IMF in History

International Organisations: ASEAN - Commonwealth - European Union - NATO - OPEC - United Nations - Warsaw Pact - World Bank

Historical Events

  • 1944-07-01 Bretton Woods Conference starts, establishing IMF & World Bank
  • 1944-07-23 Conference of Bretton Woods signed; IMF operations begin
  • 1955-10-01 Piet Lieftinck becomes director v/h IMF (World bank)
  • 1964-11-08 IMF grants Great Britain credit of $1 billion
  • 1973-08-01 H J Witteveen appointed as director of IMF
  • 1974-06-13 IMF establishes its "oil facility", a special fund for loans to nations whose balance of payments have been severely affected by high oil prices
  • 1982-11-10 IMF lends Mexico $3.8 billion due to threatened bankrupcy
  • 2000-09-26 Anti-globalization protests in Prague (some 20,000 protesters) turned violent during the IMF and World Bank summits.
  • 2005-12-15 Argentina's president Néstor Kirchner announces the early repayment of its external debt to the IMF.
  • 2008-10-24 Iceland receives a £1.3 billion bailout package from the International Monetary Fund (IMF), 1st European country to require an emergency loan as a result of the financial crisis

Electoral defeatElection of Interest

2011-06-28 Christine Lagarde becomes the 1st women to be elected head of the International Monetary Fund (IMF)

Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund Christine Lagarde
Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund
Christine Lagarde
  • 2013-03-28 Banks in Cyprus re-open after having been closed for two weeks; the government agrees a 10 billion euro bailout deal with the EU and IMF
  • 2014-02-23 A pro-Euromaidan rally is held in Simferopol, Ukraine, while in Kerch, protesters attempt to replace the Ukrainian flag from city hall with a Russian flag
  • 2014-05-27 The director of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) Christine Lagarde calls for "tougher regulation and tighter supervision" of banking sector

Famous Birthdays

  • 1921-06-12 Hendrik J Witteveen, economist/minister of finance/director (IMF)
  • 1921-09-25 Robert Muldoon, premier NZ (1975-84)/chairman (IMF)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1956-01-01 Christine Lagarde, French lawyer and politician, 1st female head of the IMF, born in Paris

Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund Christine Lagarde
Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund
Christine Lagarde

Famous Deaths

  • 1992-08-05 Robert Muldoon, premier NZ (1975-84)/President IMF, dies
  • 1994-01-02 Pierre-Paul Schweitzer, French director of IMF (1963-73), dies at 81