Algiers in History

Historical Events

  • 1665-08-02 French expedition against Barbarians in Tunis/Algiers
  • 1774-06-11 Jews of Algiers escape attacking Spanish Army
  • 1795-09-05 USA and Algiers sign peace treaty
  • 1795-11-28 US pays $800,000 & a frigate as tribute to Algiers & Tunis
  • 1815-03-03 US declares war on Algiers for taking US prisoners & demanding tribute
  • 1815-08-06 US flotilla ends piracy by Algiers, Tunis & Tripoli
  • 1816-08-27 Lord Exmouth bombards Algiers, a refuge for Barbary pirates
  • 1830-06-12 Beginning of the French colonization of Algeria: 34,000 French soldiers land 27 kilometers west of Algiers, at Sidi Ferruch

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1943-02-12 General Eisenhower departs Algiers for Tebessa

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

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1943-05-30 French general Charles de Gaulle arrives in Algiers

French President Charles de Gaulle
French President
Charles de Gaulle
  • 1943-09-08 Lt-Gen Bradley flies to Carthago/Algiers Sicily
  • 1943-09-09 Lt-Gen Bradley flies from Algiers to Marrakech/Prestwick
  • 1944-08-31 French provisional government moves from Algiers to Paris
  • 1956-02-06 French Prime Minister Guy Mollet pelted with tomatoes in Algiers
  • 1956-05-27 French raid in Algiers
  • 1957-01-07 Algerian militant and National Liberation Front member Djamila Bouhired sets off a bomb in an Algiers cafe killing 11 civilians, precipitating the Battle of Algiers
  • 1958-06-04 French premier Charles de Gaulle arrives in Algiers
  • 1960-02-01 Extreme right-wing rebels in Algiers surrender
  • 1960-12-11 Black Sunday - Riot in Algiers, 114 die
  • 1961-04-23 Algiers putsch by French generals.
  • 1961-07-05 80 die in collisions in Algiers
  • 1962-04-20 OAS-leader ex-general Salan arrested in Algiers
  • 1966-08-28 27th Venice Film Festival: "The Battle of Algiers" directed by Gillo Pontecorvo wins Golden Lion
  • 1966-08-31 "The Battle of Algiers", directed by Gillo Pontecorvo, starring Jean Martin, Saadi Yacef, premieres at the Vienna International Film Festival
  • 1973-11-28 Arab League summit in Algiers recognizes Palestine
  • 1975-03-06 Algiers Accord: Iran and Iraq announce a settlement of their border dispute.
  • 1994-12-24 Four Muslim fundamentalists capture Air France pilot in Algiers
  • 1995-01-30 Car bomb explodes in Algiers, 42 killed/296 injured
  • 1995-02-22 Algiers police kill at least 99 prison rioters
  • 1997-07-14 Bomb in Algiers kills 21 & wounds 40
  • 2007-04-11 Two bombings in the Algerian capital of Algiers kill 33 people and wounds a further 222
  • 2007-12-11 Two car bombs go off at the Constitutional Court building in Algiers and the United Nations office. An estimated 45 people are killed in the bombings.

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2015-05-11 Record price for a work of art at auction: Picasso's The Women of Algiers (Version ‘O’) sells for US$179.3 million at Christies in New York

Painter Pablo Picasso
Pablo Picasso

Famous Birthdays

  • 1897-06-03 Memphis Minnie, blues musician, born in Algiers, Louisiana (d. 1973)
  • 1899-08-28 Charles Boyer, French actor (Algiers, Fanny, Barefoot in the Park), born in Figeac, Lot, France (d. 1978)
  • 1904-03-24 Martin Kosleck, German actor (Pursuit to Algiers, Agent for H.A.R.M.), born in Barkotzen, Pomerania, Germany (d. 1994)
  • 1908-05-05 Jacques Massu, French general who led Battle of Algiers, born in Châlons-sur-Marne (d. 2002)
  • 1911-05-18 Sigrid Gurie, actor (Algiers, Sofia, Refugee), born in Brooklyn, New York

Famous Deaths

  • 1824-04-15 Theodorus F van Capellen, Dutch vice-admiral (Algiers), dies at 61
  • 1969-08-14 Sigrid Gurie, actor (3 Faces West, Algiers), dies at 58
  • 2002-10-26 Jacques Massu, French general who led Battle of Algiers, dies at 94