When Krakatoa erupted in 1883, it made the loudest sound in recorded history and killed tens of thousands of people in Indonesia.
In June 1984, Indira Gandhi ordered the Indian Army into the Sikh Golden Temple at Amritsar. The results were deadly - for the Sikhs and for PM Gandhi.
Kanishka the Great was a Kushan dynasty ruler based in what is now Afghanistan, where he was a famous patron of Buddhism.
Empress Wu Zetian of the Zhou Dynasty was the only woman to rule imperial China in her own right, rather than as a consort or dowager. Learn more about this fascinating woman here.
From 1960 to the 1990s, four small Asian countries industrialized and become major economic powers: Hong Kong, Singapore, South Korea, and Taiwan.
In 1923, Japan's deadliest earthquake struck Tokyo and surrounding cities, devastating the entire region. Learn more about this tragedy here.
Facts and history about the nation of Qatar, an oil-rich country on the Arabian Peninsula, and home to the Al Jazeera News Network.
Emperor Hirohito led his country into the devastation of World War II, but managed to hold on to both his head and his throne in the aftermath.
Did the decade-long war in Afghanistan bring down the Soviet Union? Learn more about the historical controversy here.
A history of opium in Asia, where it served as a medicine, a cash crop, and a cause for war.