Gambia in History

Historical Events

  • 1963-10-04 Gambia achieves full internal self-government
  • 1965-02-18 The Gambia becomes independent from the United Kingdom.
  • 1970-04-24 Gambia becomes a republic within Commonwealth

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1977-04-16 Alex Haley finds his Roots in Juffure, Gambia

Writer Alex Haley
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Alex Haley
  • 1980-10-31 Senegal routes troops to Gambia due to Libyan threat
  • 1981-12-12 Gambia & Senegal sign agreement to be known as Senegambia in Feb 1982
  • 1982-02-01 Senegal & Gambia form loose confederation (Senegambia)
  • 1989-09-30 Senegambia separates back into Gambia & Senegal
  • 1994-07-22 Military coup in Gambia: Pres Dawda Jawara flees
  • 2002-09-26 The overcrowded Senegalese ferry MV Joola capsizes off the coast of Gambia killing more than 1,000.
  • 2015-11-23 President Yahya Jammeh of Gambia bans female genital mutilation

Famous Birthdays

  • 1924-05-16 Dawda Kairaba Jawara, president (Gambia, 1970-94)

Famous Deaths

  • 1989-01-15 Wilf Slack, cricketer (whilst bat in Gambia England player 1986), dies