On 20 May in Southeast Asian history

ON 20 MAY IN SOUTHEAST ASIAN HISTORY

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Updated on May 20, 2019

1619: Coen, backed by a force of nineteen ships, storms the Jayakarta driving out the Banten forces, and from the ashes of Jayakarta, establishes Batavia (now Jakarta) as the VOC headquarters
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Batavia,_Dutch_East_Indies

1784: In a Treaty signed in Paris, Netherlands cedes to Britain the port city of Nagappattinam in India and allows the British free navigation rights in the Duch-held Mollucas

1908: In Netherlands Indies, Foundation of the Boedi Oetomo (Noble Conduct), organization led by Dr Soetomo.  Educational movement which turned to politics
https://www.britannica.com/topic/Budi-Utomo
http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2014/08/28/boedi-oetomo-birth-a-nation.html

1941: Birth of Goh Chok Tong, former Singaporian Premier and later Senior Minister
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Goh_Chok_Tong

1942: Japan completed the conquest of Burma

1946: Birth of Xanana Gusmao, former president of East-Timor (2002-20007) then Prime Minister up to February 2015
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/asia-pacific/342145.stm

1947: Ho Chi Minh and Hoang Minh Giam reject France’s stringent cease-fire conditions

1963: Sukarno is reelected president of Indonesia

1967: In USA, 10,000 demonstrate against Vietnam War

1969: End of the ten days Battle of Hambuger (Aptia Mountain) one of the bloodiest battles of the Vietnam War (see on May 10) 
http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/battle-for-hamburger-hill-ends
http://www.thefinertimes.com/Vietnam-War/the-battle-of-hamburger-hill.html

1970: 100,000 march in New York supporting US policy in Vietnam

1988: Birth of Carla Humphries, Filipina actress
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carla_Humphries

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G-MXdiUPhoo

1992: The king of Thailand ask the Prime minister Suchinda Kraprayoon and opposition leader to put an end to the brutalities in Bangkok


http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-37650466

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A8DeXAwhHko

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qz5nHpznnnc&feature=related

1993: Xanana Gusmao, leader of the East-Timor separatist insurgency (arrested in 1992) is condemned to life sentence, changed later to 20 years in prison
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Xanana_Gusm%C3%A3o

1997: US President Clinton signs an executive order 13047 barring new US investment in Burma (Myanmar), effective May 21 and renewable annually
http://www.cato.org/publications/trade-policy-analysis/us-sanctions-against-burma-failure-all-fronts

2002: East-Timor is officially independent from Indonesia


http://newsweekly.com.au/article.php?id=1024

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7aAnLARXdYY

2002: Mari Alkatiri becomes Prime Minister of East Timor up to June 26, 2006

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/asia-pacific/1989267.stm

2007: In Vietnam, legislative elections. 83 % of the candidates are members of the Vietnam Communist Party. In the final, more than 90 % of the members of the parliament are members of the CPV

2013: Myanmar President Thein Sein has become the first leader of his country to visit the White House in nearly half a century, as Washington offers a strong symbolic gesture to back his reforms
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/may/20/thein-sein-burma-visit-us-obama
https://www.pri.org/stories/2013-05-20/myanmar-president-thein-sein-makes-historic-visit-white-house

2014: Thailand’s military declares martial law. It will stay in place until peace and order are restored, following months of sometimes deadly anti-government protests
http://www.voanews.com/content/thai-army-declares-martial-law-but-says-its-not-a-coup/1918780.html
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2014/05/cloneofthailand-army-declares-martial-law-201451-201452017300819831.html

2016: Vietnam releases prominent Catholic priest dissident Nguyen Van Ly ahead of Obama visit
http://www.vietnamtribune.com/index.php/sid/244261471

 

Holidays and observances

East Timor: Independence Day (independence of East Timor from Indonesia in 2002)

Cambodia: Day of Remembrance (ex National Day of Hatred)



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