Maluku Islands in History

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Historical Events

  • 1522-06-24 Portuguese begin construction of Fort Kastela on the island of Ternate in the Maluku Islands after being encouraged to so by Sultan Bayanullah of Ternate
  • 1570-02-28 Anti-Portuguese uprising on Ternate, Moluccas
  • 1621-01-13 Jan Pieterszoon Coen's fleet sets sail to Moluccas (from Jacarta)
  • 1817-12-16 Leaders of Molukkas uprising hanged in Ambon
  • 1943-02-15 Women's camp Tamtui on Ambon (Moluccas) hit by allied air raid
  • 1945-06-25 Allied landing at Ternate, capital of the Maluku Islands in modern day Indonesia
  • 1950-04-24 Independent republic of South Molukkas declared
  • 1950-04-25 Republik Maluku Selatan (also known as the Republic of the South Moluccas) declared on Ambon
  • 1950-10-03 Indonesian army opens assault on Ambon, South Moluccas
  • 1975-12-02 7 South Moluccans hijack train at Wijster, Drente (NL), 3 killed
  • 1975-12-14 6 So Moluccan terrorists surrender, holding 23 hostages for 12 days
  • 1977-05-23 Moluccan extremists hold 105 schoolchildren & 50 others hostage on a hijacked train in Neth, children released May 27, siege ends June 11
  • 1977-06-11 Dutch marines rescued hostages from a Moluccan held train in Holland
  • 1978-03-13 Moluccan "suicide commandos" occupies Province house
  • 1978-03-14 Marines terminate Moluccan action in Province house (1 dead)
  • 2014-11-15 A 7.3 magnitude earthquake strikes under the Molucca Sea in eastern Indonesia, triggering a tsunami warning

Famous Birthdays

  • 1769-09-19 Joseph Comb, missionary to Moluccas (d. 1833)
  • 1910-08-17 J A Manusama, Moluccan politician

Famous Deaths

  • 1833-07-18 Joseph Comb, missionary to Moluccas, dies at 63
  • 1966-04-12 Sumokil, president of Republic South Moluccas, executed
  • 1990-12-28 Lucas Polhaupessy, Moluccan leader, dies