ON 29 APRIL IN SOUTHEAST ASIAN HISTORY
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Updated on April 29, 2018
1803: Birth of James Brooke, first White Rajah of Sarawak (1941-1868) who died on June 11, 1868
1902: US Congress extends the Chinese Exclusion Act (of 1882) prohibiting immigration of Chinese laborers from territories to the mainland, a rule clearly aimed at Chinese in the Philippines
1938: Birth of Daim Zainuddin, Malaysian economist and politician
1942: Japanese troops march into Lashio (Burma), cutting off Burma Road
1965: Australian Prime Minister Menzies announces that, at the request of USA and South Vietnam, he is sending an 800-man battalion to fight in South Vietnam
1970: 50,000 US and South Vietnamese troops invade Cambodia, where Prince Sihanouk have been ousted on March 18, to hunt Vietcong
1975: By the Operation Frequent Wind, the last US citizens begin evacuation from Saigon prior to an expected North Vietnamese takeover
1975: Vietnam War: The North Vietnamese Army completes its capture of all parts of South Vietnamese-held Spratly (Trường Sa) Islands.
1989: The National Assembly of the People’s Republic of Kampuchea amends the constitution, replacing the name of the country as State of Cambodia and declares it « neutral, pacifist and nonaligned » Buddhism is proclaimed state religion
1991: In Bangladesh, a cyclone with winds of around 155mph kills at least 138,000 people and leaves as many as 10 million homeless
2000: Death of Pham Van Dong, former Vietnamese Prime Minister, born on 1st March 1906
2002: Death of Lor Tok, Thai comedian and actor, born on April 1, 1914
2012: Aung San Suu Kyi, the leader of Myanmar’s opposition National League for Democracy (NLD), says that a dispute over the wording of the country’s parliamentary oath of office has been resolved.