ON 21 DECEMBER IN SOUTHEAST ASIAN HISTORY
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Updated on December 21, 2018
1873: Francis Garnier, French officer and explorer known for his exploration of the Mekong River is killed by the Black Flag Army while defending Hanoi (Tonkin)
1898: “Benevolent Assimilation” of the Philippines Proclamation of President William McKinley
1941: Signature of the Nippon-Thai military alliance
1949: Dutch First Chamber accepts sovereignty of Indonesia
1957: Indonesia proclaims end to state of war
1969: Thailand announces plans to withdraw its 12,000-man contingent from South Vietnam
1987: Birth of Valerie Concepcion, Filipina Actress
2010: Thailand has agreed to lift an eight-month state of emergency in its capital Bangkok, citing an improved political climate and a less confrontation approach by anti-government “red shirt” protesters.
2013: In Malaysia, Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai, former Health minister, is elected as the MCA president and Datuk Dr Wee Ka Siong as deputy president.
2014: Death of Sitor Situmorang, Indonesian poet and author, born on October 2, 1923
Holidays and Observances
Philippines: Armed Forces Day