The History of Jakarta

Historical Events

  • 1619-03-12 Dutch settlement on Java changes name to Batavia
  • 1621-03-04 Jacarta, Java, renamed Batavia
  • 1628-08-25 Assault on sultan of Mantarams of Batavia
  • 1628-08-27 Java: Sultan Agung of Mataram attacks Batavia
  • 1642-08-14 Able Tasman's ships Heemskerck/Zeehaen depart out from Batavia
  • 1643-06-15 Able Tasman returns to Batavia after discovering Tasmania
  • 1697-03-20 Willem de Vlamingh returns to Batavia after exploring "South Land"
  • 1722-04-22 19 VOC "komplotteurs" in Batavia executed
  • 1740-10-08 Chinese assault on Diestpoort Batavia
  • 1740-10-09 Dutch governor general Adriaen Valckenier allows murder of 8,000 Chinese inhabitants of Batavia
  • 1796-08-17 British beat Batavian navy in Saldanha Bay, South Africa
  • 1799-08-30 Batavian fleet surrenders to British
  • 1805-09-04 1st edition of Batavian State Courier published
  • 1857-06-05 Walter Woodbury and James Page open photo studio in Batavia (Jakarta)
  • 1918-05-18 Dutch Indian Volksraad installed in Batavia
  • 1924-10-01 1st Dutch airliner, the Fokker F.VII takes off from Amsterdam for Batavia (Java)

  • 1924-11-24 1st Dutch airliner, Fokker F.VII lands in Batavia (Java) after flying from Amsterdam

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
  • 1933-08-01 Dutch colonial regime in Batavia arrests Sukarno
  • 1942-03-05 Japanese troop march into Batavia
  • 1942-09-09 Compulsory work for women, children and old males in Batavia
  • 1945-01-25 Japanese occupiers of Batavia arrest Indo-European youths
  • 1946-03-09 Dutch troops land at Batavia/Semarang
  • 1947-03-25 Agreement of Linggadjati ratified in Batavia
  • 1948-03-09 Provisionary Indonesian government installed in Batavia
  • 1948-10-14 Batavia lt-governor-general van Mook dismissed
  • 1949-06-30 Dutch troops evacuate Jakarta
  • 1960-05-06 Students attack Dutch embassy in Jakarta
  • 1965-10-08 Muslims in Jakarta set fire to PKI headquarters
  • 1991-10-05 Military transport plane crashes at Jakarta, 133 dies
  • 1998-05-13 Race riots break out in Jakarta, Indonesia, where shops owned by Indonesians of Chinese descent are looted and women raped
  • 2003-08-05 A car bomb explodes in the Indonesian capital of Jakarta outside the Marriott Hotel killing 12 and injuring 150.
  • 2004-09-09 Bomb explodes outside the Australian embassy in Jakarta, killing 10 people
  • 2009-07-17 Jakarta double bombings at the JW Marriott and Ritz-Carlton Hotels killed 9 people including 4 foreigners
  • 2013-01-17 4 people are killed and over 2,000 are evacuated after a massive flood hits Jakarta, Indonesia
  • 2013-09-08 6 people are killed and 9 are injured after a minibus collides with a car in Jakarta, Indonesia
  • 2017-05-09 Jakarta‚Äôs Christian governor Ahok jailed for 2 years for blasphemy
  • 2017-11-04 Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art in Nusantara opens in Jakarta with items from the collection of Indonesian tycoon Haryanto Adikoesoemo
  • 2018-10-29 Lion Air flight JT 610 crashes into the sea just after takeoff near Jakarta, Indonesia, with the loss of all 189 on board
  • 2019-04-29 Indonesia is planning to relocate its capital from Jakarta due to its sinking according to a government minister

Electoral defeatElection of Interest

2019-05-22 Protests break out in Jakarta, Indonesia against the re-election of President Joko Widodo, killing six people and injuring 200

President of Indonesia Joko Widodo
President of Indonesia
Joko Widodo
  • 2019-08-26 Indonesian President Joko Widodo proposes moving the country's sinking and over-crowded capital from Jakarta to the island of Borneo (Kalimantan)

Famous Birthdays

  • 1850-08-03 Paulus Adrianus Daum, Dutch writer, founder and editor (Batavian Newspaper), born in The Hague, Netherlands (d. 1898)
  • 1853-12-15 Jean Baptiste August Kessler, Dutch entrepreneur and director of oil on Dutch Indies, born in Batavia, Dutch East Indies (d. 1900)
  • 1884-06-17 Christine Bakker-van Bosse, Dutch feminist and pacifist, born in Batavia (d. 1973)
  • 1897-09-26 Wilhelmina Johanna "Willy" Haak, Dutch actress and acting teacher (GoetheJane Eyre), born in Batavia, Dutch East Indies (d. 1968)
  • 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)
  • 1902-09-19 Pieter Jan Bouman, Dutch sociologist and historian, born in Batavia, Dutch East Indies (d. 1977)
  • 1904-04-14 Reinout Willem van Bemmelen, Dutch geologist, born in Batavia, Dutch East Indies (d. 1983)
  • 1915-11-27 Caro van Eyck [Gerarda Taytelbaum], Dutch actress (De stille Kracht, Medea), born in Batavia, Dutch East Indies (d. 1979)
  • 1919-03-07 Mochtar Lubis, Indonesian writer (Twilight in Jakarta)
  • 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)
  • 1925-11-21 Poncke Princen, Dutch anti-Nazi fighter, colonial soldier and human rights activist, born in The Hague, Netherlands (d. 2002)
  • 1928-07-07 Ali Sadikin, Indonesian politician and governor of Jakarta (1966-77), born in Sumedang, West Java, Dutch East Indies (d. 2008)
  • 1934-08-30 Eric Schneider, Dutch actor (Drop Out, Family, Flanagan), born in Jakarta, Indonesia
  • 1936-09-17 Mischa de Vreede, Dutch poetess (Our Eternal Hunger), born in Batavia, Dutch East Indies
  • 1980-04-27 Ananda Mikola, Indonesian racing driver, born in Jakarta

Famous Weddings


LoveWedding of Interest

1930-12-06 Pablo Neruda marries Marie A Hagenaar Vogelzang in Batavia

  • 2006-02-04 2004 Summer Olympics badminton player gold medalist Taufik Hidayat (24) weds Armi Dianti Gumelar at Hotel Mulia Senayan in Jakarta

Famous Deaths

  • 1700-12-01 Willem ten Rhijne, Dutch physician in Batavia, dies at about 53
  • 2008-05-20 Ali Sadikin, Indonesian politician and governor of Jakarta (1966-77), dies at 79