On 7 December in Asian history



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1561: Birth of Kikkawa Hiroie, Japanese politician, who died on October 22, 1625

1798: Death of Qing Dynasty poet Yuan Mei, born in 1716

Yuan Mei

1830 : Birth of Ambrosio Rianzares Bautista, who authored the “Act of Declaration of Philippine Independence”. He was also the one who read the declaration during the June 12, 1898 Independence proclamation by General Aguinaldo

1878: Birth of Akiko Yosano, Japanese poet, who died onMay 29, 1942

1896: Birth of Yu Dafu a modern Chinese short story writer and poet, who died on September 17, 1945

1899: Death of Juan Luna y Novicio, an Ilocano Filipino painter, sculptor and a political activist of the Philippine Revolution during the late 19th century. He became one of the first recognized Philippine artists, born on October 23, 1857

Luna Y Novicio Juan parisian life

1921: Birth of Pramukh Swami Maharaj, Indian spiritual leader

1923: Birth of Intizar Hussain, Pakistani Urdu writer and columnist

1941: The Imperial Japanese Navy attacks the US Pacific Fleet and its defending Army Air Forces and Marine air forces at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii leaving 1,500 people died


1946: Death of Sada Yacco, Japanese stage actress and dancer, born on July 18, 1871

1949: The Chinese communist troops reach the borders of Indochina

1949: Chiang proclaims Taipei, Taiwan, the temporary capital of the Republic of China.

1954: Shigeru Yoshida, five times prime minister of Japan, resigns. He will be replaced on 10 December by Ichiro Hatoyama

1959: In Indonesia, Aceh is made a Propinsi Daerah Istimewa (Province and Special Area)

1970: The first ever general election on the basis of direct adult franchise is held in Pakistan for 313 National Assembly seats,_1970

1971: Bombing of Phom-Penh  by communist Khmer Rouge

1971: Pakistan president Yayah Khan announces the formation of a coalition government with Nurul Amin as Prime Minister and Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto as vice-prime minister

1972: Imelda Marcos, wife of Philippine President Ferdinand E. Marcos, is stabbed and seriously wounded by an assailant. The man is then shot and killed by her bodyguards

1975: Breaking off of diplomatic relations with Portugal, Indonesia invads East Timor which will be the  la 27th Indonesia province in July 1976

1975-12-07 invasion

1978: Resignation of Japanese Prime Minister Takeo Fukuda. Masayoshi Ohira succeeds him

1979: Birth of Ayako Fujitani, Japanese actress

1987: Because strikes and protests Bangladesh president Ershad dissolves parliament

2000: In front of the Philippine Senat, opening of the impeachment trial of president Joseph Estrada

2001: Taliban surrender Kandahar

2001: Surprising resignation of Xu Kuangdi, the popular mayor of Shanghai

2001: In Indonesia Sulawesi islands, thousands of Chritians, attacked by Muslims flee their villages. In two years, the Christian-Muslim riots cause 1,000 deads

2001: Death of of Subrata Mitra, Indian cinematographer, a master of black-and-white film photography

2002: In Mymensingh, Bangladesh, four movies theaters are bombed within 30 minutes of each other. At least 15 people were killed and over 200 were injured

2004: Hamid Karzai is sworn in as president of Afghanistan

2005: Death of Devan Nair, 3rd President of Singapore (1981-1985), born on August 5, 1923)


2008: Death of Marky Cielo, Filipino-Igorot dancer and actor, born on May 12, 1988

2010: The Philippine Supreme Court declares as unconstitutional President Benigno S. Aquino III’s creation of a commission to investigate corruption allegations against his predecessor

2011: One of Vietnam’s best-known actors, Don Duong – once labelled a traitor bis country’s armed forces – dies of heart failure and a brain haemorrhage

2012: Powerful typhoon in the Philippines. The death toll from the storm has surpassed 500, with more than 400 people missing.

2014: China slams the Philippines for challenging its territorial claims over the South China Sea through international arbitration, refusing to back down just a week before a deadline to respond in the case

2016 : Death of Junaid Jamshed, Pakistani musician, in a plane crash, born in 1964

2018: Afghan President Hamid Karzai inaugurates the High Peace Council, charged with negotiating with the Taliban and other insurgents that have been attempting to destabilize the country since start of the US-led invasion nine years ago

Holidays and observances

India: Armed Forces Flag Day

On 26 November in Asian history


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666: Death of Yeon Gaesomun Korean dictator of Goguryeo (other sources indicate death date as 664 or 665)

1161: Battle of Caishi. A Song dynasty fleet fights a naval engagement with Jin dynasty ships on the Yangtze river during the Jin–Song Wars

1161 Battle of Caishi

1288: Birth of Go-Daigo, 96th Japanese emperor (1318-1339)

1902 : Birth of Chinese Marshal Luo Ronghuan who died on December 16,1963

Luo Ronghuan

1919: Birth of Ram Sharan Sharma, Indian historian and academic who died on August 20, 2011

1923: Birth of V. K. Murthy, Indian cinematographer who died on April 7, 2014

1924: The Mongolian People’s Republic is proclaimed’s_Republic

1937: The last defence line, the Xicheng Line of Shanghai, besieged since August 13, is taken by the Japanese

1937-11 Shanghai North station

1939: Birth of Abdullah Ahmad Badawi, Malaysia Prime Minister (2003-2009)

1941: Japanese task force leaves for Pearl Harbor

1949: India’s Constituent Assembly adopts the country’s constitution. The country will become a republic within the British Commonwealth two months later

1949: Birth of Mari Alkatiri, East Timorese politician, 1st Prime Minister from 2002 to 2006

1950: Chinese troops launch an counterattack against the US forces (Battle of Chosin reservoir) stopping McArthur offensive

1954: Birth of Velupillai Prabhakaran, leader to the Tamil separatists in Sri Lanka, killed on May 16, 2009

1963: Legislative elections in South Korea. Victory of the Republican Democratic Party (conservative),_1963

1967: In Pakistan, Malik Amir Muhammad, Nawab of Kalabagh is shot dead

Malik Amir Muhammad

1968: After a long resistance, South Vietnam decides to send a delegation to the Peace Conference of Paris

1972: Birth of Arjun Rampal, Indian actor

1980: Birth of Satoshi Ohno, Japanese singer and actor

1982: Yasuhiro Nakasone is elected PM of Japan succeeding Zenko Suzuki,5569337

1982-11-27 Nakasone

1990: Death of Feng Youlan (Fung Yulan), Chinese philosopher, born on December 5, 189

1990: After 31 years in power, Lee Kuan Yew steps down as Singapore Prime Minister but stays in the government as officially number 2


1998: Japan and China  sign a Joint declaration on Building a Partnership of Friendship and Cooperation  for Peace and Development

2005: Death of Takanori Arisawa, Japanese composer, born on April 2, 1951

2008: Ten coordinated attacks by Pakistan-based terrorists kill 164 and injure more than 250 people in Mumbai, India

2011: NATO forces in Afghanistan attack a Pakistani checkpost in a friendly fire incident, killing 24 soldiers and wounding 13 others

2012: Death of P. K. Venukuttan Nair, Indian actor, born in 1931

2012: In its new travel papers, Beijing incorporates big swathes of the South China Sea and the Himalaya. In response, India is issuing Chinese citizens with visas embossed with New Delhi’s own maps. Vietnam is issuing visas on separate documents’s-new-passport-angers-Hanoi-and-Delhi-26458.html

2012: Death of M. C. Nambudiripad, Indian author, born on February 2, 1919

2012: The Aam Aadmi Party, an Indian political party, is founded

2015 : Death of screen legend Setsuko Hara, who starred in several films by internationally acclaimed director Yasujiro Ozu before stunning the Japanese movie world by retiring at age 42. She was 95


2016: Malaysian political cartoonist Zulkiflee Anwar Ulhaque, or Zunar as he is popularly known, is arrested under the Sedition Act for cartoons that allegedly insulted Prime Minister Najib Razak

2017: China jails activist Wu Gan for 8 years for ‘subverting state power’

2018: Maldives’ top court cancels jail sentence of former president Mohamed Nasheed

Holidays and observances

Independence Day of Mongolia

India: Constitution Day

On 3 November in Asian history


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Updated on November 3, 2019

1605: Eight days after his father’s death, Jahangir succeeded to the throne as Mughal emperor

1618: Birth of Aurangzeb Alamgir (the exact day according different  sources are between October 21 and November 4), Mughal emperor of India (1658-1707) who died on March 3, 1707

1838: The Times of India, the world’s largest circulated English language daily broadsheet newspaper is founded as the Bombay Times and Journal of Commerce

1839: The first Opium war between China and Britain breaks out

1852: Birth of Japanese emperor Mutsuhito (Meiji) from 1867 to his death on July 30, 1912

1852-11-03 Birth of Mutsuhito

1856: In China, a British fleet bombs Canton (Guangzhou)

1908: Birth of Chinese painter Wu Zuoren who died on April 9, 1997

1917: Birth of Annapurna Maharana, Indian freedom fighter and social worker who died on December 31, 2012

Annapurna Maharana

1923: Birth of Yamaguchi Hitomi, Japanese novelist and essayist who died on August 30, 1995

1924: Birth of Toyoko Yamazaki, Japanese writer

1928: Birth of Osamu Tezuka, Japanese film writer and mangaka, who died on February 1989

0samu Tezuka

1929: Korean students, in the Gwangju incident, launch their antijapanese movement

1929-11-03 Gwangju students incident

1931: Birth of Yong Hyong-muk, North Korea Prime Minister (1989-1992) who died on October 22, 2005

1931: Birth of Fu Tieshan, head of the Chinese Catholic Patriotic Church, who died on 20 April 2007

1933: Birth of Amartya Sen, Indian economist Nobel Prize laureate in 1998

1934: Birth of Ruma Guha Thakurta, Indian singer and actress

1938: Birth of Akira Kobayashi, Japanese singer

1942: The Koli Point action begins during the Guadalcanal Campaign and ends on November 12

1945: In Indonesia, Vice President Hatta proclaims right of the people to form political parties.

1946: Japanese emperor Hirohito loses all his power for an elected assembly as a new constitution is adopted

1948: Birth of Akira Emoto, Japanese actor

Akira Emoto

1948: Birth of Takashi Kawamura, Japanese politician

1950: The French  troops leave the Vietnam northern border

1954: The first in  the Godzilla series of films is released in Japan

1955: Birth of Yukihito Tsutsumi, Japanese film director

1961: The United Nations General Assembly, unanimously elects U Thant as acting general secretary

U Thant 2

1967: Vietnam battle  of Dak To begins (up to 22 November)

1969: Nixon  addresses  the nation, asking the « silent majority » to join him in solidarity on the Vietnam war effort and to support his policy

1975: In Bangladesh, president Khondaker Mostaq Ahmad is overthrown in a coup by General Khaled  Mosharraf. Tajuddin Ahmad, Bangladeshi politician and a senior leader of the  Awami League, born on July 23, 1925, is killed in jail

1978: Deng Xiaoping  starts an historic three-day visit to Thailand

1978: Signature of a  Treaty of Amity and Cooperation between Soviet Union and Vietnam

1980: A South Korea’s military court confirms the opponent leader Kim Dae-jung verdict to death

1982: The Salang  tunnel fire in Afghanistan kills up to 2000 people

1982 Salang Tunnel

1984: In India, funeral of Indira Gandhi causing anti-Sikh riots with 1,277 victims as a  result–Funeral-of-Indira-GANDHI-November-1984-NN146124.html

1984: Birth of Ryo Nishikido, Japanese actor

1986: Birth of Heo Young Saeng, Korean singer

1987: Death of Liang Shih-chiu (Liang Shiqiu), Chinese educator, writer and translator; born on January 6, 1903

1988: Sri Lankan  Tamil mercenaries try to overthrow the Maldivian government. At president Gayoom  request, the Indian military suppresses the coup attempt

1988-11-03 coup

2001: Taiwanese Chen  Shui-bian lifts the banning of more than 50 billions USD projects in main China and authorizes direct commercial links

2003: In Kabul, a  post-Taliban draft constitution is unveiled

2007: Burma asks UN chief representative to leave the country over a critical statement he made the  last month

2007: In Pakistan,  General Musharraf declares state of emergency before judiciary can rule on his  re-election as president

2011: President Lee Myung-bak and Russian President Dmitry Medvedev reaffirm their commitment to cooperate on a project to pipe Siberian natural gas to South Korea via North Korea during their summit Wednesday in St. Petersburg

2011: “Russia will build two nuclear power plants, and each of the units will produce 1,000 megawatts of electricity,” said Yeafesh Osman, a junior minister in charge of Bangladesh’s Science and Technology

2012: European Commission chief Jose Manuel Barroso offers Burma more than $100m (£62m; 78m euros) in development aid as he met President Thein Sein.

2013: Pakistani legendory folk singer Reshma dies

2014: Death of veteran Bollywood actor Sadashiv Amrapurkar who is known for his stellar performances in villainous roles in movies like Sadak, Ishq and Ardh Satya

2014: Bangladesh’s Supreme Court upholds the death penalty for war criminal and Jamaat-e-Islami leader Muhammad Kamaruzzaman on one charge but commuted the highest penalty to life term imprisonment for another charge

2018: The Dominican Republic opened its new embassy in mainland China on Saturday, months after switching its allegiance to Beijing from the self-ruled island of Taiwan


On 2 November in Asian history


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619: A qaghan of the Western Turkic Khaganate is assassinated in a Chinese palace by Eastern Turkic rivals after the approval of Tang emperor Gaozu

971: Birth of Sultan Mahmud of Ghazni, who died on April 30, 1030

mahmud map

1082: Birth of Huizhong , emperor of China (1100-1126), who died in captivity on June 4, 1135

1741: Birth of Pierre Joseph Georges Pigneau, commonly known as Pigneau de Béhaine, French Catholic priest best known for his role in assisting Nguyen Anh (later Emperor Gia Long) to establish the Nguyen dynasty in Vietnam, and died on October 9, 1799.

1833: Birth of Mahendralal Sarkar, Indian doctor who died on February 23, 1904

1841: Akbar Khan successfully revolts against Shah Shuga in Afghanistan

1861: Chinese Dowager Cixi launches the Xinyou palace coup giving her the power for 47 years

1865: Birth of Panuganti Lakshmi Narasimha Rao, Indian writer and essayist, populary know as “ Andhra Sakespeare“ who died on January 1, 1940

Panuganti Lakshmi Narasimha Rao

1868: Birth of Japanese painter Yokoyama Taikan who died on February 26, 1958

1877: Birth of Mohammed Shah Agha Khan III, who died on July 11, 1957

1886: Birth of Dhirendranath Datta, Bangladeshi politician, tortured to death on March 29, 1971,_Dhirendranath

1890: Birth of Kunio Kishida, Japanese writer who died on March 5, 1954

1899: In China, beginning of the Boxers rebellion

1910: Birth of Fei Xiaotong, Chinese sociologist who died on 24 April 2005

1917: By the Lansing-Ishii agreement, the USA recognize the “special interests” of Japan in China

1917-11-02 Ishii Kikujiro

1929: Birth of Muhammad Rafiq Tarar (President of Pakistan 1998-2001)

1936: Death of Duan Qirui, Chinese warlord and politician, minister of war, Prime minister then acting president, born on March 6, 1865

1942: Death of Hakushu Kitahara, Japanese writer, born on January 25, 1885

1945: Birth of Mitsuo Yanagimachi, Japanese film director

1948: During the Civil War, the Chinese Communist forces win the Liaoshen Campaign that started on September 12


1949: In the Philippines, president Quirino is reelected among heavy violence

1949: La Hague agreement for the foundation of the Federation of the United States of Indonesia

1950: In North Korea, Chinese troops attack U.S. forces on both western and eastern fronts. U.S. forces withdraw

1951: During the Korean War, a small platoon of 28 Canadian soldiers defend a vital area against an entire battalion of 800 Chinese troops in the Battle of the Song-gok Spur. The engagement lasts into the early hours of November 3

1951-11-02 Battle of the Song-gok Spur

1953: The Constituent Assembly of Pakistan names the country The Islamic Republic of Pakistan

1957: Birth of Ryosuke Miki, Japanese actor

1957: Mao Zedong attends in Moscow a conference of the twelve communist parties in power

1963: Assassination of Ngo Dinh Diem, Vietnamese president overthrown the day before

 1965: Mohammad Hashim Hashim Maiwandwal becomes prime minister of Afghanistan, up to October 1967

1965: Birth of Shah Rukh Khan, Indian actor

1967: US President Lyndon B. Johnson and “The Wise Men” conclude that the American people should be given more optimistic reports on the progress of the war

1970: Birth of Ely Buendia, Filipino singer-songwriter and guitarist

1973: The Communist Party of India (Marxist) and the Communist Party of India form an « United Front » in the state of Tripura

1980: Birth of Kim So-yeon, South Korean actress

1982: Birth of Kyoko Fukada, Japanese actress”

1984: “The Killing fields”, story of Cambodian photojournalist under  the Khmer Rouge, is released in USA

2002: Death of Lo Lieh, Hong Kong martial arts actor, of a heart attack,  born on June 29, 1939

2006: In Afghanistan, foundation of the United National Front, a new  political party formed by warlords

2007: Deadline of the Japanese support, in the Indian Ocean, to the  international forces against international terrorism

2007: Burma asks UN country chief to leave Burma over a critical  statement he made last month

2007: Liberation Tiger of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) political wing leader SP  Thamilselvan is killed when the Air forces bombed the venue of a meeting place  of LTTE leaders at Thiruvaiarer

2009: Death of Nien Cheng, Chine writer, born on January 28, 1915

2009: Karzai declared elected president of Afghanistan, run-off  scrapped

2010: Japan says it will recall its ambassador to Moscow, heightening a long-standing row with Russia over four remote Pacific islands following a visit there by Russian President Dmitry Medvedev–19879.html

2011: Pakistan grants India ‘most favoured’ trade status

2012: Death of Han Suyin, Chinese-English author, born on September 12, 1917

2013: The foreign and defence ministers of Japan and Russia agre to cooperate in fighting terrorism and piracy as the neighbours, still at odds over territorial woes, held an unprecedented security dialogue

2014: More than 50 people are killed and at least 100 injured in a suicide bombing close to Wagah, Pakistan’s only border crossing with India

2014: A second leader of Bangladesh’s largest Islamic party,  Mir Quasem Ali, is sentenced to death for war crimes committed during the 1971 war against Pakistan

2015 : A UN body says that former Malaysian opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim has been jailed illegally and calls for his immediate release

2018: Raymond Chow Man-wai, Hong Kong movie producer who brought the world martial arts legend Bruce Lee, dies at 91

On 1st November in Asian history



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Updated on November 1, 2019

1120: Fang La leads a farmers uprising against the Northern Song dynasty

1120-11-01 Fang La rebellion

1774: Wang Lun, leader of the White Lotus rebellion against the Qing dynasty, commits suicide

1803: Battle of Laswari during the Second Anglo-Maratha War

1838: Birth of Khedrup Gyatso, 11th Dalai Lama who died on 31 January 1856, aged 17,%2011th%20Dalai%20Lama&item_type=topic

1847: Birth of Emperor Hiep Hoa, the sixth emperor of the Vietnamese Nguyễn Dynasty, who commited suicide on 23 November 1883

1886: Ananda College, a leading Buddhist school in Sri Lanka is established

1886: Birth of Sakutaro Hagiwara, Japanese writer of free-style verse who died on May 11, 1942


1907: Birth of Wu Yonggang, Chinese director, who died on December 18, 1982

1931: Birth of Shunsuke Kikuchi, Japanese composer

1936: Birth of Katsuhisa Hattori, Japanese composer

1936: Birth of Shizuka Kamei, Japanese politician

1942: The October Matanikau action on Guadalcanal begins as United States Marine Corps forces  attack Imperial Japanese Army units along the Matanikau River

1943: Battle of Empress Augusta Bay, United States Marines, the 3rd Marine Division, land on in the Solomon Islands. In support of the landings on Bougainville, U.S. aircraft carrier forces attack the huge Japanese base at Rabaul

1943-11-01 Battle of Empress Augusta Bay
1945: The official North Korean newspaper, Rodong Sinmun, is first published under the name Chongro

1948: Off southern Manchuria, 6,000 people are killed as a Chinese merchant ship exploses and sinks

1954: French give back the territory of Pondicherry to the Indian sovereignty

1956: Foundation of the Indian states of Andhra Pradesh (ex Nizam), Karnataka (ex Mysore) and Kerala

1959: Birth of Eriko Hara, Japanese voice actress

1963: In Saigon, coup d’état by General Duong Van Minh. President Ngo Dinh Diem and his brother Ngo Dinh Nhu are killed the following day

1966: Vietcong bombs Saigon

1967: Beginning of a three-week offensive of the National Liberation Front in the Vietnamese high hills of Dakto

1967: During the China Cultural Revolution, founding of the first Revolutionary committee in Inner Mongolia. Others will be founded in all China

1968: End of the US bombings on North Vietnam which started on March 1965

1968: Birth of Park Shin-Yang, South Korean actor

1973: Birth of Aishwarya Rai, Indian actress, Miss World 1994

1978: Birth of Manju Warrier, Indian actress

1978: Birth of Hao Lei, Chinese actress

1984: China and the United Arab Emirates establish diplomatic relations

1984: Anti-Sikh riots after the assassination of Indian Prime Minister Indira Gandhi

1987: End of the XIIIth congress of the Chinese communist party. Zhao Ziyang becomes officially general secretary of the party as Deng Xiaoping retires from China’s Communist Party’s Central Committee

1990: In Pakistan, Nawaz Sharif is appointed Prime Minister up to July 1993

1996: Death of Junius Richard Jayewardene, Sri Lanka president (1978-1989), born on September 17, 1906

Junius Richard Jayewardene

2008: Abu Jihad al-Masri, an Egyptian, Al-Qaeda terror network’s propaganda chief, is killed in a missile strike in Pakistan

2008: Exiled former Thailand premier Thakin Shinawatra denounces his opponents in a telephone address to 90,000 loyal supporters packed into a Bangkok sports stadium

2009: President Hamid Karzai’s rival in the second round of the Afghan presidential election, Abdullah, announces that he is withdrawing from the poll

2010: China kicks off its once-a-decade census, a whirlwind 10-day head count that will see 6 million census takers go door-to-door to document the massive demographic changes taking place in the world’s most populous country

2010-11-01 Census

2010: Russian president’s visit to disputed islands draws protests from Japan, which says they are part of Japanese territory

2011: Nepal’s main political parties agree the last part of a landmark peace deal after years of wrangling. A spokesman for the prime minister says the deal revolves around the future of about 19,000 former Maoist fighters

2011: China launches the unmanned Shenzhou-8 spacecraft, marking the start of another key mission in the nation’s quest to assemble a permanent space station within a decade

2018: Maldives ex-president Nasheed returns from exile

On 31 October in Asian history


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1760: Birth of Katsushika Hokusai, Japanese painter, who died on May 10, 1849

1806: Death of Utamaro Kitagawa, Japanese painter, born in1753

1814: Beginning of the Battle of Nalapani (up to November 30),  the first battle of Anglo-Nepalese War between the East India Company and Nepal  from 1814 to 1816.

1814-10-31 Nalapani

1817: Ayahito (Ninko), 120th Japanese Emperor is enthroned. He will die on 21 February 1846

1864: Birth of Li Yuanhong, Chinese general and political figure during the Qing dynasty and the republican era, twice president of the Republic of China, who died on June 3, 1928

1874: Engagement between Japan and China respecting Formosa (Taiwan) after a Japanese military intervention on Taiwan

1875: Birth of Vallabhbhai Patel, political and social leader of India who played a major role in the country’s struggle for independence and guided its integration into a united, independent nation, who died on December 15, 1950.

1876: A monster cyclone ravages India, resulting in over 200,000 human deaths

1883: Death of Swami Dayananda Saraswati, important Hindu religious scholar, founder of Arya Samaj, “Society of Nobles”, a Hindu reform  movement, born on February 12, 1824

1887: Birth of Chiang Kai-shek, president of the Republic of China who died on April 5, 1975

1916: Death of Huang Xing, Chinese revolutionary leader, militarist, and statesman, the first army commander-in-chief of the Republic of China. One of the founders of the Kuomintang (KMT) and the Republic of China, born on October 25, 1874

1922: Birth of King Norodom Sihanouk of Cambodia who abdicated in 2004 and died in 2012


1925: Birth of Kotayya Pratyagatma, Indian film director who died on June 8, 2001

1929: Birth of Yoshiki Iwama, Japanese screenwriter who died on June 13, 1999

1929: Birth of Fumio Watanabe, Japanese actor, who died on August 4, 2004

1942: Birth of Eduardo Castrillo, Filipino sculptor

Eduardo Castrillo

1946: Peace talks resume in Nanjing between the Communists and the Nationalists

1948: In Indonesia, anti-Dutch leader Musso is killed while attempting to escape arrest

1949: Birth of Kenichi Kato, Japanese actor

1952: Death of U Chit Hlaing, Burmese politician, born in 1879

NPG x150726; U Chit Hlaing

1955: Birth of Eduardo V. Manalo, Filipino religious leader, Executive Minister of Iglesia ni Cristo

1956:Birth of Christopher de Leon, Filipino actor, director, producer, and politician

1966: Birth of Annabella Lwin, Burmese singer-songwriter and Producer

1967: Nguyen Van Thieu take oath of office as 1st President of South Vietnam 2nd Republic


1968: Dong Biwu succeeds Liu Shaoqi as acting president of the People’s Republic of China, up to January 17, 1975

1968: Citing progress with the Paris peace talks, US President Lyndon B. Johnson announces to the nation that he has ordered a complete cessation of “all air, naval, and artillery bombardment of North Vietnam” effective November 1

1970: South president Thieu vows to never accept a coalition government

1970: Birth of Nicky Wu, Taiwanese actor and martial arts expert

1975: After the Khmer Rouge victory in Cambodia, join communiqué between Khmer Republic and Thailand for a pacific coexistence between the two countries

1975: Death of SD Burman, Indian musician, born on October 1, 1906

1981: Birth of Selina (Jiaxuan) Ren, member of Taiwanese girl-group S.H.E

1984: Indira Gandhi, PM since 1966 is assassinated by two of her Sikh security guards 

1990: Death of Aya Koda, Japanese writer, born on September 1, 1904

2000: Death of Watanabe Kazuki Japanese musician, born on April 7, 1981)

2003: Death of Semmangudi Srinivasa Iyer, one of the greatest Carnatic vocalists of the twentieth century, born on July 25, 1908

2003: Mahathir bin Mohamad resigns as Prime Minister of Malaysia and is replaced by Deputy Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi, marking an end to Mahathir’s 22 years in power

2006: Death of Amrita Pritam, Pakistani-Indian author and poet, born on August 31 1919

Amrita Pritam

2008: Gen Toshio Tamogami, head of the Japanese air force is sacked after saying in an essay that the country was not an aggressor in World War II

2009: Death of Qian Xuesen, father of the Chinese nuclear bomb, born on  December 11, 1911

2009: Death of former South Korean spy chief Lee Hu-rak, who brokered the signing  of a historic 1972 peace document with North Korea following a secret trip to  Pyongyang. He was 85

2010: Hundreds of Korean family members separated for  more than half a century by the Korean War embraced each other in tearful  reunions, a day after troops exchanged gunfire in the Demilitarized Zone  dividing the countries

2010: NATO: Coalition Forces Kill Nearly 100 Afghan Insurgents. Five NATO  troops are injured in the fighting.

2012: Firebrand Japanese conservative Shintaro Ishihara, who resigned as governor of Tokyo, has become the leader of a small right-leaning party whose lawmakers have an average age of 73.5

2012: Myanmar rejects an offer by the Association of Southeast Asian Nations to open talks aimed at quelling deadly communal violence there, according to the regional bloc’s chief.

2014: Myanmar, government opens talks with Aung San Suu Kyi on peace, reconciliation and reforms,-government-opens-talks-with-Aung-San-Suu-Kyi-on-peace,-reconciliation-and-reforms-32576.html

2014: India pays low-key Gandhi tribute 30 years after assassination. No ministers of India’s new government attended the event honouring Gandhi, gunned down by Sikh bodyguards on October 31, 1984

2014: India’s technology capital Bangalore will be formally known as Engaluru, eight years after the state first proposed the name change

2015 : Osaka mayor Toru Hashimoto’s new national party holds its inaugural ceremony with 18 Diet members from the embattled Japan Innovation Party

2017: Japan’s Democratic Party taps Upper House member Kohei Otsuka as new party president

On 29 October in Asian history


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1504: Birth of Shin Saimdang, Korean painter and poet who died on May 17, 1551

Shin Saimdang Chochungdo

1784: The Dutch United East India Company (Verenigge Oos tindichu Company (VOC) defeats Bugis forces in Riau (now in Indonesia). After  that, sultan of Riau dies without a successor; VOC takes complete control of Johore and Riau by treaty and VOC builds fort on Bintan

1866: Birth of Antonio Luna, Filipino revolutionary general, killed on June 5, 1899

Antonio Luna

1877: Birth of Narcisa de Leon, Filipino film producer, who died on February 6, 1966

1889: Birth of Li Dazhao, one of the founders of the Chinese communist Party, executed on 28 April 1927

Li Dazhao 1930

1935: Birth of Takahata Isao, animated film director

1936: Birth of Akiko Kojima, Japanese model, first Asian Miss Universe 1959

1940: Death of Phan Bội Châu, Vietnamese poet and activist, born on December 26, 1867

1945: Dutch East India (Indonesia), Sukarno and Hatta arrive in Surabaya by plane. Sukarno and General Mallaby agree on a truce. Poor communications and general chaos prevent Sukarno from enforcing the truce

1951: Jean de Raymond, French representative in Cambodia is assassinated in Phnom-Penh

1953: Non official trade agreement between China and Japan. By the way, 25,000 Japanese citizens held in China return to home

1954: Birth of Tomoko Ai, Japanese actress

1956: Birth of Etsuko Shihomi, Japanese actress

1959: Death of the king of Laos Sisavang Vong. He is succeeded by his son Sri Savang Vatthana, born on July 14, 1885

1965: Birth of Masahiro Takashima, Japanese actor

1971: As a result of the vietnamization of the war by president Nixon, the total number of American troops still in Vietnam drops to a record low of 196,700, the lowest level since January 1966

1975: Birth of Kelly Lin, Taiwanese actress

Kelly Lin

1977: Death of Maeda Seison, Japanese painter, born on January 27, 1885

1977: Death of Chen Wangdao, communist intellectual, president of Fudan university (1949-1977), born in 1891

1978: Birth of Kumiko Higa, Japanese actress

kumiko Higa

1981: Birth of Reema Sen, Indian actress

1981: Birth of Angelika de la Cruz, Filipina actress

1982: Birth of Ariel Lin, Taiwanese actress and singer

1986: Birth of Sarita Pérez de Tagle, Filipina actress and model

1987: Birth of Makoto Ogawa, Japanese singer

1988: Pakistan’s general Rahimuddin Khan resigns from his post as governor of Sindh, following the effort by president Ghulam Ishaq Khan to limit the powers Rahimuddin had accumulated

1988: Death of Kamaladevi Chattopadhyay, Indian activist, born on April 3, 1903

1991: Death of Chinese painter Huang Junbi, born in 1898–huang-junbi

huang Junbi boating at sunset

1999: Super-cyclone wreaks havoc in India

2001: In Japan, for the first time since 1945, the Japanese diet approves a law which authorizes the sending of Japanese forces out of the archipelago to fight international terrorism

2004: In Cambodia, coronation of king Norodom Sihamoni, born on May 14, 1953


2005: Delhi bombings kill more than 60

2006: In Bangladesh, prime minister Khaleda Zia is forced to quit and president Lajuddin Ahmed assumes this function up to January 2007

2006: Sri Lanka government negotiations in Geneva with Tamil separatists fail

2009: Death  of Bei Shizhang, Chinese biologist and educator who was born on October 10,1903

2009: The Philippine government and separatists fighting for a Muslim homeland in the country’s south sign an agreement to protect schools and hospitals, and avoid civilian suffering

2013: India and Pakistan agree to observe calm along the Sialkot-Jammu working boundary after days of skirmishes which have been the worst in a decade

2014: A special tribunal in Bangladesh sentences the head of the country’s Jamaat-e-Islami party to death for his role in the deaths of thousands during the nation’s independence war against Pakistan in 1971

2015 : China announces that it will end one-child policy and allow two children for each couple


Holidays and observances

Cambodia: Coronation Day

On 29 October in Japan’s history


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 Updated on October 29, 2019

1935: Birth of Takahata Isao, animated film director

1936: Birth of Akiko Kojima, Japanese model, first Asian Miss Universe 1959

1953: Non official trade agreement between China and Japan. By the way, 25,000 Japanese citizens held in China return to home

1954: Birth of Tomoko Ai, Japanese actress

1956: Birth of Etsuko Shihomi, Japanese actress

1965: Birth of Masahiro Takashima, Japanese actor

1977: Death of Maeda Seison, Japanese painter, born on January 27, 1885

1978: Birth of Kumiko Higa, Japanese actress,434,tkxdxg,higa_kumiko.html

kumiko Higa

1987: Birth of Makoto Ogawa, Japanese singer

2001: In Japan, for the first time since 1945, the Japanese diet approves a law which authorizes the sending of Japanese forces out of the archipelago to fight international terrorism

On 28 October in Asian history

1928-10-28 Youth Pledge


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1225: Death of Jien, Japanese poet and historian, born on May 17, 1155

1420: Beijing is officially designated the capital of the Ming Dynasty on the same year that the Forbidden City, the seat of government, is completed

1627: Death of Nuruddin Jahangir, Mughol emperor, born on September 20,


1707: The Hōei earthquake  causes more than 5,000 deaths in Honshu, Shikoku and Kyūshū, Japan

1837: Birth of Tokugawa Yoshinobu, Japan’s last shogun, who died on  November 22, 1913

1860: Birth of Jigoro Kano, founder of  judo Kodokan who died on May 4, 1938

1891: A quake strikes Mino-Owari, Japan, killing 7,300

1928: In Indonesia, Nationalist Declaration of the Youth Pledge. For the first time Indonesia Raya, now the national anthem, is sung

1928-10-28 Youth Pledge

1928: Birth of Yoko Sugi, Japanese actress

1945: In Indonesia, after the Japanese defeat, the British who land to  occupy the whole country by force, meet strong Indonesian resistance to their  occupation of Surabaya. The fights will last until November 13

1950: Second Indian protest after Tibet invasion by communist China

1953: Laos signs a mutual defense treaty with France

1958: In Burma, replacing U Nu, general Ne Win becomes head of the  caretaker government up to 4 April 1960

1964: US officials deny any involvement in bombing North Vietnam

1967: Birth of Monica Chan, Hong Kong actress and winner of 1989 Miss
Hong Kong Pageant

1978: Death of Rukmani Devi , Sri Lankan singer and actress, born on February 29, 1923

1979: Chairman Hua Guofeng arrives in London for the first visit of a communist
Chinese leader in UK

1979 Hua Guofeng in GB

1982 : Birth of Mai Kuraki, Japanese singer

1988 : Birth of Ko Eun-ah, South Korean actress

1998: An Air China jet is hijacked and flown to Taiwan by a pilot upset  with his pays and working conditions. He was taken into custody

2001: Christians killed in Pakistan massacre

2008: Mohamed Nasheed beats Maumoon Abdul Gayoom in the first democratic  presidential election in the Maldives,_2008

2009: A car bomb has exploded in a crowded market in the northwest  Pakistan’s city of Peshawar, killing at least 105 people and wounding about 100

2010: Death of Liang Congjie, Chinese environmentalist,  born on August 4, 1932

2013: Five people are killed and 38 are injured after a car crashes into barriers just outside the Beijing Forbidden City in Tiananmen Square

2013: Death of Rajendra Yadav, Indian author, born on August 28, 1929

2015 : Nepal’s parliament elects communist lawmaker Bidhya Bhandari as the country’s first female president

2015 : A group of 10 Indian filmmakers return national awards in protest at what they say is a rising climate of intolerance, including prominent directors Dibakar Banerjee and Anant Patwardhani


Holidays and observances

Indonesia: Youth Pledge Day or Hari Sumpah Pemuda

On 27 October in Asian history


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921: Birth of Emperor Shizong of (Later) Zhou, who died on July 27, 959

1335: Birth of Taejo, Korean founder and first king of the Joseon dynasty, who died o, August 18, 1408

1605: Death of Akbar the Great, Mughal emperor, born on October 14, 1542

1816: Death of Santō Kyōden, Japanese poet, writer and artist, born on September 13, 1761

Santo Kyoden

1858: Birth of Saitō Makoto, Japanese naval officer and politician, 30th Prime Minister of Japan who died on February 26, 1936

1906: Birth of Kazuo Ohna, Japanese dancer who died on June 3, 2010

1920: Birth of Kocheril Raman Narayanan, president of India (1997-2002) who died on November 9, 2005

Kocheril Raman Narayanan

1927: Foundation of the first Chinese communist revolutionary base in Jinggangshan (Jiangxi) by Mao Zedong

Jiangxi soviet

1930: In Taiwan, Wushe Incident. 134 Japanese citizens are killed

1930-10-27 Wushe incident 2

1934: Birth of Akira Miyazaki, Japanese film writer

Akira Miyazaki

1937: Birth of Koichi Ose, Japanese actor

1947: India accepts the Kashmir request to join the Union and its ask for protection against the Muslim rebellion. Indian troops are send

1950: Death of Ren Bishi, Chinese military and political leader, born on April 30, 1904

1955: In Indonesia, Abdul Haris Nasution, returned to active service, becomes major general and army chief of staff

1957: Birth of Tsai Ming-liang, Taiwanese movie director

1958: Iskander Mirza, the first president of  Pakistan is deposed in a bloodless coup d’état by General Ayub Khan

1961: Mongolia joins the United Nations

1966: China launches a nuclear war-head missile

1968: Birth of Dileep, Indian actor and Producer

1971: Cambodian troops battle Communists north of Phnom Penh

1978: Birth of Vanessa-Mae, Singapore musician

1979: Mother Teresa is rewarded by the Peace Nobel Prize

1981: Birth of Han Hye-jin, South Korean actress

1982: China announces that, according to the July 1st national census, its population is at 1 billion people plus

1982: Birth of Takashi Tsukamoto, Japanese actor

1987: In Malaysia, “Operation Lalang” cracking down opposition leaders, NGO and newspapers

1987: Birth of Thelma Aoyama, Japanese singer

1997: Chinese president Jiang Zemin starts his visit to the United States


2001: More than 5,000 Pakistan’s Islamists start to cross the Afghan border for helping the Taliban  in their jihad against United States

2006: Death of Ghulam Ishaq Khan, president of Pakistan (1988-1993), born on January 20, 1915

2008: Military officials from North and South Korea begin face-to-face talks on improving communications amid rising tensions between the rivals

2008: Death of Frank Nagai, Japanese singer, born on March 18, 1932

2011: A prominent Indonesian Muslim religious figure Abu Bakar Bashir accused of setting up a “terror” training camp, has had his prison sentence reduced from 15 years to nine years by an appeals court

2013: Thousands of Kashmiri people observed a « black day » in Pakistani Kashmir on Sunday, rallying at an event organised by Islamists against Indian « brutalities » and occupation of the Himalayan region

2016: Emperor Hirohito’s younger brother, Prince Mikasa, dies at 100,_Prince_Mikasa