You learned this from the story about the anti-Mother Teresa guy, too?
2001...Yeah happened ages ago. Don't remember when I found out, but it had been a while ago and I was already late to learn.
They changed Peking, Bombay, Madras, and I'm sure some others too.
Blame the British for the "westernized" pronunciations and spellings.
I've always wondered by we use the British version of the names of Spain (España), Germany (Deutschland), Italy, etc. instead of just calling them what they actually named their own freaking countries.