Tongan History

Historical Events

  • 1875-11-04 Tonga adopts constitution
  • 1886-04-06 Declaration of Berlin neutralizes Tonga
  • 1900-05-18 Britain proclaims protectorate over kingdom of Tonga
  • 1900-05-19 Great Britain annexes Tonga archipelago
  • 1965-12-16 Taufa'ahau Tupou IV becomes King of Tonga
  • 1967-01-01 Tonga revises constitution
  • 1970-06-04 Tonga (formerly Friendly Islands) declares independence from UK
  • 1999-09-14 Kiribati, Nauru and Tonga join the United Nations.

Famous Birthdays

  • 1918-07-04 Taufa'ahau Tupou IV, King of Tonga (1965- )
  • 1925-05-03 Nina Bara, Buenos Aires Arg, actress (Tonga-Space Patrol)
  • 1934-09-01 Terepai Maoate, Rarotonga, Cook Islands, Prime Minister of the Cook Islands (1999-2002), (d. 2012)
  • 1948-05-04 George Tupou V, Tonga, King of Tonga (2006-2012), (d. 2012)
  • 1959-02-10 Tonga, [Uliuli Fifita], wrestler (WCW/WAR/WWF, Ming, Haku, Islanders)
  • 1979-05-04 Lesley Vainikolo, Tongan born rugby union and rugby league player
  • 1979-09-26 Fuifui Moimoi, New Zealand (Tongan) rugby league footballer

Famous Deaths

  • 1966-05-19 Tortoise, reportedly given to Tonga's King by Captain James Cook in 1773, dies at around 193
  • 2006-09-10 King Taufa'ahau Tupou IV of Tonga (b. 1918)
  • 2012-03-18 George Tupou V, King of Tonga, dies at 63