Benin in History

Historical Events

  • 1903-11-17 Dahomey (Benin) becomes a French protectorate.
  • 1958-12-04 Dahomey (Benin), Ivory Coast become autonomous within French Community
  • 1960-07-11 Ivory Coast, Dahomey, Upper Volta & Niger declare independence
  • 1960-08-01 Benin (Dahomey) gains independence from France
  • 1967-09-20 Benin separates from Nigeria
  • 1973-01-01 West African Economic Community formed (Benin, Ivory Coast, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Senegal, Upper Volta)
  • 1975-11-30 Dahomey renamed People's Republic of Benin
  • 1977-05-23 Benin adopts its constitution
  • 1990-03-01 Benin nullifies its constitution
  • 1997-08-11 Benin legalizes Jan 10th as a voodoo holiday
  • 2000-06-23 The Cotonou Agreement, a trade and aid framework, is signed in Cotonou, Benin
  • 2012-12-17 18 people drown after an overloaded boat sinks in Cotonou, Benin

Famous Birthdays

  • 1933-09-02 Mathieu Kérékou, Dictator and President of Benin (1973-91, 1996-2006), born in Kouarfa, French Dahomey (d. 2015)
  • 1964-04-24 Djimon Hounsou, Beninese actor

Famous Deaths

  • 2015-10-14 Mathieu Kérékou, Dictator and President of Benin (1973-91, 1996-2006), dies at 82