ON 19 JULY IN SOUTHEAST ASIAN HISTORY
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Updated on July 19, 2018
1944: During the Philippine Sea War, in the Marianas, Japanese aircraft carriers Taiho, Shokaku and Zuikatu are sunk by US submarines
1947: Prime minister of shadow Burma government, Bogyoke Aung San and 6 of his cabinet and 2 non-cabinet members are assassinated on order of Galon U Saw
1947: Death of U Razak, Burmese politician (assassinated), born on January 20, 1898
1958: Establishment of diplomatic relations between China and Cambodia
1964: At a rally in Saigon, South Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Khanh calls for expanding the war into North Vietnam
1984: Birth of Alessandra De Rossi, Filipino actress
2013: Myanmar is set to profit from a preferential trade agreement with the European Union (EU) starting on July 19, according to an EU press release.
2013: Thousands of cheering supporters greeted Cambodian opposition leader Sam Rainsy as he returned from self-imposed exile to spearhead his party’s election campaign against well-entrenched Prime Minister Hun Sen.
2013: Myanmar President Thein Sein is not preparing himself at the moment to contest the 2015 presidential election and has « no objections » to Nobel peace laureate Aung San Suu Kyi running, he said in an interview aired on Friday.
2014: Thousands of cheering supporters greet Cambodian opposition leader Sam Rainsy on his return from a trip abroad, at a time when political tensions are high because of the arrests of eight of his party colleagues
2014: Prime Minister Hun Sen said he will block the establishment of a Taiwanese trade office in Cambodia because of the government’s rigid observance of the One-China policy, despite business leaders calling for more practical steps to boost investment from Taiwan
2016: The Philippine Supreme Court dismiss a plunder charge against former president Gloria Macapagal Arroyo, ordering her immediate release after nearly five years of hospital detention
Holidays and observances
Burma: Burmese Martyrs’ Day