April 29

1946
 
At a Government Council meeting, President Ho Chi Minh said that he and his ministers had been invited to Hue to be the honorary chairman and members of an association for helping distressed soldiers.

 
He said the Government should reciprocate by issuing a circular asking localities to show their gratitude to soldiers in various ways.
 
The meeting also discussed releasing political criminals, harvesting the five-month-old crop, and preventing destruction of forests and suggested he should send an appeal to Vietnamese workers on the occasion of Labor Day.
 
On the same day he signed a decree allowing workers at public and private enterprises to get a paid holiday on May 1.
 
1947
 
President Ho Chi Minh wrote to the country’s people after Minister of Interior Huynh Thuc Khang passed away.
 
He said: “Mr. Huynh was not a person who was emotionally attached to wealth or discouraged by poverty, and whose bravery was not discouraged by power. Throughout his life, he did not seek official standing or benefit, and did not care to become rich or a mandarin. He strived only for people’s liberation and the country’s independence.”
 
“We mourn him, but we shouldn’t lament or be gloomy. We will mourn him by showing greater solidarity, fighting more zealously, following his example of bravery and indomitable will, and finishing the task of saving the people and country which he had pursued all his life.”
 
“We have to swear together in front of his coffin that the Vietnamese people are determined to follow his resolute example and not to become slaves.”

Huynh Thuc Khang (marked in red) with authorities of Vinh Yen Province during his visit there in 1946

1952
 
Cuu Quoc (National Salvation) published an article titled “Impasse imperialist” he wrote under the pseudonym D.X.
 
The article reviewed the fight against imperialists around the world.
 
1961
 
He was elected as Honorary President of the Vietnamese Fatherland Front at its second congress. 
 
1966
 
The 1,000th US fighter plane was shot down by soldiers and people in the northern province of Bac Thai.
 
On the occasion, Australian journalist William Burchett asked him in an interview: “The US said it will win the war in South Vietnam through an aerial war in North Vietnam..”
 
He replied: “Never! We will fight for 10, 15, 20 years or longer. Our goal is justice. We are supported by the world and will win!”
 
On the same day, speaking at a Politburo meeting on the revolutionary situation in the South, he said: “One half of a backward agricultural country could defeat the strongest imperialists; we are really proud of ourselves and our future is really bright.”

By Duong Trung Quoc* and co-writers
*The author is a historian and member of the National Assembly

Translated by Hoang Yen

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