Lebanon in History

Historical Events

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  • 1847-07-29 Cumberland School of Law founded in Lebanon, Tennessee, USA. At the end of 1847 only 15 law schools exist in the United States
  • 1867-01-31 Maronite nationalist leader Youssef Karam leaves Lebanon on board of a French ship for Algeria
  • 1905-02-13 -40°F (-40°C) Lebanon, Kansas (state record)
  • 1920-09-01 France creates Greater Lebanon
  • 1926-05-23 Lebanese constitution forms under French mandate
  • 1926-05-26 Lebanon adopts constitution
  • 1941-07-14 Cease fire of Joan of Arc (ends combat in Lebanon & Syria)
  • 1941-11-26 Lebanon independence first proclaimed by France
  • 1943-11-08 France arrests government of Lebanon after they abolish the French mandate
  • 1943-11-22 France officially recognises the independence of Lebanon, releasing the imprison Lebanese government
  • 1943-12-27 France transfers most of her powers in Lebanon to Lebanese government
  • 1946-12-31 French troops leave Lebanon
  • 1948-05-15 Troops from Egypt, Lebanon, Syria, Iraq and Saudi Arabia attack Israel
  • 1950-06-17 Egypt, Lebanon, Saudi Arabia & Syria sign security pact
  • 1953-05-31 Lebanese president Camille Shamun disbands government
  • 1958-06-11 UN Security council sends observers to Lebanon

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1958-07-15 President Eisenhower sends US troops to Lebanon; they stay 3 months

34th US President & WWII General Dwight D. Eisenhower
34th US President & WWII General
Dwight D. Eisenhower
  • 1961-12-31 Failed coup by Syrian group in Lebanon
  • 1964-08-18 Charles Helu elected president of Lebanon
  • 1966-07-26 WRLH TV channel 31 in Lebanon, NH (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • 1968-12-29 Israeli commandos destroy 13 Lebanese airplanes
  • 1969-04-24 Lebanese army in battle with Palestinians
  • 1975-04-13 Christian Falange kills 27 Palestinians, begins Lebanese civil war
  • 1976-01-26 Israel opens "Good Fence" to Lebanon
  • 1976-09-29 Syria drives Palestinian guerrillas out of Lebanon
  • 1976-10-19 Battle of Aishiya, Lebanon during Lebanese Civil War.
  • 1978-03-15 -21] operation Litani: Israeli offensive in South Lebanon
  • 1978-06-13 Israeli Defense Forces withdraw from Lebanon.
  • 1978-09-28 Syrians & Lebanese engage in heavy fighting in Lebanon
  • 1979-04-18 Major Haddad declares South-Lebanon independent
  • 1980-07-07 The Safra massacre in Lebanon.
  • 1981-04-02 Heavy battle between Christian militia & Syrian army in East Lebanon
  • 1982-06-04 Israel attacks targets in south Lebanon
  • 1982-06-06 30,000 Israeli troops invade Lebanon to drive out PLO
  • 1982-06-11 Israel & Syria stop fighting in Lebanon
  • 1982-07-19 David S Dodge becomes 1st American hostage in Lebanon
  • 1982-08-20 US marines land in Beirut Lebanon
  • 1982-08-23 Lebanese falangist leader Bechir Gemayel elected as president
  • 1982-09-01 Palestinian Liberation Organization leaves Lebanon
  • 1982-09-14 Bomb at Lebanese Phalange party HQ kills President-elect Bachir Gemayel and 26 others
  • 1982-09-23 Amin Gemayel sworn in as president of Lebanon
  • 1982-09-24 US, Italian & French peacekeeping troops begin arriving in Lebanon
  • 1983-04-18 A lone suicide bomber kills 63, at US Embassy in Lebanon
  • 1983-05-16 Lebanese parliament accepts peace accord with Israel
  • 1983-05-17 Israel & Lebanon sign a peace treaty
  • 1983-07-21 US announces Lebanon freed American hostage David Dodge
  • 1983-09-18 Lebanese & Syrian army battle
  • 1983-09-26 Lebanon premier Chafiq Wazzan offers to resigns

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1983-09-29 US Congress authorizes President Reagan to keep 1,600 US Marines in Lebanon

US President & Actor Ronald Reagan
US President & Actor
Ronald Reagan
  • 1983-11-04 Bomb attack on Israeli headquarter in Tyrus Lebanon, 60 killed
  • 1983-11-24 PLO exchanges 6 Israeli prisoners for 4,500 Palestinians & Lebanese
  • 1983-12-04 US jet fighters strike Syrian anti-aircraft positions in Lebanon

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1983-12-20 PLO chairman Yasser Arafat & 4,000 loyalists evacuate Lebanon

Palestinian Leader Yasser Arafat
Palestinian Leader
Yasser Arafat
  • 1984-02-02 Lebanese army fights in Beirut
  • 1984-02-06 Muslim militiamen take over West Beirut from Lebanese army
  • 1984-02-26 Last US marines in multinational peacekeeping force in Lebanon left Beirut
  • 1984-03-30 US ends participation in multinational Lebanon peace force
  • 1985-05-20 1150 Lebanese/Palestinian prisoners exchanged for 3 Israelis
  • 1985-05-28 David Jacobsen taken hostage in Beirut Lebanon
  • 1985-06-09 American Thomas Sutherland is kidnapped & held hostage in Lebanon
  • 1985-06-14 Lebanese Shiite Muslim extremists hijacked TWA Flight 847
  • 1985-12-28 Warring Lebanese Muslim & Christian leaders sign peace agreement
  • 1986-03-08 4 French TV crew members are abducted in west Beirut Lebanon
  • 1986-07-26 Lebanese kidnappers released Rev Lawrence Martin Jenco
  • 1986-11-03 Lebanese magazine Ash Shirra reveals secret US arms sales to Iran
  • 1986-12-24 French hostage Aurel Cornea, held in Lebanon for 9 months, released
  • 1987-01-20 Anglican Church envoy Terry Waite taken hostage in Beirut, Lebanon by Islamic militia group
  • 1987-06-18 Charles Glass, ABC journalist, kidnapped in Lebanon
  • 1988-02-17 Lebanese terrorists kidnap UN truce observer Lt Col William Higgins
  • 1988-02-17 US Lt Col Williamm Higgins kidnapped by Lebanese terrorists & later killed
  • 1988-10-03 Lebanese kidnappers release Mithileshwar Singh (held for 30 months)
  • 1988-10-19 Car bomb kills 7 Israelis, wounds 11 near Lebanon border
  • 1989-11-04 Rene Muawad elected president of Lebanon
  • 1989-11-24 Elias Hrawi elected president of Lebanon
  • 1990-04-22 Lebanon release US hostage Robert Polhill after 39 months
  • 1990-11-10 Lebanon releases 2 French hostages (Camille Sontag & Marcel Coudari)
  • 1991-12-02 Muslim Shi'ites release American hostage Joseph Cicippio held in Lebanon
  • 1993-07-25 Israeli offensive against terrorist bases in South Lebanon
  • 1994-04-18 Lebanon drops relations with Iran
  • 1996-04-18 In Lebanon, at least 106 civilians are killed when the Israel Defense Forces accidentally shell the UN compound at Quana.
  • 1997-02-04 En route to Lebanon, two Israeli Sikorsky CH-53 troop-transport helicopters collide in mid-air over northern Galilee, Israel killing 73.
  • 2000-05-24 Israeli troops withdraw from southern Lebanon after 22 years of occupation.
  • 2000-05-25 Liberation Day of Lebanon. Israel withdraws its army from most of the Lebanese territory after 22 years of its first invasion in 1978.
  • 2000-06-16 Israel complies with UN Security Council Resolution 425 after 22 years, which calls on Israel to completely withdraw from Lebanon. Israel withdraws from all of Lebanon, except the disputed Sheba Farms.

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2001-06-10 Pope John Paul II canonizes Lebanon's first female saint Saint Rafqa

264th Pope John Paul II
264th Pope
John Paul II
  • 2001-06-21 A federal grand jury in Alexandria, Virginia, indicts 13 Saudis and a Lebanese in the 1996 bombing of the Khobar Towers in Saudi Arabia that killed 19 American servicemen.
  • 2005-02-14 Lebanon's former Prime Minister, Rafik Hariri, is assassinated, prompting the country to fall into chaos.
  • 2005-02-28 Lebanon's pro-Syrian prime minister, Omar Karami, resigns amid large anti-Syria street demonstrations in Beirut.
  • 2005-03-14 Cedar Revolution, where over one and a million Lebanese went into the streets of Beirut to demonstrate against the Syrian military presence in Lebanon, and against the government, following the assassination of Prime Minister Rafik Hariri.
  • 2005-04-26 Under international pressure, Syria withdraws the last of its 14,000 troop military garrison in Lebanon, ending its 29-year military domination of that country.
  • 2005-04-29 Syria completes withdrawal from Lebanon, ending 29 years of occupation.
  • 2005-07-26 Samir Geagea, the Lebanese Forces (LF) leader, is released after spending 11 years in a solitary confinement. His release came after the end of the Syrian occupation to Lebanon.
  • 2005-12-11 Cronulla riots: thousands of white Australians demonstrate against ethnic violence, resulting in a riot against anyone thought to be Lebanese (and many who were not) in Cronulla Sydney. These are followed by ethnic attacks on Cronulla.
  • 2006-11-21 Anti-Syrian Lebanese Minister and MP Pierre Gemayel is assassinated in suburban Beirut.
  • 2006-12-10 One million Lebanese opposition supporters gather in downtown Beirut, calling for the government to resign.
  • 2009-09-02 66th Venice Film Festival: "Lebanon" directed by Samuel Maoz wins Golden Lion
  • 2012-10-19 8 people are killed and 78 injured by a car bomb in Beirut, Lebanon
  • 2013-08-23 50 people are killed in mosque bombings in Tripoli, Lebanon
  • 2013-11-19 23 people are killed by a suicide bombing attack on the Iranian Embassy in Beirut, Lebanon
  • 2014-02-15 Tammam Salam is elected Prime Minister of Lebanon after a 10 month gridlock

Famous Birthdays


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1785-11-21 William Beaumont, American surgeon and father of gastric physiology, born in Lebanon, Connecticut (d. 1853)

  • 1828-05-08 Sharbel Makhluf, Lebanese monk (d. 1898)
  • 1883-01-06 Khalil Gibran, Lebanon, mystic poet (The Prophet, Broken Wings)
  • 1889-12-22 Mikha`il Na'imah, Lebanon, playwright
  • 1900-04-03 Camille Chamoun, president of Lebanon
  • 1917-12-06 Kamal Jumblatt, leader of the Lebanese Druze (d. 1977)
  • 1921-12-30 Rashid Karami, Lebanon, 10 time PM: 1955..87 of Lebanon
  • 1923-02-13 Yfrah Neaman, Lebanese violinist (d. 2003)
  • 1923-05-04 Assi Rahbani, Lebanese composer and author
  • 1932-04-10 Delphine Seyrig, Beirut Lebanon, actress (Freak Orlando, Reperages)
  • 1934-09-07 Omar Karami, Prime Minister of Lebanon (1990-92, 2004-05), born in An Nouri
  • 1935-02-18 Michel Aoun, Lebanese prime minister
  • 1935-11-21 Fairuz, Lebanese singer
  • 1939-05-31 Terry Waite, English Anglican Church envoy/Lebanese hostage, born in Bollington, Cheshire
  • 1944-09-19 Jean Succar Kuri, Lebanese-born Mexican businessman
  • 1947-10-27 Terry Anderson, AP correspondent/US hostage held in Lebanon (1985-91)
  • 1947-11-10 Bechir Gemayel, pres Lebanon (8/23-9/14, 1982)
  • 1948-07-06 Wadih Saadeh, Lebanese-Australian poet
  • 1949-08-07 Walid Jumblatt, Lebanese political leader
  • 1953-02-13 Sharon Wyatt, Lebanon Tenn, actress (Tiffany-General Hospital)
  • 1956-12-13 Majida El Roumi, Lebanese singer
  • 1960-08-30 Hassan Nasrallah, leader of the Lebanese terrorist group Hizbollah
  • 1960-12-28 Marty Roe, Lebanon Ohio, singer (Diamond Rio-Meet in the Middle)
  • 1964-07-30 Alek Keshishian, Lebanese-born American film director
  • 1966-02-26 Najwa Karam, Lebanese singer
  • 1966-11-03 Joe Hachem, Lebanese-born Australian poker player
  • 1968-04-01 Julia Boutros, Lebanese singer
  • 1970-06-22 Michel Elefteriades, Greek-Lebanese politician, artist, producer and businessman
  • 1971-12-06 Rika Hiraki, Beirut Lebanon, tennis star (1992 Japan doubles)
  • 1972-06-29 Nawal Al Zoghbi, Lebanese singer
  • 1972-10-27 Elissa (singer), Lebanese singer
  • 1973-07-15 John Dolmayan, Lebanese-born drummer (System of a Down)
  • 1973-10-02 Dalida Chammai, Miss Lebanon Universe (1997)
  • 1974-06-26 Nicole Saba, Lebanese singer
  • 1974-08-17 Tony Hajjar, Lebanese musician (At the Drive-In, Sparta)
  • 1976-03-10 Haifa Wehbe, Lebanese actress, model and singer
  • 1976-08-14 Maya Nasri, Lebanese actress and singer
  • 1977-02-20 Amal Hijazi, Lebanese singer and model
  • 1977-06-05 Nourhanne, Lebanese singer
  • 1977-07-20 Julia Syriani, Miss Universe-Lebanon (1996)
  • 1977-09-23 Susan Tamim, Lebanese singer and actress (d. 2008)
  • 1980-01-14 Ossama Haidar, a Lebanese soccer player
  • 1980-12-05 Ibrahim Maalouf, Lebanese-born French trumpeter
  • 1980-12-10 Massari, Lebanese-born Canadian singer
  • 1983-05-03 Myriam Fares, Lebanese singer
  • 1983-05-16 Nancy Ajram, Lebanese singer
  • 1983-08-18 Mica Penniman (Mika), Lebanese-born musician
  • 1984-04-29 Firass Dirani, Lebanese-Australian actor

Famous Deaths

  • 1635-04-13 Fakhr-al-Din II, Druze Prince of Lebanon (b. 1572)
  • 1898-12-24 Sharbel Makhluf, Lebanese monk canonized in 1977 by Pope Paul VI (b. 1828)
  • 1914-03-23 Rafqa Pietra Choboq Ar-Rayès (Saint Rebecca) Lebanese saint (b. 1832)
  • 1931-04-10 Khalil Gibran, Lebanese poet and painter (b. 1883)
  • 1949-07-08 Antun Sa'ada, Syrian rightwing politician, executed in Lebanon
  • 1952-09-10 Youssef Aftimus, Lebanese civil engineer and architect (b. 1866)
  • 1957-02-05 Sami Ibrahim Haddad, Lebanese surgeon (b. 1890)
  • 1958-05-08 Nasni Matni, Lebanese journalist, murdered
  • 1964-01-01 Bechara El Khoury, President of Lebanon (b. 1890)
  • 1976-06-16 Francis E Meloy Jr, US ambassador to Lebanon, kidnapped & killed
  • 1977-03-15 Kamal Joemblat, Lebanese politician, murdered
  • 1982-09-14 Bashir Gemayel, falangist Lebanon's president-elect, assassinated by a bomb
  • 1982-09-27 Saad Sayd, [Abu Walid], Palestinian commandant in Lebanon, dies
  • 1986-06-21 Assi Rahbani, Lebanese composer and author (b. 1923)
  • 1987-06-01 Rashid Karami, 10 time premier of Lebanon, dies in bomb attack at 65
  • 1987-08-07 Camille Chamoun, president of Lebanon, dies at 87
  • 1987-12-28 Charles Malik, Lebanon's 1st delegate to UN, dies at 81
  • 1988-02-28 Mikha`il Na'imah, Lebanese playwright, dies at 99
  • 1989-04-16 Tawfieq Yusuf Awwaad, Lebanese writer, dies
  • 1989-05-16 Hassan Khaled, sheik of Lebanon, murdered
  • 1989-11-22 Rene Muawad, assassinated 17 days after elected president of Lebanon
  • 1992-07-22 Souleiman Franjieh, president Lebanon (1970-76), dies
  • 1994-02-01 Fouad Fram al-Boustani, Lebanese historian (Rawaeaa), dies at 88
  • 1994-04-13 Taleb Ali al-Suheil, Iran sheik, murdered in Lebanon at 64
  • 2002-01-24 Elie Hobeika, Lebanese Forces militia commander (b. 1956)
  • 2003-01-04 Yfrah Neaman, Lebanese-born violinist (b. 1923)
  • 2005-02-14 Rafik Hariri, Lebanese politician and billionaire businessman (b. 1944)
  • 2005-06-02 Samir Kassir, Lebanese journalist and teacher (b. 1950)
  • 2005-12-12 Gebran Tueni, Lebanese politician (b. 1957)
  • 2006-11-21 Pierre Amine Gemayel, Lebanese Cabinet minister (assassinated) (b. 1972)
  • 2007-06-13 Walid Eido, Lebanese MP (b. 1942)
  • 2008-07-28 Susan Tamim, Lebanese singer and actress, murdered (b. 1977)
  • 2009-01-13 Mansour Rahbani, Lebanese composer and lyricist (b. 1925)
  • 2009-06-13 Fathi Yakan, Lebanese leader and Muslim cleric (b. 1933)
  • 2010-07-04 Mohammad Hussein Fadlallah, Iraqi-born Lebanese Shiite Muslim cleric and Hezbollah mentor (b. 1935)
  • 2015-01-01 Omar Karami, Lebanese Prime Minister (1992-94, 2004-05), dies at 80