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Related Topics: Kosovo War

Historical Events

  • 1949-03-18 NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Org) ratified
  • 1949-03-30 Riot breaks out in Austurvöllur square in Reykjavík, when Iceland joined NATO.

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1949-10-06 US President Harry Truman signs Mutual Defense Assistance Act (for NATO)

33rd US President Harry Truman
33rd US President
Harry Truman

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1950-11-19 US General Eisenhower becomes supreme commander of NATO-Europe

34th US President & WWII General Dwight D. Eisenhower
34th US President & WWII General
Dwight D. Eisenhower

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1961-07-25 In a speech John F. Kennedy emphasizes that any attack on Berlin is an attack on NATO.

35th US President John F. Kennedy
35th US President
John F. Kennedy
  • 1962-10-08 Spiegel scandal: Der Spiegel publishes article "Bedingt abwehrbereit" ("Conditionally prepared for defense") about NATO manoeuver called "Fallex 62", uncovering sorry state of West German army. Magazine soon accused of treason.
  • 1964-05-12 Manlio Brosio chosen as sec-gen of NATO
  • 1967-12-23 Brussels: NATO Council accept "Flexible Response" strategy
  • 1971-06-04 J Luns appointed secretary-general of NATO
  • 1971-09-03 Manlio Brosio resigns as secretary general of NATO
  • 1971-10-01 Joseph Luns becomes secretary-general of NATO
  • 1974-09-16 US General Haig becomes NATO supreme commander in Europe
  • 1979-06-25 Failed attack on NATO commander Haig in Obourg, Belgium
  • 1981-12-02 Spanish government requests membership of NATO
  • 1981-12-07 Spain becomes a member of the NATO
  • 1982-05-30 Spain becomes 16th member of NATO
  • 1984-06-22 Joseph Luns resigns as secretary-general of NATO
  • 1984-11-14 NASA launches NATO-3D
  • 1985-04-21 Bomb attacks in NATO/AEG-Telefunken building in Brussels
  • 1995-08-29 NATO launches Operation Deliberate Force against Bosnian Serb forces.
  • 1995-12-20 NATO begins peacekeeping in Bosnia.

AgreementTreaty of Interest

1997-05-27 Russian President Boris Yeltsin signs a historic treaty with NATO

Russian President Boris Yeltsin
Russian President
Boris Yeltsin
  • 1997-07-08 NATO invites Poland, Hungary & Czech Republic to join
  • 1998-02-03 Cavalese cable car disaster: 20 people killed after NATO aircraft severs a cable car line
  • 1999-03-12 Former Warsaw Pact members the Czech Republic, Hungary and Poland join NATO.
  • 1999-03-24 Kosovo War: NATO commences air bombardment against Yugoslavia, marking the first time NATO has attacked a sovereign country.
  • 1999-04-14 NATO mistakenly bombs a convoy of ethnic Albanian refugees - Yugoslav officials say 75 people are killed.
  • 1999-04-29 Avala TV Tower near Belgrade is destroyed in NATO bombing of Yugoslavia.
  • 1999-05-07 Kosovo War: In Federal Republic of Yugoslavia, three Chinese citizens are killed and 20 wounded when a NATO aircraft bombs the Chinese embassy in Belgrade.

AgreementAgreement of Interest

1999-06-10 Kosovo War: NATO suspends its air strikes after Slobodan Milošević agrees to withdraw Serbian forces from Kosovo.

President of Serbia and Yugoslavia Slobodan Milosevic
President of Serbia and Yugoslavia
Slobodan Milosevic
  • 1999-06-12 Kosovo War: Operation Joint Guardian begins - a NATO-led United Nations peacekeeping force KFor enters the province of Kosovo in Federal Republic of Yugoslavia.
  • 2001-08-21 NATO decides to send a peace-keeping force to the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia.
  • 2001-09-12 Article V of the NATO agreement is invoked for the first and only time in response to the September 11, 2001 attacks against the United States of America.

Battle9/11 Attack on New York's World Trade Towers

2001-10-02 NATO backs US military strikes, following 9/11

  • 2002-05-28 NATO declares Russia a limited partner in the Western alliance.
  • 2002-11-21 NATO invites Bulgaria, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Romania, Slovakia and Slovenia to become members.
  • 2003-02-10 France and Belgium break the NATO procedure of silent approval concerning the timing of protective measures for Turkey in case of a possible war with Iraq.
  • 2003-08-11 NATO takes over command of the peacekeeping force in Afghanistan, marking its first major operation outside Europe in its 54-year-history.
  • 2004-03-29 Bulgaria, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Romania, Slovakia and Slovenia join NATO as full members.
  • 2004-06-28 The 17th NATO Summit starts in Istanbul.
  • 2009-04-01 Croatia and Albania joined NATO
  • 2011-11-26 2011 NATO attack in Pakistan: NATO forces in Afghanistan attack a Pakistani checkpost in a friendly fire incident, killing 24 soldiers and wounding 13 others.
  • 2012-03-16 Turkish NATO helicopter crashes into a house killing ten people in the outskirts of Kabul, Afghanistan
  • 2012-05-07 NATO air strike kills 14 and woulds 6 civilians in Afghanistan's Badghis Province
  • 2012-05-27 A NATO airstrike kills a family of eight, including six children, in Afghanistan
  • 2012-08-18 NATO air strikes kill at least 13 militants in Afghanistan
  • 2012-09-01 Two suicide bombings kill 12 people and wound 50 in a NATO base in Afghanistan's Sayed Abad district
  • 2012-09-16 8 female civilians are killed by a NATO airstrike in Laghman, Afghanistan
  • 2012-10-01 3 NATO soldiers and 16 Afghan police are killed by a suicide bombing in Khost, Afghanistan
  • 2013-02-13 10 civilians, including 3 children, are killed by a NATO airstrike in the Kunar Province, Afghanistan
  • 2014-04-01 NATO suspends all practical civilian and military cooperation with Russia
  • 2014-12-13 Two US soldiers killed in a Taliban bombing of a NATO convoy in Kabul

Famous Birthdays

  • 1899-01-02 Paul-Henri Spaak, Belgium, premier/sec-gen of NATO (1957-61)
  • 1906-12-30 Johan A earl von Kielmansegg, German general/commandant NATO-Europe
  • 1907-03-24 Lauris Norstad, US gen (NATO commander)/CEO (Owens-Corning Fiberglass)
  • 1926-07-15 John Graham, British ambassador to NATO
  • 1936-09-25 Edward Jones, UK military rep to NATO
  • 1982-09-03 Kaori Natori, Japanese singer and model

Famous Deaths

  • 1979-12-24 Dirk Uipko Stikker, Dutch CEO (Heineken)/sect-gen NATO, dies at 82
  • 1988-09-12 Lauris Morstad, NATO commander/CEO Corning Fiberglass, dies at 71
  • 1994-08-13 Manfred Worner, German general/sec-gen of NATO (1988-94), dies at 59