Indonesian History

Historical Events

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  • 1597-06-24 Cornelis de Houtman's Dutch fleet reaches Bantam, West Java
  • 1598-05-01 Jacob van Neck's merchant fleet departs for Java, modern day Indonesia
  • 1598-11-25 Jacob Cornelius van Neck's merchant fleet reaches Bantam, West-Java on second Dutch expedition to Indonesia
  • 1599-01-11 Jacob van Neck's fleet leaves Bantam, Java in modern day Indonesia with 1 million pounds of pepper and cloves and a further half a ship full of nutmeg, mace and cinnamon
  • 1609-09-01 Pieter Both sworn in as 1st governor general of Dutch East Indies
  • 1613-02-20 Gerard Reynst appointed Governor-General of Dutch East Indies
  • 1617-10-31 Laurens Reael resigns as governor-general of Dutch East Indies
  • 1732-09-06 VOC dismisses Dutch east indies governor-general Diederik Dare
  • 1800-01-01 Dutch East Indies Company dissolves

Victory in battleVictory in Battle

1811-09-18 British East India Company force led by Baron Minto conquers Java, part of the Dutch East Indies, Stamford Raffles appointed lieutenant governor

British Statesman and Founder of Singapore Stamford Raffles
British Statesman and Founder of Singapore
Stamford Raffles

Volcanic EruptionEruption of Mount Tambora

1815-04-05 Mount Tambora in the Dutch East Indies, has its first violent eruption after several centuries of dormancy
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The massive Tambora volcano eruption
The massive Tambora volcano eruption
  • 1815-04-10 Mount Tambora in the Dutch East Indies experiences a cataclysmic eruption, one of the most powerful in history, killing around 71,000 people, causes global volcanic winter
  • 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)
  • 1819-01-16 Godert Alexander Gerard Philip, Baron van der Capellen, becomes Governor-General of Dutch East Indies
  • 1832-01-17 Johannes van den Bosch appointed governor general of Dutch East Indies

  • 1883-08-27 Krakatoa volcano, west of Java in Indonesia, erupts with a force of 1,300 megatons and kills approximately 40,000 people
  • 1904-10-01 JB van Heutsz becomes governor general of Dutch East Indies
  • 1915-11-06 1st military flight in Dutch East Indies (Tandjong Priok)
  • 1916-03-21 JP Van Limburg Stirum succeeds AWF Idenburg as Governor-General of the Dutch East Indies
  • 1919-05-01 Mount Kelud (Indonesia) erupts, boiling crater lake which broke through crater wall killing 5,000 people in 104 small villages
  • 1920-09-28 Dirk Fock appointed as governor-general of Dutch East Indies
  • 1923-01-18 1st radio telegraph message from Netherlands to Dutch East Indies
  • 1924-10-21 KLM Fokker's F7 H-NACC departs to Dutch East Indies
  • 1926-03-26 ACD de Graeff appointed governor general of Dutch East Indies
  • 1926-11-13 Indonesian Communist Party (PKI) uprising in Bantam, West Java

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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)
  • 1942-01-10 Japan invades North Celebes, Dutch East Indies
  • 1942-02-28 Japanese land in Java, last Allied bastion in Dutch East Indies
  • 1944-02-29 5 leaders of Indonesia Communist Party sentenced to death
  • 1944-05-27 Allies land on Biak, Indonesia (operation Horlicks)
  • 1944-08-28 US air raid on Ambon Island, Dutch East Indies
  • 1944-09-14 6,500 Dutch/Indonesian captives sent to Junyo Maru

  • 1945-06-25 Allied landing at Ternate, capital of the Maluku Islands in modern day Indonesia
  • 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 sovereignty 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
  • 1950-07-26 KNIL (Royal Dutch East Indies Army) unites
  • 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 and 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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

Famous Birthdays

  • 1619-06-24 Rijcklof Volckertsz van Goens, Governor-General of the Dutch East Indies (1678-81), born in Rees, Germany (d. 1682)
  • 1635-05-04 Willem van Outhoorn, Dutch governor-general (Dutch East Indies), born in Larike, Ambon Island, Dutch East Indies (d. 1720)
  • 1653-10-18 Abraham van Riebeeck, Governor-General of the Dutch East Indies (d. 1713)
  • 1671-05-22 Abraham Patras, Governor-General of the Dutch East Indies (1735-37), born in Grenoble, France (d. 1737)
  • 1695-06-06 Adriaen Valckenier, Governor-General of the Dutch East Indies (1737-41), born in Amsterdam, Dutch Republic (d. 1751)
  • 1704-11-28 Jacob Mossel, Dutch Governor-General of the Dutch East Indies (1750-61), born in Enkhuizen, Dutch Republic (d. 1761)
  • 1740-10-14 Joannes Siberg, Dutch Governor-General of the Dutch East Indies (1801-05), born in Rotterdam, Netherlands (d. 1817)
  • 1779-05-25 Hendrik Marcus de Kock, Dutch general and politician (Lieutenant Governor-General of the Dutch East Indies 1826-30), born in Heusden, Dutch Republic (d. 1845)
  • 1797-04-30 Andreas Victor Michiels, Dutch military governor of West-Sumatra, Dutch East Indies, born in Maastricht, Netherlands (d. 1849)
  • 1803-04-18 Charles Ferdinand Pahud, Governor General of the Dutch East Indies (1856-61), born in Amsterdam (d. 1873)
  • 1806-03-28 Ludolph Anne Jan Wilt Sloet van de Beele, Governor-General of the Dutch East Indies (1861-66), born in Voorst, Batavian Republic (d. 1890)
  • 1824-06-08 James Loudon, Dutch politician, Governor-General of Dutch East Indies (1872-75), born in The Hague, Netherlands (d. 1900)
  • 1847-04-13 Cornelis Pijnacker Hordijk, Dutch jurist and Governor-General of the Dutch East Indies (1888-93), born in Wadenoijen, Netherlands (d. 1908)
  • 1851-02-03 Johannes B van Heutsz, lt-gen/gov-gen Dutch East Indies
  • 1853-12-15 Jean Baptiste August Kessler, Dutch entrepreneur and director of oil on Dutch Indies, born in Batavia, Dutch East Indies (d. 1900)
  • 1858-06-19 Dirk Fock, Dutch politician and Governor-General of the Dutch East Indies (1921-26), born in Wijk bij Duurstede, Netherlands (d. 1941)
  • 1858-12-20 Jan Toorop, Dutch-Indonesian painter (3 Brides), born in Purworejo Regency, Indonesia (d. 1928)
  • 1859-05-01 Willem Johannes Leyds, Dutch-South Africa lawyer and diplomat (State Secretary of the South African Republic), born in Magelang, Dutch East Indies (d. 1940)
  • 1860-05-21 Willem Einthoven, Dutch physiologist and inventor of the electrocardiodiogram (Nobel Prize in Medicine 1924), born in Semarang, Dutch East Indies (d. 1927)
  • 1873-02-22 Muhammad Iqbal, Dutch East Indies lawyer/poet/philosopher
  • 1875-01-22 Bonifacius C de Jonge, governor (Dutch East Indies)
  • 1879-04-21 Kartini, Indonesian national heroine, born in Jepara, Central Java, Dutch East Indies (d. 1904)
  • 1880-10-08 Ernest Douwes Dekker, Indo-Dutch nationalist and founder of National-India Party, born in Pasuruan, Malang, Indonesia (d. 1950)
  • 1881-08-13 Jacqueline Reyneke van Stuwe, Dutch author, born in Muntok, Indonesia (d. 1955)
  • 1887-09-30 Lil Dagover [Marta-Maria Lillits], Dutch-born German actress (Spiders), born in Madioen, Dutch East Indies (d. 1980)
  • 1887-10-10 Rie Cramer, Dutch writer and illustrator, born in Sukabumi, Dutch East Indies (d. 1977)
  • 1888-06-05 Raden Mas Noto Soeroto, Javanese poet (Melatiknoppen), born in Yogyakarta, Indonesia (d. 1951)
  • 1888-07-18 Alexander Rosemeier, Indonesian-Dutch painter, born in Soerakarta, Java (d. 1992)
  • 1888-07-30 Raden Soetomo, Indonesian freedom fighter, born in Ngepeh, Nganjuk, Indonesia (d. 1938)
  • 1892-02-09 Barend ter Haar, Dutch lawyer (Indonesian adat justice)
  • 1897-09-26 Wilhelmina Johanna "Willy" Haak, Dutch actress and acting teacher (GoetheJane Eyre), born in Batavia, Dutch East Indies (d. 1968)
  • 1898-10-14 Cruys Voorbergh [Ernest Pieter Coningh], Dutch actor and director (De vliegende Hollander , Flying Dutchman), born in Bagoe, Dutch East Indies (d. 1963)
  • 1899-06-02 Tan Malaka, Indonesian philosopher and founder (Indonesian Communist), born in Limapuluh Koto, Dutch East Indies (d. 1949)
  • 1899-08-24 Johan Fabricius, Dutch novelist (Island of Demons), born in Bandung, Java, Indonesia (d. 1981)
  • 1899-09-11 Nelly "Nell" Knoop, Dutch actress (Jenny, Driestuivers Opera), born in Batavia, Batavia, Dutch East Indies (d. 1971)
  • 1899-11-02 Edgar du Perron, Dutch author and poet (Land of Origin), born in Batavia, Dutch East Indies (d. 1940)

Person of interestSukarno

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
  • 1902-09-19 Pieter Jan Bouman, Dutch sociologist and historian, born in Batavia, Dutch East Indies (d. 1977)
  • 1903-05-21 Ali Sastroamidjojo, Indonesian attorney/minister/premier (1953..7)
  • 1904-04-14 Reinout Willem van Bemmelen, Dutch geologist, born in Batavia, Dutch East Indies (d. 1983)
  • 1905-02-11 Beb [Elizabeth] Vuyk, Dutch/Indonesian writer (Camp diary)
  • 1905-11-14 Sanoesi Pane, Indonesian author
  • 1907-01-17 Henk Badings, Dutch opera composer (Orestes), born in Bandung, Java, Dutch East Indies (d. 1987)
  • 1907-07-02 Eppo Doeve, Dutch cartoonist and painter, born in Bandung, Indonesia (d. 1981)
  • 1907-12-04 Jo Boer, Dutch painter and author (Catharina & the Magnolias), born in Surabaya, Indonesia (d. 1993)
  • 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)
  • 1910-04-19 Andrew Gilchrist, British ambassador (Ireland, Indonesia, Iceland), born in Lesmahagow, Lanarkshire, Scotland (d. 1993)
  • 1911-01-10 Tjalie Robinson [Jan Boon], Dutch East Indies writer and journalist (Tong Tong), born in Nijmegen, Netherlands (d. 1974)
  • 1911-02-28 Amir Hamzah, Indonesian poet (Njanji Sunji)
  • 1911-07-10 Djuanda Kartawidjaja, 11th and final Prime Minister of Indonesia, born in Tasikmalaya, West Java, Dutch East Indies (d. 1963)
  • 1912-04-20 Soewarsih Djojopoespito, Indonesian writer (Toe the Line), born in Bogor, Indonesia (d. 1977)
  • 1912-05-28 Herman Johannes, Indonesian scientist and politician (d. 1992)
  • 1912-05-29 Jan Hanlo, Dutch poet (Go to the Mosque), born in Bandung, Dutch East Indies (d. 1969)
  • 1915-04-25 Aksel Quintus Bosz, Surinamese lawyer, born in Pasuruan, Java, Indonesia (d. 1993)
  • 1915-11-27 Caro van Eyck [Gerarda Taytelbaum], Dutch actress (De stille Kracht, Medea), born in Batavia, Dutch East Indies (d. 1979)
  • 1917-11-05 Claus Adam, American composer and cellist (Juilliard Quartet), born on Sumatra, Indonesia (d. 1983)
  • 1917-11-20 Pam Henning [Cornelia Catharina Pamela Ingenegeren], Indonesian-Dutch cabaret dancer and actress, born in Batavia, Dutch East Indies (d. 2008)
  • 1918-12-03 Abdul Haris Nasution, Indonesian army general, born in Koetanopan, North Sumatera, Dutch East Indies (d. 2000)
  • 1919-03-07 Mochtar Lubis, Indonesian writer (Twilight in Jakarta)

Person of interestSuharto

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

2nd President of Indonesia Suharto
2nd President of Indonesia
Suharto
  • 1921-07-11 Ilse Werner [Ilse Charlotte Still], Dutch-German actress (Fernsehsender Paul Nipkow), born in Batavia, Dutch East Indies (d. 2005)
  • 1922-10-22 Antonius "Ton" Lensink, Dutch actor (Rituelen), born in Batavia, Dutch East Indies (d. 1997)
  • 1923-01-17 Onno Molenkamp, Dutch actor (Lifespan, Broken Mirrors, The Lift), born in Fort de Kock, Dutch East Indies (d. 1990)
  • 1923-07-30 Dipa Nusantara Aidit, Indonesian communist leader of PKI (1951-65), born in Belitung Island, Dutch East Indies (d. 1965)
  • 1924-08-23 Siti Hartinah Suharto, 2nd First Lady of Indonesia, wife of President Suharto of Indonesia, born in Jaten village, Surakarta, Central Java (d. 1996)
  • 1925-04-04 Erna Spoorenberg, Dutch singer, born in Yogyakarta, Java, Indonesia (d. 2004)
  • 1928-07-07 Ali Sadikin, Indonesian politician and governor of Jakarta (1966-77), born in Sumedang, West Java, Dutch East Indies (d. 2008)
  • 1929-03-13 Will Eisma, Dutch composer and violinist, born in Sungailiat, Indonesia
  • 1934-08-30 Eric Schneider, Dutch actor (Drop Out, Family, Flanagan), born in Jakarta, Indonesia
  • 1935-11-07 Willibrordus S. Rendra, Indonesian poet (Ballad orang-orang tertjina), born in Surakarta, Central Java, Indonesia (d. 2009)
  • 1936-06-25 B. J. Habibie, 3rd President of Indonesia (1998-99) who liberalized Indonesia's press and political party laws, born in Parepare, South Sulawesi, Dutch East Indies (d. 2019)
  • 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 Barendrecht, Indonesian-Dutch actress (Pinokkio)
  • 1941-07-18 Jack Jersey, Indonesian-Dutch singer and producer, born in Cimahi, Indonesia (d. 1997)
  • 1941-12-12 Liesbeth List, Dutch actress and vocalist (Theodorakis), born in Bandoeng, Dutch East Indies
  • 1942-01-30 Dries Holten, Dutch singer (Sandra & Andres), born in Cimahi, Indonesia
  • 1943-04-15 Riem de Wolff, Indonesian-Dutch singer and guitarist (Blue Diamonds), born in Depok, Buitenzorg, Dutch East Indies (d. 2017)
  • 1944-04-26 Amien Rais, Indonesian politician (leader of Muhammadiyah 1995-2000), born in Surakarta, Dutch East Indies
  • 1947-01-23 Megawati Sukarnoputri, 5th President of Indonesia, born in Yogyakarta, Indonesia
  • 1947-04-04 Wiranto, Indonesian army general (Commander of the Indonesian National Armed Forces), born in Yogyakarta, Indonesia
  • 1948-07-09 Hassan Wirajuda, Indonesian politician (15th Foreign Minister of Indonesia), born in Tangerang, Banten, Indonesia
  • 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
  • 1961-01-23 Mas Selamat bin Kastari, Singapore's most-wanted terror fugitive, born in Kendal Regency, Indonesia
  • 1961-03-23 Helmi Johannes, Indonesian television newscaster

Person of interestJoko Widodo

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, born in Riau, Indonesia
  • 1970-11-30 Yayuk Basuki, Indonesian tennis player and politician, born in Yogyakarta, Java, Indonesia
  • 1974-04-29 Anggun, Indonesian French singer-songwriter, born in Jakarta, Indonesia
  • 1975-03-24 Krisdayanti, Indonesian singer, actress and diva

Famous Weddings


LoveWedding 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

LoveWedding 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 American Olympic swimming gold medalist Amanda Beard (27) weds photographer Sacha Brown (34) in Wakatobia, Indonesia

LoveWedding of Interest

2009-07-09 Actress Anna Faris (32) weds actor Chris Pratt (30) in a small ceremony in Bali, Indonesia

LoveWedding of Interest

2010-12-28 "Thor" actor Chris Hemsworth (27) weds spanish actress Elsa Pataky (34) in Indonesia


Famous Deaths

  • 1713-11-17 Abraham van Riebeeck, Governor-General of the Dutch East Indies (b. 1653)
  • 1720-11-27 Willem van Outhoorn, Dutch governor-general (Dutch East Indies), dies at 85
  • 1722-04-14 Pieter Erberveld, German-Thai merchant on Java, Indonesia. He was accused of plotting a rebellion with the Javanese, tortured and executed at around 62
  • 1737-05-03 Abraham Patras, Governor-General of the Dutch East Indies (1735-37), dies at 65
  • 1751-06-20 Adriaen Valckenier, Governor-General of the Dutch East Indies (1737-41), dies at 56
  • 1761-05-15 Jacob Mossel, Dutch Governor-General of the Dutch East Indies (1750-61), dies at 56
  • 1817-06-18 Joannes Siberg, Dutch Governor-General of the Dutch East Indies (1801-05), dies
  • 1845-04-12 Hendrik Marcus de Kock, Dutch general and politician (Lieutenant Governor-General of the Dutch East Indies 1826-30), dies at 65
  • 1849-05-25 Andreas Victor Michiels, Dutch military governor of West-Sumatra, Dutch East Indies, dies in battle at 52
  • 1873-08-31 Charles Ferdinand Pahud, Governor General of the Dutch East Indies (1856-61), dies at 70
  • 1880-04-23 Raden Saleh [Raden Saleh Sjarif Boestaman], Indonesian romantic painter, dies at about 69
  • 1890-12-10 Ludolph Anne Jan Wilt Sloet van de Beele, Governor-General of the Dutch East Indies (1861-66), dies at 84
  • 1900-05-31 James Loudon, Dutch politician, Governor-General of Dutch East Indies (1872-75), dies at 75
  • 1904-09-13 Kartini, Indonesian national heroine, dies at 25
  • 1908-09-03 Cornelis Pijnacker Hordijk, Dutch jurist and Governor-General of the Dutch East Indies (1888-93), dies at 61
  • 1938-05-30 Raden Soetomo, Indonesian freedom fighter, dies at 49
  • 1941-10-13 GJ Berenschot, general/supreme commander Dutch East Indies army, dies
  • 1941-10-18 Dirk Fock, Dutch politician and Governor-General of the Dutch East Indies (1921-26), dies at 83
  • 1944-01-04 Henri "Hans" Flu, Indonesian/Dutch family doctor/antifascist, murder
  • 1946-03-19 Amir Hamzah, Indonesian poet (Buah Rindu), dies at 35
  • 1949-02-21 Tan Malaka, Indonesian philosopher and founder (Indonesian Communist), executed at 49
  • 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 Soeroto, Javanese poet (Wayang Songs), dies at 63
  • 1959-06-17 Abdul Mouse, Indonesian nationalist foreman/author, dies at about 68
  • 1963-11-06 Djuanda Kartawidjaja, 11th and final Prime Minister of Indonesia, dies at 52
  • 1965-10-22 Dipa Nusantara Aidit, Indonesian communist leader of 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 at 62
  • 1970-01-16 Armijn Pane, Indonesian writer (Djinak-djinak merpati), dies at 61

Person of interestSukarno

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
  • 1974-04-22 Tjalie Robinson [Jan Boon], Dutch East Indies writer & journalist (Tong Tong), dies at 63
  • 1975-03-13 Ali Sastroamidjojo, Indonesian attorney/minister/premier, dies at 71
  • 1977-08-24 Soewarsih Djojopoespito, Indonesian writer (Toe the Line), dies at 65
  • 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, Dutch director (A Tale of the Wind, Rain), 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)
  • 1993-03-06 Andrew Gilchrist, British ambassador (Ireland, Indonesia, Iceland), dies at 82
  • 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, 2nd First Lady of Indonesia, wife of President Suharto of Indonesia, dies at 72
  • 1997-05-26 Jack Jersey, Indonesian-Dutch singer and producer, dies at 55
  • 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

Person of interestSuharto

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

2nd President of Indonesia Suharto
2nd President of Indonesia
Suharto
  • 2008-05-20 Ali Sadikin, Indonesian politician and governor of Jakarta (1966-77), dies at 79
  • 2009-12-30 Abdurrahman Wahid, 4th President of Indonesia, dies at 69
  • 2017-09-12 Riem de Wolff, Indonesian-Dutch singer and guitarist (Blue Diamonds), dies at 74
  • 2019-09-11 B. J. Habibie, 3rd President of Indonesia (1998-99) who liberalized Indonesia's press and political party laws, dies of heart failure at 83