On 19 October in Southeast Asian history


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Updated on October 19, 2019

1904: Polytechnic University of the Philippines founded as Manila Business School

1943: Local Chinese and native Suluks rise up against the Japanese occupation of North Borneo. The revolt, staged in the capital, Jesselton, resulted in the deaths of 40 Japanese soldiers

1965: North Vietnamese troops launch a major assault on U.S. and South Vietnamese Special Forces Camp at Plei Me in the Central Highlands, 215 miles north of Saigon

1972: Henry Kissinger hold meetings in Saigon with South Vietnamese President Nguyen Van Thieu to discuss the proposed peace treaty drafted by Kissinger and Le Duc Tho, the chief North Vietnamese negotiator in Paris

1981: Birth of Christian Bautista, Philippino singer

2002: In Indonesia, Abu Bakar Bashir suspected of being the one who ordered the attacks against churchs on December 24, 2000 is arrested. The day before he had publicly pray for Ben Laden

2007: Philippines. Amidst corruption controversies hounding the Arroyo administration, a bomb explosion rocked Glorietta 2, a shopping mall in Makati, which killed 11 and injured more than 100 people

2012: The United States invits Myanmar to the world’s largest multi-national military field exercise, a powerful symbolic gesture toward a military with a grim human rights record and a milestone in its rapprochement with the West


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