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A lifetime of love and achievement

Posted by pakin On October - 14 - 2016

In his 70 years as the doting monarch of the Kingdom of Thailand, His Majesty King Bhumipol Adulyadej brought peace when it was needed and showed the way towards easing the plight of the poor and bringing prosperity. His Majesty’s life was one of great achievement in every field imaginable, from science to agriculture to sport and music. Here is a list of some of the notable moments in his illustrious life.

Dec  5, 1927: Birth of His Majesty the King at Cambridge Hospital, Massachusetts

Dec  13, 1928: Return of HRH Prince Mahidol and his family to Thailand

Sept  24, 1929: Death of Prince Mahidol

May  9, 1933: Mahidol family settles in Lausanne, Switzerland

March  2, 1934: King Rama VII abdicates to London, England

Accession of King Ananda

Nov  15, 1938: Return of King Ananda, 13, to Thailand as sovereign for the first time

June  9, 1946: Death of King Ananda

Prince Bhumibol named King Rama IX

1946: His Majesty writes his first and second music compositions, ‘’Love at Sundown’’ and ‘’Candlelight Blue’’

April 28, 1950: Marriage of HM King Bhumibol and Mom Rajawongse Sirikit Kittiyakara

May 5, 1950: Coronation ceremony. “I shall reign with righteousness for the happiness and benefit of the Siamese people.”

April  5, 1951: Birth of HRH Princess Ubol Ratana

1952: The first rural development project at Huai Mongkol village of Hua Hin is established

July  28, 1952: Birth of HRH Crown Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn

April  2, 1955: Birth of Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn

1956: Royal ordination

June  4, 1957: Birth of HRH Princess Chulabhorn

1959: First royal state visit to Vietnam

1960: Revival of royal ploughing ceremony

1965: The King’s Scholarship Fund is launched

1967: His Majesty wins the SEA Games gold medal in international OK sailing with HRH Princess Ubol Ratana

The Royal Medical Team unit is established

1969:  The first trial of artificial rain is a success. Rain falls in the targeted area at Pak Chong district, Nakhon Ratchasima

The Royal Project is established.

June 9, 1971: His Majesty celebrates his Ratchadapisek, or Silver Jubilee.

A demonstration rice mill is set up at Chitralada Palace

1973: His Majesty puts an end to street violence after the Oct 14 democracy protests turn into a bloodbath

1979: Cow and buffalo bank is established

The first Living Museum is opened at Khao Hin Sorn Royal Development Study Centre in Phanom Sarakham district, Chachoengsao province

1988: The Chaipattana Foundation, a non-governmental organisation, is established. His Majesty is named president

The Royal Project wins the Magsaysay Award for international understanding

July 2, 1988: His Majesty celebrates 42 years and 23 days on the throne, an event marked by Rajamangalapisek celebrations to, in the words of His majesty, “apologise for overtaking King Chulalongkorn” as he becomes the longest-reigning monarch in Thailand

1989: The first model of the oxygen-enhancing aerator is installed for trial at Phra Mongkutklao Hospital and Wat Bowon Niwetvihara

May 20, 1992: During street violence in what has become known as the Black May incident, His Majesty convinces then prime minister Gen Suchinda Kraprayoon and protest leader Maj Gen Chamlong Srimuang to end their confrontation for the sake of public peace and harmony.

1994: His Majesty unveils his concept of a “New Theory”, a new approach in agricultural development during his birthday speech

June 9, 1996: His Majesty celebrates his Kanchanapisek with the Grand Golden Jubilee Royal Rites at Chakri Throne Hall in the Grand Palace.

1997: His Majesty’s concept of sufficiency economy earns public recognition and helps save the nation from economic crisis

His Majesty’s book, Mahajanaka, is launched

2002: The best-selling book, The Story of Tongdaeng, is released and the Tongdaeng T-shirt becomes a popular item

2004: Tongdaeng comic book by four cartoonists becomes another bestseller

2006: The European Patent Office issues patents on His Majesty’s rain-making technology

His Majesty addresses judges of the Supreme and Administrative Courts to explore legal solutions to get the country out of political gridlock

United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan presents the first UNDP Human Development Lifetime Achievement Award to His Majesty the King

June 9, 2006: The sixtieth Anniversary Celebrations of His Majesty’s accession to the throne

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