Bhutanese History

Historical Events

  • 1865-11-11 Treaty of Sinchula is signed in which Bhutan ceded the areas east of the Teesta River to the British East India Company.
  • 1907-12-17 Ugyen Wangchuck became 1st hereditary king of Bhutan
  • 1946-08-08 India agrees to give Bhutan 32 sq miles
  • 1949-08-08 Bhutan, land of Dragon, becomes an independent monarchy
  • 1955-01-01 Bhutan issues its 1st postage stamps
  • 1972-07-24 Jigme Singye Wangchuk becomes king of Bhutan at 16
  • 1999-06-02 The Bhutan Broadcasting Service brings television transmissions to the Kingdom for the first time
  • 2008-03-24 Bhutan officially becomes a democracy, with its first ever general election.
  • 2015-06-02 100 volunteers in Bhutan set a world record for tree planting - 49,672 in 1 hour

Famous Birthdays

  • 1955-11-11 Jigme Singye Wangchuk, king of Bhutan (1972-2006), born in Thimphu, Bhutan

Famous Weddings

  • 2011-10-13 Queen consort of Bhutan Jetsun Pema (21) weds Dragon King of Bhutan Jigme Khesar Namgyal Wangchuck (31) at Punakha Dzong in Punakha, Bhutan

Famous Deaths

  • 1972-07-21 Jigme Dori Wangchuck, King of Bhutan (1952-72), dies of a heart condition at 45