Indonesian History (Part 2)

Historical Events

Events 101 - 198 of 198

  • 1962-07-13 500 Indonesian parachutist land on New Guinea
  • 1962-07-15 Netherlands and 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

Appointment of Interest

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 signs the 'Supersemar' order, giving army commander Lt. Gen. Suharto authority to do whatever he "deemed necessary" to restore order
  • 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

Coup d'état

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

  • 1966-03-18 General Suharto forms government in Indonesia
  • 1967-03-12 Indonesian congress strips President Sukarno of authority and names General Suharto as acting President
  • 1967-08-08 Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore & Thailand meet to form Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN)
  • 1967-12-03 Fomrer Indonesian president Sukarno placed under house arrest
  • 1968-03-27 Suharto officially succeeds Sukarno as president of Indonesia
  • 1970-08-31 Molukkers occupy Indonesian ambassador's home in Wassenaar
  • 1970-09-03 Indonesian president Suharto visits Netherlands
  • 1971-08-26 Dutch Queen Juliana & Prince Bernhard visit Indonesia
  • 1975-09-19 Indonesia sends troops to Portuguese East Timor
  • 1975-12-04 6 South Molukkans occupy Indonesian consulate in The Hague, 1 dead
  • 1975-12-07 Indonesian army occupies East Timor
  • 1976-06-02 East Timor People's Assembly accepts annexation by Indonesia
  • 1976-06-17 Indonesia annexes Portuguese East-Timor
  • 1976-07-17 Indonesian president Suharto annexes East Timor
  • 1979-09-12 Indonesia is hit with an earthquake that measures 8.1 on the Richter scale
  • 1988-04-15 Meteorite explode above Indonesia
  • 1991-11-12 Dili Massacre, Indonesian forces open fire on a crowd of protesters in Dili, East Timor, killing at least 250
  • 1992-08-04 In its debut at the Barcelona Olympics the badminton singles gold medals are both won by Indonesian athletes, whilst both men's & women's doubles go to South Korea

Film & TV History

1994-06-02 Indonesian censors ban Steven Spielberg's "Schindler's List"

  • 1997-07-13 Indonesian ferry sinks, killing at least 77
  • 1998-05-13 Race riots break out in Jakarta, Indonesia, where shops owned by Indonesians of Chinese descent are looted and women raped
  • 1998-05-21 Indonesian president Suharto resigns after 31 years in power
  • 1999-09-12 Indonesia announces it will allow international peace-keepers into East Timor
  • 2001-01-29 Thousands of student protesters in Indonesia storm parliament and demand that President Abdurrahman Wahid resign due to alleged involvement in corruption scandals
  • 2001-10-19 SIEV-X, an Indonesian fishing boat en-route to Christmas Island, carrying over 400 asylum seekers, sinks killing 353
  • 2002-05-20 The independence of East Timor is recognized by Portugal, formally ending 23 years of Indonesian rule and 3 years of provisional UN administration (Portugal itself was the former colonizer of East Timor until 1976)
  • 2003-08-05 A car bomb explodes in the Indonesian capital of Jakarta outside the Marriott Hotel killing 12 and injuring 150.
  • 2004-07-05 First Indonesian presidential election by the people - first round (eventually won by Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono)
  • 2004-11-30 Lion Air Flight 538 crash lands in Surakarta, Central Java, Indonesia, killing 26

Boxing Day Tsunami

2004-12-26 9.3 magnitude earthquake creates a tsunami causing devastation in Sri Lanka, India, Indonesia, Thailand, Malaysia, the Maldives and edges of the Indian Ocean, killing 230,000 people

  • 2005-03-28 The 2005 Sumatran earthquake rocks Indonesia, and at magnitude 8.7 is the second strongest earthquake since 1960.
  • 2005-08-18 Massive power blackout hits the Indonesian island of Java, affecting almost 100 million people.
  • 2005-09-05 Mandala Airlines Flight 91 crashes into a heavily-populated residential area, seconds after taking off from Medan in Sumatra, Indonesia, killing 100 people on board and 49 people on the ground
  • 2006-05-27 Earthquake strikes Java, Indonesia at 5:53:58 AM local time (22:53:58 UTC May 26) devastating Bantul and the city of Yogyakarta, killing over 6,600 people
  • 2007-01-01 Adam Air Flight 574 disappears over Indonesia with 102 people on board.
  • 2008-11-13 Equity research by Deutsche Bank states that Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand and the Philippines should not experience a recession, despite potential harm to economic growth from falling commodity prices and possible weaker exports
  • 2009-03-27 Situ Gintung, an artificial lake in Indonesia, fails killing at least 99 people.
  • 2012-04-11 8.6 magnitude earthquake and 8.2 aftershock occurs off the coast of Indonesia
  • 2012-04-26 Indonesia suspends imports of American beef after a confirmed case of mad cow disease in California
  • 2012-05-29 Indonesian police make the biggest drug bust in ten years after seizing over a million ecstasy pills valued at $45 million
  • 2012-09-14 Ferry sinks amid 10 foot waves off Indonesia's Sumatra Island, killing 21 people
  • 2013-01-17 4 people are killed and over 2,000 are evacuated after a massive flood hits Jakarta, Indonesia
  • 2013-01-21 1 person is killed and 15 are injured by a magnitude 5.9 earthquake in Indonesia
  • 2013-02-18 15 people are killed by flooding and landslides in Indonesia
  • 2013-07-15 18 people are killed and 47 are injured in a riot following a boxing match in Indonesia
  • 2013-08-10 6 people are killed after Paluweh volcano erupts in Indonesia
  • 2013-09-08 6 people are killed and 9 are injured after a minibus collides with a car in Jakarta, Indonesia

Historic Event

2013-10-03 Chinese President Xi Jinping announces plans for a "21st Century Maritime Silk Road", linking China to Southeast Asia and the Mediterranean (Belt and Road Initiative / One Belt One Road) while in Indonesia

  • 2014-02-01 14 people are killed after Mount Sinabung erupts in Indonesia

Election of Interest

2014-07-09 Joko Widodo is elected President of Indonesia

  • 2014-10-20 Joko Widodo becomes President of Indonesia
  • 2014-11-15 A 7.3 magnitude earthquake strikes under the Molucca Sea in eastern Indonesia, triggering a tsunami warning
  • 2014-12-07 Human Rights Watch Asia Division call for investigation into Indonesian security forces shooting of peaceful protesters
  • 2014-12-28 Indonesia AirAsia Flight QZ8501 crashes in bad weather in the Java Sea, killing all 162 people on board
  • 2015-04-29 Indonesia executes 8 prisoners, including 7 foreigners, for drug offences at Besi Prison on the island of Nusakambangan
  • 2015-06-30 Hercules transporter plane crashes minutes after take-off in Medan, Indonesia killing 116
  • 2015-09-22 Palangkaraya in Indonesian Borneo records the highest air pollutant index (API) value ever recorded of 1,986 due to haze caused by forest fires deliberately lit to clear land for palm oil plantations
  • 2015-09-25 Singapore closes schools due to hazardous levels of air pollution from fires in Indonesia
  • 2016-12-07 6.5 earthquake in Aceh province, Indonesia kills at least 97 people
  • 2017-03-29 Man's body found inside a 7m long reticulated python in Sulawesi, Indonesia
  • 2017-09-30 Indonesian man survives a fight with giant python 7.8m long in Batang Gansal
  • 2017-10-26 Explosion and fire at a fireworks factory in Tangerang, Indonesia kills 47 and injuries dozens
  • 2017-11-04 Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art in Nusantara opens in Jakarta with items from the collection of Indonesian tycoon Haryanto Adikoesoemo
  • 2017-11-21 Mt Agung on the Indonesian island of Bali begins erupting
  • 2018-05-13 Family of six carry out 3 church bombings in Surabaya, Indonesia, killing at least 13. Islamic State claims responsibility.
  • 2018-06-18 Ferry sinks on Lake Toba in Sumatra, Indonesia, with 193 suspected dead
  • 2018-07-29 6.4 magnitude earthquake strikes island of Lombok, Indonesia, killing at least 14
  • 2018-08-05 6.9 magnitude earthquake on island of Lombok, Indonesia, kills at least 460 people and displaces 350,000
  • 2018-08-19 Two more earthquakes hit Lombok in Indonesia killing 14 two weeks after previous earthquakes
  • 2018-08-31 19-year old Indonesian boy rescued after 49 days afloat when his floating fish trap became adrift
  • 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
  • 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
  • 2018-11-07 World's oldest figurative painting of a beast at least 40,000 years old identified in Lubang Jeriji Saléh cave, Indonesian Borneo

Krakatoa: The World’s Mightiest Explosion

2018-12-22 Tsunami hits Indonesia's Sunda Strait killing over 400 after part of the Anak Krakatoa volcano slips into the sea

  • 2019-03-17 Flash flooding and a landslides kills at least 73 and injures about 60 in Sentani and Jayapura, Papua, eastern Indonesia
  • 2019-04-29 Indonesia is plans to relocate its capital from Jakarta due to the city sinking, according to a government minister
  • 2019-04-29 Over 300 people declared to have died through overwork in Indonesia's one-day election on April 17th, with over 2,000 fallen sick
  • 2019-05-21 Indonesian President Joko Widodo confirmed as winning re-election, defeating Prabowo Subianto with 55.5% of the vote
  • 2019-05-22 Protests break out in Jakarta, Indonesia against the re-election of President Joko Widodo, killing six people and injuring 200
  • 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)
  • 2019-09-10 Malaysia's National Disaster Management Agency delivers half a million face masks to Sarawak state, after more than 930,000 hectares (about 2.3 million acres) burnt in Indonesia cause hazardous levels of air pollution

Famous Birthdays

  • 1975-11-28 Eka Kurniawan, Indonesian writer
  • 1980-04-27 Ananda Mikola, Indonesian racing driver, born in Jakarta
  • 1980-07-07 Kaisa Jouhki, Finnish vocalist (Battlelore), born in Sumatra, Indonesia
  • 1981-02-04 Tom Mastny, Indonesian baseball player, born in Bontang, Indonesia
  • 1981-08-10 Taufik Hidayat, Indonesian Badminton Player
  • 1981-09-21 Meilinda Soerjoko, Indonesian-Australian actress
  • 1983-05-29 Rama Claproth, Indonesian blues guitarist, born in Bandung, Indonesia
  • 1984-05-08 Nadine Chandrawinata, Indonesian actress, producer and model (2006 Miss Universe Pageant)

Famous Weddings

Famous Deaths