birth of Jay Chou, Taiwanese singer and producer

1981: Birth of Kang Dong-won, South Korean model and actor

1992: General Abdul Rashid Dostum revolts against President Mohammad Najibullah of the Democratic Republic of Afghanistan and allies with Ahmed Shah Massoud to capture Kabul

1992: Deng Xiaoping starts his famous anti-left Southern Tour (up to February 21)

1993: President of Pakistan, Ghulam Ishaq Khan dissolves the National Assembly and dismisses the Cabinet

1996: Death of Nandamuri Taraka Rama Rao, popularly known as N. T. Rama Rao or by his initials NTR, Indian film actor, director, producer, and politician who served as the Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh for three terms

N.T Rama Rao

2003: Death of Harivansh Rai Bachchan, Indian poet, born on November 27, 1907

2006: Taiwan Prime Minister Frank Hsieh, who in early December announced that he want resign, is replaced by Su Tseng-chang (elected on January 25)

2008: In Thailand, pro-Thaksin party, PPP, is clear of fraud. That clears the way of it to form a coalition government

2010: North Korea says it will not return to stalled international talks on its nuclear disarmament until sanctions against it are lifted

2011: Chinese President Hu Jintao lands in the US for a four-day state visit, in a crucial meeting of the world’s two biggest powers. Analysts say Mr Hu’s visit is the most important by a Chinese leader in 30 years given China’s growing military, economic and diplomatic clout,0,5131382.story

2012: Death of Anthony Gonsalves, Indian composer, born in 1927

Anthony Gonsalves

 2014: In a bid to strengthen bilateral relations, Pakistan and India decide to allow greater trade through land route, signalling a thaw in relations after a year’s standoff over military tensions on the border

2015: Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen says that seven opposition lawmakers charged with insurrection, which is punishable by up to 30 years in jail, would not be « spared » from prosecution

2015: Filipinos estimated in the millions have gathered to join Pope Francis in a religious service in Manila, as the leader of Catholic Church winds down his five-day Philippine visit

2016: A Pakistani court has acquitted former military ruler Pervez Musharraf over the 2006 killing of a Baloch rebel leader, one of three legal cases he faced after returning from exile

2017: Muslims across Thailand’s restive « Deep South » are mourning the death of Sapae-ing Basor, the spiritual leader of a near 13-year rebellion against Bangkok’s rule that has claimed more than 6,800 lives


Holidays and observances

Thailand: Royal Thai Armed Forces Day (in observance of the victory of Naresuan in 1593

On 17 January in Asian history


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1524: Beginning of Italian explorer Giovanni da Verrazzano’s voyage to find a passage to China

1588: Death of Qi Jiguang, Chinese general of the Ming Dynasty, at 59, born on November 12, 1528

1661: Andres Malong,  Philippines rebel leader is executed, born in 1643

1878: Birth of Chen Qimei, Chinese revolutionary, assassinated on May 18, 1916


1888: Birth of Babu Gulabrai, Indian author who died on April 13 1963

1904: Birth of Hem Vejakorn, Thai painter and illustrator who died on April 16, 1969

Hem Vejakorn timbre

1907: Birth of Henk H Badings Bandung Indonesia, Dutch opera composer (Orestes), who died on June 26, 1987

1917: Birth of M. G. Ramachandran, Indian Tamil Nadu actor and Chief Minister who died on December 24, 1987

1920: Death of Yang Changji (杨昌济), Chinese educator, philosopher, and writer, born on April 21, 1871

1929: Inayatullah Khan, king of the Emirate of Afghanistan abdicates the throne after only three days into his reign

1929 Inayatullah Khan

1929: Birth of Tan Boon Teik, Malaysian-Singaporean politician, Attorney-General of Singapore from 1969 to 1992, who died on March 10, 2012

1933: Birth of Prince Sadruddin Aga Khan, United Nations High Coommissioner for Refugees who died in May 2003

1940: Birth of Anson Chan, Hong Kong Chief Secretary for Administration (1997-2002)

1941: Chiang Kai-shek orders the New Fouth Army (South China communists forces  integrated in national army to fight the Japanese) to be disbanded

1941: During the French-Thai war (1940-1941), naval Battle of Koh Chang

1941-01-17 Battle of Koh Chang

1945: Birth of Javed Akhtar, Indian lyricist, poet and scriptwriter

1948: Agreement of Renville regarding the future or the Indonesia United states modifying the November 1946 agreement in favor of Netherlands


1951: China refuses cease-fire in Korea

1951: Death of Jyoti Prasad Agarwala, Indian poet, playwright, and director, born on June 17, 1903

1951: After suffering repeated human wave and suicide attacks, napalm drops help the French to defeat Vo Nguyen Giap’s troops and to hold the area around Vinh-Yen

1952: Birth of Ryuichi Sakamoto, Japanese musician

1959: Birth of Momoe Yamaguchi, Japanese pop singer and actress

1960: Birth of Chatchai Plengpanich, Thai actor

1964: Indonesia, Philippines and Malaysia agree for a cease-fire and a Foreign ministers conference in Bangkok

1964: Soviet Union asks for a conference on the neutrality of Cambodia

1967: Birth of Song Kang-ho, Korean actor

1967: In Indonesia, the Foreign Affairs minister Adam Malik demands the resignation of president Sukarno

1971: Birth of Youki Kudoh, Japanese actress

1972: President Richard Nixon warns South Vietnamese President Nguyen Van Thieu that his refusal to sign any negotiated peace agreement would render it impossible to continue assistance to South Vietnam

1972: Birth of Ken Hirai, Japanese singer and songwriter

1973: By a fraudulent referendum, Ferdinand Marcos becomes « President for life » of the Philippines

1975: Birth of Coco Lee, Hong Kong singer

1981: The Philippines president, after eight years, Ferdinand Marcos lifts the martial law and frees 341 prisoners

1982: Birth of Fany Hwang, Korean actor

1983: Resumption of the United Nations good offices mission, lead by Diego Cordovez, for an honoured political solution of Afghan conflit

1985: Birth of Riyu Kosaka, Japanese pop singer

1985: Birth of  Kang-In, South Korean singer

1987: Chinese intellectuals Fang Lizhi, Wang Ruowang and Liu Binyan are expelled from the Communist party

1992: During a visit to South Korea, Japanese Prime Minister Kiichi Miyazawa apologizes for forcing Korean women into sexual slavery (Comfort women) during World War II

1994: Death of Chung Il Kwon, PM of South Korea (1964-70), born on November 21, 1917


1995: 7.2 earthquake in Kobe, Japan. About 5000 people died and more than 21,000 people were injured. More than 30,000 buildings were damaged by the quake and resulting fires

2004: The first Japanese soldiers leave for Iraq. Since 1945, it is the first time that Japanese troop are send in a country on war

2004-01-17 Premiers vers Irak

2005: Death of Zhao Ziyang, Chinese prime minister (1980-1987), then general secretary of the Chinese communist Party (1987-1989)

Zhao Ziyang 2005-01-18

2008: Malaysian Islamic party still wants amputations and stonings

2009: The North Korean military declared an « all-out confrontational posture » against South Korea as an American scholar said he was told by officials in North Korea that it had « weaponized » 30.8 kilograms of plutonium

2010: Death of J Basu, Indian communist leader, born on July 8, 1914

2012: The urban population exceeded the rural population for the first time in more than 5,000 years in China according to 2011 statistics

2012: A senior judge in the criminal court in the Maldives, Judge Abdulla Mohamed, has been arrested

2012: Vietnam’s navy has taken delivery of its first locally-made warship, equipped with artillery and missile systems, local media report

2013: Death of Tissa Balasuriya, Sri Lankan priest and theologian, born on August 29, 1924

2014: Suchitra Sen, iconic Indian Bengali actress dies

2014: Death of Mohammed Burhanuddin, Indian spiritual leader, 52nd Da’i al-Mutlaq, born in 1912

2014: A senior IMF official and four UN employees were among 21 people killed in a suicide bomb and gun attack on a restaurant in Kabul

2014: ASEAN foreign ministers have concluded the first-ever high-level meeting hosted by Burma, also known as Myanmar, since the once-isolated country joined the grouping in 1997

2014: An accountability court in Islamabad indicts former prime minister Raja Pervez Ashraf and six others in the rental power case

2015: New Taipei City Mayor Eric Chu (朱立倫) is elected chairman of the Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) with 99.61 percent of all ballots cast, the highest in terms of percentage of votes obtained since the party first chose its leader by popular vote among party members in 2000

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654: Death of Gao Jifu, Chinese chancellor, Born in 596

1516: Birth of Bayinnaung, Burmese king who died on November 10, 1581

1556: Huge earthquake in China (Shenxi, Gansu and Shanxi). More than 800,000 died

1630: Birth of Har Rai, seventh Sikh guru, who died on October 6, 1661

1710: Death of Higashiyama, 113th emperor of Japan (1687-1709), born in October 1675

1711: Death of Joseph Vaz, Apostle of Ceylon, born on April 21, 1651

1761: In India, British take control of Pondichery against the French

1885: Birth of Zhou Zuoren, Chinese writer, and young brother of Lu Xun, who died on May 6, 1967

1901: Death of Govind Ranade, scholar, social reformer and founding member of Indian National Congress, passed away. Born on January 18, 1842

Govind Ranade

1926: Birth of O. P. Nayyar, Indian director and composer who died on January 28, 2007

1946: Birth of Kabir Bedi, Indian actor

1950: Vietnam communist Viet Minh recognizes Communist China

1950: Birth of Damo Suzuki, Japanese singer

1951: Viet Minh offensive against Hanoi

1954 : Baburao Painter, pioneering Indian film director, pass away. Born on June 3, 1890

1959: Death of Phan Khôi, Vietnamese journalist and author, prisonner of the Communist Party, born on August 20, 1887

Phan Khoi

1964: President Johnson approves Oplan 34A, operations to be conducted by South Vietnamese forces supported by the United States to gather intelligence and conduct sabotage to destabilize the North Vietnamese regime

1964 South Vietnam Naval commandos

1969: In Vietnam, agreement to open peace talks reached

1987: In China, self-criticism by the Chinese Communist Party general secretary Hu Yaobang who is replaced by Zhao Ziyang as General secretary of the Communist Party of China

1989: Death of Prem Nazir, Malayalam actor, born on April 7, 1926

1992: Death of Ajahn Chah, Thai meditation master, Born on June 17, 1918

1997: Dutta Samant, Indian trade union leader is gunned down. Born on November 21, 1932

2002: The UN Security Council unanimously establishes an arms embargo and the freezing of assets of Osama bin Laden, Al-Qaida, and the remaining members of the Taliban

2012: Pakistani lawmakers pass a resolution supporting the country’s democratic system, a vote that came after weeks of public speculation and political intrigue about the possibility of a coup in the volatile nation

2013: Myanmar repeals a law that was used to jail critics of the former junta, as the fast-changing nation works to overhaul a legal system once used to crush dissidents

2015: Death of Yao Beina, Chinese singer born on September 26, 1981

2016: Taiwan’s Democratic Progressive Party has swept to power in the country’s general election, clinching the presidency and the legislature as Tsai Ing-wen becomes its first female President

2016: The China-initiated Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) is officially launched


Holidays and observances

Thailand: Teacher’s Day

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1481: Birth of shogun Ashikaga Yoshizumi (1494 -1508) who was assassinated on September 6, 1511

1538: Birth of Maeda Toshiie, Japanese general, who died on April 27, 1599

1678: In now Indonesia, Amangkurat II gives the Dutch Indies Company (VOC) a monopoly on the sugar trade in Jepara


1885: Birth of Huang Yuanyong, Chinese writer who died on December 25, 1915

1896: French and British sign an agreement on their south-East Asia zones of influence. France recognizes the independence od Siam and the British recognizes the French protectorate on Laos

1897: Birth of Xu Zhimo, Chinese poet, who died on November 19, 1931

1905: Birth of Kamatari Fujiwara, Japanese actor who died on December 21, 1985

kamatari Fujiwara

1923: Birth of Lee Teng-hui, Taiwan’s president from 1988 to 2000

1923: Birth of Rukmani Devi, Sri Lankan Tamil singer and actress who died in a car accident on October 28, 1978

1925: Birth of Liu Binyan, Chinese journalist and novelist who died in exile on December 5, 2005

1934: 8.4 earthquake in India/Nepal, 10,700 dead

1935: During the Long March, opening of the Zunyi conference in which Mao Zedong will be elected chairman of the Chinese communist party

1936: Japanese leave the Naval Conference of London

1942: Jawaharlal Nehru succeeds Mohandas K. Gandhi as head of Indian’s National Congress Party

1942 Gandhi and_Nehru

1943: During World War II, the Japanese are driven off Guadalcanal

1943: Birth of Kiki Kirin, Japanese actress

1945: Death of Pedro Abad Santos, Filipino doctor, lawyer, Marxist and politician, leader of the first Philippine communist rebellions from the 1930s to the 1950s, born on January 31, 1876

1949: The Chinese Communist Party forces take over Tianjin from the Nationalist Government

1949: Gen. K.M. Cariappa is appointed as the first Indian Commander-in-Chief of the Indian Army, succeeding Lieutenant General Sir Roy Bucher. Since celebrated as the Indian Army Day

1949-01-15 General K M Cariappa Army commander

1951: In Korea, United Nations stop the sino-North Korean offensive

1954: Birth of Jose Dalisay, Jr., Filipino writer,_Jr.

1956: Birth of Kumari Mayawati, Indian politician, leader of the BSP, chief minister of Uttar Pradesh (2007-2012)

1956: Birth of Miki Fujimura, Japanese singer

1962: Naval incident between Indonesia and Netherland off West New Guinea

1973: Citing progress in peace negociations, President Richard Nixon announces the suspension of offensive actions in North Vietnam

1976: Tun Hussein bin Onn becomes the third premier minister of Malaysia

1979: Birth of Ken Chu, Taiwanese singer-actor and taichi champ

1982: Birth of Neil Nitin Mukesh, Indian actor

1989: “Private visit” (up to 20 January) of Vietnamese vice-minister of Foreign Affairs Dinh Nho Liem to Beijing. First high level meeting since 1979

1989: Worth railway tragedy in Bangladesh history. 110 are killed and  1,000 wounded

1994: Death of Harilal Upadhyay, Gujarati-Indian Author, Poet, Astrologis, born on January 22, 1916

1998: Death of Gulzarilal Nanda, Indian economist and politician, shortly Prime Minister of India, born on July 4, 1898


2002: In the Philippines, at least 32 persons are killed in Jolo while demonstrating for the release of ex-governor Nur Misuari, imprisoned for sedition

2002: The Sri Lankan government lifts all restriction of move of personns and commodities in the aera held by LTTE Tamil separatists

2005: Death of Japanese filmmaker Noriyoshi Matsûra

2006: Yu Shyi-kun, former Taiwan’s Prime Minister and closed to president Chen Shui-bian is elected president of the Democratic Progressist Party, replacing Su Tseng-chang who resigned after the DPP defeat in local elections on 3 December 2005

2007: Abu Sayyaf leader Abu Solaiman is killed in a clash on the island of Jolo

2007: Death of Pura Santillan-Castrence, Filipino writer and diplomat, born on March 24, 1905

2007: In Nepal, opening of the first session of the parliament (Sansad) after king Gyanendra Bir Bikram Shah Dev has been ousted. The Maoist communist party has 83 MP among 330

2007: Death of Bo Yibo, Chinese politician, born in February 1908. Father of the current CCP Chongqing committee secretary Bo Xilai

2008: In the Philippines, Muslim separatists walk away from the signing of a deal with the government

2009: Leading Indian filmmaker Tapan Sinha dies in the eastern Indian city of Calcutta (Kolkata) at the age of 84

2010: China choses a former soldier as the new governor of Tibet after the previous one resigned unexpectedly. Padma Choling, is an ethnic Tibetan who served 17 years in China’s army before joining the regional government

2013: Death of Gen. Yang Baibing, a military strongman who carried out the violent suppression of student-led protests in Tiananmen Square in 1989 and was later purged because of fears that he was accruing too much power. He was 93

2013: The Pakistani Supreme Court orders the arrest of Raja Pervez Ashraf, the country’s prime minister, in connection with a corruption case relating to contracts for the purchase of rental power plants by the federal government when Ashraf was the federal minister for water and power


2013: Death of Nagasi Oshima, Japanese film-maker, born on March 3, 1932

2014: Death of Namdeo Dhasal, Indian poet and activist, born on Februry 15, 1949

2014: China launches a scathing diplomatic attack against Japan, warning African nations of an impending « resurrection of Japanese militarism » and branding Prime Minister Shinzo Abe a « troublemaker »

2015: Pope Francis arrives in the Philippines for a five-day trip, seen as an effort to reinforce church membership, and highlight the issue of climate change as he meets victims of Typhoon Haiyan that killed thousands in the country in 2013


Holidays and observances

Army Day (India)

On 14 January in Asian history

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1641: Dutch Indies Company (VOC) takes Melaka (Malacca) from Portuguese, with help from the Sultan of Johore

1641-01-14 Dutch take Malacca

1701: Death of Tokugawa Mitsukuni, Japanese warlord, born in July 1628

1702: Birth of 114th Japanese emperor Nakamikado (1709-1735) who died on May 10, 1737

Emperor Nakamikado

1761: The Third Battle of Panipat is fought in India between the Afghans under Ahmad Shah Durrani and the Marhatas. The Afghan victory changes the course of Indian history

1761-01-14 third battle of panipat

1899: Birth of Carlos Romulo, Filipino diplomat and author who died on December 15, 1985

1905: Birth ofTakeo Fukuda, Prime Minister from December 1976 to December 1978, who died in July 1995. Father of Yasuo Fukuda, also later a Prime Minister

1920: Birth of R. K. Srikantan, Indian singer who died on February 17, 2014

1925: Birth of Japanese author Yukio Mishima who committed suicide on November 25, 1970

1926 : Birth of Mahasweta Devi, writer and social activist

1928: Birth of Akiyoshi Fukae, Japanese actor

1929: After tribal revolts, Afghan king Amanullah is forced to resign

1937: Death of Jaishankar Prasad, Hindi poet, dramatist and novelist, born on January 30, 1889

1937: Birth of Shoban Babu, Indian actor who died on March 20, 2008

1938: Birth of Morihiro Hosokawa, first non-LDP Japanese Prime Minister since 1955 (1993-1994)

1942: Forces, under US general Douglas MacArthur, resist Japanese attacks on Bataan in Philippines

1942: Japanese troops land at oil center Balikpapan in Borneo

1943: Operation Ke, the successful Japanese operation to evacuate their forces from Guadalcanal during the Guadalcanal campaign, begins

1950: United States recalls all consular personnel from China (Chinese Communists seized the U.S. consulate in Beijing, culminating a series of anti-American actions, including the arrest and beating of a U.S. vice consul in July 1949, and the nearly two-month arrest and detention of U.S. consul general Angus Ward in October 1949)

1950: Birth of Jagadguru Rāmabhadrācārya, Indian Hindu religious leader

1955: Birth of Junichi Ishida, Japanese actor

1957: Birth of Anchee Min, Chinese writer, painter and photographer

1957: Kripalu Maharaj is named fifth Jagadguru (world teacher) after giving seven days of speeches before 500 Hindu scholars

1961: Opening of the 9th plenum of the VIIIth Chinese Communist Party Central committee (up to 18). Facing increasing economic difficulties, adoption of a more liberal politics

1966: Indonesia closes its mission at United Nations as it prepares to withdraw from the world organizasion because it opposes the admission of the new Federation of Malaysia

1968: U.S. joint-service Operation Niagara is launched to support the U.S. Marine base at Khe Sanh

1976: Death of illness of Abdul Razak, Prime Minister of Malaysia from September 1970

Tunku Abdul Rahman

1980: The United Nations General Assembly demands the immediate and unconditional withdrawal of foreign troops in Afghanistan (Soviet Union)

1980: Indira Gandhi is elected Indian Prime Minister, a position she already had from 1966 to 1977

1985: Hun Sen, 33 years old, is elected prime minister of Cambodia

1990: Death of Mani Madhava Chakyar, Indian scholar, born on February 15, 1899

1994: Japanese police raid two companies suspected of selling electronics to the North Korean missile program

2001: Cambodia’s Senate approves a law to create a tribunal to try Khmer Rouge leaders. A cabinet minister says the court will spare no leader of the murderous regime

2008: Malawi cuts ties with Taiwan

2009: North Korea demands that the United States readjusts its focus in multilateral talks on ending the Communist state’s nuclear weapons program, insisting that it will never give up its nuclear arms before Washington normalizes relations with Pyongyang

The Nepali government and Maoist rebels have struck a deal which will lead to the formation of a new government within three months

2011: Death of Liu Huaqing, Chinese admiral, father of the modernization of the Chinese Navy

2012: Taiwan’s incumbent President Ma Ying-jeou wins a second term in office, promising to further improve ties with neighbouring China

2012: French Foreign Minister Alain Juppé arrives in Burma, the highest-ranking French diplomat to visit the junta-ruled nation, as it launched a limited reform process, whereby hundreds of political prisoners have been freed

2013: Death of Jasuben Shilpi, Indian sculptor, born on December 10, 1948

Jasuben Shilpi

2013: UN urges probe of North Korea rights abuses. Rights chief says as many as 200,000 political prisoners suffer in « atrocious » camps rife with torture and hard labour

2015: Death of Zhang Wannian, Chinese general, born in April 1928

2015: Pope Francis conducts a mass on Colombo’s Galle Face Green before canonising Joseph Vaz, a 17th century missionary who disguised himself as a beggar, in the first papal visit to the island nation in two decades

2017: Death of Chinese linguist Zhou Youguang, who created the writing system that turns Chinese characters into words using letters from the Roman alphabet, he was aged 111

2017: Former Malaysian prime minister Mahathir Mohamad officially launches the Malaysian United Indigenous Party (PPBM), pledging to unite the opposition to overthrow Prime Minister Najib Razak’s government ahead of the 14th General Election (GE14)


Holidays and observances

Makar Sankranti (India)

 The first day of Pongal, a Tamil New Year. (Tamil)

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5 BC: Birth of Emperor Guangwu of Han, ruler of China who died on March 29, 57

703: Death of Empress Jito of Japan, born in 645

1338: Birth of Jeong Mong-ju, Korean civil minister, diplomat and scholar who died in 1392

1666: French traveller Jean-Baptiste Tavernier arrives Dhaka and meest the governor Shaista Khan

1842: Dr William Brydon, a surgeon in the British Army during the First Anglo-Afghan War, becomes famous for being the sole survivor of an army of 16,500 when he reaches the safety of a Garrison in Jalalabad

1849: During the Second Sikh War, battle of Chillianwallah

1849-01-13 Battle of Chillianwallah

1904: Treaty between China and the United States opening the Manchuria ports and the city of Mukden to foreigners

1904: The fourth and final Japanese appeal proposes that Russia concedes influence in Korea while Japan concedes influence in Manchuria, with Russia respecting Chinese territorial integrity in Manchuria – the appeal is regarded by Russia as an ultimatum

1906: Birth of Zhou Youguang, Chinese linguist, father of pinyin, who died on January 14, 2017

Zhou Youguang

1911: Birth of Chinese general Yang Dezhi who died on October 25, 1994

1926: Birth of Shakti Samanta, Indian director and producer who died on April 9, 2009

1932: Birth of Cardinal Joseph Zen Ze-kiun, bishop of Hong Kong from 2002 to 2009

1933: US Congress declares to be for the independence of Philippines despite a veto of President Herbert Hoover

1938: Birth of Shivkumar Sharma, Indian santoor player and composer

1941: Ye Ting, the commander of the New Fourth Army of the Communist Party of China, which is surrounded by Kuomintang forces is arrested has he goes to the nationalist forces headquarter to negociate

1946: The Committee of Three (USA, nationalists and communists) sign an agreement for a cease-fire and a reorganization of the Chinese forces integrating the communist forces

1948: Birth of Gaj Singh, Maharaja of  Jodhpur

1949: Birth of Rakesh Sharma, first Indian and 138th man to visit space

 1950: Soviet resolution to grant the P.R.C. admission to the United Nations is defeated.The U.S.S.R. delegate stages a second walkout, announcing a Soviet boycott of the Security Council until it ousts the Nationalist Chinese delegate and seats Beijing

1951: Communist forces attack the French fortified defensive line around the Red River Delta (De Lattre Line) at Vinh-Yen, in an attempt to reach Hanoi (French victory on January 17)


1953: Norodom Sihanouk dissolves Cambodia National Assembly

1962: First Operation Farm Gate missions flown

1962-01-13 Farm Gate

1964: Hindu-Muslim rioting breaks out in the Indian city of Calcutta resulting in the deaths of more than 100 people

1968: Birth of Chara, Japanese singer and actress

1972: Nixon announces additional troop withdrawals from Vietnam

1972: Birth of Park Jin-Young, Korean singer

1973: Birth of Gloria Yip, Hong Kong actress and singer,afr.html

1975: First meeting of the China’s National people’s Congress since ten years. Amendment of the 1954 constitution

1975: Sultan Kudarat (1581-1671) of Mindanao, is hailed as national hero of the Filipino people

1976: Japan says it is ready to sign a peace treaty with China

1978:  Birth of Ashmit Patel, Indian actor

1983: Birth of Imran Khan, Indian actor

1984: Birth of Aya Hirayama, Japanese actress

1985: Madan Puri, Hindi and Punjabi film actor, passed away. Born in 1915

1988: Death of Taiwanese president Chiang Ching-kuo. Lee Teng-hui becomes the first native taiwanese president

1992: Japan apologizes for forcing tens of thousands of Korean women to serve as sex slaves for Japanese soldiers during World War II

2008: Manmohan Singh is doing the first Indian Prime Minister visit to China since five years

2012: US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton announces that Washington will start the process of exchanging ambassadors with Burma

2012: Hundreds of political detainees are freed from jails across Burma in the latest move by the government to introduce reforms

2013: Death of Balagangadharanatha Swamiji, Indian religious leader, born on January 15, 1945

2014: Death of Anjali Devi, Indian actress and producer, born on August 24, 1927

2015: In the first visit papal visit to Sri Lanka in more than 20 years, Pope Francis calls on the country to do more to seek the truth about its years of civil war

2015: Indian Lt Gen JFR Jacob, 1971 Bangladesh war hero passes away