Gabon in History

Historical Events

  • 1903-12-29 French Equatorial Africa separates into Gabon, Chad & Ubangi-Shari
  • 1905-04-29 Pierre de Brazza lands in Libreville Gabon
  • 1959-02-19 Gabon adopts its constitution
  • 1960-08-17 Gabon gains independence from France (National Day)
  • 1961-02-21 Gabon adopts constitution
  • 1975-04-15 Gabon amends constitution
  • 1993-04-28 Zambian plane crashes at Libreville, Gabon, 30 soccer players die
  • 2005-11-27 President El Hadj Omar Bongo Ondimba of Gabon, in power since 1967 and the longest-serving head of state in the world, is re-elected to his third consecutive seven-year term
  • 2013-03-21 At least 45 people drown and 60 are missing after a Nigerian boat sinks off the shore of Gabon

Famous Birthdays

  • 1935-12-30 Omar [Albert B] Bongo, president of Gabon (1967- )
  • 1982-12-17 Stephane Lasme, Gabonese basketball player

Famous Deaths

  • 1967-11-28 Leon Mba, 1st president of Gabon (1960-67), dies
  • 1967-11-28 Leon M'ba, Gabonese politician 1st president of Gabon (1961-67), dies at 65
  • 2009-06-08 Omar Bongo, President of Gabon (b. 1935)