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On 27 May in Southeast Asian history

ON 27 MAY IN SOUTHEAST ASIAN HISTORY

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Updated on May 27, 2017

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

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

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

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

1944-05-27 Alied land on Biak

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

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

1970: Birth of Cherry Pie Picache, Filipino actress
http://en.wikipilipinas.org/index.php?title=Cherry_Pie_Picache

1973: Death of P. Ramlee, Malaysian actor, singer and songwriter, born on March 22, 1929
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/P._Ramlee

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

1990: First multiparty elections in Myanmar, the National League for Democracy wins 60 percent of the votes and 80 percent of the seats
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Burmese_general_election%2C_1990
http://www.nytimes.com/1990/05/29/world/burmese-vote-rejects-army-rule-with-big-victory-for-opposition.html
http://www.elevenmyanmar.com/opinion/biggest-lie-history-or-25th-anniversary-1990-election

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

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

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

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

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

2014: A Chinese fishing vessel rammed and sank a Vietnamese fishing boat in the disputed South China Sea on Tuesday, a Vietnamese state official said, amid a tense territorial confrontation over Beijing’s deployment of an oil rig
http://www.france24.com/en/20140527-vietnam-accuses-china-sinking-fishing-boat/
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/china/10857750/Chinese-vessel-rams-and-sinks-Vietnamese-fishing-boat.html

On 26 May in Southeast Asian history

ON 26 MAY IN SOUTHEAST ASIAN HISTORY

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Updated on May 26, 2017

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

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

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

1965: Australian troops depart for Vietnam

http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/australian-troops-depart-for-vietnam
http://www.skwirk.com/p-c_s-14_u-116_t-314_c-1061/how-australia-entered-the-war/nsw/how-australia-entered-the-war/australia-in-the-vietnam-war-era/why-did-australia-become-involved-in-the-vietnam-war-

1971: North Vietnamese troops seize strategic Snoul city in Cambodia
http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/north-vietnamese-seize-snoul-cambodia

1971-05-26 Viet prennent Snuol

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

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

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

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

 

On 25 May in Southeast Asian history

ON 25 MAY IN SOUTHEAST ASIAN HISTORY

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Updated on May 25, 2017

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

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

1954: Birth of Kee Thuan Chye, Malaysian journalist and playwriter

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kee_Thuan_Chye

Kee Thuan Chye

1954: Birth of Murali, Indian actor, who died on August 6, 2009

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Murali_(Malayalam_actor)

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

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

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

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

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

On 24 May in Southeast Asian history

ON 24 MAY IN SOUTHEAST ASIAN HISTORY

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Updated on May 24, 2017

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

1911: Birth of Ne Win, Burmese dictator (1962-1988) who died in on December 5, 2002
http://www.biography.com/people/u-ne-win-9422402
https://www.historyanswers.co.uk/people-politics/ne-win-the-burmese-dictator-who-bathed-in-blood/

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

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

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

1964: Senator Godwater, running Republican Party candidate to presidency, suggests using atomic weapons in North Vietnam
http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/goldwater-suggests-using-atomic-weapons

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

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

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

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

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

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

On 23 May in Southeast Asian history

ON 23 MAY IN SOUTHEAST ASIAN HISTORY

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Updated on May 23, 2017

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

1898: First US Philippine Expeditionary Troops sail from San Francisco

1993: In Cambodia, beginning of the first free elections under United Nations control, till May 28
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-22635078

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

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

2008: The International Court of Justice (ICJ) awards Middle Rocks to Malaysia and Pedra Branca (Pulau Batu Puteh) to Singapore, ending a 29-year territorial dispute between the two countries
http://www.icj-cij.org/docket/files/130/14490.pdf

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

2016: The United States has fully lifted its ban on weapons sales to Vietnam, President Barack Obama announces during a visit to Hanoi, unpicking a decades-old embargo on the one-time enemy
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/obama-announces-full/2808866.html
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-36356695

On 22 May in Southeast Asian history

ON 22 MAY IN SOUTHEAST ASIAN HISTORY

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Updated on May 22, 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

2014: Thailand’s army chief announces a coup d’état declaring that it was “necessary” to restore stability and order after six months of political deadlock and turmoil
http://edition.cnn.com/2014/05/22/world/asia/thailand-martial-law/
http://www.france24.com/en/thailand-military-coup-general-prayuth-political-deadlock-turmoil/
http://www.euronews.com/2014/05/22/thai-army-seizes-power-and-imposes-curfew/

2015 : Armed separatists in Indonesia’s Papua province declare open war on the military and non-Papuan civilians, insisting that their decades-long struggle for independence is not over and denouncing as a lie President Joko Widodo’s reassurances that the region is peaceful
http://thejakartaglobe.beritasatu.com/news/opm-declares-open-war-security-forces-non-papuan-civilians/

On 21 May in Southeast Asian history

ON 21 MAY IN SOUTHEAST ASIAN HISTORY

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Updated on May 21, 2017

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

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

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

1964: US begin intelligence flights above Laos

1968: Birth of Julie Vega, Filipina child actress who died on 6 May 1985
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Julie_Vega
http://video48.blogspot.com/2007/09/remembering-julie-vega.html

1991: Death in a car accident of Lino Brocka, Filipino director and screenwriter, born on April 3, 1939
1991-05-21 Lino Brocka killed in Car Accidenthttp://video48.blogspot.fr/2008/07/may-21-1991-lino-brocka-killed-in-car.html
http://www.philstar.com/entertainment/2014/06/03/1330361/remembering-art-life-lino-brocka
http://www.ldsfilm.com/directors/Brocka.html

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

http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/1998/05/ined-m21.html
http://www.nytimes.com/1998/05/21/world/fall-suharto-overview-suharto-besieged-steps-down-after-32-year-rule-indonesia.html
https://nvdatabase.swarthmore.edu/content/indonesians-overthrow-president-suharto-1998
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/catch-up-tv/asian-century/fall-of-suharto-8820174

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

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

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

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

2015 : Indonesia sink 41 foreign boats across the archipelago, as part of an ongoing push to stop illegal fishing in its waters
http://www.freemalaysiatoday.com/category/world/2015/05/21/beijing-voices-concern-after-indonesia-sinks-chinese-boat/

On 20 May in Southeast Asian history

ON 20 MAY IN SOUTHEAST ASIAN HISTORY

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Updated on May 20, 2017

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

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

1908: In Netherlands Indies, Foundation of the Boedi Oetomo (Noble Conduct), organization led by Dr Soetomo.  Educational movement which turned to politics
http://www.indonesialogue.com/destinations/boedi-oetomo-national-awakening-indonesia.html

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

1942: Japan completed the conquest of Burma

1946: Birth of Xanana Gusmao, former president of East-Timor (2002-20007) then Prime Minister up to February 2015
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/asia-pacific/342145.stm

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

1963: Sukarno is reelected president of Indonesia

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

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

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

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

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

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


http://www.nytimes.com/1992/05/21/world/disorder-in-thailand-thai-enemies-agree-at-urging-of-king-to-cease-violence.html
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-37650466

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

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

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

1997: US President Clinton signs an executive order 13047 barring new US investment in Burma (Myanmar), effective May 21 and renewable annually
http://www.wsj.com/articles/SB864188726877227000
https://www.google.fr/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=1&cad=rja&uact=8&ved=0ahUKEwjElPmc7-bMAhUGcBoKHVhLCNQQFggfMAA&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.treasury.gov%2Fresource-center%2Fsanctions%2FDocuments%2F13047.pdf&usg=AFQjCNECEWJziOVMvchs7Brx-MEV-dkx7g
http://www.cato.org/publications/trade-policy-analysis/us-sanctions-against-burma-failure-all-fronts

2002: East-Timor is officially independent from Indonesia


http://newsweekly.com.au/article.php?id=1024
http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2002-05/20/content_399831.htm

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

2002: Mari Alkatiri becomes Prime Minister of East Timor up to June 26, 2006

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/asia-pacific/1989267.stm

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

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

2014: Thailand’s military declares martial law. It will stay in place until peace and order are restored, following months of sometimes deadly anti-government protests
http://www.voanews.com/content/thai-army-declares-martial-law-but-says-its-not-a-coup/1918780.html
http://www.france24.com/en/20140520-thailand-army-martial-law/
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2014/05/cloneofthailand-army-declares-martial-law-201451-201452017300819831.html

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

 

Holidays and observances

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

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

On 19 May in Southeast Asian history

19 MAY IN SOUTHEST ASIAN HISTORY

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Updated on May 19, 2017

1542: As its king Minkhaung surrenders, the Prome Kingdom falls to the Taungoo Dynasty in present-day Burma
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Prome_Kingdom
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Minkhaung_of_Prome

1883: French Commandant Rivière is killed in the battle of Paper Bridge against the Chinese Black Flags in Tonkin
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Paper_Bridge
http://warfarehistorian.blogspot.fr/2013/12/battle-of-paper-bridge-1883-frances-ill.html
http://paperspast.natlib.govt.nz/cgi-bin/paperspast?a=d&d=ESD18830802.2.15
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Henri_Rivi%C3%A8re_(naval_officer)

1889: Birth of Tản Đà, Vietnamese poet and author who died on June 7, 1939
http://www.vietnamlit.org/wiki/index.php?title=Tan_Da

1890: Birth of Ho Chi Minh, Vietnamese communist leader and first président of North Vietnam who died on 2nd September 1969
http://video.about.com/asianhistory/Profile-of-Ho-Chi-Minh.htm

http://www.thefamouspeople.com/profiles/ho-chi-minh-46.php

1898: Filipino nationalist Emilio Aguinaldo Returns from exile in Hongkong
http://philippineamericanwar.webs.com/emilioaguinaldoreturns.htm

1925: Birth of Pol Pot, leader of the Cambodia’s Khmer Rouge, who died on April 1998
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/asia-pacific/78988.stm
http://www.history.com/topics/pol-pot

1941: Viet Minh, a communist coalition is formed at Cao Bằng Province, Vietnam
http://asianhistory.about.com/od/Asian_History_Terms_U_to_Z/g/Who-Were-the-Viet-Minh.htm
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Viet_Minh

1959: The North Vietnamese Army establishes Group 559, whose responsibility is to determine how to maintain supply lines to South Vietnam; the resulting route is the Ho Chi Minh trail
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Group_559

1964: In Laos, US Air Force begins Operation Yankee Team
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yankee_Station#Yankee_Team_beginnings

1967: US bomb Hanoi

1972: South Vietnamese fight to open road to An Loc
http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/south-vietnamese-fight-to-open-road-to-an-loc

2001: In the Philippines, election in the senate. On the 13 seats, the People Power Coalition supporting President Arroyo wins 8 seats vs 4 for former president Estrada supporters (including his wife) and an independent

2002: East-Timor independence ceremony, effective on 20 May, 0 :am with UN general secretary Kofy Annan, Bill Clinton and Indonesian president Megawati Sukarnoputri
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/asia-pacific/1996673.stm

2002: A new Vietnamese National Assembly is elected. All the candidates have been selected by the Communist Party of Vietnam
http://edition.cnn.com/2002/WORLD/asiapcf/southeast/05/19/vietnam.electionupdate/

2008: In Malaysia, Former Premier Mahathir quits UMNO

2010: The Royal Thai Armed Forces concludes its crackdown on protests by forcing the surrender of United Front for Democracy Against Dictatorship leaders
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_Front_for_Democracy_Against_Dictatorship

2013: Death of Bella Flores, Filipino actress, born on February 27, 1929
http://gulfnews.com/life-style/celebrity/veteran-philippines-actress-bella-flores-dies-1.1185220

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

 

Holidays and observances

Vietnam: Hồ Chí Minh’s Birthday

On 18 May in Southeast Asian history

ON 18 MAY IN SOUTHEAST ASIAN HISTORY

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Updated on May 18, 2017

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

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

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

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


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

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

2007: Death of Yoyoy Villame, Filipino novelty singer and movie actor, born on 18 November 1932
http://www.pep.ph/news/13289/yoyoy-villame-succumbs-to-heart-attack
http://en.wikipilipinas.org/index.php?title=Yoyoy_Villame

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