Today in Iraq History

Iraq: Baghdad - Basra - Mosul

Historical Events

Events 1 - 100 of 235

  • 0763-06-15 BC Assyrians record a solar eclipse that will be used to fix the chronology of Mesopotamian history.
  • 1915-09-28 Battle of Kut-el-Amara: British defeat Turks in Mesopotamia
  • 1915-09-29 British army conquerors Chilly al Imara, Mesopotamia
  • 1920-10-01 Sir Percy Cox landed in Basra to assume his responsibilities as high commissioner in Iraq.
  • 1925-08-07 League of Nation advises against Turk/Iraqi division of Mosoelgebied
  • 1927-12-14 Iraq gains independence from Britain, but British troops remain
  • 1929-08-11 Persia & Iraq sign friendship treaty
  • 1930-07-01 Great Britain signs accord for Independence of Iraq
  • 1931-03-26 Iraq & Trans-Jordan sign peace treaty
  • 1931-04-22 Egypt & Iraq sign peace treaty
  • 1932-10-03 Iraq gains full independence from Britain, joins League of Nations
  • 1933-08-07 The Iraqi Government slaughters over 3,000 Assyrians in the village of Sumail. The day becomes known as Assyrian Martyrs Day.
  • 1935-01-14 Iraq-Mediterranean oil pipeline goes into use
  • 1939-04-04 Faisal II ascends to throne of Iraq
  • 1939-09-11 Iraq & Saudi Arabia declare war on nazi-Germany
  • 1941-04-01 Pro-German Rashid Ali al-Ghailani grabs power in Iraq
  • 1941-04-03 Rasjid al-Gailani forms pro-German regime in Iraq
  • 1941-04-17 British troop land in Iraq/Yugoslavia; surrender to nazis
  • 1941-06-01 British troops occupy Bagdad, Iraq
  • 1947-10-26 The British Military Occupation ends in Iraq.
  • 1948-05-15 Egypt, Lebanon, Syria, Iraq & Saudi-Arabia troops attack Israel
  • 1948-05-28 Iraq captures Ge'ulim settlement
  • 1951-08-13 Great Britain & Iraq sign new oil contract
  • 1953-05-02 Feisal II installed as king of Iraq
  • 1955-02-18 Baghdad Pact signed, making Turkey & Iraq a defense alliance
  • 1955-02-24 Pact of Baghdad between Iraq & Turkey signed
  • 1955-04-04 British government signs military treaty with Iraq
  • 1956-07-16 King Faisal of Iraq begins visit to England
  • 1958-02-14 Arab Federation of Iraq & Jordan forms
  • 1958-03-03 Nuri ash Said becomes premier of Iraq
  • 1958-05-13 Jordan & Iraq form Arab Federation
  • 1958-07-14 General Abdul K Kassem forms a military government in Iraq overthrowing the monarchy
  • 1958-07-17 King Hussein declares himself head of Jordan/Iraqi federation
  • 1958-08-02 Jordan & Iraq disolve their Arab Federation, after 3 months
  • 1959-03-08 Pro-Egyptian coup fails in Mosul Iraq
  • 1959-03-16 Iraq & USSR sign economic/technical treaty
  • 1959-03-24 Iraq withdraws from the Baghdad Pact
  • 1959-05-30 Iraq terminates milt assistance pact with US due to neutrality
  • 1959-08-17 USSR & Iraq signs contract for building Iraqi nuclear reactor
  • 1960-03-26 Iraq executes 30 after attack on President Kassem
  • 1960-09-14 Iraq, Iran, Kuwait, Saudi-Arabia & Venezuela form Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC)
  • 1961-06-24 Iraq demands dominion over Kuwait
  • 1961-06-25 Iraq announces that Kuwait is a part of Iraq (Kuwait disagrees)
  • 1963-02-08 1st transmission of Clandestine Voice of Iraqi People (Communist)
  • 1964-08-14 Egypt/Iraq/Jordan/Kuwait/Syria form common market
  • 1967-06-10 Israel, Syria, Jordan, Iraq & Egypt end "6-Day War" with UN help
  • 1968-02-26 Clandestine Radio Voice of Iraqi People (Communist) final transmission
  • 1968-07-17 Revolt in Iraq
  • 1968-09-22 Iraq adopts constitution
  • 1970-03-11 Iraq Ba'th Party recognizes Kurd nation
  • 1970-07-16 Iraq's constitution goes into effect
  • 1972-04-09 USSR & Iraq sign friendship treaty
  • 1973-11-25 3 Palestinians hijack KLM B747 above Iraq, to Dubai
  • 1974-02-10 Iran/Iraqi border fight breaks out
  • 1975-01-19 4 mail truck assault on El Al B-747 in Paris, escape to Iraq
  • 1975-03-06 Algiers Accord: Iran and Iraq announce a settlement of their border dispute.
  • 1975-03-18 Kurds end fight against Iraqi army
  • 1976-12-03 Patrick J Hillery elected President of Ireland
  • 1977-12-05 Egypt breaks off diplomatic relations with Syria, Libya, Algeria, Iraq & South Yemen
  • 1978-07-31 Gunman shoots his way into Iraqi Embassy in Paris
  • 1978-08-01 Commandos occupy Iraqi embassy in Paris, 1 dead

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1978-09-09 Iraqi Ayatollah Khomeini calls for uprising in Irani army

Supreme Leader of Iran Ayatollah Khomeini
Supreme Leader of Iran
Ayatollah Khomeini

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1979-07-16 Premier/pres al-Bakr of Iraq is succeeded by Saddam Hussein

Iraqi President Saddam Hussein
Iraqi President
Saddam Hussein
  • 1979-08-08 Iraqi President Saddam Hussein executes 22 political opponents
  • 1980-04-01 Failed assassination attempt on Iraqi vice-premier Tariq Aziz
  • 1980-09-17 Iraq under Saddam Hussein signs accord with Algeria
  • 1980-09-22 Iraq invades Iran in an attempt to control the Shatt al-Arab waterway
  • 1980-09-24 Iraqi troops cross Iran's border, encircling Abadan
  • 1980-09-30 Iran rejects a truce call from Iraqi President Saddam Hussein
  • 1980-10-24 Iraqi troops occupies Khorramshar
  • 1980-11-09 Iraqi President Saddam Hussein declares holy war against Iran
  • 1981-02-01 French government accord sends 60 Mirage fighter jets to Iraq
  • 1981-06-07 Israeli F-15/F-16 destroys alleged Iraqi plutonium production facility
  • 1982-03-22 Iran offensive against Iraq
  • 1982-05-24 Liberation of Khorramshahr, Iranians recapture of the port city of Khorramshahr from the Iraqis during the Iran-Iraq War.
  • 1982-08-14 Iran "Ramadan-offensive" in Iraq
  • 1984-02-15 500,000 Iranian soldiers move into Iraq
  • 1984-02-24 Iraq resumes air attack on Iran
  • 1984-03-02 Iran offensive against Iraq fails
  • 1984-03-05 US accuse Iraq of using poison gas
  • 1984-11-26 US & Iraq re-establish diplomatic relations
  • 1986-02-11 Iran begins Fajr-8 offensive against Iraq
  • 1986-02-25 Iran conquerors Iraq peninsula Fao
  • 1986-12-24 Iran offensive against Iraqi islands of Shatt al-Arab
  • 1986-12-26 Captured Iraqi Airways Boeing-737 in Saudi Arabia, about 60 killed
  • 1987-05-17 USS Stark hit by Iraqi missiles, 37 sailors die
  • 1988-03-01 Iraq says it launched 16 missiles into Tehran
  • 1988-03-17 Iran says Iraq uses poison gas
  • 1988-08-08 Cease fire between Iran & Iraq takes effect after 8 years of war
  • 1988-08-19 Iran-Iraq begin a cease-fire in their 8-year-old war (11 PM EDT)
  • 1988-08-25 Iran & Iraq begin talks to end their 8 year war
  • 1989-01-13 Ruins of Mashkan-shapir (occupied 2050-1720 BC) found in Iraq
  • 1989-02-16 Egypt, Iraq, Jordan & North Yemen form common market
  • 1990-04-11 Customs officers in Middlesbrough, United Kingdom, say they have seized what they believe to be the barrel of a massive gun on a ship bound for Iraq.
  • 1990-07-17 Hussein's Revolutionary Day speech claims Kuwait stole oil from Iraq
  • 1990-07-24 US warships in Persian Gulf placed on alert after Iraq masses nearly 30,000 troops near its border with Kuwait
  • 1990-07-25 US Ambassador tells Iraq, US won't take sides in Iraq-Kuwait dispute
  • 1990-08-01 Iraq pulls out of talks with Kuwait
  • 1990-08-02 Iraq invades & occupies Kuwait, Emir flees to Saudi Arabia

Famous Birthdays

  • 1806-11-24 Omar Pasha, [Michael Lats], Croatian governor/viceroy of Bosnia/Iraq
  • 1883-03-23 Faisal I ibn Hussein ibn Ali, 1st king of Iraq/Syria
  • 1912-07-01 Ahmad H al-Bakr, Iraqi fieldmarshal/president/premier
  • 1914-05-04 Abdel Karim Kassem, general/premier/dictator of Iraq (1958-63)
  • 1923-05-14 Adnan Pachachi, Iraqi politician
  • 1934-11-27 Ammo Baba, Iraqi-Assyrian footballer
  • 1935-05-02 Faisal II, King of Iraq (1939-58)/son of Ghasi I

Person-of-interestPerson of Interest

1937-04-28 Saddam Hussein, [At-Takriti], Al-Awja, President of Iraq (1979-2003)

Iraqi President Saddam Hussein
Iraqi President
Saddam Hussein
  • 1942-11-20 Paulos Faraj Rahho, Iraqi Chaldean Catholic bishop (d. 2008)
  • 1946-08-16 Massoud Barzani, Iraqi Kurdish politician
  • 1948-09-17 Patricia Kluge, Baghdad Iraq, wife of Billionaire John Kluge
  • 1952-11-07 David Petraeus, Commanding General of Multinational Force Iraq
  • 1958-03-11 Ghazi Mashal Ajil al-Yawer, interim President of Iraq
  • 1959-04-30 Kamaran Abdalla, Iraq/Engl/Neth actor (Goede Tijden Selechte Tijden)
  • 1961-07-15 Scott Ritter, UN weapons inspector in Iraq
  • 1961-09-12 Kathem Al Saher, Iraqi singer
  • 1964-03-21 Ahmed Radhi, Iraqi international football star
  • 1964-06-18 Uday Hussein, Iraqi leader (d. 2003)
  • 1970-03-09 Melissa Rathburn-Nealy, US soldier (Iraqi POW)
  • 1978-01-21 Faris al-Sultan, German-Iraqi triathlete
  • 1980-08-10 Kaysar Ridha, Iraqi-American reality TV contestant
  • 1981-04-05 Michael A. Monsoor, United States Navy SEAL killed in Iraq and posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor, born in Long Beach, California
  • 1984-06-06 Noor Sabri, Iraqi footballplayer

Famous Deaths

  • 1933-09-08 Faisal I ibn Hussein ibn Ali, 1st king of Iraq/Syria, dies at 50
  • 1937-08-11 Bakr Sidqi, general/dictator of Iraq, dies
  • 1949-02-14 Yusuf Salman Yusuf, Iraqi-Assyrian communist leader (b. 1901)
  • 1958-07-14 Abdoel Illah, crown prince of Iraq, murdered
  • 1958-07-14 Faisal II, King of Iraq (1939-58), assassinated at Baghdad
  • 1958-07-14 Noeri el-Said, premier of Iraq, murdered
  • 1958-07-15 Nuries-Said, Iraqi soldier/statesman, assassinated, dies
  • 1958-12-13 Ahmed Mukhtar Baban, premier of Iraq, executed
  • 1958-12-13 Barhanuddin Bashajan, Iraqi minister of Foreign affairs, executed
  • 1958-12-13 Rafiq Aref, Iraqi chief-staff Arabs Statenbond, executed
  • 1959-03-08 Abdel Wahab Shawwaf, Iraqi colonel/putschist, murdered
  • 1959-10-07 PM Kassem of Iraq, assassinated
  • 1963-02-08 Abdul Karim Kassem, PM of Iraq (58-63), assassinated in Baghdad at 48
  • 1966-04-13 Abdul Salam Arif, Iraqi politician (b. 1921)
  • 1978-07-09 Abdul Razak al-Naif, premier of Iraq, murdered
  • 1982-10-04 Ahmad H al-Bakr, Iraqi fieldmarshal/president/premier, dies
  • 1992-08-08 Abul Qassim Khoei, Iraqi great-ayatollah/leader of Sjiieten, dies
  • 1993-09-21 Kamaran Abdalla, Iraq/Engl/Neth actor (Best Thing in Life), dies at 34
  • 1997-05-25 Muhammad Fadhel, PM of Iraq (1953-54), dies
  • 1999-02-19 Mohammad Sadeq al-Sadr, Iraqi Shiite leader (assassinated)
  • 2003-08-29 Ayatollah Sayed Mohammed Baqir al-Hakim, Iraqi political leader (b.1939)
  • 2003-09-25 Aquila al-Hashimi, Iraqi politician (b. 1953)
  • 2004-05-17 Ezzedine Salim, leader of Iraqi Governing Council (b. 1943)
  • 2004-10-07 Ken Bigley, British civil engineer, kidnapped and murdered in Iraq (b. 1942)
  • 2006-09-29 Michael A. Monsoor, United States Navy SEAL (posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor), killed in Iraq at 25

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2006-12-30 Deposed Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein is hanged in Baghdad at 69

Iraqi President Saddam Hussein
Iraqi President
Saddam Hussein
  • 2007-01-15 Awad Hamed al-Bandar, former chief judge of the Iraqi Revolutionary Court (b. 1945) (executed)
  • 2007-01-29 Dia Abdul Zahra Kadim, Iraqi extremist leader (b. 1970)
  • 2007-03-20 Taha Yassin Ramadan, Iraqi politician (b. 1938)
  • 2010-01-25 Ali Hasan al-Majid aka Chemical Ali, Iraqi defense minister and military commander (b. 1941)
  • 2010-07-04 Mohammad Hussein Fadlallah, Iraqi-born Lebanese Shiite Muslim cleric and Hezbollah mentor (b. 1935)