Category Archives: On this day in SEA 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

1906: Birth of Buddhadasa, Thai Bhikkhu and philosopher, who died on May 25 1993

1920: In now Indonesia, the Indies Social Democratic Association (ISDV) changes its name to Perserikatan Komunis di Hindia (later PKI)

1944: Allies land on Biak island in New Guinea, starting Operation Horlicks

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

1970: Birth of Cherry Pie Picache, Filipino actress

1973: Death of P. Ramlee, Malaysian actor, singer and songwriter, born on March 22, 1929

1990: First multiparty elections in Myanmar, the National League for Democracy wins 60 percent of the votes and 80 percent of the seats

2001: In the Philippines Dos Palmas resort, Abu Sayyaf movement, led by Abu Sayaba, abducts 20 people, including 3 Americans

2006: In spite of international pressures, the Myanmar’s military junta expends for one year Nobel Prize Aung San Suu Kyi house arrest

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

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

2010: Death of Payut Ngaokrachang, Thai animator, born on April 1, 1929

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

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

1908: Birth of Nguyen Ngoc Tho, first Prime Minister of South Vietnam

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

1965: Australian troops depart for Vietnam

1971: North Vietnamese troops seize strategic Snoul city in Cambodia

1971-05-26 Viet prennent Snuol

1987: Birth of Valerie Garcia, Filipina actress

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


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

1907: Birth of U Nu, First and three times Burmese Prime Minister between 1948 and 1962, who died on February 14, 1995

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

Kee Thuan Chye

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

1968: In South Vietnam, Communist launch a new offensive on Saigon

1969: In South Vietnam, the National Democratic Front is formed in Saigon, led by President Nguyen Van Thieu

1993: Death of Buddhadasa, Thai philosopher, born on May 27, 1906

2007: In spite of international pressures, the Myanmar’s military junta extends for one year Aung San Suu Kyi house arrest

2014: Thailand Junta chief General Prayuth Chan-ocha, who is also the acting prime minister, dissolves the Senate, the only remaining legislative body

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

1911: Birth of Ne Win, Burmese dictator (1962-1988) who died in on December 5, 2002

1917: Vyner Brooke, becomes the third and last White Rajah of Sarawak (Borneo) till 15 April 1946, and died on 9 May 1963

1947: Birth of Mike De Leon, Filipino film director, cinematographer, scriptwriter and film Producer

1956: Conclusion of the Sixth Buddhist Council on Vesak Day, marking the 2,500 year anniversary after the Lord Buddha’s Parinibbana

1964: Senator Godwater, running Republican Party candidate to presidency, suggests using atomic weapons in North Vietnam

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

1988: Thai Porntip Nakhirunkanok, 19, is crowned 37th Miss Universe

1992: The Thai dictator General Suchinda Kraprayoon, resigns following pro-democracy protest

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

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

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

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)

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

2013: Malaysian police arrest three prominent opposition figures, including Keadilan party vice-President Tian Chua, under the Sedition Act

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

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

1908: Birth of Rattana Pestonji, Thai film director, who died on August 17, 1970

1971: Birth of Raimund Marasigan, Filipino Musician

1972: Birth of Annabel Chong, Singaporian actress

2002: Khmer Rouge leader Sam Bith, 69, is arrested. He is responsible for the kidnapping and murder of three western tourists in 1994

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

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

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

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

1958: Indonesian paratroopers reconquer Morotai Island (Mollucas) from anti-Sukarno Permesta rebellion supported and trained by CIA

1964: US begin intelligence flights above Laos

1968: Birth of Julie Vega, Filipina child actress who died on 6 May 1985

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 Accident

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

2005: In Indonesia, Nazaruddin Sjamsuddin, chairman of the Election National Election, is arrested on charges of corruption

2006: Death of Cherd Songsri, Thai film director, born on September 20, 1931

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

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,_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

1941: Birth of Goh Chok Tong, former Singaporian Premier and later Senior Minister

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

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)

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

1988: Birth of Carla Humphries, Filipina actress

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

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

1997: US President Clinton signs an executive order 13047 barring new US investment in Burma (Myanmar), effective May 21 and renewable annually

2002: East-Timor is officially independent from Indonesia

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

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

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

2016: Vietnam releases prominent Catholic priest dissident Nguyen Van Ly ahead of Obama visit


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


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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

1883: French Commandant Rivière is killed in the battle of Paper Bridge against the Chinese Black Flags in Tonkin

1889: Birth of Tản Đà, Vietnamese poet and author who died on June 7, 1939

1890: Birth of Ho Chi Minh, Vietnamese communist leader and first président of North Vietnam who died on 2nd September 1969

1898: Filipino nationalist Emilio Aguinaldo Returns from exile in Hongkong

1925: Birth of Pol Pot, leader of the Cambodia’s Khmer Rouge, who died on April 1998

1941: Viet Minh, a communist coalition is formed at Cao Bằng Province, Vietnam

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

1964: In Laos, US Air Force begins Operation Yankee Team

1967: US bomb Hanoi

1972: 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

2002: A new Vietnamese National Assembly is elected. All the candidates have been selected by the Communist Party of Vietnam

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

2013: Death of Bella Flores, Filipino actress, born on February 27, 1929


Holidays and observances

Vietnam: Hồ Chí Minh’s Birthday

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

1918: Opening of the Voksraad (People’s Council in Batavia (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

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