Sarawak in History

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Historical Events

Historic Event

1841-09-24 British adventurer James Brooke obtains lands around the Sarawak river from the Sultan of Brunei

Historic Event

1946-07-01 The last White Rajah, Charles Vyner Brooke cedes Sarawak to the British Crown

  • 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
  • 1963-07-22 Sarawak achieves independence from British colonial rule

Historic Event

1963-09-16 Federation of Malaysia formed by Malaya, Singapore, British North Borneo (Sabah) and Sarawak

  • 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

James BrookeJames Brooke (1803-1868)

1803-04-29 British adventurer and 1st Rajah of Sarawak (1841-68), born in Bandel, near Calcutta, Bengal, British India

Charles BrookeCharles Brooke (1829-1917)

1829-06-03 2nd White Rajah of Sarawak (1868-1917), born in Burnham-on-Sea, England

Charles Vyner BrookeCharles Vyner Brooke (1874-1963)

1874-09-26 3rd and last White Rajah of Sarawak (1917-46), born in London, England

  • 1885-02-25 Sylvia Brett, Lady Brooke and Ranee of Sarawak, born in London, England (d. 1971)
  • 1900-07-19 Roscoe [Charles Barnet] Harvey, British soldier, born in Sarawak, Malaysian Borneo (d. 1996)
  • 1936-05-21 Abdul Taib Mahmud, 4th Chief Minister of Sarawak (1981-2014) and 7th Governor of Sarawak (2014-), born in Miri, Kingdom of Sarawak
  • 1981-11-29 Nicholas Teo, Malaysian singer and actor, born in Sarawak, Malaysia
  • 1987-02-05 Henry Golding, Malaysian actor (Crazy Rich Asians), born in Betong, Sarawak, Malaysia

Famous Weddings

Charles Brooke

1869-10-28 Sarawak's head of state Charles Brooke (40) weds Margaret Alice Lili de Windt (20) at Highworth, Wiltshire

Famous Deaths

James BrookeJames Brooke (1803-1868)

1868-06-09 British adventurer and 1st Rajah of Sarawak (1841-68), dies of a stroke at 65

Charles BrookeCharles Brooke (1829-1917)

1917-05-17 2nd White Rajah of Sarawak (1868-1917), dies at 87

  • 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

Charles Vyner BrookeCharles Vyner Brooke (1874-1963)

1963-05-09 3rd and last White Rajah of Sarawak (1917-46), dies at 88

  • 1971-11-11 Sylvia Brett, Lady Brooke and Ranee of Sarawak, dies at 86