Mauritania in History

Historical Events

  • 1958-11-28 Congo & Mauritania become autonomous members of French Community
  • 1960-10-19 France grants Mauritania independence
  • 1960-11-28 Mauritania gains independence from France (National Day)
  • 1961-05-20 Mauritania adopts constitution
  • 1961-10-27 Outer Mongolia & Mauritania become 102nd & 103rd members of UN
  • 1963-05-25 Organization for African Unity formed by Chad, Mauritania & Zambia
  • 1973-01-01 West African Economic Community formed (Benin, Ivory Coast, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Senegal, Upper Volta)
  • 1973-05-10 Establishment of Frente Polisario in Mauritania
  • 1978-07-10 Bloodless military coup in Mauritania, President Moktar flees
  • 1980-12-17 Mauritania provisional constitution published
  • 1984-12-24 Palace coup in Mauritania
  • 1985-02-27 Mauritania's new constitutional charter published
  • 1989-02-17 Mauritania, Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia & Libya form common market
  • 1994-07-01 Fokker's-28 crashes at Tidjikja, Mauritania (94 killed)
  • 2005-08-03 President Maaouya Ould Sid'Ahmed Taya of Mauritania is overthrown in a military coup while attending the funeral of King Fahd in Saudi Arabia.
  • 2008-08-06 A military junta led by Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz stages a coup d'etat in Mauritania, overthrowing president Sidi Ould Cheikh Abdallahi
  • 2014-06-23 Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz is re-elected President of Mauritania

Famous Birthdays

  • 1924-12-27 Mokta Ould Daddah, president Mauritania (1961-78)