Senegalese History

Historical Events

  • 1758-12-31 British expeditionary army occupies Goree (Dakar) Senegal
  • 1816-07-19 Survivors of French frigate Medusa rescued off Senegal after 17 days
  • 1857-07-18 Louis Faidherbe, French governor of Senegal, arrives to relieve French forces at Kayes, effectively ending El Hajj Umar Tall's war against the French.
  • 1883-04-12 French troops under lt-colonel Borgnis-Desbordes occupy Bamako Senegal
  • 1935-06-30 The Senegalese Socialist Party holds its first congress.
  • 1935-11-24 The Senegalese Socialist Party holds its second congress.
  • 1948-10-27 Léopold Sédar Senghor founds the Senegalese Democratic Bloc (BDS).
  • 1957-02-23 The founding congress of the Senegalese Popular Bloc is opened in Dakar.
  • 1958-11-25 Senegal becomes an autonomous state in French Community
  • 1959-04-04 Fed of Mali, consisting of Senegal & French Sudan (dissolved 1960)
  • 1960-04-04 Senegal declares independence from France
  • 1960-06-20 Federation of Mali (& Senegal) becomes independent of France
  • 1960-08-20 Senegal breaks from Mali federation, declaring independence
  • 1960-09-05 The poet Léopold Sédar Senghor is elected as the first President of Senegal.
  • 1963-03-03 Senegal adopts a new constitution
  • 1966-04-01 1st world festival of black art (Dakar Senegal)
  • 1973-01-01 West African Economic Community formed (Benin, Ivory Coast, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Senegal, Upper Volta)
  • 1974-12-28 Senegalese marxist group Reenu-Rew founds the political movement And-Jëf at a clandestine congress.
  • 1975-07-09 The National Assembly of Senegal passes a law that paves way for a (albeit highly restricted) multi-party system.
  • 1977-07-03 The Senegalese Republican Movement (MRS) is founded.
  • 1980-01-01 Premier Adbou Diouf becomes president of Senegal
  • 1980-10-31 Senegal routes troops to Gambia due to Libyan threat
  • 1980-12-31 Senegal president Leopold Senghor resigns
  • 1981-08-03 Senegalese opposition parties, under the leadership of Mamadou Dia, launch the Antiimperialist Action Front-Suxxali Reew Mi.
  • 1981-12-12 Gambia & Senegal sign agreement to be known as Senegambia in Feb 1982
  • 1982-02-01 Senegal & Gambia form loose confederation (Senegambia)
  • 1982-07-08 Senegalese Trotskyist political party LCT is legally recognized
  • 1989-09-30 Senegambia separates back into Gambia & Senegal
  • 2002-09-26 The overcrowded Senegalese ferry MV Joola capsizes off the coast of Gambia killing more than 1,000.
  • 2012-03-26 Macky Sall elected as President of Senegal
  • 2013-01-01 18 people are killed and 16 wounded after a bus and mini-bus collision in Thiès, Senegal
  • 2014-08-29 Senegal is 5th country hit by Ebola
  • 2014-09-05 World Health Organization estimates 1,900 people have died from the Ebola virus out of 3,500 infected in Guinea, Liberia, Nigeria, Senegal, and Sierra Leone

Famous Birthdays

  • 1906-10-09 Léopold Sédar Senghor, Senegalese poet and politician (d. 2001)
  • 1906-12-11 Birago Diop, Senegalees writer/ambassador (Leurres et Lueurs)
  • 1921-03-20 Amadou-Mahtar M'Bow, Senegal, director general (UNESCO)
  • 1923-03-08 Sembene Ousmane, Senegalese author/novelist/director (Doctor Noir)
  • 1935-09-07 Abdou Diouf, president of Senegal (1981- )
  • 1958-08-22 Elhadjdia Ba, Dakar Senegal, hurdler (Olympic-silver-1988)
  • 1959-10-01 Youssou N'dour, Senegalese singer (Shaking the tree)
  • 1973-09-10 Ferdinand Coly, Senegalese footballer
  • 1976-03-24 Aliou Cissé, Senegalese footballer
  • 1977-02-10 Salif Diao, Senegalese footballer
  • 1977-05-10 Henri Camara, Senegalese footballer
  • 1978-01-28 Papa Bouba Diop, Senegalese footballer
  • 1978-02-26 Abdoulaye Diagne-Faye, Senegalese footballer
  • 1981-01-15 El Hadji Diouf, Senegalese footballer
  • 1981-05-15 Patrice Evra, French-Senegalese footballer
  • 1981-11-22 Pape Sow, Senegalese basketball player

Famous Deaths

  • 1887-12-09 Mahmadu Lamine, Senegalese marabout and military leader
  • 1898-07-11 Charles Chanoine, French lt/mass murderer in Senegal, dies
  • 1898-07-12 Paul Voulet, French captain/mass murderer in Senegal, dies
  • 1986-02-07 Cheikh Anta Diop, Senegalese historian (b. 1923)
  • 2001-12-20 Léopold Sédar Senghor, first President of Senegal (b. 1906)