Suez in History

Historical Events

  • 1854-11-15 In Egypt, the Suez Canal, linking the Mediterranean Sea with the Red Sea, is given the necessary royal concession.
  • 1859-04-25 Ground broken for Suez Canal
  • 1869-11-17 Suez Canal in Egypt opens, linking Mediterranean and Red seas
  • 1871-12-24 Giusseppi Verdi's "Aida" opera premieres in Cairo
  • 1888-03-02 The Convention of Constantinople is signed, guaranteeing free maritime passage through the Suez Canal during war and peace.
  • 1915-02-03 Turkish & German army reach Suez Canal
  • 1951-10-15 Egyptian parliament accept denounces Suez Canal Treaty
  • 1952-01-20 British army occupies Ismailiya, Suez Canal Zone
  • 1956-06-13 The last British troops leave the Suez Canal Zone in Egypt
  • 1956-07-26 Egyptian President Gamal Abdel Nasser announces plan to nationalize Suez Canal, initiating the "Suez Crisis"
  • 1956-08-29 French government routes troops to Cyprus near Suez crisis
  • 1956-10-31 Britain and France join Israeli forces in Egypt and begin to bomb Egypt to reopen Suez Canal
  • 1956-11-05 Britain and France land airborne forces at Port Said in Egypt, escalating the Suez Crisis
  • 1957-03-08 Israeli troops leave Egypt
  • 1957-03-08 Egypt reopens the Suez Canal after Israel withdraws from occupied Egyptian territory
  • 1967-06-09 Israeli troops reach Suez Canal
  • 1968-07-08 Israeli-Egyptian artillery duel along Suez Canal
  • 1971-03-07 Egypt refuses to renew the Suez cease fire
  • 1973-10-09 Israel announces loss of Bar-Lev defense line in Suez Canal
  • 1973-10-16 Israeli tanks under Gen Sharon move through Suez Canal
  • 1973-10-26 Israeli forces reach Suez, trapping Egyptian army
  • 1974-02-21 Israeli forces leave western Suez

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1975-06-05 Egyptian president Anwar Sadat reopens Suez Canal (closed since 1967)

President of Egypt and Nobel Laureate Anwar Sadat
President of Egypt and Nobel Laureate
Anwar Sadat
  • 1979-11-25 Israel returns Alma oilfields in Gulf of Suez to Egypt
  • 2006-01-12 The French warship Clemenceau reaches Egypt and is barred access to the Suez Canal. Greenpeace activists board the ship.
  • 2015-08-06 Eqyptian President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi inaugurates the Suez Canal Expansion at a ceremony in Isma├»lia

Famous Birthdays

  • 1805-11-19 Ferdinand de Lesseps, France, diplomat (built Suez Canal)
  • 1911-04-12 Mahmoud Younis, Suez Canal nationalization Engineer (d. 1976)
  • 1968-04-26 Ahmed Elmaghraby, Suez Egypt, US field hockey forward (Olympics-96)

Famous Deaths

  • 1976-04-18 Mahmoud Younis, Suez Canal nationalization Engineer (b. 1911)