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LAO'S DATE LINE
1353-1371
The reign of Chao Fa Ngoum the Great.
Lao territory extends to today's northern & eastern Thailand.
Indo-Khmer civilization extended to upper Meking delta
Theravada Buddhism introduced into Lao through missionaries from the Angor Empire
1373-1416
Chao Fa Ngoum was succeeded by his son OUN HEUAN (reign name Phaya Sam Sen Thai).
1479
Vietnam invaded Lao.
Reorganization of Lan Xang
Fortified defense
1520-1548
Phothisarath acceded to the throne.
The 200 years wars against Burma & Ayuthaya
Waged three wars against Ayuthaya
Acquired Chiang Mai and enthroned Setthathirath in Chiang Mai
Lan Xang acquired maximum territorial expansion
1548-1571
Setthathirath returned to rule Lan Xang as Setthathirath I after Phothisarath's death.
Loss Chiang Mai to Burma
Burmese invasion in 1565 & 1570
1574
THE LOST PERIOD
Burma seized Vieng Chan.
Lan Xang collapsed.
Anarchy ensued
1637
THE GOLDEN AGE
Soulinga Vongsa acceeded to the throne.
Restoration of order
Frontier demarcation with Vietnam and Siam by treaties
Two military expeditions against Xiang Khuang & Southern Principality (Champasack?)
Buddhism flourished
Vieng Chan became intellectual center
The arts flourished
1694
Soulinga Vongsa died.
Soulinga Vongsa's nephew seized the throne
Vietnamese incursion
Lan Xang broked into three kingdoms: Vieng Chan, Luang Prabang & Champasack
1707
Luang Prabang seceded from Lan Xang.
1713
Champasack seceded from Lan Xang.
1713
Lan Xang ceased to exist as  a sovereign state.
1778
Annexation of Vieng Chan by Siam.
1782
Vieng Chan became Siam's subject.
1752
Luang Prabang sided with Siam and was invaded by Burma.
1778
Siam supplanted Burmese rule in Luang Prabang.
1778
Champasack supported Burma and was invaded by Siam. Champasack became Siam's dependent state.
1805-1828
Anouvong acceded to the throne.
1806
Anouvong allied with Vietnam.
1827
Anouvong led three armies against Siam but was defeated.
Siam attacked Vieng Chan
1828
Anouvong launched another attack against Siam, but was defeated.
Siam made Vieng Chan a province
1846
Siam garrisoned in Champasack to prevent Vietnam from invading Siam.
1885
Siam establish a garrison in Luang Prabang to prevent Vietnam from invading Siam.
Provoked the French in Vietnam
1886
Franco-Siam treaty
Defining Siam-Vietnam frontier.
Fance won the right to place a Vice Consul in Luang Prabang
1893
French war ship anchored in Bangkok.
Siam ceded territories east of the Mekong river
French completed protectorate territory to east of Mekong
1904
Franco-Siam treaty to allow French annexation of territories east & west of the Mekong.
1907
Franco-Siam treaty to complete territorial control by France east of Mekong.
1941
Japanese invaded Lao.
1945
French Vichy government restored Lao territory West of the Mekong to Siam (acquired in 1904).
1946
French troops returned to Lao.
1949
Franco-Lao Treaty granting Lao limited self-government within French Union.
1950
Pathet Lao movement proclaimed.
Pathet Lao joined force with Viet Minh to oppose the French
1953
French still control Lao's military.
1954
Geneva Accord.
End First Indochina War
1975
The Lao PDR proclaimed on December 2, 1975.
1975-80
Political arrest & execution of membes of the old government. Refugee exodus to Thailand & eventually third country resettlement.
1984
Drafting of the Lao PDR's constitution begun.
1994
The Lao PDR's Constitution promulgated.
1997
Lao PDR joined ASEAN.
Kip dwindled as the Baht is floated
Economic chaos simmers political unrest
1999
Lao student movement for democracy in Vientiane. Mass arrest of demonstrators.
Lao-Thai Extradition Treaty signed, but not ratified
2000
FREE LAO ALLIANCE established by Lao intellectuals, politicians, students & workers to promote democracy in Lao.
Vang Tao incident: 60-70 freedom fighters crossed from Thailand into Lao & seized border outpost
18 Freedom fighters fled to Thailand & await extradition
Thailand ratified Lao-Thai Extradition Treaty
Spate of bombing incidents in Vientiane