Key dates for Asians during 20th century:

_1905: Japan wins Russo-Japanese War.

_1910: Japan annexes Korea.

_1912: China's Qing dynasty ends with emperor's abdication.

_1932: Bloodless revolution in Thailand limits monarch's power.

_1945: United States drops atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki; Japan surrenders in World War II.

_1949: Mao Tse-tung founds People's Republic of China.

_1949: Indonesia gains independence from Netherlands.

_1954: Vietnamese defeat French at Dien Bien Phu.

_1960: Japan's Sony Corp. introduces tiny, transistorized TV set.

_1963: Malaysia gains independence from Britain. Singapore splits off in 1965.

_1975: United States pulls out of Vietnam.

_1986: Philippine dictator Ferdinand Marcos toppled.

_1997: Thailand's currency plummets, setting off Asian economic crisis.