Bangkok in History

Historical Events


CrownRoyal Coronation

1950-05-05 Bhumibol Adulyadej crowned King Rama IX of Thailand in the Royal Palace in Bangkok

King of Thailand Bhumibol Adulyadej
King of Thailand
Bhumibol Adulyadej
  • 1991-05-27 Austrian Boeing 767-300 explodes at Bangkok, 223 die
  • 1993-05-10 Fire in clothing factory at Bangkok kills 145
  • 1999-09-23 Qantas Flight 1 overruns the runway in Bangkok during a storm. While some passengers only received minor injuries, it is still the worst crash in Qantas's history to date.
  • 2003-08-11 Jemaah Islamiyah leader Riduan Isamuddin, better known as Hambali, is arrested in Bangkok, Thailand.
  • 2004-07-03 Official opening of Bangkok's subway system.
  • 2006-09-19 Thai military stages a coup in Bangkok. The Constitution is revoked and martial law is declared.
  • 2009-01-01 61 die in nightclub fire in Bangkok, Thailand.
  • 2014-02-18 Police clash with protesters in Bangkok, Thailand
  • 2015-08-17 Bomb blast in Bangkok at Erawan Shrine kills at least 19, injures over 100
  • 2017-10-26 Cremation ceremony for King Bhumibol Adulyadej of Thailand held in Bangkok, a year after his death
  • 2017-11-27 Bangkok Fire and Rescue Department confirm it has had 31,801 call outs to deal with snakes this year
  • 2019-05-05 King Vajiralongkorn is crowned King of Thailand, first monarch to be crowned in nearly seven decades during a three-day celebration in Bangkok

Famous Birthdays

  • 1853-09-20 Rama V [Chulalongkorn], King of Thailand (1868-1910), born in Grand Palace, Bangkok, Siam (d. 1910)
  • 1862-06-21 Damrong Rajanubhab, Thai prince, son of King Mongkut and brother of King Chulalongkorn and historian, born in Bangkok, Thailand (d. 1943)
  • 1893-11-08 Prajadhipok, Rama VII, last absolute king of Siam (1925–35), born in Bangkok, Thailand (d. 1941)
  • 1903-01-09 Hem Vejakorn, Thai illustrator, born in Bangkok, Thailand (d. 1969)
  • 1908-05-22 Rattana Pestonji, Thai filmmaker and cinematographer (Tang), born in Bangkok, Thailand (d. 1970)
  • 1914-04-01 Lor Tok [Sawong Supsamruay], Thai comedian and actor (Ngern, Ngern, Ngern), born in Bangkok Yai, Thailand (d. 2002)
  • 1935-06-13 Samak Sundaravej, 25th Prime Minister of Thailand (2008), born in Bangkok, Thailand (d. 2009)
  • 1942-10-10 Chartchai Chionoi, Thai boxer (WBC/WBA flyweight champion), born in Bangkok, Thailand (d. 2018)
  • 1952-07-28 Maha Vajiralongkorn [Bodindradebayavarangkun], King of Thailand (2016 - Present), born in Bangkok, Thailand
  • 1952-12-30 Somtow Sucharitkul [S. P. Somtow], Thai composer and sci-fi author (Utopia Hunters), born in Bangkok, Thailand
  • 1955-12-09 Chamras Saewataporn, Thai composer and musician, born in Bangkok, Thailand
  • 1957-07-04 Princess Chulabhorn of Thailand, the youngest daughter of King Bhumibol Adulyadej and Queen Sirikit, born in Amphorn Sathan Residential Hall Dusit Palace, Bangkok
  • 1958-06-05 Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha, Thai businessman, sports team owner (Leicester City FC), born in Bangkok, Thailand (d. 2018)
  • 1964-04-25 Wisit Sasanatieng, Thai film director (Tears of the Black Tiger), born in Bangkok, Thailand
  • 1968-03-12 Tammy Duckworth, American politician (D) Senator Illinois (2017-), former Lieutenant Colonel, born in Bangkok, Thailand
  • 1970-01-17 James Wattana, Thai snooker player, born in Bangkok, Thailand
  • 1970-07-16 Apichatpong Weerasethakul, Thai film director, born in Bangkok, Thailand
  • 1974-04-19 Akara Amarttayakul, Thai actor (Muay Thai Chaiya), born in Bangkok, Thailand
  • 1975-03-27 Chakrit Yamnam, Thai film and television actor, born in Bangkok, Thailand
  • 1980-12-14 Tata Young, Thai-American singer, born in Bangkok, Thailand
  • 1983-01-20 Paula Taylor, Thai actress & model, born in Bangkok, Thailand
  • 1995-11-23 Ariya Jatanugarn, Thai golfer (British Open 2016, US Open 2018), born in Bangkok, Thailand

Famous Weddings


LoveWedding of Interest

1994-02-03 Actor Jean-Claude Van Damme (32) weds Darcy Lapier (28) in Bangkok