On 17 November in Asian history



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344: Death of Emperor Kang of Jin, born in 322

342-344 Emperor Kang of Jin

641: Death of the 34th Japanese emperor Jomei (629-641), born in 593

Emperor Jomei

1019: Birth of Northern Song Dynasty historian Sima Guang

1183: In Japan, battle of Mizushima during the Gempei War of 1180-1185: The Minamoto-Taira Conflict

1183 Battle of Mizushima

1600: Kuki Yoshitaka, Japanese naval commander, who launched an invasion of Korea in 1592, commits suicide

1612: Birth of Dorgon (prince Rui), one of the most influential Manchu  princes in the early Qing Dynasty who died on December 31, 1650

1828: Birth of Early Modern reformist Yung Wing, founder of the Chinese Educational Mission in the USA

1846: Pagan Min is  enthroned king of Burma succeeding his father Tharrawaddy Min, up to 1853

1869: The Suez Canal  is opened to traffic, offering direct sea link between Europe and Asia

1891: Eulogio Despujol becomes governor-general of the Philippines

1898: In the Philippines, a provisional revolutionary government of the District of Visayas is inaugurated

1904: Birth of Isamu Noguchi, Japanese sculptor who died in December 1988

1905: Birth of Teru Shimada, Japanese actor who died on June 19, 1988

1905: Eulsa treaty or  Japan-Korea Protectorate treaty against the will of king Kojong


1919: Birth of Kim Heung-sou, Korean painter (the Korean Picasso) who died on June 9 2014

Kim Heung-sou portrait

1920: Birth of Gemini Ganesan, Indian film actor (Tamil Nadu) who died on March 22, 2005

1921: Pa Chay Vue, Hmong Nationalist against the French is assassinated

1928: Death of Lala Lajpat Rai, Indian author and leader in the fight  for freedom from Great Britain, known as “Lion of Punjab”

1929: Birth of Goro Naya, Japanese actor who died on March 5, 2013

1942: Birth of Khang khek leu (nicknamed Dutch) who has been the head of  a torture center during the Khmer Rouge rule (1975-1979) and captured in 1999

1949: Birth of Nguyen Tan Dung, Vietnam Prime Minister from 2006 to 2016

1950: Tenzin Gyatso,  the 14th Dalai Lama, is called upon to assume full political power (head of the  State and Government) after some 80,000 Peoples Liberation Army soldiers  entered Tibet

1958: Death of Yutaka Taniyama, Japanese mathematician, born on November  12, 1927

1965: In Vietnam, the US 1st Cavalry unit ambushed in the Ia Drang Valley


1967: Vietnam War:  Acting on optimistic reports he was given on November 13, US President Lyndon  B. Johnson tells his nation that, while much remained to be done, « We are  inflicting greater losses than we’re taking…We are making progress. »

1969: Birth of Ryotaro Okiayu, Japanese actor

1970: Vietnam War:  Lieutenant William Calley goes on trial for the My Lai massacre

1971: In Thailand,  military coup d’état. Marshal Thanom Kittikachorn seizes power

1973: Death of Mirra Alfassa « The Mother », Indian spiritual leader, born on February 2, 1878

1975: East-Timor  declares itself independent from Portugal

1982: General Prem is  the first Thailand Prime Minister to go to China

1984: Birth of Park Han-byul, South Korean actress

1985: Death of Lon Nol who overturned Sihanouk in March 1970 and  proclaimed the Republic, born on November 13, 1913

1988: Benazir Bhutto  is sworn in as the first woman leader of an Islamic country. She was elected in  the first democratic elections in Pakistan in 11 years

2001: The Taliban confirm the death of Osama bin Laden’s military chief  Mohammed Atef in an airstrike three days earlier

2003: Death of Surjit Bindrakhia, Punjabi artist, born on April 15, 1962

2005: Prime Minister  Mahinda Rajapakse, 60 ans, is elected the 5th president of Sri Lanka,_2005

2010: The results of the November 7 general elections  in Burma are announced,_2010

2010: Signaling a new toughness in its dealings  with China, New Delhi tells Beijing it should be mindful of Indian  sensitivities over Jammu and Kashmir, in the same way that India has been towards  Chinese concerns on Tibet and Taiwan

2011: Cambodia’s U.N.-backed tribunal rules a former senior Khmer Rouge leader unfit to stand trial for genocide and other crimes because she has Alzheimer’s disease. The tribunal said the illness diminishes Ieng Thirith’s mental capacity and ordered the 79-year-old defendant freed from detention.

2012: Hindu fundamentalist politician Bal Thackeray, the founder of the right-wing Shiv Sena party, dies in Mumbai at the age of 86.

2013: The Maldives inaugurates a new president, a day after his surprise victory. Yaamin Abdul Gayoom and his deputy, Mohamed Jameel are sworn.

2014: Chinese President Xi Jinping vows always to use peaceful means in pursuit of Beijing’s goals, including in maritime disputes, just days after US President Barack Obama warned of the dangers of outright conflict in Asia.

2015: Ashok Singhal: Controversial Indian VHP leader dies


On 16 November in Asian history


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1328: Death of Prince Hisaaki, Japanese shogun, the 8th of the Kamakura shogunate, born on October 19, 1276

Prince Hisaaki

1873: Thai King Chulalongkorn, who succeeded his father on October 1868, is crowned for a second time

1884: Because the  Russian threat, Xinjiang is formally incorporated into the Chinese empire as a  province

1890: Birth of Elpidio Quirino, 6th President of the Philippines (1948-1953) who died on February 28, 1956

Elpidio Quirino

1892: Birth of Guo Moruo, Chinese writer, who died on June 12, 1978

1897: Birth of Choudhary Rahmat Ali, Pakistani nationalist who is  credited with creating the name « Pakistan »

1899: France and the Chinese government sign the Treaty of Guangzhou Bay Concession putting in force the April 12, 1898 Treaty

Kouang Tcheou Wan

1909: Birth of Mirza Nasir Ahmad, Indian-Pakistani 3rd Caliph of Ahmadiyya Muslim Community who died on June 9, 1982

1938: Netherlands  government rejects the 1936 autonomy petition for Indonesia

1953: In Cambodia, after Penn Nouth resigned, Chan Nak cabinet is formed

1961: Kennedy decides  to increase military aid to Saigon

1969: The U.S. Army  announces that several had been charged with massacre and the subsequent  cover-up in the My Lai massacre in Vietnam on March 16, 1968

1970:  South-Vietnamese president Ky defends South Vietnamese operations in Cambodia

1972: Establishment of diplomatic relations between China and Luxembourg

1972: Birth of Ryu Jin, Korean actor

1980: Birth of Lee Eun-ju, South Korean actress who commited  suicide  on February 22, 2005

1980: Death of Jayan,  Indian actor, born in 1938

1981: Birth of Lee Hye-mi, Korean actress

1987: Death of Zubir Said, a Singapore composer who composed the  national anthem

1988: Benazir Bhutto,  daughter of former leader Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, wins the election and is charged  to form a government becoming first female head of government of Pakistan

1996: Mother Teresa  receives honorary US citizenship

1996-11-16 Soeur Teresa US citizen

1997: Chinese  pro-democracy campaigner Wei Jingsheng arrived in the United States after being  released on medical parole after nearly 18 years in prison

2000: Bill Clinton  becomes the first serving U.S. president to visit Communist Vietnam

2007: In Pakistan,  Muhammad Mian Soomro, president of the senate is sworn as caretaker Prime  Minister in charge to organize the general elections scheduled for the first  week of January 2008

2009: Cambodia’s  parliament strips opposition leader Sam Rainsy of his immunity from  prosecution. The move was prompted by his reported encouragement to villagers  to uproot border markers on the frontier with Vietnam last month

2009: In Shanghai,  pressing for greater freedoms on China’s own turf,  President Barack Obama speaks against censorship, saying tough criticisms of  political leaders should be allowed and the free flow of information on the Internet « should be encouraged. »

2010: Thailand extradites accused  Russian arms trafficker Viktor Bout to the U.S. to face terrorism charges,  siding with Washington in a tug of war with Moscow over whether to send him to  stand trial or let him go home

2011: A controversial amnesty decree is endorsed by Thailand’s cabinet that could pave the way for the return of Thaksin Shinawatra, the country’s fugitive former prime minister

2013: Abdulla Yameen wins Maldives presidential election run-off, beating favourite Mohamed Nasheed in a close-run contest

2015: India, China agree to deepen defence ties, maintain peace at LAC

2017: Cambodia’s Supreme Court dissolves the CNRP, country’s main opposition party, and bans more than 100 of its politicians, in a ruling blasted by rights groups as the « death » of the nation’s democracy

On 15 November in Asian history

1946-11-15 Linggajati agreement


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1706: Death of Tsangyang Gyatso, the 6th dalai lama, born in 1683

1835: Birth of Sakamoto Ryoma, Japanese revolutionary, assassinated on November 15, 1867

1867: Sakamoto Ryoma, a Japanese revolutionary against the shogunat system is assassinated (see above)

1887: Birth of Hitoshi Ashida, Japanese prime minister from March to October 1948, who died on June 20, 1959

Itoshi Ashida

1895: Philippine newspaper “La Solidaridad” stops publication

1899: Birth of Iskander Mirza, first president of Pakistan (March 1956-October 1958) who died on November 15, 1969

1908: Death of Chinese empress dowager Cixi. Pu Yi (two years old) becomes emperor

1912: Birth of Yi Wu, Korean prince who died on August 7, 1945

1923: Birth of Văn Cao, Vietnamese composer, poet, and painter, author of the national anthem, who died on July 10, 1995

Van Cao

1929: -The Chinese communist Party expels its founder Chen Duxiu

1935: Manuel L. Quezon is inaugurated as the second president and first of the Commonwealth of the Philippines, up to August 1, 1944

1935-11-15 Quezon taking the oath

1946: By the Linggajati agreement, Dutch recognize Republic of Indonesia authority in Java, Sumatra and Madura. Both sides agree to form United States of Indonesia with Netherlands crown as symbolic head. On March 25, 1947, the  agreement will be formally signed

1946-11-15 Linggajati agreement

1947: Birth of Malcolm Ranjith, Sri Lankan cardinal

1949: Nathuram Godse and Narayan Apte are executed for assassinating Mahatma Gandhi

1951: Communist rebels kill 11 people in an attack on a rubber plantation in Malaya

1955: In Japan, the Liberal Democratic Party is founded

1956: Birth of Ong Ka Ting, chairman of the Malaysian Chinese Association (2003-2008)

1967: Hanoi rejects November 11 US president Johnson for a summit

1969: 250,000 war protesters stage a peaceful march and rally in heart of Washington

1969: Death of Iskander Mirza (former president of Pakistan), born on November 15, 1899

1978: In China, start of the « Beijing Spring » Movement (Democracy wall)

1981: Death of Khawar Rizvi, Pakistani poet and scholar, born on June 1, 1938

1981: Abdus Sattar, acting head of state since May 30 is elected president of Bangladesh

1982 : Death of Vinoba Bhave, Indian Freedom fighter, born on September 11, 1895

1994: The Communist Party of Nepal wins the elections

1999: Representatives from China and the United States sign a major trade agreement that involves China’s membership in the World Trade Organization (WTO)

2000: Jharkhand state comes into existence in India

2002: End of the 16th Chinese Communist Party congress. Hu Jintao succeeds Jiang Zemin as General Secretary, but Jiang keeps the chairmanship of the CCP Central military Commission

Hu Jintao 2003

2005: Princess Sayako, only daughter of emperor Akiyito, spouses a man from common birth and so losing her royal status

2006: Pakistan parliament adopts a new law. The raped women are no more forced to have four men testimonies. Adultery is reduced from death by stoning to five years in jail. Islamists boycott the vote

2007: A devastating Cyclone named Sidr hits Bangladesh, killing an estimated 5000 people and destroys the world’s largest mangrove forest, Sundarbans

2008: Sri Lanka military says it has captured the strategically important northern town of Pooneryn from Tamil Tiger separtists

2008: One of Myanmar’s most prominent activists is sentenced to 65 years in jail along with two other pro-democracy leaders in connection with the 2007 anti-junta protests. Min Ko Naing is considered Myanmar’s top activist after detained Nobel peace laureate Aung San Suu Kyi

2009: U.S. President Barack Obama begins his first state visit to China

2011: The Philippine government defies a Supreme Court ruling that allowed former President Gloria Arroyo to travel abroad for medical treatment

2012: Xi Jinping is elected general secretary of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee at the first plenary session of the 18th CPC Central Committee on Thursday morning.

2012: Myanmar’s president grants 452 prisoners Amnesty

2014: Pakistan and Afghanistan pledge to begin a new era of economic cooperation, with Afghan President Ashraf Ghani saying three days of talks had ended 13 years of differences

2014: Vietnam’s Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung survives a confidence vote in parliament with 64 per cent of the delegates giving a vote of ‘high confidence’ in his leadership and 14 per cent showing’low confidence

2015: Nepal PM asks India to end « undeclared blockade »

2016: A Hong Kong court disqualifies two pro-independence politicians from taking office, ruling their oath of allegiance invalid in a judgment in step with Beijing which last week intervened in the city’s legal system

Holidays and observances

Japan: Shichi-Go-San (children festival)

On 14 November in Asian history

1991-11-14 Sihanouk retour


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669: Death of Fujiwara no Kamatari, Japanese politician, born in 614

673: Death of Chinese Tang dynasty painter Yan Liben

Yan Liben

976: Death of Taizu, first emperor of the Song dynasty (960-976)


1643: Japanese emperor Go-Komyo is enthroned

1691: Death of Tosa Mitsuoki, Japanese painter, born on November 21, 1617,2
   Tosa Mitsuoki 3

1860: Sino-Russian Treaty of Beijing

1875: Birth of Gregorio del Pilar, Filipino general, who was killed on December 2, 1899

1885: Beginning of the third war between Great-Britain and Burma. The Burmese king and his country are taken completely by surprise by the rapidity of the advance with no time for them to collect and organize any resistance

1889: Birth of Jawaharlal Nehru, first Prime Minister of India (1947-1944) who died on May 27, 1964

Jawaharlal Nehru

1905: Birth of Sanoesi Pane, Indonesian author, who died on January 2, 1968

1908: Death of Chinese Emperor Guangxu, born in August 1871


1917: Birth of Park Chung-hee, South Korean general and politician, 3rd President of South Korea from 1962 to his assassination on October 26 1979

1935: American president Roosevelt announces that The Philippines will be a Commonwealth member and will get full independence in 1946 

1945: Sutan Sjahrir is the first Prime Minister of Indonesia (with Sukarno as president), up to June 20, 1947]

1947: The United Nations General Assembly founds a commission in charge to organize national elections in Korea

1949: Death of Matsudaira Tsuneo, Japanese diplomat, born on 17 April  1877

1950 : the Quirino-Foster agreement is signed in Philippine Baguio City

1951: Birth of Zhang Yimou, Chinese film director

1959: A technical  cooperation agreement is signed between France and Vietnam

1965: During the  Vietnam War, the Battle of the Ia Drang begins – the first major engagement  between regular American and North Vietnamese forces

1966: US Navy bombs  North Vietnam coast

1967: During the  Vietnam War, Major General Bruno Arthur Hochmuth, commander of the Third Marine Division, becomes the first general to be killed in Vietnam by enemy fire

1972: Nixon promises  Thieu that U.S. will continue to support South Vietnam

1977: Death of Abhay Charanaravinda Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada,  founder of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness,  commonly known as the « Hare Krishna  Movement », born on September 1, 1896

1979: The United  Nations General Assembly adopts a resolution demanding the withdrawal of all  foreign forces in Cambodia

1981: Promulgation of  a constitution for Bhutan

1984: Zamboanga City mayor Cesar Climaco, a prominent critic of the  government of Philippine President Ferdinand Marcos, is assassinated in his home  city

1990: 70 Indonesian  soldiers are killed in a battle with Fretilin guerillas near Ainaro, East  Timor. Army lands several thousand reinforcements later in the month

1991: Prince Sihanouk  comes back to Cambodia after 13 years in exile

1991-11-14 Sihanouk retour

1993: Farooq Leghari  becomes the eighth president of Pakistan, up to December 2, 1997

1993: Death of Sanzo Nosaka, co-founder of Japanese Communist Party, born on March 30, 1892

1994: Sirimavo  Bandaranaike becomes again Sri Lanka prime minister, up to August 2000

Sirimavo  Bandaranaike timbre

1999: United Nations  Security Council asks to all states to freeze taliban assets abroad

2001: Eight foreign  aid workers, including two Americans, who had been accused of preaching  Christianity in Afghanistan are freed by the Taliban

2007: The prime  ministers of North and South Korea begin the first direct talks in 15  years on the implementation of reconciliation pact signed in Pyongyang last  month

2010: Democracy  leader Aung San Suu Kyi first day of freedom after  she has been released from house arrest

2013: Death of Hari Krishna Devsare, Indian journalist and author, born on March 9, 1938

Hari Krishna Devsare

2013: Gambia cuts diplomatic ties with Taipei

2013: Death of Augustine, Indian actor, born on July 30, 1955

2014: India successfully test-fired nuclear capable surface-to-surface Prithvi-II missile from a test range in eastern Indian state of Odisha

2014: Prominent Pakistani cleric and leader of Jamiat-e-Ulema-e-Islam Pakistan, Maulana Fazlurrahman, meets with President Ashraf Ghani in Islamabad and warns that war would continue in Afghanistan until the complete withdraw of foreign troops

2015: Death of K. S. Gopalakrishnan, Indian director, producer, and screenwriter, born in 1929

 Holidays and observances

India: Birthday of Jawaharlal Nehru: Children’s Day


On 13 November in Asian history



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1587: Death of Hai Hui, famous Ming dynasty mandarin, born on January 23, 1514

1760: Birth of Jiaqing, the sixth emperor of the Qing (Manchu) dynasty 1792-1820)

1780: Birth of Ranjit Singh, Indian founder of the Sikh Empire, who died on June 27, 1839

1896: Birth of Nobusuke Kishi, Japanese PM (1957-1960), who died on August 7, 1987

Nobusuke Kishi
1899: Birth of Iskander Mirza, first President of Pakistan who died on November 12, 1969

1899: Birth of Huang Xianfan, Chinese historian who died on January 18, 1982

1907: Birth of Sri Savang Vatthana, last king of Laos (1959-1975), who died in a Pathet Lao labor camp in June 1978

1913: Birth of Cambodian Marshal Lon Nol, president of the Khmer Republic (1972-1975), who died on November 17, 1985

1924: Birth of Motoo Kimura, Japanese geneticist, who died on November13, 1994

Kimura Motoo

1935: Birth of P. Susheela, Indian singer

1942: US and Japanese ships engage in an intense, close-quarters surface naval engagement during the Battle of Guadalcanal

1948: Birth of Humayun Ahmed, Bangladeshi novelist and film-maker

1950: At the United Nations Tibet accuses China of aggression

1952: Birth of Art Malik, Pakistani-born English actor

1968 : USA demand that Saigon authorities should take part in a four-party conference. Saigon has always refused to talk with National Liberation Front

1969: In United States, anti-war protesters in Washington, DC stage a symbolic March Against Death in Vietnam

1975: According to World Health Organization, smallpox is eradicated in Asia

1982: Birth of Koda Kumi, Japanese singer

1989: Arrest and killing of of Rohana Wijeweera, founder of the Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) or People’s Liberation Front, in Sri Lanka, born on 14 July 1943

1994: Death of Motoo Kimura, Japanese geneticist, born on November 13, 1924

1996: Death of Swami Rama, Himalayan yoga master, born in 1925

1998: Russia and Japan agree to sign a post-World War II peace deal by 2000

1998: Agreement  between Cambodian prime minister Hun Sen and his rival prince Norodom  Ranariddh, ending an year and half crisis that blocked the institutions. Hun  Sen will lead a government coalition

2000: Philippine House  passes the articles of impeachment against Philippine President Joseph Estrada

2001: Northern coalition take Kabul and Burhanuddin Rabbani retakes the charge of president of the republic


2002: Death of Rishikesh Shaha, Nepalese politician and writer, born in 1925

Rishikesh Shaha

2007: An explosion hits the House of Representatives of the Philippines in Quezon City, killing four people, including Congressman Wahab Akbar, governor of Balisan, and wounding six

2010: Democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi is released from house arrest

2013: The Commonwealth expells the Maldives from its disciplinary panel which has begun investigating the political chaos in the country after repeated court interventions that scuttled elections

2015 : With more than 80% of contested seats now declared, Aung San Suu Kyi’s party has more than the two-thirds it needs to choose the president, ending decades of military-backed rule

2016: Thousands of people attended a pro-Beijing rally in Hong Kong Sunday (Nov 13) in support of China’s decision to effectively bar two pro-independence legislators from taking office, as fears grow of the city’s freedoms being under threat


On 12 November in Asian history

1978-11-12 Deng arrive à Singapour


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 764: Under king Trisong Detsen, Tibetan take Chang’an (now Xi’an), the capital of the Chinese Tang Dynasty emperor Daizong

1528: Birth of Qi Jiguang, Chinese general, famous for his fighting against Japanese pirates, who died on January 5, 1588.

1841: During the First Afghan War, beginning of the siege of Jellalabad, up to April 13, 1842

1848: Birth of Li Lianying, Imperial Eunuch, who died on March 4, 1911

1866: Birth of Sun Yat-sen, founder of the Republic of China, who died on March 12, 1925

 1893: The treaty of the Durand Line is signed between present day Pakistan and Afghanistan – the Durand Line has gained international recognition as an international border between the two nations

1899: Incapable of further resistance, Filipino military leaders decide to disband the army and to continue to fight by guerrilla warfare

1916: Birth of Rogelio de la Rosa, Filipino actor and politician who died on November 10, 1986

1926: the Communist Party of Indonesia (PKI) revolts in Banten, Batavia, Bandung, Padang. PKI declares a republic. Revolt is crushed by the Dutch, who make over 13,000 arrests

1927: Birth of Yutaka Taniyama, Japanese mathematician who committed suicide on November 17, 1958

 1933: The Independent  Republic (Turkish Islamic Republic of Eastern Turkestan- TIRET or Republic of  Uyghurstan, both names were used at the same time) is proclaimed (up to  February 6, 1934)

1942: Beginning of  the three-day capital naval battle of Guadalcanal between Japanese and American  forces

1944: In a part of  Xinjiang, following the Yili Uprising, the Second Eastern Turkestan Republic is  proclaimed (up to October 20, 1949)

1945: Jendral Sudirman is elected the first commander-in-chief of the Indonesian Armed Forces

Jendral Sudirman

1946: Death of Madan Mohan Malaviya, Indian activist and politician, founder of the Banaras Hindu University, born on December 25, 1861


1948: In Tokyo, the  International Military Tribunal for the Far East sentences seven Japanese  military and government officials to death, including Prime Minister Hideki Tojo,  for their role during WW2

1951: General Ridway  orders to stop all new offensive. The Korea War enters into its trenchers  period

1959: Birth of Toshihiko Sahashi, Japanese composer

Sahashi Toshihiko

1963: Birth of Susumu Terajima, Japanese actor

1965: Death of Taher Saifuddin, Indian spiritual leader, 51st Da’i al-Mutlaq, born on August 4, 1888

1969: Death in jail of president Liu Shaoqi, left without medical  assistance by Maoist Red guards

1969-11-12 Mort de Liu Shaoqi

1969: An American  journalist,Seymour Hersh, reveals the massacre of the population of the Vietnam  village of My Lay on 16 March 1968

1970: The Bhola cyclone makes landfall on the coast of East Pakistan becoming the deadliest tropical cyclone in history

1971: In the Vietnam  war, as part of Vietnamization, US President Richard M. Nixon sets February 1,  1972 as the deadline for the removal of another 45,000 American troops from  Vietnam

1971: Birth of Chen Guangcheng, Chinese civil right activist

1978: Chinese leader  Deng Xiaoping in Singapore for a two-day visit

1978-11-12 Deng arrive à Singapour

1984: Birth of Sandara Park, South Korean actress

1990: The current  emperor of Japan Akihito is officially enthroned

1991: In Dili  (East-Timor), Indonesian forces open fire on demonstrators causing 271 deaths  and 250 missing people

1994: After her  November 9 victory, Chandrika Kumaratunga takes her charge of president of Sri  Lanka

1996: The Indemnity  Act of Bangladesh gives immunity from legal action to the persons  involved in the assassination of president Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, is scrapped  after Awami League formed government with Sheikh Hasina Wazed, the daughter of  Sheikh Mujib, as Prime Minister of Bangladesh. This paves the way for the trial  of the killers,_Bangladesh

1997: Ramzi Yousef is  found guilty of masterminding the 1993 World Trade Center bombing

2001: Taliban forces  abandon Kabul, ahead of advancing Afghan Northern Alliance troops

2006: Tie Ning is  elected president of the Chinese Writers’ Association, during the Seventh  National Congress of the Chinese Writers’ Association, to become the third  president, and first woman president, in the association’s history

2007: In Cambodia,  police arrest Ieng Sary, the former minister of the Khmer Rouge, along with his  wife the former social affair minister of the Khmer Rouge government

2010: Taiwan government strips  ex-president Chen Shui-bian of privileges of due to him as a former head of  state, after he was convicted of bribery by the island’s highest court

2012: A high court clears influential Japanese politician Ichiro Ozawa of wrongdoing in connection with a political funding case

2013: China is granted a seat on the UN’s human rights council despite its long record of refusing inspections by international human rights monitors

2014: Death of Ravi Chopra, Indian director and producer, born on September 27, 1946

2015 : After being banned from entering for 10 years, Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrives in the United Kingdom with critics denouncing moves against freedom of speech in India since his government took power a year ago. Trade and defence deals worth billions of dollars are signed during Modi’s maiden visit

2016: The biggest street protest in nearly three decades was held in the heart of Seoul with up to 1 million people calling for President Park Geun-hye to resign


Holidays and  observances

Republic of China (Taiwan) : Birth of Sun Yat-Sen

On 11 November in Asian history

1921-11-11 Naval conference


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1636: Birth of Yan Ruoqu, great Chinese scholar who died on July 9, 1704

1675: Guru Tegh Bahadur Ji, 9th sikh guru, is beheaded, born on April 1,  1621

1743: In now Indonesia,  Pakubuwono II gives to Dutch VOC Surabaya, Rembang, Jepara and claims to eastern most Java and West Madura. VOC receives a say in court appointment

1750: Riots break out in Lhasa after the murder of the Tibetan regent

1763: Death of Jean-François Dupleix, former governor general of the French Establishment in India

1858 : Birth of Martin Teofilo Delgado, Filipino revolutionary general, who died on November 12, 1918

1865: Treaty of Sinchula in which Bhutan gives up the areas east of the Teesta river to the British East India Company

1866: Bombing of Seoul by the French fleet of Admiral Roze, but the city is not taken (See 16 October),_1866

1873: Dutch invade Aceh again, and maintain their positions, but would sustain heavy losses due to  disease

1888: Birth of Abul Kalam Muhiyuddin Ahmed, Muslim scholar and a senior political leader of the Indian independence movement, who died on February 22, 1958

1896 : In the Philippines, end of the two-days Battle of Binakayan, at Cavite el Viejo (present day Kawit), Cavite

1911: Yuan Shikai, succedes Prince Qing as Prime Minister of the Chinese Imperial Cabinet

1913: Birth of Sun Yun-suan, Prime Minister of the Republic of China (1978-1984) who, died on February 15, 2006

1921: Opening of Washington Naval Conference between Britain, France, Japan and United States for discussions of issues in the Pacific and Far East (up to February 1922)

1921-11-11 Naval conference

1926: Birth of Johnny Walker, Indian actor who died on July 29, 2003

1936 Birth of Mala Sinha, Nepali Indian actress

1939:Death of Murakami Kagaku, Japanese painter, born on July 3, 1888

Murakami Kagatu 2

1941: Birth of Shunsuke Ikeda, Japanese actor who died on June 11, 2010

1945: in Indonesia, Sutan Sjahrir moves a proposal through KNIP to take powers away from the President and transfer them to a Prime Minister and the Cabinet. The effect is to make Sukarno’s position less powerful for a while

1949: The Chinese PLA air forces are founded

1952: Birth of Ho Lily, Taiwanese actress

1955: Birth of Jigme Singye Wangchuck, king of Bhutan (1972-2006)

1960: A military coup against President Ngo Dinh Diem of South Vietnam is crushed

1960-11-11 Failed coup

1967: One more time, US president Lyndon Johnson says he is ready to meet North Vietnam leaders

1967: During the Vietnam War, in a propaganda ceremony in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, three American prisoners of war are released by the Viet Cong and turned over to « new left » antiwar activist Tom Hayden

1968: Biginning of Operation Commando Hunt. The goal is to interdict men and supplies on the Ho Chi Minh trail throught Laos into South Vietnam

1968: Failed assassination attack against Ayub Khan, head of state of Pakistan

1968: Second Republic is declared in the Maldives under the presidency of Ibrahim Nasir, elected indirectly to a four-year presidential term by the Majlis (legislature)

1972: The huge American military base of Long Bing is given to South Vietnam authorities. End  of the direct engagement of the USA in Vietnam

1977: Kriangsak Chomanan is sworn in as Thai prime minister, up to March 1980

1977: Prime Minister Pham Van Dong issued Resolution 297 severely restricting religious practices in Vietnam and allowing the government to confiscate church properties and to forbid the « spread of superstitions. »

1977: Death of Abraham Sarmiento jr, Filipino journalist and activist while in prison, born on June 5, 1950

1978: The tragedy of the 2500 boat people on Haï Hong ship who are denied to shore on Malaysia is revealed

1978: Maumoon Abdul Gayoom is elected president of the Maldives succeeding Ibramim Nasir

1980 : Death of Binod Behari Mukherjee, Bengali painter and muralist, born on February 7, 1904

1983: President Reagan becomes the first US president to address Japanese legislature

1983-11-14 Reagan Hirohito

2001: Theys Eluay, leader of the independence movement for Papua (Irian Jaya), is found dead in a town east of Jayapura. Several military officers will be later arrested for the murder

2008: A closed court Myanmar sentence at least 11 dissidents involved in last year’s pro-democracy protests to 65 years each in prison

2008: Chen Shui-bian, the former Taiwan’s president, is detained after being questioned about a money-laundering case

2008-11-11 Chen arrested

2008: Mohamed Nasheed is sworn in as the 4th president of the Maldives, succeeding Maumoon Abdul Gayoom

2009: Death of Dhanpat Rai Nahar, Indian labour leader, born in 1919

2017: Nepal’s three-time premier of monarchy era Kirti Nidhi Bista dies at 90

Holidays and observances

South Korea : Pepero Day

Maldives : Republic Day (1968)

Bhutan: Birthday of King Jigme Singye Wangchuck

On 10 November in Asian history

1945-11-10 Battle of Surabaya


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937: During the Ten Kingdoms, Li Bian usurps the throne and deposes Emperor Yang Pu. The Wu State is replaced by Li (now called « Xu Zhigao »), who becomes the first ruler of Southern Tang

1293: Raden Wijaya is crowned as the first monarch of Majapahit kingdom of Java, taking throne name Kertarajasa Jayawardhana

1659: Shivaji Maharaj, Maratha King wins the Battle of Pratapgarh, starting conquests which will lead to the Maratha Empire in 1674

1698: The East India Company takes possession of three villages in Bengal : Sutanaki, Kolkota and Gobindapun that they will unit to form Calcutta

1848: Birth of Sir Surendranath Banerjee, leader, Indian National Congress who died on August 26, 1925

1868: Birth of Gichin Funakoshi, Japanese martial artist who died on April 26, 1957

1896: Candido Tria Tirona, revolutionary general and secretary of war in the Magdalo revolutionary council, is killed in action during the Battle of Binakayan, at Cavite el Viejo (present day Kawit), Cavite

1899: Birth of Swami Satyabhakta, Indian guru, philosopher, and scholar who died on December 10, 1998

1911: Chinese imperial army recaptures Nanjing in a blood bath

1928: Michinomiya Hirohito (Showa) is crowned the 124th emperor of Japan (up to 1989)

1928-11-10 Hirohito coronation

1939: Birth of Anscar Chupungco, Filipino monk and theologian who died on January 9, 2013

1941: Birth of Kyu Sakamoto, a popular Japanese singer and actor who died in August 1985 in an air crash

1943: Indonesian nationalists Sukarno, Hatta, and Kyai Bagus Hadikusumo are flown to Tokyo to be decorated by the Emperor of Japan

1944: Death of Wang Jingwei, who on March 30, 1940, formed at Nanjing a pro-Japanese government, born on May 4, 1983

1945: Battle of Surabaya between pro-independence soldiers and militia against British and Neetherlands troops. Fighting continues for three weeks. 600 Indian troops defect from the British and join  the Indonesians

1945-11-10 Battle of Surabaya

1948: Birth of Shigesato Itoi, Japanese novelist and video game designer

1953: In the Philippines, Colonel Ramon Magsaysay, with US support, is elected president of the Republic

1965: In Shanghai,  Yao Wenyuan, in a newspaper, critics a play written by Wu Han, deputy mayor of  Beijing, “Hai Rui dismissed from office”. That is the first shot which will  bring to the Cultural Revolution

1971: In Cambodia,  Khmer rouge forces attack the city of Phom Penh and its airport, killing 44,  wounding at least 30 and damaging nine airplanes

1973: The American  State Secretary Henry Kissinger goes to Beijing to said that the USA are ready  to normalize their relations with China (In fact it will happend in January  1979)

1977: José Maria  Sison, leader of the Communist Party of the Philippines (Marxist-leninist) is  arrested in San Fernando

1977: Birth of Won Bin, Korean actor

1978: Chinese leader Deng Xiaoping in Kuala Lumpur for a two-day visit

1979: Vietnamese  forces launch a mopping up operation against Khmer positions northern Cambodia

1980: In China,  beginning of the trial of the « Gang of Four » led by Jiang Qing, widow of Mao  Zedong (verdict on January 21, 1981)

1980: Birth of Calvin Chen, Taiwanese singer

1986: Death of Rogelio de la Rosa, Filipino actor and politician, born  on November 12, 1914

1986: Bangladesh  constitution is restored

1987: Noor Hossain, Bangladeshi activist is killed by police, born in 1961

1988: Birth of Chisaki Hama, former Japanese actress and model

1990: Chandra Shekhar  is sworn in as India’s new prime minister, succeeding Vishwanath Pratap Singh  (up to June 21, 1991)


1995: In Katmandu,  Nepal, searchers rescued 549 hikers after a massive avalanche struck the  Himalayan foothills. The disaster left 24 tourists and 32 Nepalese dead

2001: China is officially admitted in the World Trade Organisation (WTO)

2004: Death of Katy de la Cruz, Filipina jazz singer, born on February  13, 1907

2006: Sri Lankan Tamil parliamentarian Nadarajah Raviraj is assassinated in Colombo

2007: Forty thousand people march toward the royal palace of Malaysia in Kuala Lumpur to hand over a memorandum to the King demanding electoral reform

2009: North and South Korea blame each other’s armed forces for  triggering a brief naval clash along their disputed western sea border after a  North Korean ship crossed the disputed border line in the Yellow Sea

2009: Fugitive former Thai Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra arrives to  the Cambodian capital to take up a job as economic adviser to the government

2013: Death of Vijaydan Detha, Indian author, born on September 1, 1926

Vijaydan Detha

2014: Death of Ken Takakura, Japanese actor and singer, born on February 16, 1931

2015 : The Maldives lift a state of emergency declared by the president earlier this month, saying security had improved after the authorities detained individuals and seized illegal weapons

Holidays and  observances

Bangladesh: Noor Hossain Day
Indonesia: Heroes’ Day or Hari Pahlawan (1945)


On 9 November in Asian history


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1180: In Japan, Battle of Fujigawa, nicknamed “the battle that never took place” betweenTakeda clan and Taira army

1180-11-09 Battle of Fijikawa

1187: Death of Song dynasty Emperor Gaozong, born on June 12, 1107

1867: Tokugawa Yoshinonu, 15th shogun of the Tokugawa shogunate hands power back to the Japanese emperor. Beginning of the Meiji Restoration

1877: Birth of Sir Muhammad Iqbal, a Muslim poet, philosopher and politician who introduced the theory of the Two-Nation theory and outlines a vision for the creation of Pakistan

1878: Birth of An Chang-ho, Korean independence activist

1900: China resumes nominal control of Manchuria, but in a secret agreement the Chinese governor of Manchuria grants Russia such rights as keeping troops along the railroad lines and controlling civil administration

1911: Birth of Tabish Dehlvi, Pakistani poet, who died on September 23, 2004

1918: Birth of Choi Hong Hi, South Korean general and martial art  master, founder of Taekwon-Do, who died on June 15, 2002

1937: Japanese troops  begin the occupation of Shanghai

1937: In China, Taiyuan fall to the Japanese

1937-11-09 Fall of Taiyuan

1945: In Indonesia,  Sukarno asks  Sutan Sjahrir to form a Cabinet

1945: Soo Bahk Do Moo  Duk Kwan, martial arts organization  is  founded in Korea

1946: The first  constitution of the Democratic Republic of Vietnam is adopted

1947: Junagadh is  annexed as to Indian military intervention

1953: Cambodia  becomes fully independent from France

1954: Birth of Shankar Nag, Indian actor and director who died on September 30, 1990

1963: In Japan, about  450 miners are killed in a coal-dust explosion. In addition, 160 people died in  a train crash

1964: Eisaku Sato  becomes the Japanese prime minister, succeeding Ikeda Hayato

1965 : Ferdinand Marcos is elected 10th President of Philippines,_1965

1970: During the  Vietnam War, the Supreme Court of the United States votes 6 to 3 against  hearing a case to allow Massachusetts to enforce its law granting residents the  right to refuse military service in an undeclared war

1971: Emperor Hirohito visits Netherlands,1148038

1978: A Chinese  military delegation, lead by general Wu Xinguan, arrives to Manila  (Philippines)

1980: Second visit of  Singapore premier Lee Kuan-yew to China

1980: Death of Fubuki Koshiji, Japanese actress born in 1924

1981: General Ne Win,  is replaced as head of state of the Socialist Republic of the Union of Burma by  General San Yu (up to July 1988). Ne Win continues to be head of the only one  party

san-yu-21984: Birth of Se7en, South Korean singer

1985: Birth of Koo Hye Sun, South Korean actress

1990: A new  democratic constitution is issued in Nepal

1994: Chandrika  Kumaratunga wins the presidential election of Sri Lanka,_1994

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1997: Chuan Leekpai,  Thai PM for the second time, up to February 9, 2001

2001: The first  Japanese warship to be engaged out of the archipelago quit Sasebo for the  Indian Ocean for Diego Garcia anglo-US base 

2003: Death of Binod Bihari Verma, Indian Maithili litterateur, born on  December 3, 1937

2003: Pham Van Tra is  the first Vietnamese Defense minister to go the USA (up to November 12)


2003: Early general  elections in Japan. DLP keeps largely the first position but the Democratic  Party, the main opposition party grows from 137 to 177 MP

2004: Death by suicide of  Iris  Chang, sino-american author, born on March 28, 1968

2005: Death of K.R. Narayanan, President of India (1997-2002)

2005: Malaysian  Azahari Husin, brains of the main terrorist attacks in Indonesian, including  the October 2002 attack in Bali, is killed in an police action in Malang (East  Java)

2007: For the first  time in three years, Aung San Suu Kyi can meet the leaders of her party, the  National League for Democracy (NLD)

2009: Nine ethnic  Uighurs are executed for their involvement in July’s deadly ethnic  rioting in China’s northwest Xinjiang region

2010: US President  Barack Obama praises Indonesia’s successful transition to democracy and  seals a « comprehensive partnership » agreement with his Indonesian  counterpart on the first day of a long-delayed visit to his childhood country


Holidays and observances

Cambodia: Independence Day (1953)

Pakistan : Allama Iqbal Day (1877)

On 8 November in Asian history

Takayama Ukon 2


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1278: Trần Thánh Tông, the second emperor of the Trần dynasty, decides to pass the throne to his crown prince Trần Khâm and take up the post of Retired Emperor.

Tran Thanh Tong

1600: Death of Natsuka Masaie, Japanese warlord

1614: Japanese daimyo Dom Justo Takayama is exiled to the Philippines by shogun Tokugawa Ieyasu for being Christian.

Takayama Ukon 2

1644: The Shunzhi Emperor, the third emperor of the Qing Dynasty, is enthroned in Beijing after the collapse of the Ming Dynasty as the first Qing emperor to rule over China

1875: Birth of Qiu Jin, Chinese anti-Qing Empire revolutionary, feminist and writer, executed after a failed uprising on July 15, 1907

1877: Birth of Allama Iqbal, Indian philosopher and poet who died on 21  1938

1885: Birth of Tomoyuki Yamashita, Japanese general, nicknamed « the tiger of Malaya » hanged on February 23, 1946

1893: Birth of Prajadhipok, Rama VII, king of Thailand who died on May 30,1941

1895: Signature at Beijing of the Liaotung (Liaodong) Convention by which Japan retrocedes to China the southern portion of the province of Fengtien

1898: Yamagata Aritomo, Japanese prime minister for the second time, up to October 1900

1901: Birth of Chinese Marshal Xu Xiangqian who died on September 21, 1990

Xu Xiangqian

1914: Birth of Wang Renmei, Chinese actress, who died on April 12, 1987

1916: Death of Tsai Ao (Cai E) , Chinese revolutionary and warlord, born on December 18, 1882

1919: Birth of Purushottam Laxman Deshpande (P. L. Deshpande), Indian writer and actor who died on June 2000

1920: Birth of Sitara Devi, Indian actress, dancer, and choreographer who died on November 25, 2014

1927: Birth of Nguyen Khanh, former chief of state and Prime Minister of South Vietnam, who died on January 11, 2013

1927: Birth of Lal Krishna Advani, Indian political leader

1933: Mohammed Nadir Shah, king of Afghanistan is assassinated. He is succeeded by his son Mohammed Zahir Shah


1937: In Shanghai, foundation of the Chinese Youth Journalist Association. It is now known as Chinese Journalist Day

1937: Under the Japanese offensive, Chiang Kai-shek issues a general retreat order from Shanghai

1947: In Thailand, by  a coup d’état, Marshal Luang Pibul Songgram takes again the power

1949 : Sitting Chief Executive Elpidio Quirino is elected formally as the sixth president of the Philippines for a four-year term

1950: The Beijing delegates at the United Nations are invited to explain why there are Chinese troops in Korea

1950: First aerial combat in Korea when US fighters are attacked by North Korean Migs, near the Yalu river

1951: Birth of Minoru Inaba, Japanese actor

1954: Birth of Kazuo Ishiguro, Japanese writer

1965: The 173rd Airborne is ambushed by over 1,200 Viet Cong in Operation Hump during the Vietnam War

1965: The British Indian Ocean Territory (BIOT) is formed

1974: Birth of Masashi and Seishi Kishimoto, Japanese manga authors

1979: After a drop in the October 7 elections, Japanese prime minister Masayoshi Ohira forms a new cabinet

1997: Chinese engineers divert the Yangzi river to make way for the  Three Gorges Dam

2000: Fusako Shigenobu, founder of the Japanese Red Army in February 1971 is arrested

2000: In China, 14 leaders of Xiamen are sentenced to death for corruption

 2002: Opening of the  Chinese Communist Party’s XVIth Congress

2002: Death of Jon Elia, Pakistani scholar, poet and philosopher, born  on December 14, 1931

 2007: Death of Dulce Saguisag, Philippine Social Welfare secretary in a  car crash

2007: Death of Japanese cardinal Stephen Hamao

2008: The British  government revokes the visas of the former Thailand prime minister Thaksin  Shinawatra and his wife

2008: In Indonesia,  three Islamic militants condemned to death for the 2002 Bali bombings which  killed 202 people are executed by firing squad

2009: Thousands of  people turn out to welcome the Dalai Lama as he makes a controversial visit to  a Tawang monastery close to the Tibetan border in India’s state of Arunachal  Pradesh, itself a source of dispute between Beijing and Delhi

2010: Thousands have fled  across the Burmese border to escape clashes between troops and ethnic Karen  rebels, a day after the first election in 20 years. Thai officials said more  than 10,000 people had fled the fierce fighting in and around the town of  Myawaddy

2012: Chinese President Hu Jintao opens a Communist Party congress that begins a once-in-a-decade power transfer with a stark warning on corruption.

2013: Death of Chiyoko Shimakura, Japanese singer and actress, born on March 30, 1938

2013: Typhoon Haiyan, one of the strongest tropical cyclones ever recorded, strikes the Visayas region of the Philippines. The storm left at least 6,340 people dead with over 1,000 still missing, and caused S$2.86 billion (USD) in damage

2013: Death of Amanchi Venkata Subrahmanyam, Indian actor, born on January 2, 1957

2014: Pakistan will help China with its fight against extremists that Beijing says are active in its unruly far western region of Xinjiang, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif says during a meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping

2015: Myanmar’s first free nationwide election in 25 years, its biggest stride yet in a journey to democracy from dictatorship

2017: Trump begins China visit