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Wars, conflicts and strategy on 20 July in Asian history


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Updated on July 20, 2019

1402: During the Ottoman-Timurid Wars in the  Battle of Ankara , Timur, ruler of Timurid Empire, defeats forces of the Ottoman Empire sultan Bayezid I

1592: The Japanese capture the Korean capital Pyongyang, causing King Seonjo to request the assistance of Ming Dynasty Chinese forces, who recapture the city a year later.


1929: Soviet troops attempt to cross the Amur River into Manchuria near Blagoveschensk as tensions mount between the Soviet Union and the Republic of China

1944: Japanese aircraft carrier Hijo is sunk by US air attack in Guam area

1946: The US Congress’s Pearl Harbor Committee says Franklin D. Roosevelt is completely blameless for the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor and calls for a unified command structure in the armed forces

1947: The Duch cancel the Linggadjati agreement signed with the Indonesian on the creation of the United States of Indonesia. Dutch troops occupy West Java, East Java, Madura, Semarang, Medan, Palembang, Padang, bomb many cities

1947: The Viceroy of India says the people of the Northwest Frontier Province overwhelmingly voted the previous day to join Pakistan rather than India

1954: The General Conference on Indochina declares a demilitarized zone at the 17th parallel with the North under communist rule and the South under the leadership of Prime Minister Ngo Dinh Diem. Officially signed on 21

1962: In South Vietnam, the National Liberation Front publishes its manifesto

1964: During the Vietnam War, Viet Cong forces attack the capital of Dinh Tuong Province, Cai Be, killing 11 South Vietnamese military personnel and 40 civilians (30 of which are children)

1973: In testimony by Assistant Secretary of Defense Jerry Friedheim to the US Senate Committee on Armed Services, the US Defense Department admits it lied to US Congress about bombing Cambodia

1976: After the Vietnam War, the US military completes its troop withdrawal from Thailand

2006: Security Council unanimously condemns the July 5 North Korean ballistic missiles tests, but with no sanctions because Chinese and Russian opposition

2009: An accord between India and the United States is reached in New Delhi clearing the way for the sale of US-made weapons to India

2010: Hamid Karzai, the Afghan president, has received international backing for plans that would see Afghan forces to take over security across the country in four years

2011: South China Sea dispute: Philippine MPs visit Spratlys. The politicians landed on Pagasa island, the only island in the Spratlys chain populated by Filipinos, and sang the national anthem with residents

2012: North Korea has said it was being forced to “re-examine” its nuclear programme because of fresh signs the US remains hostile towards the country, indicating it will step up defiant efforts to boost its nuclear arsenal.