February 17

1923
 
Nguyen Ai Quoc (an alias of Ho Chi Minh) and overseas Vietnamese attended a lunar New Year party in Paris where he announced the revival of the Friendly Society, an organization established by patriots Phan Chau Trinh and Phan Van Truong in 1933. It ceased operation in 1914 when its founders were jailed [by French colonialists]

1947

Uncle Ho with soldiers at the Northernmost Vietnam base

He wrote a letter to evacuees: “The French colonialists committed a breach of trust and waged war. Evacuation is also resistance. The Government and I always worry about people. Now, we suffer misery together. When we win and obtain independence, we will be happy together.”
 
In reply to Chien Dau (Fighting) newspaper’s question “Are you OK now that the resistance has been broken?”, he said: “Thank you. As you can see, I am healthier than before. Though I constantly traveled from one front to another, sometimes walking tens of kilometers in the rain, I did not feel tired.”
 
Asked “Why is France yet to negotiate with us?”, he said: “Because the French colonialists think they can use force to quell us; because they do not know that all our people are determined to fight to get back our rights to reunification and independence.”
 
1948
 
Uncle Ho wrote to a national media and information conference to praise the achievements of journalists as well as point out their shortcomings.
 
He said since newspapers are unable to reflect the activities of people of all classes, they are not yet newspapers of the people.
 
“The press has to carry out well its duties of encouraging, training, and leading people,” the letter said.
 
1950
 
February 17 was lunar New Year and he wrote a letter to greet the people.
 
1958
 
President Ho Chi Minh concluded his visit to Burma (now Myanmar), signed a joint communiqué and received an honorary doctorate in law from Rangoon University.
 
Rangoon University was the alma mater of hero Aung San and other Myanmarese leaders.
 
1961
 
President Ho Chi Minh wrote an article titled “One more big victory” to praise the Soviet Union for successfully launching the world’s first satellite, beginning an era of space conquest.
 
By Duong Trung Quoc* and co-writers
*The author is a historian and member of the National Assembly

Translated by Chuong Hy

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