Suriname in History

Historical Events

  • 1666-12-30 Abraham Crijnssen departs to Suriname
  • 1667-02-25 Abraham Crijnssens fleet reach Fort Willoughby on Suriname River
  • 1667-02-27 Abraham Crijnssen conquers Fort Willoughby (Zeelandia), Suriname
  • 1667-02-28 English colony Suriname in Dutch hands
  • 1667-07-31 Peace of Breda: 2nd English war-Suriname vs New-Netherlands ends
  • 1667-10-18 English fleet plunders Suriname plantations
  • 1683-05-21 West Indian Company sells 1/3 of Suriname
  • 1712-10-08 French privateer Jacques Cassard seen on Suriname coast
  • 1712-11-02 Suriname government gives French hijacker Jacques Cassard, ƒ682,800
  • 1760-10-10 Suriname Colonial Regime signs treaty with Aukaners (ex-slaves)
  • 1770-04-19 Amsterdam buys Van Aerssens family 1/3 part of Suriname
  • 1771-11-16 West Indian Company & Amsterdam divide up Suriname
  • 1774-08-10 1st Surinam newspaper (1st Wednesday Suriname) begins publishing
  • 1782-08-14 Suriname forbids selling slave mothers without their babies
  • 1789-11-05 Fleeing slaves under Bonni attack military post on Suriname
  • 1799-08-13 British fleet under Lord Seymour overthrows Suriname
  • 1802-12-02 Britain sells Suriname to the Netherlands
  • 1804-04-28 31 British ships sail up Suriname river demanding transition colony from the Dutch
  • 1804-05-06 Suriname sold to Great Britain (until Feb 1816)

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1816-02-27 Dutch regain Suriname from the French after the defeat of Napoleon

French Emperor Napoléon Bonaparte
French Emperor
Napoléon Bonaparte
  • 1821-01-21 Paramaribo Suriname catches fire, 4 die
  • 1832-09-03 Rebellious slaves set fire to Paramaribo Suriname
  • 1843-10-20 1st Chinese immigrant arrives in Suriname
  • 1848-05-06 Otto Tank ends slavery in Suriname colony
  • 1851-05-06 New slave regulations go into effect in Suriname
  • 1862-10-20 Amnesty proclaimed for escaped slaves of Suriname
  • 1863-06-30 Dutch colony Suriname counts population of 33,000 slaves
  • 1863-07-01 Slavery abolished in Suriname & Dutch Antilles
  • 1865-01-19 NV Suriname Bank established
  • 1865-07-30 Pope Pius IX visits Suriname
  • 1870-09-08 Netherlands & Britain sign "Koelietraktaat" Br-Indian contract work in Suriname
  • 1873-06-04 1st contract workers of British-Indies Co arrives in Suriname
  • 1876-12-08 Suriname begins compulsory education for 7-12 years
  • 1883-04-24 28 Surinamers depart to Amsterdam World's Fair
  • 1884-09-26 Suriname army shoots on British-Indian contract workers, 7 killed
  • 1885-03-20 John Matzeliger of Suriname patents shoe lacing machine
  • 1890-08-09 First 44 Javans arrive in Suriname to work 5 years on sugar plantations
  • 1891-05-12 Riot against tax increase in Paramaribo, Suriname
  • 1891-07-27 Titus van Wyck succeeds M de Savornin Lohman as governor of Suriname
  • 1905-03-28 Paramaribo-Dam railway opens in Suriname, never used
  • 1905-09-14 Dutch AR-politician AWF Idenburg named governor of Suriname
  • 1908-05-09 Dirk Fock becomes governor of Suriname
  • 1916-05-24 Last British-Indian contract workers arrive in Suriname
  • 1916-12-19 Suriname Bauxite Company forms in Paramaribo
  • 1931-06-08 Suriname Work Committee under Louis Doedel forms in Paramaribo
  • 1932-05-01 1st Suriname union congress at Paramaribo
  • 1933-02-01 Colonial government arrests Anton de Kom in Paramaribo Suriname
  • 1933-02-07 Colonial troops in Suriname kill 2 demonstrators
  • 1933-05-10 Suriname worker's union leader A de Come banish to Netherlands
  • 1940-06-05 Gov of Suriname & Neth Antilles refuse entry to Jewish refugees
  • 1941-11-24 US troops land on Suriname to protect bauxite mine
  • 1942-03-01 Suriname camp for NSB people opens to save Jews
  • 1946-09-29 NPS, Nationale Party Suriname, forms
  • 1949-05-30 NPS/VHP win 1st general election in Suriname
  • 1950-01-20 Suriname becomes independent part in Realm of Netherlands
  • 1952-05-02 Operations begin at United Suriname Workers of Netherlands which flew from London to Johannesburg carrying 36 passengers
  • 1952-05-29 2nd Round Conference between Dutch Antilles & Suriname ends
  • 1955-09-06 J van Tilburg appointed governor of Suriname
  • 1957-09-02 1st edition newspaper the Ware Time (in Suriname), 1,700 die
  • 1958-07-05 J Pengel forms government/Emanuels premier of Suriname
  • 1963-04-27 "Jopie" Pengel forms government in Suriname
  • 1964-02-01 Afobaka Dam is completed on the Suriname River
  • 1964-09-28 Suriname governor A Currie resigns
  • 1965-01-18 H L de Vries appointed Dutch governor of Suriname
  • 1968-11-01 University of Suriname opens
  • 1969-02-13 Suriname government of Pengel resigns
  • 1973-02-28 Suriname government of Sedney arrests 13 union leaders
  • 1973-11-19 Elections in Suriname, premier Sedney's PNP doesn't win a chair
  • 1975-11-25 Netherlands grants Suriname independence (National Day)
  • 1977-08-26 Frank Martinus Arion forms Surinamese Writers group 77
  • 1980-02-25 Coup ousts PM Henck Arron of Suriname
  • 1980-02-26 Milt coup under Desi Bouterse in Suriname
  • 1980-08-13 Suriname president Johan Ferrier ousted
  • 1981-03-15 Suriname failed coup under sgt-mjr Wilfred Hawker
  • 1982-02-04 Suriname premier Chin A Sen flees
  • 1982-02-05 President of Suriname Hendrick Chin A Sen resigns and flees to the Netherlands
  • 1982-03-11 Failed military coup under Rambocus/Hawker in Suriname
  • 1982-12-07 Suriname army under Desi Bouterse fires on radio station building
  • 1982-12-08 Suriname army leader Bouterse murders 15 opponents
  • 1986-03-24 Suriname army capt Etienne Boerenveen arrested for cocaine smuggling
  • 1986-08-21 Surinames Ronnie Brunswijks Jungle commandos kill 2 government officials
  • 1986-11-11 Suriname government proclaims gold purification
  • 1986-11-21 Suriname army leader Desi Bouterse massacres Moiwana village
  • 1987-09-30 Suriname constitution ratified
  • 1988-01-25 Ramsewak Shankar sworn in as President of Suriname
  • 1989-06-07 Suriname SLM-173 (DC-8) crashes near Paramaribo Airport killing 173
  • 1991-09-06 Ronald Venetiaan chosen president of Suriname
  • 1992-07-10 SuriPop VII, Suriname Popular Song Festival
  • 1993-05-11 Paramaribo Suriname TV studio destroyed by fire
  • 1994-07-11 Suriname guilder devalued: NŸ1 = SŸ105

Famous Birthdays

  • 1637-04-26 Philip J van Lichtenbergh, Governor of Suriname, baptized
  • 1669-06-24 Francois van Aerssen, Dutch vice-admiral (Suriname/Algeria)
  • 1692-05-03 Jan J Mauricius, Dutch governor-general of Suriname (1742-51)
  • 1719-07-28 Jan Nepveu, governor-general of Suriname (1769-79) [or Aug 27]
  • 1719-08-27 John/Jean Nepveu, Dutch governor of Suriname (1768-79)
  • 1751-12-07 Jurrian F de Frederici, governor-General (Suriname)
  • 1767-01-08 Abraham de Veer, Dutch governor-general of Suriname (1822-28)
  • 1771-01-26 Jacob Andries van Braam, colonial director (Suriname)
  • 1809-10-27 Peter "Peerke" Donders, Dutch RC missionary to Suriname
  • 1813-02-13 Charles Pierre Schimpf, governor of Suriname (1855-59)
  • 1832-01-09 Esquire Maurits A de Savornin Lohman, Dutch governor of Suriname
  • 1839-02-07 Nicolaas G Pierson, Dutch banker/Suriname premier (1897-1901)
  • 1849-08-29 Titus A J van Asch van Wijck, Dutch governor Suriname (1891-97)
  • 1852-09-15 Jan E Matzeliger, Surinamese inventor (shoe lacing machine)
  • 1854-09-23 Cornelis W Lely, Dutch engineer/gov of Suriname (1902-05)
  • 1865-10-03 Johannes IJWJ Eilerts de Haan, Dutch sea officer (Lucie R, Suriname)
  • 1878-11-13 John C Kielstra, Dutch economist/governor of Suriname (1933-44)
  • 1884-07-24 Abraham Rutgers, Dutch governor (Suriname, 1928-33)
  • 1899-10-08 Pandit Rambharos Gangaram Panday, Suriname relig leader/co-found (VHP)
  • 1900-06-16 Jan van Tilburg, governor Suriname (PVDA, 1955-62)
  • 1903-11-07 Albert Helman, [Lou Lichtveld], Suriname politician/novelist
  • 1903-11-07 Lodewijk AM "Lou" Lichtveld, [Albert Helman], Suriname author
  • 1907-01-14 Sophie Redmond, Suriname's 1st female physician
  • 1907-02-05 Jan Klaasesz, Dutch governor Suriname (1949-56)
  • 1908-01-23 Pak Saleman Siswowitono, Javan/Surinamese writer
  • 1908-04-28 Arnoud Breeveld, Suriname bishop
  • 1913-11-28 Hugo Pos, Suriname/Neth WW II prosecutor of minor war crimes Tokyo
  • 1915-04-25 A J A Quintus Bosz, Indonesian/Suriname lawyer
  • 1915-08-15 Alma Gardeslan, Surinamese/Dutch folklorist
  • 1916-01-20 Jopie [Johan A] Pengel, premier of Suriname (1963-69)
  • 1916-04-30 Dugo D Schenker, Suriname/Antillian producer
  • 1916-09-21 Jagernath Lachmon, premier Suriname
  • 1917-02-25 Asta E R Elstak, Suriname/Dutch social worker
  • 1917-10-01 René A de Rooy, Suriname/Antillian poet (Juancho Picaflor)
  • 1919-04-21 Franc [Franklin E] Essed, Suriname agricultural eng, Oper Grasshopper)
  • 1921-06-11 Beatrice "Fiet" van Ommeren-Samson, Suriname writer
  • 1925-05-30 Eddy Bruma, Suriname politician
  • 1926-07-19 Max Sordam, Suriname warden/writer (Dictionary Sranantongo)
  • 1929-05-20 Andre Carolus Cirino, Suriname/Indian poet
  • 1934-12-01 Hilly Axwijk, Suriname social worker
  • 1936-06-18 R Ronald Venetian, [Vene], president Suriname (1991- )
  • 1938-06-02 Frits Wols, [Eugene W Wong Loi Sing], Suriname, sec-gen (UNESCO)
  • 1940-09-14 Leo H Ferrier, Suriname writer (Atman)
  • 1941-05-02 Jules Wijdenbosch, premier Suriname
  • 1941-12-20 Frank Creton, Suriname/Neth painter
  • 1943-11-30 Oscar Harris, Surinames/Dutch singer (Try a Little Love)
  • 1947-03-26 Carmen Krolis, Suriname/Neth singer
  • 1949-02-02 Jetty Weels, Surinamese/Dutch vocalist (Mai Tai)
  • 1950-04-05 Mildred Douglas, Surinames/Dutch singer (Mai Tai)
  • 1951-01-18 Bram Behr, Surinamese journalist (d. 1982)
  • 1953-10-14 Marcel R Zeeuw, Suriname lt-colonel (coup 1982)
  • 1953-10-22 Roy Ristie, Suriname/Neth radio host (Apintie, Kankantrie)
  • 1956-11-07 Denise Jannah, [Zeefuik], Suriname jazz singer (Farmer's Market)
  • 1959-06-12 Kenneth D Herdigein, Suriname/Dutch actor (Say A)
  • 1960-02-27 Bolik Dahan, Suriname singer/radio host (Radio KBC)
  • 1960-10-24 Carolien de Windt, Suriname/Dutch singer (Mai Tai)
  • 1961-03-29 Ane-Marie Sanches, newscaster (Suriname TV/Radio)
  • 1962-09-01 Ruud Gullit, Suriname/Dutch soccer star (Feyenoord, PSV, AC Milan)
  • 1963-05-15 George Heidweiler, Suriname, Dutch painter
  • 1963-10-15 Stanley Menzo, Suriname/Dutch soccer goaltender (Ajax/PSV)
  • 1967-11-25 Anthony Nesty, swimmer (won Suriname's 1st gold olympic medal)
  • 1970-11-25 Saskia Sibilo, Miss Suriname (1990)
  • 1971-01-16 Ulrich van Gobbel, Suriname/Dutch soccer player (Feyenoord)
  • 1971-08-25 Quintis "Chico" Ristie, Suriname radio host
  • 1972-03-04 Sherida Pawiroredjo, Suriname Miss Indra Maju (1993)
  • 1974-01-19 Gregory Playfair, Suriname/Dutch soccer player (PSV)
  • 1974-06-13 Harvey Esajas, Suriname/Dutch soccer player (Feyenoord)
  • 1974-07-13 Jean ..., Miss Suriname 1993
  • 1975-02-19 Raymond Graanoogst, Suriname/Dutch soccer player (FC Utrecht)
  • 1975-08-24 Mark de Vries, Surinamese-Dutch footballer
  • 1976-01-27 Mike Ferrier, Suriname/Dutch soccer player (FC Volendam, Salernitana)
  • 1977-09-17 Latoya Warning, Suriname 4th Miss Teenager (1993)

Famous Deaths

  • 1669-06-18 Abraham Crijnssen, Swiss admiral, conquered Suriname, dies
  • 1688-07-19 Cornelis van Aerssen, governor of Suriname (1683-88), murdered at 50
  • 1740-07-19 Francois van Aerssen, Dutch vice-admiral (Suriname), dies at 71
  • 1768-03-21 Jan J Mauricius, Dutch governor-gen of Suriname (1742-51), dies at 75
  • 1779-02-27 Jan Nepveu, Dutch gov-gen of Suriname (1769-79), dies at 59
  • 1812-10-11 Jurriaan F de Frederici, Dutch governor-gen (Suriname), dies at 60
  • 1838-02-01 Abraham de Veer, Dutch gov-gen of Suriname (1822-28), dies at 71
  • 1889-08-24 Jan E Matzeliger, Suriname inventor (shoe lacing machine), dies
  • 1892-09-24 Cornelis A van Sypesteyn, Dutch governor of Suriname, dies at 69
  • 1899-07-12 Esquire Mauritius A de Savornin Lohman, gov of Suriname, dies at 67
  • 1902-09-09 Titus AJ van Asch van Wijck, gov of Suriname (1891-97), dies at 53
  • 1909-12-24 Nicolaas G Pierson, director Suriname/Dutch Bank, dies at 80
  • 1910-08-29 John YWJ Eilerts de Cock, sea officer (Suriname), dies at 44
  • 1929-01-14 Cornelis W Lely, Dutch Governor of Suriname (1902-05), dies at 74
  • 1945-04-24 Anton de Kom, Suriname resistance fighter, dies at 47
  • 1951-04-03 Johannes C Kielstra, Dut economist/gov (Suriname 1933-44), dies at 72
  • 1970-06-04 Jopie [Johan A] Pengel, premier Suriname, dies
  • 1970-06-05 "Jopie" Pengel, [Johan A], premier Suriname (1963-69), dies at 54
  • 1974-10-17 René A de Rooy, Suriname/Antillean poet, dies at 57
  • 1981-06-16 Humphrey Keervelt, director (Suriname Planning Bureau), murdered
  • 1982-03-13 Wilfred Hawker, Suriname sgt-major, executed
  • 1982-12-08 Andre Kamperveen, Suriname minister, murdered
  • 1982-12-08 Bram Behr, Suriname revolutionary, murdered
  • 1982-12-08 Cyrill Daal, Suriname worker's union leader, murdered
  • 1982-12-08 Frank Wijngaarde, Suriname journalist, murdered
  • 1982-12-08 Harald Riedewald, Suriname attorney, murdered
  • 1982-12-08 John Baboeram, Suriname lawyer, murdered
  • 1982-12-08 Jozef Slagveer, Suriname journalist, murdered
  • 1982-12-08 Kenneth Goncalves, Deacon of Surinamese order of advocate, murdered
  • 1982-12-08 Leckie, Suriname scholar, murdered
  • 1982-12-08 Leslie Rahman, Suriname journalist, murdered
  • 1982-12-08 Surendre Rambocus, Suriname army lieutenant, murdered
  • 1983-02-02 Roy Horb, Suriname sergeant/putschist, commits suicide
  • 1988-05-05 Tamara Pos, Suriname/Dutch activist
  • 1989-06-07 Milton van Embricqs, Suriname/Dutch publicist, dies
  • 1989-06-07 Percy Stuart, Suriname/Dutch sports journalist, dies
  • 1989-08-26 Henk Heidweiller, ambassador of Suriname, dies
  • 1990-08-05 Herman Gooding, Suriname police-inspector, dies
  • 1991-07-16 Cornelis Z Forster, [Da Kuneisi], Suriname granman/gaanman, dies
  • 1991-09-22 Pandit Rambharos Gangaram Panday, Suriname religious leader, dies
  • 1991-09-29 Zapata Jaw, [Nelson Renfrum], Surinamese musician, dies
  • 1993-01-05 Henk Knol, Suriname MP (PvdA), dies at 61
  • 1993-07-29 AJA Quintus Bosz, Indonesian/Suriname lawyer, dies at 78
  • 1994-08-02 Bhagwatpersad Ausan, commandant Suriname military police, dies at 38
  • 1994-12-26 Asta ER Elstak, Suriname/Neth welfare worker, dies at 74
  • 1995-02-10 Louis Sen A Kaw, Suriname's great dam builder, dies at 75