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
  • 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)

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