6 Facts About Bhumibol

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

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2. In 1964, Bhumibol 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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3. In 1954, Bhumibol vetoed parliamentary-approved land reform legislation twice before consenting to sign it.

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

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

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

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