Cameroon in History

Historical Events

  • 1871-11-06 Cameroon reaches coast of Angola after trip through Africa
  • 1875-11-02 Verney Cameroon reaches Benguela in Angola, from Africa's east coast, 1st European to cross equatorial Africa
  • 1884-07-05 German consul-general Gustav Nachtigal takes possession of Cameroon

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1885-05-19 German Chancellor Otto von Bismarck takes possession of Cameroon and Togoland

German Statesman Otto von Bismarck
German Statesman
Otto von Bismarck
  • 1915-06-10 British/French troops conquer German colony of Cameroon
  • 1916-01-28 German colony of Cameroon surrenders to Britain & France
  • 1916-02-18 The last German garrison in the German colony of Cameroons surrenders
  • 1940-08-28 French colonies Cameroon/Congo-Brazzaville support Gen De Gaulle
  • 1957-05-10 1st meeting of legislative of Cameroon
  • 1960-01-01 Cameroon (French Cameroon) gains independence from France
  • 1961-10-01 East & West Cameroon merge as Federal Republic of Cameroon
  • 1972-05-20 Cameroon adopts its constitution
  • 1972-05-20 Republic of Cameroon declared as constitution is ratified
  • 1977-05-09 Mabel Murphy Smythe confirmed as ambassador to Rep of Cameroon
  • 1984-04-06 Members of Cameroon's Republican Guard unsuccessfully attempt to overthrow the government headed by Paul Biya.
  • 1986-08-21 Lake Nios Volcano in Cameroon kills 1,746
  • 1986-08-21 Volcanic eruption in Cameroon releases poison gas, killing 2,000
  • 1986-08-22 Gas from Volcano Chamberoen kills 1,734 (Cameroon)
  • 1986-08-23 Vrijkomend vulkaangas kills 1,500 people in Nyos-more, Cameroon
  • 1990-06-18 After being undefeated in the 1982 FIFA World Cup Cameroon suffer their 1st loss. Soviet Union wins 4-0.
  • 1990-12-01 Hissène Habré of Chad flees to Cameroon
  • 2007-05-05 Kenya Airways Flight KQ 507 crashes in Cameroon.

Famous Birthdays

  • 1844-07-01 Verney L Cameroon, English explorer (Tanganyika)
  • 1867-02-26 Siegfried Passarge, German geographer (Cameroon/So Afr/America)
  • 1933-02-13 Paul Biya, president of Cameroon (1982- )
  • 1946-03-06 Patrick Pierre Roger Baudry, Cameroon, astronaut (STS 18)
  • 1952-05-20 Roger Milla, Cameroonian footballer
  • 1961-06-02 John Cameroon, guitarist (Claw Boys Claw)
  • 1964-03-17 Jacques Songo'o, Cameroonian footballer
  • 1970-11-15 Patrick Mboma, Cameroonian footballer
  • 1975-05-01 Marc-Vivien Foé, Cameroonian footballer (d. 2003)
  • 1977-01-19 Lauren Etame Mayer, Cameroonian footballer
  • 1977-04-19 Lucien Mettomo, Cameroonian footballer
  • 1978-09-18 Augustine Simo, Cameroonian footballer
  • 1978-09-25 Roudolphe Douala, Cameroonian footballer
  • 1978-12-20 Geremi Njitap, Cameroon footballer
  • 1979-03-26 Pierre Wome, Cameroonian footballer
  • 1979-07-10 Mvondo Atangana, Cameroon footballer
  • 1981-03-10 Samuel Eto'o, Cameroonian footballer
  • 1981-05-04 Eric Djemba-Djemba, Cameroon footballer
  • 1985-06-22 Sofoklis Schortsanitis, Greek-Cameroonian basketball player
  • 1986-09-09 Luc Richard Mbah a Moute, Cameroonian basketball player
  • 1987-03-20 Daniel Maa Boumsong, Cameroonian football player
  • 1987-05-14 Franck Songo'o, Cameroonian footballer
  • 1987-09-09 Alexandre Song, Cameroonian footballer
  • 1987-09-16 Louis Clement Ngwat-Mahop, Cameroonian football player

Famous Weddings


HeartWedding of Interest

1984-03-02 Tennis player Yannick Noah (23) weds beauty queen Cecilia Rodhe (22) in Cameroon

Tennis Player and French Open Champion Yannick Noah
Tennis Player and French Open Champion
Yannick Noah

Famous Deaths

  • 1914-08-30 Adrian H Stewart, British lieutenant, dies in battle in Cameroon at 26
  • 1943-09-01 Charles Atangana, Cameroonian chief (b. 1880)
  • 2003-06-26 Marc-Vivien Foé, Cameroon footballer (b. 1975)