Cairo in History

Historical Events

  • 1517-01-22 Ottoman forces take Cairo, capital of the Mamluk Sultanate
  • 1517-04-13 Ottoman army occupies Cairo
  • 1800-03-20 French army defeats Turks at Helipolis & advance to Cairo
  • 1811-03-01 French Civil Code of Criminal law accepted by Netherlands Mamelukes in Cairo's Citadel
  • 1824-03-21 Fire at Cairo ammunitions dump kills 4,000 horses
  • 1862-12-12 Naval Engagement at Yazoo River, MS (USS CAIRO torpedoed)
  • 1871-12-24 Giusseppi Verdi's "Aida" premieres in Cairo, at the opening of the Suez canal
  • 1879-06-30 Ex-khedive Ismael Pasha leaves Cairo with train full stolen goods
  • 1879-08-23 Governor-general Charles Gordon of Sudan returns to Cairo
  • 1882-09-14 British General Wolseley reaches Cairo
  • 1882-09-15 British General Wolseley occupies Cairo
  • 1905-04-02 Cairo-Capetown railway opens
  • 1914-12-23 World War I: Australian and New Zealand troops arrive in Cairo, Egypt.

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1942-08-04 British premier Winston Churchill arrives in Cairo

Soldier, Author and British Prime Minister Winston Churchill
Soldier, Author and British Prime Minister
Winston Churchill

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1942-08-12 Lt General Bernard Montgomery arrives in Cairo

British WWII Field Marshal Bernard Montgomery
British WWII Field Marshal
Bernard Montgomery

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1943-12-04 -Dec 6] 2nd conference of Cairo: FDR, Winston Churchill & Turkish president İsmet İnönü

32nd US President Franklin D. Roosevelt
32nd US President
Franklin D. Roosevelt
Soldier, Author and British Prime Minister Winston Churchill
Soldier, Author and British Prime Minister
Winston Churchill
  • 1943-12-07 Cairo: president Roosevelt travels back to the US
  • 1945-02-22 Arab League forms (Cairo)
  • 1945-03-22 Arab League forms with adoption of a charter in Cairo Egypt
  • 1948-02-29 Stern-group bomb Cairo-Haifa train, 27 British soldiers died
  • 1948-06-20 20 Jews killed when a bomb is thrown into Jewish quarter of Cairo
  • 1948-07-15 Israel bombs Cairo during Arab-Israeli War
  • 1952-01-26 At least 20 people have been killed and 100s injured during riots in Cairo against the British
  • 1958-09-20 Ferhat Abbas forms Algerian government in exile (Cairo)
  • 1961-06-12 Dutch Lockheed Electricity "Sirius" accident at Cairo, kills 20
  • 1962-06-26 Blacks begin passive resistance in Cairo Ill
  • 1965-05-20 Pakistani Boeing 720-B crashes at Cairo Egypt, killing 121
  • 1965-11-01 Trackless trolley plunged into Nile River drowning 74 (Cairo Egypt)
  • 1967-05-30 King Hussein of Jordan visits Cairo
  • 1967-07-17 Race riots in Cairo Illinois
  • 1969-06-19 State troopers ordered to Cairo Ill, to quell racial disturbances

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1972-04-02 Isreali Prime Minister Menachem Begin visits Cairo

Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin
Israeli Prime Minister
Menachem Begin
  • 1973-10-24 Yom Kippur War ends, Israel 65 miles from Cairo, 26 from Damascus
  • 1974-02-17 49 die in stampede for seats at soccer match, Cairo, Egypt
  • 1977-12-14 Egyptian & Israeli representatives gather in Cairo for first formal peace conference
  • 1978-09-16 Grateful Dead perform in Cairo, Egypt
  • 1979-04-02 Israeli PM Menachem Begin visits Cairo Egypt/meets pres Sadat
  • 1981-06-17 Battle between Muslims & Christians in Cairo, 14 killed
  • 1981-10-10 Anwar Sadat's funeral service is held in Cairo
  • 1990-02-04 10 Israeli tourists murdered near Cairo
  • 1992-10-12 5.8 earthquake at Cairo (at least 510 die)
  • 1999-10-31 EgyptAir Flight 990 traveling from New York City to Cairo crashes off the coast of Nantucket, Massachusetts, killing all 217 on-board.
  • 2001-12-28 OPEC oil ministers meeting in Cairo agree to reduce their crude oil output quotas by a combined 1.5 million barrels per day
  • 2011-01-25 Egyptian Revolution of 2011 begins in Egypt, with a series of street demonstrations, marches, rallies, acts of civil disobedience, riots, labour strikes, and violent clashes in Cairo, Alexandria, and throughout other cities in Egypt.
  • 2013-07-02 16 people are killed and 200 are injured in protest clashes at Cairo University against Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi
  • 2013-07-08 42 people have been killed and hundreds injured after the Egyptian army raids a sit in protest in Cairo
  • 2013-07-27 100 people are killed and 1,500 injured in a crackdown against protesters in Cairo, Egypt
  • 2013-11-18 20 people are killed after a train collides with a minibus in Cairo, Egypt

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2014-07-25 Both Israel and Hamas review US Secretary of State John Kerry's proposal for an immediate ceasefire and meetings in Cairo

United States Secretary of State John Kerry
United States Secretary of State
John Kerry
  • 2016-01-23 8 museum workers from Egyptian Museum, Cairo referred for prosecution for reattaching Tutankhamun's beard with inappropriate glue
  • 2016-05-21 EgyptAir flight MS804 goes missing over the Mediterranean on route Paris to Cairo

Famous Birthdays

  • 1029-07-02 Caliph Al-Mustansir of Cairo (d. 1094)
  • 1874-08-14 Mustafa Kamil Pasha, Cairo Egypt, Egyptian lawyer, journalist, and nationalist activist
  • 1911-03-11 Sir Fitzroy Maclean, Scottish diplomat soldier politician, author and an inspiration for Ian Fleming's James Bond, born in Cairo
  • 1920-02-11 Farouk I, Cairo, last King of Egypt (1936-52)
  • 1922-11-14 Boutros Boutros-Ghali, Egyptian politician and 6th Secretary-General of the United Nations (1992- 96), born in Cairo (d. 2016)
  • 1933-01-17 Dalida, Cairo, actress/singer, Miss Egypt (The 6th Day)
  • 1933-01-17 Yolande Christina Dalida, Cairo Egypt

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1933-08-24 Yasser Arafat, Chairman of the Palestinian Liberation Organization, 1st President of the Palestinian National Authority (1994-2004) and 1994 Nobel peace prize winner, born in Cairo, Egypt (d. 2004)

Palestinian Leader Yasser Arafat
Palestinian Leader
Yasser Arafat
  • 1936-01-06 Julio Maria Sanguinetti Cairolo, president of Uruguay (1985-90, 95- )
  • 1945-02-09 Mia [Maria] Farrow, LA, actress (Rosemary's Baby, Purple Rose of Cairo)
  • 1946-06-05 Gillian Hills, Cairo Egypt, actress (Blow-up, Clockwork Orange)
  • 1958-10-14 Thomas Dolby, Cairo Egypt, rock vocalist (She Blinded Me With Science)
  • 1960-07-19 Atom Egoyan, Cairo Egypt, director (Adjuster, Next of Kin)
  • 1964-07-19 Teresa Edwards, Cairo GA, basketball forward (Oly-gold-1984, 88,92,96)
  • 1974-05-04 Miguel Cairo, Venezuelan baseball player

Famous Deaths

  • 1094-01-10 Caliph Al-Mustansir of Cairo (b. 1029)
  • 1169-03-23 Shirkuh, Kurd general/vizier of Cairo/Saladin's uncle, dies
  • 1204-12-13 Maimonides, Jewish philosopher/talmudic scholar, dies in Cairo at 69
  • 1957-05-01 Grant Mitchell, actor (Great Lie, Laura, Cairo, Conflict), dies at 82
  • 1971-11-28 Wasfi Tal, Jordan's PM, assassinated by Black Sept in Cairo

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1980-07-27 Mohammad Reza Pahlavi, Shah of Iran (1941-79), dies in Cairo at 60

Last Shah of Iran Mohammad Reza Pahlavi
Last Shah of Iran
Mohammad Reza Pahlavi