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December 2007

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  • 5: King Bhumibol Adulyadej, celebrating his 80th birthday, appears on the balcony of the throne hall at the Grand Palace, and later rides in a motorcade, greeting more than 100,000 people, mostly wearing yellow, who turned out to catch a glimpse of the monarch.
  • 4: King Bhumibol Adulyadej (monument pictured) gives his annual birthday address, calling for national unity and advocating spending by the military, because of the strong Thai baht.
  • 4: South Thailand insurgency: Six people are killed and 20 injured in bombing at a restaurant in Pattani.
  • 2: The trooping of the colors mark the beginning of festivities in celebration of King Bhumibol Adulyadej's 80th birthday. In an address at the full-dress military parade, the monarch calls for unity. "The situation in the country these days, as everyone knows in their hearts, is unpredictable," he says. "If Thai people lack a national conscience and lack a sense of unity, there may be misfortune for the entire nation."

November 2007


October 2007

September 2007

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August 2007

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July 2007

June 2007

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May 2007

  • 31: Twenty-one people are killed in one day of attacks in the South Thailand insurgency, including 12 soldiers who are ambushed in Yala and seven people who were gunned down at a mosque in Songkhla.
  • 30: A Constitutional Tribunal rules on violations in the April 2006 Thai general election, ordering the dissolution of the former ruling party, Thai Rak Thai. Ousted prime minister and former party leader Thaksin Shinawatra is banned from politics for five years, along with 110 other party executives. The opposition Democrat Party is acquitted of six charges and left intact. Earlier, King Bhumibol Adulyadej had made a rare televised appearance, urging the judges to exercise care the ruling. Security is stepped up in Bangkok before the ruling, and left in place afterward by the Council for National Security.
  • 27: Thirteen people are injured in a string of seven bomb blasts at hotels, restaurants and department stores in Hat Yai. One victim later dies of injuries. Another bombing in Songkhla kills four people and injures two dozen.
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April 2007

  • A Thai appeals court overturns a decision to extradite Ly Tong, declaring the dissident Vietnamese pilot a free man. He had been held in Thailand since 2000, after he hijacked a plane from Hua Hin and flew it over Ho Chi Minh City, dropping anti-communist leaflets.
  • A Swiss man, Oliver Jufer, 57, is deported from Thailand after receiving a pardon from King Bhumibol Adulyadej. Jufer had been sentenced to 10 years in prison on lèse majesté charges after he had vandalized posters of the king.
  • A critically acclaimed film, Syndromes and a Century, is pulled from general release in Thai cinemas by director Apichatpong Weerasethakul after the Censorship Board demanded that certain scenes be cut.
  • YouTube is blocked in Thailand after the video-sharing website refuses to remove a clip that is deemed offensive to King Bhumibol Adulyadej.

March 2007

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February 2007

  • Finance Minister Pridiyathorn Devakula resigns. Chalongphob Susangkarn is appointed as his replacement.
  • Former Thaksin administration cabinet member Somkid Jatusripitak resigns as economic adviser to the government of Prime Minister Surayud Chulanont.
  • A string of bombings in southern Thailand during Chinese New Year leaves at least eight people dead and dozens injured. Authorities say it is the first coordinated attack to be carried out by insurgents in all four of Thailand's restive southern provinces.

January 2007

December 2006

  • Thai central bank imposes strict capital control on the Baht in an attempt to stem rapid appreciation against the US Dollar. (Financial Times)

November 2006

  • Acclaimed historian David K. Wyatt dies at age 69. His most well-known publication is the book A Short History of Thailand.

September 2006

August 2006