38 Facts About Bhumibol Adulyadej

1. Bhumibol Adulyadej was born in the United States and was taught in Switzerland.

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2. On June 9, 1996, Bhumibol Adulyadej celebrated his 50th anniversary on the throne, becoming Thailand's longest ruling monarch.

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3. Bhumibol Adulyadej was universally revered throughout Thailand and contributed greatly to his country's stability.

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4. Bhumibol Adulyadej was a symbol both of national unity and of modernity.

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5. Bhumibol Adulyadej responded by persuading the generals to give up power.

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6. Bhumibol Adulyadej was the only Thai monarch to hold a patent.

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7. Bhumibol Adulyadej was the patron of the Radio Amateur Society of Thailand.

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8. Bhumibol Adulyadej was a radio amateur with the call sign HS1A.

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9. Bhumibol Adulyadej produced several small sailboat designs in the International Enterprise, OK, and Moth classes.

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10. Bhumibol Adulyadej won a gold medal for sailing in the Fourth Southeast Asian Peninsular Games in 1967, together with Princess Ubol Ratana whom he tied for points.

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11. Bhumibol Adulyadej was the first Asian in both cases to be honored as such.

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12. In 1964, Bhumibol Adulyadej became the 23rd person to receive the Certificate of Bestowal of Honorary Membership on behalf of Vienna's University of Music and Performing Arts.

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13. Bhumibol Adulyadej performed with his band at Thai universities, composing anthems for the universities of Chulalongkorn, Thammasat, and Kasetsart.

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14. Bhumibol Adulyadej was an accomplished jazz saxophone player and composer, playing Dixieland and New Orleans jazz, and the clarinet, trumpet, guitar, and piano.

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15. Bhumibol Adulyadej kept a carbine, a Sten gun and two automatic pistols in his bedroom, and he and his elder brother, King Ananda Mahidol, often used the gardens of the palace for target practice.

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16. Bhumibol Adulyadej was involved in many social and economic development projects.

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17. In 1954, Bhumibol Adulyadej vetoed parliamentary-approved land reform legislation twice before consenting to sign it.

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18. Bhumibol Adulyadej was too ill to appear for the public celebration of his birthday on 5 December 2015, but made a televised appearance on 14 December, his first in several months.

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19. Bhumibol Adulyadej suffered minute subdural bleeding in the left frontal area of his brain for which he was treated in July 2012.

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20. Bhumibol Adulyadej was again admitted to Siriraj Hospital in September 2009, apparently suffering from flu and pneumonia.

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21. Bhumibol Adulyadej suffered from lumbar spinal stenosis, and received a microsurgical decompression for the condition in July 2006.

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22. On 20 July, Bhumibol Adulyadej signed a royal decree endorsing new House elections for 15 October 2006.

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23. Bhumibol Adulyadej summoned Suchinda and the leader of the pro-democracy movement, retired Major General Chamlong Srimuang, to a televised audience, and urged them to find a peaceful resolution.

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24. In 1992, Bhumibol Adulyadej played a key role in Thailand's transition to a democratic system.

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25. Bhumibol Adulyadej chose Thanin as the most suitable premier, leading student protesters to flee to join the communists in the jungle.

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26. Bhumibol Adulyadej distanced himself from the Thai military after Thanom's fall.

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27. Bhumibol Adulyadej issued a proclamation appointing Sarit as "military defender of the capital" without anyone countersigning the proclamation.

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28. Bhumibol Adulyadej advised the field marshal to resign to avoid a coup.

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29. Bhumibol Adulyadej invited public criticism in a 2005 speech, but the lese majeste laws have not been revoked by the Thai parliament yet.

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30. Bhumibol Adulyadej was ordained by the Supreme Patriarch on 22 October 1956 at the Royal Chapel of the Emerald Buddha in the Grand Palace.

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31. On 9 June 2006, Bhumibol Adulyadej celebrated his 60th anniversary as the King of Thailand, becoming the longest reigning monarch in Thai history.

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32. Bhumibol Adulyadej selected for her a boarding school in Lausanne, Riante Rive.

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33. In 1942, Bhumibol Adulyadej became a jazz enthusiast, and started to play the saxophone, a passion that he kept throughout his life.

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34. Bhumibol Adulyadej came to Thailand in 1928, after his father obtained a certificate from Harvard.

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35. Bhumibol Adulyadej had an older sister, Princess Galyani Vadhana, and an older brother, Prince Ananda Mahidol.

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36. Bhumibol Adulyadej was the youngest son of Prince Mahidol Adulyadej, the Prince of Songkla, and his commoner wife Mom Sangwan.

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37. Bhumibol Adulyadej was born at Mount Auburn Hospital in Cambridge, Massachusetts, in the United States, on 5 December 1927.

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38. Bhumibol Adulyadej was generally highly revered by the people in Thailand—many even saw him as close to divine.

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