On 20 December in Southeast Asian history

ON 20 DECEMBER IN SOUTHEAST ASIAN HISTORY

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Updated on December 20, 2018

1925: Birth of Mahathir Mohamad, fourth and long time Malaysian Prime minister (1981-2003) and again since May 2018
http://www.thefamouspeople.com/profiles/mahathir-mohamad-5815.php
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/asia-pacific/2059518.stm

Mahathir

1938: Bo Aung Kyaw is the first Burmese student killed by the British, celebrated each year
http://myanmarpedia.blogspot.fr/2010/07/bo-aung-kyaw.html
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bo_Aung_Kyaw_Day

1941: The British start to train some Malaya Communist Party members in guerilla warfare techniques in Singapore

1946: Full-scale guerilla warfare between Vietnam partisans and French troops begins
http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/french-crack-down-on-vietnamese-rebels

1960: Foundation of the National Front for the Liberation of South-Vietnam. The purpose is officially to overthrow the dictatorship of Ngo Dinh Diem, then to construct an independent, democratic and neutral South Vietnam
http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/national-liberation-front-formed

1967: General Thieu turns away the day before suggestion to establish non official links between Saigon and the National Liberation Front

1977: Vietnam joins the United Nations

1987: History’s worst peacetime sea disaster, when the passenger ferry Doña Paz sinks after colliding with the oil tanker Vector 1 in the Tablas Strait in the Philippines, killing an estimated 4,000 people (1,749 official)
http://www.historyandheadlines.com/december-20-1987-worst-peacetime-sea-disaster/
https://kahimyang.com/kauswagan/articles/836/today-in-philippine-history-december-20-1987-mv-do-a-paz-sank-after-colliding-with-oil-tanker-mt-vector

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jl3ef1cambU

 

2007: In Thailand, the military-installed parliament approves an internal security law which allows the military to maintain a grip on power after the general élections

2008: In Thailand, the Cabinet of Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva is announced
http://www.newser.com/story/45884/thai-pm-announces-controversial-cabinet.html
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Premiership_of_Abhisit_Vejjajiva

2008-12-20 Abhisit Vejjajiva nnounces cabinet

2012: The Philippine government and communist rebels have agreed on a nationwide truce to help restart peace talks to end one of Asia’s longest-running insurgencies.
http://asiancorrespondent.com/94036/philippine-government-rebels-agree-on-truce/

2017: Burma bans UN human rights investigator from probing anti-Rohingya atrocities
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/asia/burma-un-human-rights-investigator-ban-rohingya-muslims-killings-yanghee-lee-rakhine-state-a8120646.html
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-42425217

 

Holidays and observances

Myanmar: Bo Aung Kyaw Day

 



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