Chronography of Sri Lanka)
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22/5/1972. Ceylon, a self-governing dominion since 4/2/1948, became a republic within The Commonwealth, and adopted the new name of Sri Lanka.
1972, Ceylon officially changed its name to the Sanskrit name of Sri lanka.
27/5/1970, The opposition won elections in Sri Lanka. Mrs Bandaranaike became Prime Minister,
20/7/1960, General election in Ceylon (Sri Lanka) was won by the Sri Lanka Freedom Party. Mrs Sirimavo Bandaranaike, widow of the late Prime Minister assassinated September 1959, became Prime Minister, She was the first woman Prime Minister of a Commonwealth country.
25/9/1959, Solomon Bandaranaike, Prime Minister of Sri Lanka from 1956, was shot by a Buddhist monk in Colombo; he died the following day.
27/5/1958, A State of Emergency was declared in Sri Lanka. This was due to Sinhalese-Tamil riots following the declaration of Sinhalese, not English, as the official language in 1956.
15/10/1957, The naval base at Tricomalee was handed over to Sri Lanka by Britain.
7/7/1956, In Ceylon (Sri Lanka), after the electoral victory of the Freedom Party, Sinhalese replaced English as the official language.
10/4/1956, Solomon Bandaranaike became Prime Minister of� a United Front Government of Sri Lanka. He ended the British military and naval presence in Sri Lanka, but also provoked Tamil riots by attempting to institute Sinhalese as the only official language.
10/10/1950, The Royal Ceylon Air Force was formed, with assistance from the RAF.
1949, Indian Tamil workers in Sri Lanka were stripped of voting and citizenship rights.
4/2/1948. Ceylon became a self-governing dominion; it had been a British colony since 1802. It achieved full independence on 22/5/1972.
26/9/1947, In Ceylon (Sri Lanka), Don Stephen Senanayake became Prime Minister.
8/1/1899, Solomon Bandaranaike, Sri Lankan Prime Minister 1956-59, was born in the capital, Colombo.
1833, English was made the only official language of Ceylon.
1815, The British occupied Kandy, and brought in Tamil labourers from southern India to work on the tea, coffee and cocnut plantations.
1802, Ceylon became a British colony under the Peace of Amiens. This formalised Britiush control of areas they had occupied de facto since 1796. Before 1796, the Dutch had controlled Ceylon.
1656, The Dutch took control of Ceylon; their rule lasted until 1796.
1411, Cheng He, Chinese admiral, captured the King of Ceylon and took him back to China.
1017, Ceylon was conquered by the Chola Empire.
247 BCE, King Tissa of Sri Lanka converted to Buddhism.