Indonesian History

Historical Events

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  • 1598-11-25 Jacob Cornelius van Neck's merchant fleet reaches Bantam West-Java on second Dutch expedition to Indonesia
  • 1816-06-06 10" of snowfall in New England, part of a "year without a summer" which followed the eruption of Mount Tambora in Indonesia
  • 1817-05-15 Ambonese uprising against Dutch authority (modern Indonesia), under Thomas Matulesia (aka Kapitan Pattimura)
  • 1919-05-01 Mount Kelud (Indonesia) erupts, boiling crater lake which broke through crater wall killing 5,000 people in 104 small villages
  • 1926-11-13 Indonesian Communist Party (PKI) uprising in Bantam West Java

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1927-07-04 Sukarno and friends form the pro-Indonesian independence party, the PNI (Perserikatan Nasional Indonesia) in Batavia, Dutch East Indies

1st President of Indonesia Sukarno
1st President of Indonesia
Sukarno
  • 1928-10-28 Indonesian child laws enforced in Bahasa Indonesia
  • 1930-12-24 Sukarno sentenced to four years in prison by Indonesian authorities in Bandung, Dutch East Indies
  • 1934-03-31 Netherlands Indies BC Ltd begins radio transmission (Indonesia)
  • 1944-02-29 5 leaders of Indonesia Communist Party sentenced to death
  • 1944-05-27 Allies land on Biak, Indonesia (operation Horlicks)
  • 1944-09-14 6,500 Dutch/Indonesian captives sent to Junyo Maru
  • 1945-04-01 1st edition of Indonesia Merdeka publishes
  • 1945-08-17 Sukarno and Mohammad Hatta declare Indonesia (Dutch East Indies) independent from the Netherlands
  • 1945-08-18 Sukarno elected 1st President of Indonesia by the Preparatory Committee for Indonesian Independence (PPKI)
  • 1945-10-05 Indonesian army forms
  • 1945-11-10 Heavy battle in Surabaya between Indonesian nationalists and returning colonialists after World War II, celebrated as Heroes' Day (Hari Pahlawan).
  • 1946-06-08 Sukarno calls for anti colonial defiance in Indonesia
  • 1946-10-14 Netherland & Indonesia sign cease fire
  • 1946-10-24 Netherlands & Indonesia sign cease fire
  • 1947-07-21 Indonesia begins 1st political election
  • 1947-08-05 Netherlands ceases political action in Indonesia, due to UN pressure
  • 1948-01-17 Netherlands & Indonesia agree to a cease-fire
  • 1948-03-09 Provisionary Indonesian government installed in Batavia
  • 1948-12-18 Indonesia begins its 2nd political election
  • 1948-12-20 Second Chamber accept 2nd Police Action in Indonesia
  • 1949-01-28 UN Security council convicts Dutch aggression in Indonesia
  • 1949-03-01 Indonesia seizes Yogyakarta from the Dutch.
  • 1949-08-03 Republic Indonesia proclaims cease fire
  • 1949-11-02 Netherland recognizes Indonesia as a sovereign state
  • 1949-12-04 Duncan Stewart, 2nd British Governor of Sarawak is fatally stabbed in the streets of Sibu by Malay student Rosli Dhoby with help from Morshidi Sidek with the goal of helping neighbouring Indonesia to take over British Sarawak
  • 1949-12-09 Dutch 2nd Chamber accepts Indonesian sovereignty
  • 1949-12-21 Dutch 1st Chamber accept soeveregnty of Indonesia
  • 1949-12-27 Queen Juliana of the Netherlands grants independence to Indonesia
  • 1949-12-31 18 countries recognize Republic Indonesia
  • 1950-06-20 Dutch Air Force base Tjililitan given to Indonesia
  • 1950-07-17 Indonesian troops land on Buru, South-Molukka
  • 1950-08-15 Sukarno proclaims the unitary Republic of Indonesia and becomes its 1st President
  • 1950-08-17 Indonesia gains independence from Netherlands
  • 1950-09-28 Indonesia becomes 60th member of UN
  • 1950-10-03 Indonesian army opens assault on Ambon, South Moluccas
  • 1950-11-04 Indonesian troops reconquer Ambon
  • 1951-03-20 Indonesian army offensive against Darul Islam on Java
  • 1952-02-26 Netherlands-Indonesian Unity conference
  • 1953-09-22 Islamic uprising in Atjeh, Indonesia
  • 1954-08-10 Dutch Indonesian Union breaks up
  • 1954-10-21 Indonesian troops land in New-Guinea
  • 1955-07-24 Ali Sastroamidjojo of government resigns in Indonesia
  • 1955-08-11 Indonesia government of Harahap forms
  • 1955-09-29 Ali Sastroamidjojo's PNI wins elections in Indonesia
  • 1956-02-14 Indonesia withdraws from Netherlands Indonesian Union

  • 1956-03-03 Indonesian government of Harahap resigns
  • 1956-08-04 Indonesia says it will not pay debts to the Netherlands
  • 1956-12-01 Indonesian VP Mohammed Hatta resigns
  • 1957-03-14 Indonesian government of Sastroamidjojo resigns
  • 1957-11-30 Assassination attempt on Indonesian president Sukarno, kills 8
  • 1957-12-05 President Sukarno of Indonesia expels all Dutch people.
  • 1957-12-06 Indonesia begins nationalizing Dutch possessions
  • 1957-12-21 Indonesia proclaims end to state of war
  • 1958-02-22 Indonesian air force bombs Padang, Sumatra/Menado, Celebes
  • 1958-03-13 Government troops land in Sumatra Indonesia
  • 1958-04-18 Government troops reconquer Padang, Middle-Sumatra Indonesia
  • 1958-05-21 Indonesian paratroopers reconquers Morotai Island
  • 1958-06-16 Government troops land on North-Celebes Indonesia
  • 1958-12-03 Indonesian parliament accepts nationalisation of Dutch businesses
  • 1959-07-05 Indonesia restores constitution

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1960-02-26 Soviet premier Nikita Khrushchev voices support for Indonesia

Soviet First Secretary Nikita Khrushchev
Soviet First Secretary
Nikita Khrushchev
  • 1960-03-06 President Sukarno disbands Indonesia's parliament
  • 1960-08-17 Indonesia drops diplomatic relations with Netherlands
  • 1961-12-19 Indonesian President Sukarno proclaims general mobilization
  • 1962-01-07 Assassination attempt fails on Indonesian President Sukarno
  • 1962-01-15 Dutch & Indonesian navy encounter in Etna Bay New Guinea
  • 1962-02-24 General mobilization in Indonesia over New-Guinea
  • 1962-03-12 Dutch Premier De Quay announces secret talks with Indonesia
  • 1962-05-19 Indonesian paratroopers land in New Guinea
  • 1962-07-13 500 Indonesian parachutist land on New-Guinea
  • 1962-07-15 Netherlands & Indonesia reach agreement over New Guinea
  • 1962-08-15 Netherlands & Indonesia sign accord over New Guinea
  • 1962-11-28 Telegraph between Netherlands & Indonesia restored
  • 1963-03-13 Indonesia & Netherlands reinstate diplomatic relations
  • 1963-05-01 Indonesia takes control of Irian Jaya (west New Guinea) from Neth
  • 1963-05-20 Sukarno appointed president of Indonesia
  • 1964-08-02 Dutch government gives Indonesia export guarantees
  • 1964-08-25 Singapore limits imports from Netherlands due to Indonesian aggression
  • 1964-09-02 Indonesian paratroopers lands in Malaysia
  • 1964-12-31 Indonesia proclaims expelled from the UN
  • 1965-03-11 Indonesia President Sukarno accepts qualifications of Suharto
  • 1965-03-19 Indonesia nationalizes all foreign oil companies
  • 1965-10-01 Failed coup under lt col Untung in Indonesia
  • 1965-10-20 Mass arrests of communists in Indonesia
  • 1966-02-21 Indonesian president Sukarno dismisses General Nasution

BattleCoup d'état

1966-03-11 Military coup led by Indonesian Gen Suharto breaks out

2nd President of Indonesia Suharto
2nd President of Indonesia
Suharto

Famous Birthdays

  • 1879-04-21 Kartini, Indonesian national figure (d. 1904)
  • 1886-07-05 Willem Drees, PM of Netherland (PvdA, 1948-58)/Indonesia (AOW)
  • 1888-06-05 Raden Mas Nato Suroto, Indonesia, poet (Melatiknoppen)
  • 1888-07-18 Alexander Rosemeier, Indonesian/Dutch painter
  • 1888-07-30 Raden Sutomo, Indonesian freedom fighter
  • 1892-02-09 Barend ter Haar, Dutch lawyer (Indonesian adat justice)
  • 1894-10-14 Sutan Ibrahim gelor Datuk Tan Malaka, founder (Indonesian Communist)
  • 1898-07-27 Lena Amsel, Russian actress (Love Tragedy), born in Lódz, Poland, Russian Empire (d. 1929)

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1901-06-06 Sukarno, 1st President of Indonesia (1945-67), born in Surabaya, Java (d. 1970)

1st President of Indonesia Sukarno
1st President of Indonesia
Sukarno
  • 1903-05-21 Ali Sastroamidjojo, Indonesian attorney/minister/premier (1953..7)
  • 1905-02-11 Beb [Elizabeth] Vuyk, Dutch/Indonesian writer (Camp diary)
  • 1905-11-14 Sanoesi Pane, Indonesian author
  • 1907-01-17 Henk H Badings, Bandung Indonesia, Dutch opera composer (Orestes)
  • 1908-02-11 Sutan Takdir Alishahbana, Indonesian linguistic/author/novelist
  • 1908-05-16 Mohammed Roem, Indonesian foreign minister (Linggadjati)
  • 1908-08-18 Armijn Pane, Indonesian writer (Belenggu), born in North Sumatra, Indonesia (d. 1970)
  • 1909-03-05 Sutan Sjahrir, premier of Indonesia (1945-47)
  • 1911-02-28 Amir Hamzah, Indonesian poet (Njanji Sunji)
  • 1911-07-10 Djuanda Kartawidjaja, premier of Indonesia
  • 1912-04-20 Soewarsil Djojopoespito, Indonesia, writer (Toe the Line)
  • 1912-05-28 Herman Johannes, Indonesian scientist and politician (d. 1992)
  • 1915-04-25 A J A Quintus Bosz, Indonesian/Suriname lawyer
  • 1917-11-05 Claus Adam, American composer and cellist (Juilliard Quartet), born on Sumatra, Indonesia (d. 1983)
  • 1917-11-20 Pam Henningen, [Cornelia CP Ingenegeren], Indonesian/Dutch dancer
  • 1918-12-03 Abdul Haris Nasution, Indonesian general (d. 2000)
  • 1919-03-07 Mochtar Lubis, Indonesian writer (Twilight in Jakarta)

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1921-06-08 Suharto, 2nd Pesident of Indonesia (1967- 98), born in Yogyakarta, Java (d. 2008)

2nd President of Indonesia Suharto
2nd President of Indonesia
Suharto
  • 1923-07-30 Dipa Nusantara Aidit, Indonesian communist/leader of PKI (1951-65)
  • 1924-08-23 Siti Hartinah Suharto, wife of President Suharto of Indonesia
  • 1929-03-13 Will Eisma, Dutch composer and violinist, born in Sungailiat, Indonesia
  • 1935-11-07 Willibrordus S Rendra, Indonesia, poet (Ballad orang-orang tertjina)
  • 1936-06-25 Jusuf Habibie, President of Indonesia
  • 1938-01-31 Ajip Rosidi, Indonesian poet/writer (Madjalah Sunda, Pesta)
  • 1938-08-17 Abu Bakar Bashir, Indonesian Muslim cleric
  • 1940-02-15 Hamzah Haz, Indonesian politician
  • 1940-09-07 Abdurrahman Wahid, 4th President of Indonesia, born in Denanyar, East Java, Dutch East Indies (d. 2009)
  • 1941-06-21 Pia J Barendrecht, Indonesian/Dutch actress (Pinokkio)
  • 1941-07-18 Jack Jersey, [de Nijs], Indonesian/Dutch singer/producer
  • 1943-04-15 Riem de Wolff, Indonesian/Dutch singer/guitarist (Blue Diamonds)
  • 1943-06-15 Xaveria Hollander [Vara de DeVries], Dutch author (The Happy Hooker), born in Soerabaja, Dutch East Indies
  • 1944-04-26 Amien Rais, Indonesian politician
  • 1947-01-23 Megawati Sukarnoputri, 5th President of Indonesia
  • 1947-04-04 Wiranto, Indonesian general
  • 1948-07-09 Hassan Wirajuda, Indonesian current foreign minister
  • 1948-08-18 Rudy Hartono Kurniawan, Indonesian badminton star (All-England tennis champ), born in Surabaya, Indonesia
  • 1949-09-09 Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, Indonesian politician
  • 1952-07-31 Pritawi Sudarmo, Indonesia, astronaut
  • 1954-04-21 Ebiet G. Ade, Indonesian singer
  • 1955-07-21 Taco Ockerse, Indonesian singer
  • 1957-08-19 Li-Young Lee, Indonesia-born American poet
  • 1961-03-23 Helmi Johannes, Indonesian television newscaster

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1961-06-21 Joko Widodo, Indonesian politician (President of Indonesia 2014), born in Surakarta

President of Indonesia Joko Widodo
President of Indonesia
Joko Widodo
  • 1968-02-10 Atika Suri, Indonesian television newscaster
  • 1970-11-30 Yayuk Basuki, Yogyakarta Indonesia, tennis star (1996 Hobart doubles)
  • 1974-04-29 Anggun, Indonesian singer
  • 1975-03-24 Krisdayanti, Indonesian singer, actress and diva
  • 1975-11-28 Eka Kurniawan, Indonesian writer
  • 1975-12-01 Alya Rohali, Miss Universe-Indonesia (1996)
  • 1980-04-27 Ananda Mikola, Indonesian racing driver
  • 1981-02-04 Tom Mastny, Indonesian baseball player
  • 1981-08-10 Taufik Hidayat, Indonesian Badminton Player
  • 1981-09-21 Meilinda Soerjoko, Indonesian-Australian actress
  • 1983-05-29 Rama Claproth, Indonesian blues guitarist
  • 1984-05-08 Nadine Chandrawinata, 2006 Miss Universe Pageant (Indonesia)

Famous Weddings


HeartWedding of Interest

1947-12-26 President of Indonesia Suharto (26) weds Siti Hartinah (24) in Surakarta at a traditional Javanese ceremony

2nd President of Indonesia Suharto
2nd President of Indonesia
Suharto

HeartWedding of Interest

1986-12-24 President of Indonesia Joko Widodo (25) weds Iriana (23) in Solo, Central Java

President of Indonesia Joko Widodo
President of Indonesia
Joko Widodo
  • 2009-05-01 Olympic swimmer gold medalist Amanda Beard (27) weds photographer Sacha Brown (34) in Wakatobia, Indonesia
  • 2009-07-09 "The Hot Chick" actress Anna Faris (32) weds actor Chris Pratt (30) in a small ceremony in Bali, Indonesia
  • 2010-12-28 "Thor" actor Chris Hemsworth (27) weds spanish actress Elsa Pataky (34) in Indonesia

Famous Deaths

  • 1904-09-13 Raden Ayu Kartini, Indonesian national heroine (b. 1879)
  • 1938-05-30 Raden Sutomo, Indonesian freedom fighter, dies at 49
  • 1944-01-04 Henri "Hans" Flu, Indonesian/Dutch family doctor/antifascist, murder
  • 1946-03-19 Amir Hamzah, Indonesian poet (Buah Rindu), dies at 35
  • 1949-12-10 Duncan Stewart, 2nd British Governor of Sarawak (1949), dies at 45 after being fatally stabbed in the streets of Sibu by pro-Indonesian Malay student Rosli Dhoby
  • 1950-03-02 Rosli Dhobi, pro-Indonesian Malay student, hanged in Kuching for the assassination of Duncan Stewart, British Governor of Sarawak
  • 1951-11-25 Raden Mas Noto Suroto, Indonesian poet (Wayang Songs), dies at 63
  • 1959-06-17 Abdul Mouse, Indonesian nationalist foreman/author, dies at about 68
  • 1963-11-06 Djuanda Kartawidjaja, premier (Indonesia), dies at 52
  • 1965-10-22 Dipa Nusantara Aidit, Indonesian leader (PKI 1951-65), murdered at 42
  • 1966-04-09 Sutan Sjahrir, premier of Indonesia (1945-47), dies at 57
  • 1968-01-02 Sanoesi Pane, Indonesian writer, dies
  • 1970-01-16 Armijn Pane, Indonesian writer (Djinak-djinak merpati), dies at 61

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1970-06-21 Sukarno, 1st President of Indonesia (1945-67), dies from kidney failure while under house arrest at 68

1st President of Indonesia Sukarno
1st President of Indonesia
Sukarno
  • 1972-02-15 Jef [Josephus CF] Last, Dutch poet/Indonesian politician, dies at 73
  • 1975-03-13 Ali Sastroamidjojo, Indonesian attorney/minister/premier, dies at 71
  • 1980-03-14 Mohammad Hatta, Indonesian politician (b. 1902)
  • 1984-12-05 Adam Malik, Third Vice President of Indonesia (b. 1917)
  • 1985-05-14 Mohammed Munir, Indonesian worker's union leader, executed
  • 1989-06-28 Joris Ivens, director (Indonesia), dies at 90
  • 1992-08-14 Alexander Rosemeier, Indonesian/Dutch painter, dies at 104
  • 1992-10-17 Herman Johannes, Indonesian professor, scientist and politician (b. 1912)
  • 1993-06-17 French of Nouhuys, civil servant in Indonesia, dies at 88
  • 1993-07-29 AJA Quintus Bosz, Indonesian/Suriname lawyer, dies at 78
  • 1993-11-04 Basuki Abdullah, Indonesian painter, murdered at 78
  • 1994-02-04 Justinus Darmojuwono, Indonesian archbishop/cardinal, dies at 79
  • 1996-04-29 Siti Hartinah Suharto, wife of President Suharto of Indonesia, dies at 72
  • 1998-04-07 Broery Marantika, Indonesian singer
  • 2003-03-21 Umar Wirahadikusumah, Fourth Vice President of Indonesia (b. 1924)
  • 2006-04-30 Pramoedya Ananta Toer, Indonesian novelist

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2008-01-27 Suharto, 2nd President of Indonesia (1967-98), dies at 86

2nd President of Indonesia Suharto
2nd President of Indonesia
Suharto
  • 2009-12-30 Abdurrahman Wahid, 4th President of Indonesia, dies at 69