On 9 December in Southeast Asian history



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Updated on December 9, 2018

1941: During the World War II, the US 19th Bombardment Group attacks Japanese ships off the coast of Vigan, Luzon (Philippines)

1947: During the Polisionil 1 Operation, Dutch troops wiped out almost the entire male population of Rawagede (431 men and teenagers), a village in West Java, during the Indonesia independence war

1949: Burma recognized the People’s Republic of China

1955: Birth of Chamras Saewataporn, Thai composer and musician


1960: Relieved of his command the day before, neutralist General Kong Le deposes Laos prime minister Souvanna

1962: Sultan of Brunei asks rebels to put down their weapons; rebellion breaks up. About 80 are killed in all, mostly rebels. Legislative Council is replaced by an Emergency Council

1972: North -Vietnam and Soviet Union sign an agreement for economic and military aid by the Soviet

2002: Indonesian diplomats and Gerakan Aceh Merdeka representatives sign a cessation of hostilities accord in Geneva. Details include a cease-fire to be monitored by foreign observers, and elections for an autonomous legislative body in 2004, and an agreement to allow the province to keep 70% of oil and gas revenues

2011: The Dutch government has formally apologised to the families of victims of a 1947 massacre on Indonesia’s Java island which left at least 150 people dead

2013: Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra dissolves parliament and called an election after sustained protests in the capital, Bangkok.

2013: Hundreds of South Asian workers continue riots in Singapore after being enraged by a yesterday fatal road accident in a rare case of public unrest in the wealthy city-state.

2015: The US temporarily lift certain trade sanctions on Myanmar, aiming to reinvigorate trade and support a peaceful political transition after a historic victory by democratic leader Aung San Suu Kyi

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