On 8 February in Asian history

1904-02-08 Attaque jap sur Port-Arthur

ON 8 FEBRUARY IN ASIAN HISTORY

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Updated on February 8, 2017

701: Birth of Li Bai, famous romantic poet of the Tang Dynasty who died in 762
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Li_Bai
http://www.newworldencyclopedia.org/entry/Li_Bai

http://www.bbc.com/news/magazine-19884020

Li bai raising glass

1238: The Mongols Under Batu Khan burn the Russian city of Vladimir
http://www.advantour.com/russia/vladimir.htm
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mongol_invasion_of_Rus
http://www.newworldencyclopedia.org/entry/Batu_Khan

1238-02-08 Vladimir détruite par Mongols

1265: Death of Hulagu Khan, Mongol ruler who took and destroyed Bagdad in 1258, born in 1217
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hulagu_Khan

1720: Birth of Sakuramachi, 115th emperor of Japan (1735-1747) who died on May 28, 1750.( Don’t confuse with his daughter who will be the 117 th emperor under the name of Go-Sakuramachi)
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Emperor_Sakuramachi

1762: Birth of Gia Long, emperor of Vietnam (1802-1820) who died on February 3, 1820
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gia_Long

1890: Birth of Claro M. Recto, Filipino nationalist, father of the 1935 constitution, who died on October 2, 1960
http://kahimyang.info/kauswagan/articles/921/today-in-philippine-history-february-8-1890-claro-m-recto-was-born-in-tiaong-tayabas
http://en.wikipilipinas.org/index.php?title=Claro_M._Recto

1893: Birth of Ba Maw, Burmese premier (1937-1939), who died on May 29, 1977
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ba_Maw
http://ww2db.com/person_bio.php?person_id=145

http://www.drbamawlibrary.org/about-drbamaw.asp

1897: Birth of Dr Zakir Husain, president of India (May 1967 to May 1969), who died on 3 May 1969
http://www.liveindia.com/freedomfighters/12.html
http://www.thefamouspeople.com/profiles/dr-zakir-hussain-5298.php

Zakir Husain

1902: Birth of Demchugdongrub, Mongolian politician, who died on May 23, 1966
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Demchugdongrub

1903: Birth of Tunku Abdul Rahman, First Malayan Prime Minister after independence (1957-1990) who died on December 6, 1990
http://www.thefamouspeople.com/profiles/tunku-abdul-rahman-93.php
http://www.malaysiahistory.net/v2/?p=158
http://www.yayasantar.org.my/eng/sp_biography.html

tunku-abdul-rahman-14
 1904: Japan launches the war against Russia by a surprise attack on Port-Arthur, a Russian naval base in China
http://www.newworldencyclopedia.org/entry/Battle_of_Port_Arthur
http://warfarehistorynetwork.com/daily/military-history/baiting-the-russian-bear-the-siege-of-port-Arthur/
http://www.mapsofworld.com/on-this-day/february-8-1904-a-surprise-japanese-torpedo-attack-at-port-arthur-china-begins-the-russo-japanese-war

1904-02-08 Attaque jap sur Port-Arthur

1924: Birth of Khamtay Siphandone, president of Laos (1998-2006)
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Khamtai_Siphandon

1935: The Philippine Constitution is adopted
http://kahimyang.info/kauswagan/articles/1435/today-in-philippine-history-february-8-1935-the-philippine-constitution-was-adopted

1936: Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru succeeds Gandhi as chairman of India Congress Party
http://www.iloveindia.com/indian-heroes/jawaharlal-nehru.html
http://www.newworldencyclopedia.org/entry/Jawaharlal_Nehru

1936-02-08  Nehru succeeds Gandhi
1939: Birth of Jose Maria Sison, founder of the Communist Party of the Philippines (Maoist) in December 1968, living in exile in the Netherlands
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jose_Maria_Sison
http://www.josemariasison.org/

1941: Birth of Jagjit Singh, Indian ghazal singer, songwriter and musician, who died on October 2011

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jagjit_Singh
http://www.mapsofindia.com/on-this-day/8-feb-1941-jagjit-singh-famous-ghazal-singer-was-born

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NqRCVdotF1U

1942: Japanese begin main assault on Singapore, landing on the north-west cost at 8.15 PM
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Singapore
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-chat/2844297/posts

1942: Due to the strong resistance of the US-Filipino forces, Japanese General Masaharu Homma, suspends his offensive on Luçon
http://ww2db.com/person_bio.php?person_id=108

1942: US Congress advises president Roosevelt that, Americans of Japanese descent should be locked up en masse so they wouldn’t oppose the US war effort

1943: Birth of Pirzada Qasim, Pakistani poet and Vice-Chancellor of Karachi University
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pirzada_Qasim

1943: Under the command of Major General Orde Wingate, the 77th Indian Brigade, also called the Chindits, launch guerrilla raids behind Japanese lines in Burma
http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/britains-indian-brigade-begins-guerrilla-operations-in-burma
http://www.chindits.info/Longcloth/Main.htm

1948: The formal creation of the Korean People’s Army of North Korea is announced
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Korean_People’s_Army_Ground_Force#History

1955: The Government of Sindh (India) abolished Jagirdar system in the province. One million acres (4000 km²) of land thus acquired is to be distributed among the landless peasants
http://www.yourarticlelibrary.com/paragraphs/abolition-of-jamindars-and-jagirdars-system-in-india/32012/

1960: Birth of Benigno Simeon “NoyNoy” Aquino III, former president of the Philippines
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/asia-pacific/8674853.stm
http://en.wikipilipinas.org/index.php?title=Benigno_%22Noynoy%22_Aquino_III

1962: The Military Assistance Command Vietnam (MACV), headed by Gen. Paul D. Harkins, former U.S. Army Deputy Commander-in-Chief in the Pacific, is installed in Saigon as the United States reorganizes its military command in South Vietnam
http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/macv-established

1965: Birth of Dicky Cheung, Hong Kong actor
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dicky_Cheung
http://www.hkcinemagic.com/en/people.asp?id=333

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fLWc0uEfFUc

1971: Military operation of South Vietnamese troops against Ho Chi Minh Tracks in Laos
http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/operation-lam-son-719-begins
http://www.history.com/topics/vietnam-war/vietnam-war-history/videos/a-soldiers-story-operation-lam-son-719

1980: Birth of Lee Jae-eun,  South Korean actress
http://wiki.d-addicts.com/Lee_Jae_Eun
http://www.hancinema.net/korean_Lee_Jae-eun.php

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tcNby3CF_n0

1982: Birth of Sousuke Takaoka, Japanese actor
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sousuke_Takaoka
http://wiki.d-addicts.com/Takaoka_Sousuke

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QT_n19dnr4k

1985: After more than two years in exile in the United States, Kim Dae Jung, the opposition leader, returns to South Korea and immediately placed under unofficial house arrest
http://www.thefamouspeople.com/profiles/kim-dae-jung-52.php

1993: Death of N. Shanmugathasan, Sri Lanka communist leader, born in 1920
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/N._Shanmugathasan

2002: Ong Teng Cheong, president of Singapore (1993-1999), dies from cancer at 66 years old
http://www.singapore-window.org/sw02/020208af.htm
http://mothership.sg/2016/02/in-memory-ong-teng-cheong-spores-only-peoples-president-passed-away-14-years-ago/

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i-8HYcuNrG4

2004: Sri Lanka’s president Chandrika Kumaratunga, opposed to her Prime Minister Ranil Wrickramasinghe on the way to solve the Tamil question, dissolves the parliament, one year after the last elections

2005: E. Kausalyan, political leader of separatist LTTE for East of Sri Lanka, is killed in an ambush. The Tigers (LTTE) break off all relations with the government
http://www.tamilweek.com/Kausalyan.html
http://dbsjeyaraj.com/dbsj/archives/38304

E. Kausalyan

2006: In Nepal, failure of the local elections organized by the king because the threats of the Maoist rebellion and the boycott of the opposition parties. Only 21 % of the electorate went to vote

2006: Death of Japanese composer Akira Ifukube, born on May 31, 1914
 http://www.nytimes.com/2006/02/10/arts/music/10ifukube.html?_r=0
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/entertainment/4697022.stm

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PDeU42u2s2Y

2007: The former separatist cadre, Irwandi Yusuf, elected in December 2006, takes officially his functions as governor of Aceh province
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Irwandi_Yusuf

2007: Taiwan president Chen Shui-bian announces that the word « China » or « Chinese » will be withdraw from all national Taiwanese corporations and companies

2008: Death of Chua Ek Kay, Singaporean painter, born on November 21, 1947
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chua_Ek_Kay
https://www.google.fr/search?q=chua+ek+kay&hl=fr&tbo=d&rlz=1G1ACAW_FRFR414&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ei=iRAUUaPwLo-YhQeYpYHwDA&sqi=2&ved=0CAcQ_AUoAA&biw=1366&bih=508

Chua Ek Kay

2010: Sri Lanka presidential election loser General Sarath Fonseka is arrested
http://english.aljazeera.net/news/asia/2010/02/20102816287441879.html
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/south_asia/8504882.stm

2011: Military officers from the rival Koreas meet at their heavily armed border for their first talks since North Korea attacked a southern island in November
http://english.aljazeera.net/news/asia-pacific/2011/02/20112861855728272.html

2011: Angelo Tomas Reyes, 65, who had also served as defense secretary of the Philippines and in other Cabinet-level posts, commits suicide from a single bullet fired into his chest
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-pacific-12389096

2011: Thousands of Sri Lankan opposition activists staged a protest outside a jail on Tuesday to demand the release of former army chief and defeated presidential candidate Sarath Fonseka
http://news.asiaone.com/News/Latest%2BNews/Asia/Story/A1Story20110208-262496.html
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-south-asia-12387300

2012: Thousands of supporters of Mohamed Nasheed, who says he was forced to resign as the president of Maldives, have taken to the streets to protest over what they are calling a coup
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2012/02/201228593123326.html
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-16945764
http://www.france24.com/en/20120208-maldives-president-says-resignation-was-coup-waheed-nasheed

2012: The ethnic Mon community has been permitted by authorities to publicly celebrate their national day for the first time in 15 years in Myanmar. The minority group, who number up to eight million of the country mark the ancient founding of Hanthawady, the last Mon kingdom
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2012/02/201228145322572206.html

2013: Hundreds of thousands of people are rallying in the Bangladesh capital Dhaka, calling for the death penalty for Islamists on trial for war crimes
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-21383632

2016: The South Korean navy fires several warning shots at a North Korean patrol boat that had intruded into the disputed maritime border zone. The incident comes one day after the North launched a long-range rocket
http://www.dw.com/en/south-korea-fires-warning-shots-at-north-korean-vessel-one-day-after-norths-rocket-launch/a-19032724

 

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