Basra in History

Iraq: Baghdad - Mosul

Historical Events

  • 1914-11-22 Indian troops take Basra in Mesopotamia
  • 1920-10-01 Sir Percy Cox landed in Basra to assume his responsibilities as high commissioner in Iraq.
  • 1973-10-07 Iraq nationalizes Exxon and Mobil shares in Basrah Petroleum Company representing 23.75 percent equity in the company.
  • 1975-12-09 Iraq completes nationalization by taking over the BP, CFP, and Shell shares of the Basrah Petroleum Company

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1990-09-24 Iraq invades the French and Dutch missions in Kuwait; French President Mitterrand called the action a violation of international law; a U.S. warship boards an Iraqi-flagged tanker bound for the port of Basrah

21st President of France Francois Mitterrand
21st President of France
Francois Mitterrand
  • 2012-01-14 Suicide bomber kills 53 and injures 130 in Basra, Iraq
  • 2013-03-17 10 people are killed by a car bombing in Basra, Iraq

Famous Deaths

  • 1146-09-14 Imad ad-Din Zengi, gov of Basra, murdered