Laotian History

Historical Events

  • 1947-05-11 Laos accepts constitution for parliamentary democracy
  • 1949-07-19 Laos becomes associated state within French Union
  • 1950-12-30 Vietnam, Laos & Cambodia become Independent states within the French Union
  • 1953-04-14 Viet-Minh offensive in Laos
  • 1953-10-22 Laos gains full independence from France
  • 1953-10-23 France grants Laos' sovereignty
  • 1954-12-24 Laos gains its independence
  • 1957-05-29 Laos government of prince Suvanna Phuma resigns
  • 1957-08-25 Prince Suvanna Phuma forms government in LAOS, with Pathet Lao
  • 1960-12-13 Laos General Fumi Nosavang occupies Vientiane
  • 1962-05-06 Pathet Lao breaks cease fire/conquers Nam Tha Laos
  • 1962-05-15 US marines arrive in Laos
  • 1962-06-12 Laos Prince Souvanna Phouma forms coalition government
  • 1962-06-23 Suvanna Phuma forms government in Laos
  • 1962-07-23 The International Agreement on the Neutrality of Laos is signed.
  • 1964-04-19 Rightist coup in Laos, Suvanna Phuma remains premier
  • 1964-05-21 US begin intelligence flights above Laos
  • 1971-02-08 South Vietnamese troops invade Laos
  • 1971-02-13 12,000 South Vietnamese troops cross into Laos
  • 1971-03-14 South Vietnamese troops flee Laos
  • 1975-08-23 Communists take over Laos
  • 1975-12-02 Laos king Sisavang Vatthana resigns, Lao People's Democratic Republic founded (National Day)
  • 1975-12-03 Laos falls to communist forces; Lao People's Democratic Rep proclaimed
  • 1993-12-15 Y-12 crashes at Phonesavanh, Laos: 18 killed
  • 2009-09-26 Typhoon Ketsana (2009) hit the Philippines, China, Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos and Thailand, causing 700 fatalities.
  • 2013-10-16 49 people are killed after Lao Airlines Flight 301 crashes in the Mekong River, Laos

Famous Birthdays

  • 1885-07-14 King Sisavang Vong of Laos (d. 1959)
  • 1901-10-07 Souvanna Phouma, Prince and Prime Minister of Laos (1951–54, 1956–58, 1960 and 1962–75), born in Luang Phrabang, Laos (d. 1984)
  • 1909-07-12 Souphanouvong, [Red Prince], president of Laos (1975-87)
  • 1920-12-13 Kaysone Phomvihane, President of Laos (Pathet Lao) (1991-92), born in Na Seng village, Khanthabouli district (d. 1992)
  • 1967-05-27 Chin Yang, Laos-born American jockey

Famous Deaths

  • 1984-01-10 Souvanna Phouma, Prince and Prime Minister of Laos (1951–54, 1956–58, 1960 and 1962–75), dies at 82
  • 1992-11-21 Kaysone Phomvihane, Prime Minister and President of Laos (1975-91), dies at 71
  • 1994-01-07 Phoumi Vongvichit, President of Laos (1986-91), dies
  • 1995-01-09 Souphanouvong, [Red Prince], president of Laos (1975-87), dies at 85
  • 2011-01-08 Vang Pao, charismatic Laotian general who commanded a secret army of his mountain people in a long, losing campaign against Communist insurgents, dies at 81