Today in Madagascar History

Historical Events

  • 1500-08-10 Portuguese sea captain Diego Diaz is first European to sight Madagascar
  • 1883-05-31 French fleet under Pierre begins siege of Tamatave, Madagascar
  • 1885-12-17 France declares Madagascar a protectorate
  • 1895-01-15 French fleet reaches Majunga, Madagascar
  • 1895-09-30 France proclaims a protectorate over Madagascar
  • 1896-02-28 France dismisses Queen Ranavalona of Madagascar
  • 1896-08-06 France annexes Madagascar
  • 1897-08-14 The town of Anosimena is captured by French troops from Menabe defenders in Madagascar.
  • 1897-08-30 The town of Ambiky is captured by France from Menabe in Madagascar.

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1938-11-12 Hermann Goering announces he wants Madagascar as a Jewish homeland

Nazi Politician Hermann Goering
Nazi Politician
Hermann Goering
  • 1942-05-05 British assault on Diego Suarez Madagascar
  • 1942-09-10 British troops lands on Madagascar
  • 1960-06-25 Madagascar gains independence from France
  • 1960-06-26 Madagascar (formerly Malagasy Rep) declares independence from France
  • 1963-07-20 17 African states & Madagascar sign peace treaty with EC
  • 1975-12-21 Madagascar adopts constitution
  • 1975-12-30 Constitution of Democratic Republic of Madagascar comes into force
  • 1989-03-12 Madagascar AREMA party wins parliamentary election

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1989-04-30 Pope John Paul II beatifies Victoire Rasoamanarivo of Madagascar

264th Pope John Paul II
264th Pope
John Paul II
  • 1991-08-11 400,000 demonstrate for democracy in Madagascar, 31 killed
  • 2001-06-21 Total solar eclipse in Madagascar-Indian Ocean (4m56s)
  • 2012-03-05 Tropical Storm Irina kills 65 in Madagascar

Famous Birthdays

  • 1746-09-20 Móric Beňovský, Slovak officer and explorer, King of Madagascar (d. 1786)
  • 1936-11-04 Didier Ratsiraka, president of Madagascar

Famous Deaths

  • 1786-05-23 Móric Beňovský, Slovak officer and explorer, King of Madagascar (b. 1746)