Botswana in History

Historical Events

  • 1893-01-21 The Tati Concessions Land, formerly part of Matabeleland, was formally annexed to the Bechuanaland Protectorate which is now Botswana.
  • 1913-07-25 A meeting in Johannesburg, called by the South African Native National Congress, now African National Congress, is attended by a large number of people from South Africa, Botswana, Lesotho, and Swaziland
  • 1966-09-29 Bechuanaland gains independence from England, becomes Botswana
  • 1966-09-30 Botswana (formerly Bechuanaland) gains independence from Britain (National Day)
  • 1980-07-18 Quett Masire installed as president of Botswana
  • 1983-03-09 Zimbabwe opposition leader Joshua Nkomo flees to Botswana
  • 1986-05-18 South African army occupies Botswana, Zimbabwe & Zambia
  • 1994-10-15 Botswana Pres Ketumile Masires BDP wins parliamentary election
  • 2015-11-16 Largest diamond discovered in more than a century - 1,111 carat stone found in the Karowe mine, Botswana

Famous Birthdays

  • 1921-07-01 Seretse Khama, 1st President of Botswana (1966-80), born in Serowe, Botswana (d. 1980)
  • 1939-08-21 Festus Mogae, president of Botswana

Famous Deaths

  • 1980-07-13 Seretse Khama, 1st President of Botswana (1966-80), dies of pancreatic cancer at 59