Thailand in History

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Historical Events

  • 1591-01-18 King Naresuan of Siam kills Crown Prince Minchit Sra of Burma in single combat, date is now observed as Royal Thai Armed Forces day
  • 1767-12-28 King Taksin crowned King of Thailand and establishes Thonburi as his capital
  • 1782-04-06 Rama I succeeds King Taksin of Siam (modern day Thailand), who is overthrown in a coup d'état.
  • 1784-03-22 The Emerald Buddha is moved with great ceremony to its current place in Wat Phra Kaew, Thailand.
  • 1805-11-25 Opera "Thaïs" first American performance
  • 1851-05-15 Rama IV, [Phra Chomklao Chaoyuhua], king of Thai (1851-68), crowned
  • 1894-03-16 Jules Massenet's opera "Thaïs" premieres in Paris
  • 1932-06-24 Coup ends absolute monarchy in Thailand
  • 1932-12-10 King Rama VII (Prajadhipok) grants Thailand a constitution
  • 1941-01-28 French-Thai War: Final air battle of the conflict. Japanese-mediated armistice goes into effect later in the day.
  • 1941-12-14 Japan and Thailand sign a treaty of alliance
  • 1942-05-10 World War II: The Thai Phayap Army invades the Shan States during the Burma Campaign.

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1946-06-09 Bhumibol Adulyadej becomes King of Thailand after the death of his brother King Ananda Mahidol

King of Thailand Bhumibol Adulyadej
King of Thailand
Bhumibol Adulyadej
  • 1946-12-16 Thailand joins the United Nations
  • 1949-05-11 Siam renames itself Thailand
  • 1949-06-08 Siam changes name to Thailand
  • 1950-05-05 Bhumibol Adulyadej crowned King Rama IX of Thailand in the Royal Palace in Bangkok
  • 1957-09-16 Coup in Thailand (Premier Songgram deposed)
  • 1957-09-17 Thailand military coup under marshal Sarit Thanarat
  • 1957-09-21 Pote Sarasin forms government in Thailand
  • 1962-03-06 US promise Thailand assistance against communist aggression
  • 1962-05-11 US sends troops to Thailand
  • 1966-12-24 USAF C144 military charter aircraft crashes near Binh Thai, Vietnam, killing 129
  • 1967-08-08 Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore & Thailand meet to form Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN)
  • 1973-10-15 Tanks attack Thailand demonstrating students, 300 killed
  • 1976-04-04 Seni Pramoj's Democratic Party wins elections in Thailand
  • 1976-07-20 Vietnam War: The US military completes its troop withdrawal from Thailand.
  • 1978-12-22 Thailand adopts constitution
  • 1987-11-29 A Korean Air Boeing 707 explodes over the Thai-Burmese border, killing 115
  • 1988-05-24 Porntip Nakhirunkanok, 19, of Thailand, crowned 37th Miss Universe
  • 1991-02-15 Freighter with dynamite explodes in Phang Nga Thailand, 120 die
  • 1991-02-23 Military coup in Thailand, Premier Choonhaven arrested
  • 1992-04-05 Thailand General Suchinda Kraprayoon installed as president
  • 1992-05-20 At height of "Black May' political crisis in Thailand TV interview broadcast of King Bhumibol Adulyadej demanding Generals Suchinda and Chamlong work together.
  • 1992-07-31 Thai Airbus crashes into mountain at Kathmandu, 113 die
  • 1993-08-13 Hotel in Nakhon Ratchasima Thailand, collapses, 114 killed
  • 1994-02-13 Ship disaster near Ranong Thailand, kills 200
  • 1995-07-02 Thailand: Banharn Silpa-Archa's party wins election
  • 1998-12-11 Thai Airways Airbus A310-200 crashes near Surat Thani Airport, killing 101
  • 2003-08-11 Jemaah Islamiyah leader Riduan Isamuddin, better known as Hambali, is arrested in Bangkok, Thailand.
  • 2004-12-26 9.3 magnitude earthquake creates a tsunami causing devastation in Sri Lanka, India, Indonesia, Thailand, Malaysia, the Maldives and edges of the Indian Ocean, killing 230,000 people
  • 2006-09-19 Thai military stages a coup in Bangkok. The Constitution is revoked and martial law is declared.
  • 2007-09-16 One-Two-GO Airlines Flight 269 carrying 128 crew and passengers crashes in Thailand killing 89 people.
  • 2008-02-28 Former Prime Minister of Thailand Thaksin Shinawatra is arrested on corruption charges upon returning to Thailand after months of exile.
  • 2008-11-13 Equity research by Deutsche Bank states that Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand and the Philippines should not experience a recession, despite potential harm to economic growth from falling commodity prices and possible weaker exports
  • 2008-12-02 Thai Prime Minister Somchai Wongsawat resigns after the 2008 Thailand political crisis
  • 2009-01-01 61 die in nightclub fire in Bangkok, Thailand.
  • 2009-05-25 Thailand’s economy shrank more than expected in the first quarter of 2009, contracting the most in a decade and plunging the nation into recession
  • 2009-08-24 Thailand's GDP grew 2.3% in 2009's second quarter, technically leaving the recession
  • 2009-09-26 Typhoon Ketsana (2009) hit the Philippines, China, Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos and Thailand, causing 700 fatalities.
  • 2011-02-21 Thailand's GDP rose 3.8% in the fourth quarter of 2010 after a minor recession caused by GDP contractions of 0.4% in the second quarter and 0.3% in the third quarter of 2010, it is reported today
  • 2012-06-23 76 monks are hospitalized in Thailand following an attack by a swarm of bees
  • 2013-02-13 16 Muslim insurgents are killed in an attack on a Narathiwat military base, Thailand
  • 2013-03-22 37 people are killed and 200 are injured in a refugee camp fire in Ban Mae, Thailand
  • 2013-05-01 Insurgents kill 6 people in Pattani, Thailand
  • 2013-07-23 19 people are killed and 22 are injured after a tour bus collides with a truck in Saraburi, Thailand
  • 2013-11-03 6 people are killed after an overcrowded ferry sinks in Pattaya, Thailand
  • 2013-12-27 29 people are killed after a bus plunged off the Huay Tong Bridge, Thailand
  • 2014-02-18 Police clash with protesters in Bangkok, Thailand
  • 2014-05-21 Thai army declared martial law and closes down several news stations
  • 2014-05-22 Royal Thai Armed Forces, led by General Prayut Chan-o-cha stage a coup in Thailand, suspending the kingdom's constitution and taking control of the government, the 12th since the country's first coup in 1932
  • 2014-05-24 Yingluck Shinawatra, former prime minister of Thailand, is detained by army after a military coup
  • 2014-05-26 Protests across Thailand in response to military coup; General Prayuth warns of a crackdown in demonstrations continue
  • 2014-06-26 Following the military coup in Thailand, people are warned that anyone calling for protest on social media will be prosecuted for sedition
  • 2016-12-01 Crown Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn is declared King of Thailand, succeeding his father King Bhumibol Adulyadej

Famous Birthdays

  • 1734-04-17 Taksin, King of Thailand (d. 1782)
  • 1737-03-20 Buddha Yodfa Chulaloke, King of Thailand (d. 1809)
  • 1804-10-18 Rama IV, [Phra Chomklao Chaoyuhua], king of Thailand (1851-68)
  • 1811-05-11 Chang & Eng Bunker, Chinese-Thai Siamese twins, born in Samutsongkram, Thailand (d. 1874)
  • 1844-04-16 Anatole France, writer (Thaïs, Wickerwork Woman, Nobel 1921)
  • 1853-09-20 Rama V, King of Thailand (d. 1910)
  • 1862-06-21 Damrong Rajanubhab, Thai prince and historian (d. 1943)
  • 1868-10-23 Rama V, [Chulalongkorn], leader of Thailand (-1910)
  • 1881-01-01 Vajiravudh, King of Thailand (d. 1925)
  • 1893-11-08 Prajadhipok, Rama VII, king of Thailand (d. 1941)
  • 1903-01-09 Hem Vejakorn, Thai illustrator (d. 1969)
  • 1908-05-22 Rattana Pestonji, Thai filmmaker (d. 1970)
  • 1910-01-21 Eua Sunthornsanan, Thai composer and bandleader (d. 1981)
  • 1911-08-11 Thanom Kittikachorn, general/premier Thailand (1958..73)
  • 1914-04-01 Lor Tok, Thai comedian and actor (d. 2002)
  • 1923-08-17 Chaleo Yoovidhya, Phichit, Thailand, co-creator of Red Bull, (d. 2012)
  • 1925-09-20 Ananda Mahidol, King of Thailand (d. 1946)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1927-12-05 Bhumibol Adulyadej [Rama IX], King of Thailand (1946-2016), born in Cambridge, Massachusetts (d. 2016)

King of Thailand Bhumibol Adulyadej
King of Thailand
Bhumibol Adulyadej
  • 1929-04-01 Payut Ngaokrachang, Thai animator
  • 1931-09-20 Cherd Songsri, Thai filmmaker (d. 2006)
  • 1932-08-12 Queen Ferekit, of Thailand (Queens Day)
  • 1934-01-28 Mitr Chaibancha, Thai actor (d. 1970)
  • 1935-06-13 Samak Sundaravej, Thai 25th Prime Minister (former)
  • 1937-06-26 Sombat Metanee, Thai film actor
  • 1940-04-01 Wangari Maathai, Kenyan environmentalist, recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize
  • 1943-01-19 Petchara Chaowarat, Thai film actress
  • 1943-08-28 Surayud Chulanont, Thai 24th Prime Minister (former)
  • 1952-07-28 Maha Vajiralongkorn [Bodindradebayavarangkun], King of Thailand (2016 - Present), born in Bangkok, Thailand
  • 1952-08-09 Prateep Ungsongtham Hata, Thai politician
  • 1952-12-30 Somtow Sucharitkul, [SP Somtow], Thailand, sf author (Utopia Hunters)
  • 1955-12-09 Chamras Saewataporn, Thai composer and musician
  • 1956-08-03 Abhisit Vejjajiva, Thai politician
  • 1957-07-04 Princess Chulabhorn of Thailand
  • 1958-06-07 Surakiart Sathirathai, Deputy Prime Minister of Thailand
  • 1958-12-08 Bird McIntyre, Thai pop singer, musician
  • 1959-05-15 Kaokor Galaxy, Thai boxer
  • 1960-01-17 Chatchai Plengpanich, Thai actor
  • 1962-09-02 Prachya Pinkaew, Thai film director
  • 1964-04-25 Wisit Sasanatieng, Thai film director
  • 1965-01-22 Chintara Sukapatana, Thai actress
  • 1968-01-09 Mardi Lunn, Australian LPGA golfer (1991 Thailand Open), born in Liverpool, New South Wales
  • 1970-01-17 James Wattana, Thai snooker player
  • 1970-05-27 Liz Earley, St Catharines Ontario, LPGA golfer (1995 Thailand Open)
  • 1970-07-16 Apichatpong Weerasethakul, Thai film director
  • 1970-12-26 Krissada Terrence, Thai singer and actor
  • 1974-04-19 Akara Amarttayakul, Thai actor
  • 1975-03-27 Chakrit Yamnam, Thai film and television actor
  • 1976-02-05 Tony Jaa, Thai actor and martial artist, born in Surin, Thailand
  • 1976-09-04 Katreeya English, Thai singer, actress, model
  • 1976-10-21 Nirachala Kumya, Miss Universe-Thailand (1996)
  • 1977-07-30 Suangsuda Rodprasert, Miss Thailand Universe (1997)
  • 1980-06-05 Sutee Suksomkit, Thai football player
  • 1980-12-14 Tata Young, Thai-American singer
  • 1983-01-20 Paula Taylor, English-Thai actress, model and presenter
  • 1985-06-12 Sam Thaiday, Australian professional rugby league player
  • 1989-07-20 Witwisit Hirunwongkul, Thai actor

Famous Weddings


HeartWedding of Interest

1950-04-28 King Bhumibol Adulyadej of Thailand marries Mon Rajawongse Sirikit at Sra Pathum Palace after a quiet engagement in Lausanne, Switzerland July 19, 1949.

King of Thailand Bhumibol Adulyadej
King of Thailand
Bhumibol Adulyadej
  • 2010-07-04 "Survivor: Thailand" star Tanya Vance weds Joseph Luczaj in Maui, Hawaii

Famous Deaths

  • 1722-04-14 Pieter Erberveld, German-Thai merchant on Java, Indonesia. He was accused of plotting a rebellion with the Javanese, tortured and executed at around 62
  • 1782-04-07 Taksin, King of Thailand (b. 1734)
  • 1809-09-07 Buddha Yodfa Chulaloke, King of Thailand (b. 1737)
  • 1868-10-01 Rama IV, [Phra Chomklao Chaoyuhua], king of Thai (1851-68), dies at 63
  • 1874-01-17 Chang & Eng Bunker, Chinese/Thai Siamese twins, die at 62
  • 1910-10-23 Chulalongkorn, King of Thailand (b. 1853)
  • 1932-08-19 Banharn Silpa-archa, Prime Minister of Thailand (1995-96), born in Suphanburi, Thailand (d. 2016)
  • 1941-05-30 Prajadhipok, Rama VII, king of Thailand (b. 1893)
  • 1943-12-01 Damrong Rajanubhab, Thai prince and historian (b. 1862)
  • 1963-12-08 Field Marshal Sarit Dhanarajata, Prime Minister of Thailand (b. 1908)
  • 1970-08-17 Rattana Pestonji, Thai filmmaker (b. 1908)
  • 1970-10-08 Mitr Chaibancha, Thai film actor (b. 1934)
  • 1975-12-08 Gary Thain, New Zealand bassist (Uriah Heep) (b. 1948)
  • 1981-04-01 Eua Sunthornsanan, Thai composer and bandleader (b. 1910)
  • 1995-10-09 Kukrit Pramoj, PM of Thailand (1975-76), dies at 84
  • 1997-07-28 Seni Pramoj, PM of Thailand (1945-46, 75, 76), dies
  • 2002-04-29 Lor Tok, Thai comedian and actor (b. 1914)
  • 2004-06-16 Thanom Kittikachorn, Prime Minister of Thailand (b. 1912)
  • 2006-05-21 Cherd Songsri, Thai film director (b. 1931)
  • 2006-08-13 Payao Poontarat, Thai Olympic boxer (b. 1957)
  • 2007-02-01 Seri Wangnaitham, Thai dance choreographer (b. 1937)
  • 2008-01-02 Her Royal Highness Princess Galyani Vadhana Krommaluang Narathiwat Rajanagarindra, elder sister of His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej of Thailand (b. 1923)
  • 2009-11-24 Samak Sundaravej, Thai politician, Prime Minister 2008 (b. 1935)
  • 2009-12-05 Vimolchatra, Princess of Thailand and cousin of King Bhumibol Adulyadej (b. 1921)
  • 2010-05-27 Payut Ngaokrachang, Thai animator (b. 1929)
  • 2011-07-27 Bejaratana Rajasuda, Princess of Thailand (b. 1925)
  • 2011-09-25 Wangari Maathai, Kenyan environmentalist and Nobel Peace Prize recipient, dies from ovarian cancer at 71
  • 2012-03-17 Chaleo Yoovidhya, Thai co-creator of Red Bull, dies from natural causes at 88
  • 2016-04-23 Banharn Silpa-archa, Prime Minister of Thailand (1995-96), dies at 83

Person of interestPerson of Interest

2016-10-13 Bhumibol Adulyadej [Rama IX], King of Thailand (1946-2016), was world's longest reigning monarch, dies at 88

King of Thailand Bhumibol Adulyadej
King of Thailand
Bhumibol Adulyadej