The History of Sulawesi

Historical Events

  • 1860-01-20 Dutch troops conquer Watampone in Celebes
  • 1860-02-13 King Basse Kajuara departs Boni South-Celebes
  • 1942-01-10 Japan invades North Celebes, Dutch East Indies
  • 1942-02-09 Japanese troops land near Makassar, South Celebes
  • 1942-06-30 US bombs Celebes and Timor
  • 1958-02-22 Indonesian air force bombs Padang, Sumatra and Menado, Celebes
  • 1958-06-16 Government troops land on North-Celebes Indonesia
  • 2017-03-29 Man's body found inside a 7m long reticulated python in Sulawesi, Indonesia
  • 2018-09-28 7.5 magnitude earthquake hits just off island of Sulawesi, Indonesia, setting off a tsunami that hits cities of Donggala and Palu, at least 1649 people killed
  • 2019-12-11 Discovery of the earliest figurative artwork in the world, (43,900 years old), figures part human part animal, from cave in Sulawesi, Indonesia, reported in journal "Nature"

Famous Birthdays

  • 1865-09-15 Nicolaus Adriani, Dutch linguist (Middle-Celebes languages), born in Oud-Loosdrecht, North Holland, Netherlands (d. 1926)
  • 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)

Famous Deaths

  • 1926-05-01 Nicolaus Adriani, Dutch translator (Middle-Celebes Language), dies at 60
  • 1942-08-25 W van Daalen, opposition leader on Celebes, beheaded