Kenyan History

Historical Events

  • 1899-09-13 Mackinder, Ollier and Brocherel make the first ascent of Batian (5,199m - 17,058 ft), the highest peak of Mount Kenya.
  • 1905-04-01 British East African Protectorate becomes colony of Kenya
  • 1920-07-23 British East Africa renamed Kenya & becomes a British crown colony

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1948-10-06 Paleoanthropologist Mary Leakey finds the first partial fossil skull of Proconsul africanus, an ancestor of apes and humans on Rusinga Island, Kenya.

Paleoanthropologist Mary Leakey
Mary Leakey

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1953-04-08 Jomo Kenyatta convicted of involvement with the Mau Mau rebellion and sentenced to 7 years jail in Kenya

Founding Father of Kenya Jomo Kenyatta
Founding Father of Kenya
Jomo Kenyatta
  • 1954-04-25 British raid Nairobi, Kenya (25,000 Mau Mau suspects arrested)
  • 1957-02-18 Dedan Kimathi, a Kenyan freedom fighter is executed by the British colonial government.
  • 1961-08-21 Kenyan political activist Jomo Kenyatta released from jail after 9 years. Imprisoned during 1952 Mau Mau rebellion with other nationalist leaders by British authorities
  • 1963-05-27 Jomo Kenyatta elected 1st Prime Minister of Kenya
  • 1963-06-01 Jomo Kenyatta becomes 1st Prime Minister of Kenya
  • 1963-10-08 Sultan of Zanzibar cedes his mainland possessions to Kenya
  • 1963-12-12 Kenya (formerly British East Africa) declares independence from UK
  • 1964-06-01 Kenya becomes a republic and Jomo Kenyatta its President
  • 1968-02-04 Around 100 Indians and Pakistanis from Kenya arrive in Britain, escaping discrimination
  • 1968-10-23 Kip Keino (Kenya) wins gold medal for 1,500m (3 min 34.9 sec)
  • 1978-05-13 Henry Rono of Kenya sets record for 3,000 m steeplechase (8:05.4)
  • 1978-06-27 Henry Rono of Kenya sets record for 3,000 m, 7:32.1
  • 1978-10-10 Daniel Arap Moi succeeds Kenyatta as president of Kenya
  • 1980-12-31 A Jewish owned hotel in Nairobi Kenya is bombed killing 18
  • 1987-11-01 22,000 run in NYC Marathon (won by Ibrahim Hussein of Kenya 2:11:01)
  • 1989-05-11 Kenya announces worldwide ban on ivory to preserve its elephant herds
  • 1989-07-03 Peter Koech of Kenya sets 3k steeplechase rec (8:05.39) in Stockholm
  • 1990-06-13 Boeing 767 sets nonstop commercial flight, Seattle to Narobi Kenya
  • 1993-02-19 Kenya Moore, 22, (Michigan), crowned 42nd Miss USA
  • 1994-03-06 United Arab Emirates beat Kenya by 2 wickets to win ICC Trophy
  • 1994-04-29 Ferry boat smashes into Mombasa Harbor Kenya, kills over 300

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1996-02-18 1st full ODI for Kenya, Cricket World Cup v India: Sachin Tendulkar scores 127*

Cricketer Sachin Tendulkar
Sachin Tendulkar
  • 1996-02-23 Mark Waugh scores 130 in World Cup vs Kenya, 207 w/brother Steve
  • 1996-02-29 Kenya defeat West Indies (all out 93) in Cricket World Cup
  • 1996-03-06 Aravinda De Silva smashes 145 v Kenya in cricket World Cup at Kandy Sri Lanka score 5-398 in 50 overs in World Cup v Kenya
  • 1996-09-28 1st ODI played in Kenya between home team & Sri Lanka
  • 1997-11-02 28th NYC Marathon won by John Kagwe of Kenya in 2:08:12
  • 1998-08-20 U.S. embassy bombings: US military launches cruise missile attacks against alleged al-Qaida camps in Afghanistan and a suspected chemical plant in Sudan in retaliation for August 7 bombings of American embassies in Kenya and Tanzania

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1998-11-20 A court in Taliban-controlled Afghanistan declares accused terrorist Osama bin Laden "a man without a sin" in regard to the 1998 U.S. embassy bombings in Kenya and Tanzania.

Islamic Militant & Terrorist Osama bin Laden
Islamic Militant & Terrorist
Osama bin Laden
  • 1999-02-15 Abdullah Öcalan, leader of the PKK (Kurdistan Workers Party, widely recognized as terrorist organization), was arrested in Kenya.
  • 2000-01-30 Off the coast of Ivory Coast, Kenya Airways Flight 431 crashes into the Atlantic Ocean, killing 169.
  • 2000-10-25 A team led by Brigitte Senut and Martin Pickford discover Orrorin tugenensis, one of the earliest species on the human family tree that lived about 6 million years ago, in the Tugen Hills, Kenya
  • 2005-01-09 The signing of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement, commonly known as the Naivasha Agreement between the Government of Sudan and the Sudan People's Liberation Movement rebel group in Naivasha, Kenya.
  • 2007-05-05 Kenya Airways Flight KQ 507 crashes in Cameroon.
  • 2009-01-31 In Kenya, at least 113 people are killed and over 200 injured following an oil spillage ignition in Molo, days after a massive fire at a Nakumatt supermarket in Nairobi killed at least 25 people.
  • 2012-03-22 Massive fire devours thousands of hectares of ancient forests and threatens wildlife on Mount Kenya
  • 2012-06-10 A Helicopter crash near Nairobi, Kenya, kills five people, including George Saitoti, a Kenyan cabinet minister
  • 2012-07-01 17 people are killed and 45 injured in an attack on two churches in Garissa, Kenya
  • 2012-08-22 48 people are killed in Kenyan tribal wars between the Pokomo and Orma
  • 2012-12-21 39 people are killed in violent clashes in Kenya
  • 2013-03-30 Uhuru Kenyatta is declared the rightful winner of the Kenyan presidential election by the Supreme Court
  • 2013-08-29 41 people are killed and 33 are injured in a bus accident in Kenya
  • 2013-09-21 59 people are killed and 175 wounded in a shopping mall gun battle in Nairobi, Kenya
  • 2014-04-13 Kenyan Wilson Kipsang wins the London Marathon
  • 2014-11-23 An adviser to the Kenyan president says the slaughter of 28 people on a bus by the Somali militant Islamist group al-Shabab is intended to create a religious war in the country
  • 2015-04-02 140 people are killed after gunmen attack Garissa University College, Kenya
  • 2015-04-14 The oldest stone tools, at 3.3 million-years old, are found at Lomekwi 3, Kenya
  • 2015-04-26 35th London Marathon: Kenyan Eliud Kipchoge & Ethiopian Tigist Tufa win
  • 2015-05-20 Journal Nature publishes findings of the oldest man-made tools from Kenya’s Turkana basin - 3.3 million years, the 1st found to pre-date the Homo genus.

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2015-07-24 US President Barack Obama begins an historic 2 day visit to Kenya

44th US President Barack Obama
44th US President
Barack Obama
  • 2015-11-25 Pope Francis begins his trip to Africa, visiting Kenya, Uganda and the Central African Republic

Famous Birthdays

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1891-10-20 Jomo Kenyatta, Kenyan leader and 1st President of Kenya (1963-78), born in Gatundu, Kenya (d. 1978)

Founding Father of Kenya Jomo Kenyatta
Founding Father of Kenya
Jomo Kenyatta

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1903-08-07 Louis Leakey, British anthropologist (1964 Richard Hooper Medal), born in Kabete, Kenya (d. 1972)

Archaeologist Louis Leakey
Louis Leakey
  • 1920-10-31 Dedan Kimathi, Kenyan freedom fighter, born in Nyeri District, Central Province, (d. 1957)
  • 1924-09-02 Daniel arap Moi, President of Kenya
  • 1931-11-15 Mwai Kibaki, President of Kenya
  • 1936-03-22 Roger Whittaker, Nairobi Kenya, country singer (Durham Town)
  • 1938-01-05 Ngũgĩ wa Thiong'o, Kenyan writer
  • 1940-01-17 H Kipchoge "Kip" Keino, Kenya, 1500m runner (Olympic-gold-1968, 72)
  • 1940-04-01 Wangari Maathai, Kenyan environmentalist, recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize
  • 1942-02-12 Chananjit Vohra, Kenyan/British hotel magnate/multi-millionaire
  • 1943-03-01 Benjamin W Jipcho, Mt Elgon Kenya, 3K steeplechase (Oly-silver-1972)
  • 1944-01-19 Richard [Erskine Frere] Leakey, Nairobi Kenya, anthropologist
  • 1945-01-07 Raila Odinga, Prime Minister of Kenya
  • 1945-10-09 Naftali Bon, Kapsabet Kenya, 4x400m runner (Olympic-silver-1968)
  • 1947-09-08 Amos Biwott, Uasin Gishee Kenya, 3K steeplechaser (Oly-gold-1968)
  • 1949-01-06 Michael Boit, Nandi Kenya, 800m runner (Olympic-bronze-1972)
  • 1955-05-29 Sut Jhally, Kenyan-born American educator
  • 1958-02-18 Peter Koech, Kiliburani Kenya, 3K steeplechaser (Olympic-silver-1988)
  • 1958-10-25 Dipak Patel, cricketer (in Kenya New Zealand off-spin all-rounder)
  • 1960-04-21 Julius Korir, Kenya, 3K steeplechaser (Olympic-gold-1984)
  • 1961-02-21 Yobes Ondieki, Kenya, 10K runner (world record)
  • 1961-04-12 Julius Kariuki, Kenya, 3K steeplechaser (Olympic-gold-1988)
  • 1963-05-20 Dipak Chudasama, cricketer (Kenya opening batsman 1996 World Cup)
  • 1963-09-26 Douglas Wakiihuri, Kenyan marathon runner (Olympic-silver-1988)
  • 1963-12-15 Asif Karim, cricketer (slow left-arm bowler for Kenya 1996 World Cup)
  • 1964-12-27 David Tikolo, Kenyan cricket batsman (1996 World Cup)
  • 1965-05-19 Edward Odumbe, cricketer (Kenyan pace bowler 1996 World Cup)
  • 1966-02-25 Samson Kitur, Kenyan athlete (d. 2003)
  • 1968-08-22 Paul Ereng, Kenya, 800m runner (Olympic-gold-1988)
  • 1969-06-15 Maurice Odumbe, cricketer (Kenyan batsman & 1996 World Cup captain)
  • 1969-06-17 Paul Tergat, Kenyan athlete
  • 1970-10-01 Moses Kiptanui, Kenya, steeplechase (Olympics-silver-96)
  • 1971-01-18 Binyavanga Wainaina, Kenyan author and journalist, born in Nakuru, Rift Valley
  • 1971-06-02 Martin Suji, cricketer (Kenyan pace bowler 1996 World Cup)
  • 1971-06-25 Steve Tikolo, cricketer (outstanding Kenyan batsman in 1996 World Cup)
  • 1971-07-06 Kenya D. Williamson, American actress
  • 1971-09-01 Moses Kiptanui, Kenyan 3K runner (world record)
  • 1971-10-13 Hitesh Modi, cricketer (Kenyan left-handed batsman 1996 World Cup)
  • 1972-06-20 Martin Keino, Nyeri Kenya, 1.5k runner
  • 1973-03-11 Kennedy Otieno, Kenya cricket wicket-keeper (85 v Aust 1996 World Cup)
  • 1974-08-23 Benjamin Limo, Kenyan runner
  • 1975-02-20 Ismael Kirui, Marakwet Kenya, 5k runner
  • 1976-05-17 Daniel Komen, Nyaru Kenya, 5k runner
  • 1978-05-12 Thomas Odoyo, cricketer (Kenyan all-rounder 1996 World Cup)
  • 1978-09-26 Robert Kipkoech Cheruiyot, Kenyan long-distance runner
  • 1979-01-18 Kenyatta Jones, American football player
  • 1979-08-02 Reuben Kosgei, Kenyan athlete
  • 1980-07-24 Wilfred Bungei, Kenyan middle-distance runner
  • 1980-08-29 Mohammad Sheikh, Kenyan cricketer
  • 1981-07-27 Collins Obuya, Kenyan cricketer
  • 1983-03-01 Lupita Nyong’o, Mexican-Kenyan actress (12 Years a Slave), born in Mexico City
  • 2179-09-04 Nyota Uhura, Nairobi Kenya, communications officer (Star Trek)

Famous Weddings

  • 2004-12-29 "The X-Files" actress Gillian Anderson (36) weds former journalist and documentary filmmaker Julian Ozanne (42) on Shella island in Lamu, Kenya

Famous Deaths

  • 1957-02-18 Dedan Kimathi, Kenyan freedom fighter, dies by execution at 36
  • 1975-03-02 Josiah Mwangi Kariuki, Kenyan politician (b.1929)

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1978-08-22 Jomo Kenyatta, 1st premier of Kenya (1963-78), dies at 83

Founding Father of Kenya Jomo Kenyatta
Founding Father of Kenya
Jomo Kenyatta
  • 1990-08-21 George Adamson, British conservationist (Born Free), murdered in Kenya
  • 1994-01-20 Jaramogi Oginga Odinga, Kenyan vice-pres (1963-66), dies at about 81
  • 2001-08-15 Richard Chelimo, Kenyan athlete (b. 1972)
  • 2003-04-25 Samson Kitur, Kenyan athlete (b. 1966)
  • 2003-07-22 Wahome Muthahi, Kenyan humourist (b. 1954)
  • 2007-12-25 Mighty King Kong, Kenyan reggae musician. (b. 1973)
  • 2011-09-25 Wangari Maathai, Kenyan environmentalist and Nobel Peace Prize recipient, dies from ovarian cancer at 71
  • 2012-02-21 John Michuki, Kenyan politician, dies from heart attack at 79