Kabul in History

Historical Events

  • 1842-01-06 4,500 British & Indian troops leave Kabul, massacred before reaching India
  • 1879-10-12 British troops occupy Kabul, Afghanistan
  • 1929-10-08 Mohammed Nadir Khan occupies Kabul Afghanistan and drives out Habibullah Ghazi
  • 1965-01-01 The People's Democratic Party of Afghanistan is founded in Kabul.
  • 1979-02-14 In Kabul, Muslims kidnap the American ambassador to Afghanistan, Adolph Dubs who is later killed during a gunfight between his kidnappers and police
  • 1979-12-26 Soviet Special forces take over presidential palace in Kabul, Afghanistan.
  • 1979-12-27 After invading Afghanistan two days earlier Soviet forces pull off a coup in Kabul, killing President Hafizullah Amin
  • 1980-09-25 The first congress of the Democratic Youth Organization of Afghanistan held in Kabul.
  • 1989-01-30 The American embassy in Kabul, Afghanistan closes.
  • 1996-09-27 In Afghanistan, the Taliban capture the capital city Kabul after driving out President Burhanuddin Rabbani and executing former leader Mohammad Najibullah.
  • 1996-12-27 Taliban forces retake the strategic Bagram air base which solidifies their buffer zone around Kabul.
  • 2001-11-12 Taliban forces abandon Afghanistan's capital Kabul, ahead of advancing Afghan Northern Alliance troops
  • 2001-11-14 War in Afghanistan: Afghan Northern Alliance fighters takeover the capital Kabul
  • 2012-03-16 Turkish NATO helicopter crashes into a house killing ten people in the outskirts of Kabul, Afghanistan
  • 2012-09-08 6 people are killed by a Taliban suicide bombing in Kabul, Afghanistan
  • 2013-03-09 19 people are killed in two suicide bombings in Kabul, Afghanistan

  • 2013-06-03 20 people, including 10 children, are killed by a suicide bombing in Kabul, Afghanistan
  • 2013-08-11 22 people are killed by flash floods in Kabul, Pakistan
  • 2014-01-17 21 people are killed in a suicide bombing in a restaurant in Kabul, Afghanistan
  • 2014-12-13 Two US soldiers killed in a Taliban bombing of a NATO convoy in Kabul
  • 2016-07-23 Suicide bomb in Kabul kills 80 during a protest march, Islamic State claim responsibility
  • 2017-05-30 Large suicide bomb in the diplomatic quarter of Kabul, Afghanistan kills more than 150 and injures 400
  • 2017-07-24 Taliban suicide bus bombing in Kabul kills at least 38, mainly employees of Afghan ministry of mines and petroleum
  • 2018-01-27 Bomb in an ambulance kills over 100 people in Kabul, Taliban claim responsibility
  • 2018-03-21 Suicide bomber kills 31 in crowd celebrating Persian New Year in Kabul, Afghanistan
  • 2018-04-30 Coordinated double suicide attack kills 36 in Kabul, Afghanistan, including nine journalists
  • 2018-08-15 Suicide bomber attacks tuition centre in Kabul, Afghanistan, killing 48 and injuring 67
  • 2018-10-14 Afghan batsman Hazratullah Zazai becomes only the 6th player in cricket history (3rd in T20) to hit 6-sixes in an over; scores 62 in 17 balls in Kabul Zwanan loss v Balkh Legends in Afghanistan Premier League
  • 2018-11-20 More than 40 religious scholars killed, at event to mark birth of prophet Mohammed, by a suicide bomber near the airport in Kabul, Afghanistan
  • 2019-07-01 At least 16 people killed in a Taliban attack with over 100 injured in Kabul, Afghanistan
  • 2019-08-17 Suicide bombing at a wedding in Kabul, Afghanistan, kills 63, with over 200 injured. The Islamic State claims responsibility

Famous Birthdays

  • 1909-07-18 Mohammed Daoud Khan, 1st President of Afghanistan (1973-78) and Prime Minister of Afghanistan (1953-63), born in Kabul, Afghanistan (d. 1978)
  • 1934-12-11 Salim Durani, Indian cricketer (successful Indian batsman of 60's), born in Kabul, Afghanistan

Famous Deaths

  • 1933-11-08 Mohammed Nadir Shah, King of Afghanistan (1929-33), assassinated at 50 by Abdul Khaliq during a graduation ceremony at a high school in Kabul