Today in History

What happened during the past years #OnThisDay, in addition to notable goings-on as posted on our Twitter feed


A poet, daughter of S. T. Alisjahbana, SAMIATI ALISJAHBANA died in 1966 in Honolulu. Writing very little, she has published even less; those of her poems which can be dated are from the 1940's, several having been published in the January 1948 issue of Mimbar Indonesia. In 1963, she happened to manage the publishing house of The Pustaka Rakjat, established and long directed by her father.

In 2009, one of Indonesia’s most important fighters for freedom, a publisher, translator, and left-wing intellectual, JOESOEF ISAK, died at the age of 81. He is most known as the man who, together with the late Hasyim Rachman, defied the dictator Suharto and published the works of Pramoedya Ananta Toer, which were banned under the New Order’s decrees.


In conjunction with Indonesia's independence day, Tempo held an event called Merayakan Chairil Anwar (Celebrating Chairil Anwar) as part of the TerasBudaya event #onthisday in 2016. Prominent figures including ministers, government officials, and celebrities attended the event to read iconic poems written by noted poet Chairil Anwar.