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Professor Emeritus of Anthropology and International Studies, University of Washington, Seattle. Author of Thailand: Buddhist Kingdom as Modern NationState;Finding Their Voice:...
Alternative Titles: Kingdom of Thailand, Ratcha Anachak Thai, Siam
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Thailand, country located in the centre of mainland Southeast Asia. Located wholly within the tropics, Thailand encompassesdiverse ecosystems, including the hilly forested areas of the northern frontier, the fertile rice fields of the central plains, the broad plateau of the northeast, and the rugged coasts along the narrow southern peninsula.

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Until the second half of the 20th century, Thailand was primarily an agricultural country, but since the 1960s increasing numbers of people have moved to Bangkok, the capital, and to other cities. Although the greater Bangkok metropolitan area remains the preeminent urban centre in the country, there are other sizable cities, such as Chiang Mai in the north, Nakhon Ratchasima (Khorat), Khon Kaen, and Udon Thani in the northeast, Pattaya in the southeast, and Hat Yai in the far south.

Siam, as Thailand was officially called until 1939, was never brought under European colonial domination. Independent Siam was ruled by an absolute monarchy until a revolution there in 1932. Since that time, Thailand has been a constitutional monarchy, and all subsequent constitutions have provided for an elected parliament. Political authority, however, has often been held by the military, which has taken power through coups. During the last two decades of the 20th century and the first decade of the 21st, parliamentary democracy steadily gained wider popular support. Although a crisis emerged in 2006, when the military, aligned with the monarchy, overthrew an elected government, new parliamentary elections were held—as promised by the interim government—in 2007.

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National anthem of ThailandRoyal anthem of Thailand
Official name
Ratcha Anachak Thai (Kingdom of Thailand)
Form of government
constitutional monarchy with a 220-member interim legislature1
Head of state
King Vajiralongkorn
Head of government
Prime Minister: Prayuth Chan-ocha
Official language
Official religion
Monetary unit
baht (THB)
Currency Exchange Rate
1 USD equals 29.975 Thai baht
(2020 est.) 66,664,000
Population rank
(2019) 20
Population projection 2030
Total area (sq mi)
Total area (sq km)
Density: persons per sq mi
(2018) 343.3
Density: persons per sq km
(2018) 132.6
Urban-rural population
Urban: (2018) 49.9%
Rural: (2018) 50.1%
Life expectancy at birth
Male: (2017) 71.7 years
Female: (2017) 78.3 years
Literacy: percentage of population age 15 and over literate
Male: (2015) 94.7%
Female: (2015) 91.2%
GNI (U.S.$ ’000,000)
(2017) 411,731
GNI per capita (U.S.$)
(2017) 5,960

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  • 1Appointed July 31, 2014, by the ruling council of military leaders.

Historical Events for January 25th

  • Year 41 » After a night of negotiation, Claudius is accepted as Roman Emperor by the Roman Senate or Senate.
  • Year 750 » In the Battle of the Zab, the Abbasid rebels defeat the Umayyad Caliphate, leading to overthrow of the dynasty.
  • Year 1348 » A 1348 Friuli earthquake called strong earthquake strikes the South Alpine region of Friuli in modern Italy, causing considerable damage to buildings as far away as Rome.
  • Year 1494 » Alfonso II of Naples called Alfonso II becomes King of Naples.
  • Year 1515 » Coronation of the French monarch e.g Coronation of Francis I of France.
  • Year 1533 » Henry VIII of England secretly marries his second wife Anne Boleyn.
  • Year 1554 » Founding of São Paulo (city) or São Paulo city, Brazil.
  • Year 1573 » Battle of Mikatagahara: In Japan, Takeda Shingen defeats Tokugawa Ieyasu.
  • Year 1575 » Luanda, the capital of Angola, is founded by the Portuguese navigator Paulo Dias de Novais.
  • Year 1704 » The Apalachee massacre called Battle of Ayubale results in the destruction of most of the Spanish missions in Florida.
  • Year 1755 » Moscow State University known as Moscow University is established on Tatiana Day.
  • Year 1765 » Port Egmont, the first British settlement in the Falkland Islands at the southern tip of South America, is founded.
  • Year 1791 » The Parliament of Great Britain British Parliament passes the Constitutional Act of 1791 and splits the old Province of Quebec (1763–1791) Province of Quebec into Upper Canada Upper and Lower Canada.
  • Year 1792 » The London Corresponding Society is founded.
  • Year 1879 » The Bulgarian National Bank is founded.
  • Year 1881 » Thomas Edison and Alexander Graham Bell form the Oriental Telephone Company.
  • Year 1890 » Nellie Bly completes her round-the-world journey in 72 days.
  • Year 1915 » Alexander Graham Bell inaugurates U.S. transcontinental telephone service, speaking from New York to Thomas A. Watson or Thomas Watson in San Francisco.
  • Year 1918 » Ukraine declares independence from Bolshevik Russia.
  • Year 1919 » The League of Nations is founded.
  • Year 1924 » The 1924 Winter Olympics opens in Chamonix, in the France called French Alps, inaugurating the Winter Olympic Games.
  • Year 1932 » Second Sino-Japanese War: The Republic of China known as Chinese National Revolutionary Army Defense of Harbin known as begins its defense of Harbin.
  • Year 1937 » 'The Guiding Light' debuts on NBC radio from Chicago. In 1952 it moves to CBS television, where it remains until Sept. 18, 2009.
  • Year 1941 » Pope Pius XII elevates the Apostolic Vicariate of the Hawaiian Islands to the dignity of a diocese. It becomes the Roman Catholic Diocese of Honolulu.
  • Year 1942 » World War II: Thailand declares war on the United States and United Kingdom.
  • Year 1944 » Florence Li Tim-Oi is ordained in China, becoming the first woman Anglican priest.
  • Year 1945 » World War II: The Battle of the Bulge ends.
  • Year 1946 » The United Mine Workers rejoins the American Federation of Labor.
  • Year 1947 » Thomas T. Goldsmith, Jr. or Thomas Goldsmith Jr. files a patent for a 'Cathode Ray Tube Amusement Device', the first ever electronic game.
  • Year 1949 » At the Hollywood Athletic Club the first Emmy Awards are presented.
  • Year 1955 » The Soviet Union ends the state of war with Germany.
  • Year 1960 » The National Association of Broadcasters reacts to the 'payola' scandal by threatening fines for any disc jockeys who accept money for playing particular records.
  • Year 1961 » In Washington, D.C. John F. Kennedy delivers the first live President of the United States e.g presidential television news conference.
  • Year 1969 » Brazilian Army captain Carlos Lamarca deserts in order to fight against the Brazilian military government named military dictatorship, taking with him 10 machine guns and 63 rifles.
  • Year 1971 » Charles Manson and three female 'Family' members are found guilty of the 1969 Tate-LaBianca murders.
  • Year 1979 » Pope John Paul II starts his first official papal visits outside Italy to the Bahamas, Dominican Republic and Mexico.
  • Year 1981 » Jiang Qing, the widow of Mao Zedong, is sentenced to death.
  • Year 1986 » The National Resistance Movement topples the government of Tito Okello in Uganda.
  • Year 1993 » 1993 CIA shootings called Five people are shot outside the CIA headquarters in Langley, Virginia. Two are killed and three wounded.
  • Year 1994 » The Clementine mission called Clementine space probe launches.
  • Year 1995 » The Norwegian rocket incident: Russia almost launches a nuclear weapon nuclear attack after it mistakes Black Brant (rocket) Black Brant XII, a Norway Norwegian research rocket, for a US Trident missile.
  • Year 1996 » Billy Bailey becomes the last person to be hanged in the USA.
  • Year 1998 » During a historic visit to Cuba, Pope John Paul II demands political reforms and the release of political prisoners while condemning US attempts to isolate the country.
  • Year 1999 » A 6.0 Richter magnitude scale e.g Richter scale 1999 Armenia, Colombia earthquake known as earthquake hits western Colombia killing at least 1,000.
  • Year 2003 » 2003 Invasion of Iraq: A group of people leave London, England, for Baghdad, Iraq, to Human shield action to Iraq serve as human shields, intending to prevent the United States U.S.-led coalition of the willing coalition troops from bombing certain locati
  • Year 2004 » Opportunity rover (MER-B) lands on surface of Mars.
  • Year 2005 » A Mandher Devi temple stampede e.g stampede at the Mandhradevi temple in Maharashtra, India kills at least 258.
  • Year 2006 » Three independent observing campaigns announce the discovery of OGLE-2005-BLG-390Lb through gravitational microlensing, the first cool rocky/icy extrasolar planet around a main-sequence star.
  • Year 2006 » Mexico Mexican lucha libre professional wrestler Juana Barraza is arrested in connection with the serial killer serial killing of at least 10 elderly women.
  • Year 2013 » At least 50 people are killed and 120 people are injured in a 2013 Uribana prison riot named prison riot in Barquisimeto, Venezuela.