Kong was a British colony at the time. The Japanese onslaught, during World War
Two, began on this day.
Japanese had sent an envoy on the 17th December which demanded the surrender of
the colony to the Japanese army. The British governor, Sir Mark Young, responded:
governor and commander in chief of Hong Kong declines absolutely to enter into
negotiations for the surrender of Hong Kong."
Japanese proceeded to invade, with orders to take no prisoners. There are reports
that even those who gave no resistance were killed.
Japanese got control of the reservoirs and set about withholding water from the
population. Hong Kong was surrendered on Christmas Day.