• Ngawana Namgyal, from Tibet, consolidates Bhutan and becomes ruler of the country.
  • The Treaty of Punakha is signed with the British. The treaty allows Bhutan to keep control of its internal affairs if Britain is given control of Bhutan’s foreign affairs.
  • The Treaty of Peace and Friendship is signed with newly independent India, which gives Bhutan control of its internal affairs but allows India to guide Bhutan in its foreign policy.
  • Several social reforms are implemented, including the abolition of slavery.
  • Bhutan becomes a member of the United Nations.
  • Jigme Singye Wangchuck ascends to the throne at age 16. He emphasizes modern education, decentralization of the government, and the development of tourism.
  • A new constitution is unveiled that will replace the monarchy with a parliamentary democracy by 2008.
  • King Jigme Singye Wangchuck abdicates the throne amid the transition to a parliamentary democracy. His son, Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck becomes King.
  • Bhutan signs an agreement with India that gives Bhutan more say in its foreign affairs.
  • Huanglongbing virus wipes out a majority of orange crop, an important export for Bhutan.

  • Bhutan protests to China after the country builds a road in disputed territory. 


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