Laos becomes a French province.
Laos gains full independence and proclaims a constitutional monarchy.
A Communist group, Pathet Lao, seizes power. The Lao People's Democratic Republic is proclaimed shortly after.
The government allows some private enterprise within the agriculture industry.
Thailand and Laos sign a security and cooperation pact, and a new constitution is endorsed in the country.
The “Friendship Bridge” over the Mekong, connecting Laos with Thailand, is opened.
The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) accepts Laos as a member.
Laos takes drastic steps to become a full member of the World Trade Organization (WTO)
A new stock market opens in Vientiane, the capital of Laos, as part of a tentative experiment with capitalism.