Today in Malawi History

Historical Events

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1859-09-16 Lake Nyasa, which forms Malawi's boundary with Tanzania & Mozambique discovered by British explorer David Livingstone

Physician and Explorer David Livingstone
Physician and Explorer
David Livingstone
  • 1891-05-15 British Central African Protectorate (now Malawi) forms
  • 1963-02-01 Nyasaland (now Malawi) becomes self-governing under Hastings Banda
  • 1964-07-06 Malawi (formerly Nyasaland) declares independence from UK
  • 1965-05-23 Pontoon ferry overturned on Shire River Malawi, kills 150
  • 1966-07-06 Malawi becomes a republic, Dr Hastings Kamuzu Banda becomes president
  • 1971-07-06 Dr Hastings Kamuzu Banda sworn in as President for Life of Malawi
  • 1994-05-17 Bakili Muluzi's UDF wins Malawi presidents/parliamentary election
  • 2012-04-07 Joyce Banda becomes President of Malawi

Famous Birthdays

  • 1906-05-14 Hastings Kamuzu Banda, president of Malawi (1964-94)
  • 1927-03-17 Patrick Allen, Malawi, actor (Roman Holiday, Dial "M" for Murder)
  • 1932-09-14 John Tembo, Malawian politician
  • 1934-02-24 Bingu wa Mutharika, Thyolo, Nyasaland (Malawi), Malawi President (2004-2012), (d. 2012)

Famous Deaths

  • 1992-10-20 Orton Chirwa, Malawi's lawyer/Justice minister, dies in captivity
  • 1997-11-25 Hastings Kamuzu Band, PM/Pres of Malawi (1964-66/66-94), dies
  • 2012-04-06 Bingu wa Mutharika, President of Malawi, dies from heart attack at 78