Angolan History

Historical Events

  • 1641-08-26 West India Company conquers Sao Paulo de Loanda, Angola
  • 1871-11-06 Cameroon reaches coast of Angola after trip through Africa
  • 1875-11-02 Verney Cameroon reaches Benguela in Angola, from Africa's east coast, 1st European to cross equatorial Africa
  • 1902-05-10 Portugal goes bankrupt, but its parliament passes a bill converting its external debt. Contributing to Portugal's troubles is recent revolt in its colony of Angola, put down 6 September
  • 1902-05-15 "Bailundo Revolt" begins after Ovimbundu kingdom & allies revolt against Portuguese Empire in Benguela Highlands, central Portuguese Angola
  • 1925-01-31 Premier Ahmed Zogu becomes president of Angola
  • 1931-07-01 Trans African Railway in use (Benguela, Angola-Jadotville, Congo)
  • 1956-12-10 Establishment of MPLA in Angola

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1959-05-25 Russian premier Nikita Khrushchev visits Angola

Soviet First Secretary Nikita Khrushchev
Soviet First Secretary
Nikita Khrushchev
  • 1961-02-04 "Angolan War of Independence" begins
  • 1962-01-30 UN General Assembly censures Portugal over Angola
  • 1975-01-15 Portugal signs accord for Angola's independence
  • 1975-07-27 The British government closes its consulate in Angola following increasing fighting between the Popular Movement for the Liberation of Angola and South African troops
  • 1975-10-23 Battle between Cuba & South Africa troops in Angola
  • 1975-11-11 Angola gains independence from Portugal (National Day)
  • 1976-03-12 South African troops leave Angola

  • 1976-06-23 The U.S. vetoes Angola’s application for membership of the United Nations Security
  • 1976-06-28 Three British mercenaries are sentenced to death for their part in the Angolan civil war
  • 1976-07-10 One American and three British mercenaries are executed in Angola following the Luanda Trial
  • 1976-12-01 Angola admitted to the UN
  • 1978-01-07 Angola revises its constitution in include a state security law
  • 1978-05-06 South Africa military goes into Angola
  • 1979-09-20 Jose E dod Santos becomes president of Angola
  • 1980-08-11 Angola revises its constitution
  • 1982-08-11 The South African Defence Force (SADF) raids Southern Angola
  • 1984-06-28 Former member of South African Congress of Trade Unions (SACTU), Jeannette Schoon, and her six-year old daughter, Katryn, are killed by a letter bomb at Lubango, in northern Angola
  • 1986-01-28 Angolan Unity Leader Jonas Savimbi visits Washington, D.C.
  • 1988-08-07 Angola, Cuba and South Africa allegedly signed a cease fire treaty
  • 1988-08-08 Angola, Cuba & South Africa sign cease fire treaty
  • 1988-08-08 South Africa declares cease-fire in Angola
  • 1991-04-10 Rare tropical storm develops in the Southern Hemisphere near Angola; first to be documented by satellites
  • 1991-05-01 Angolan civil war ends
  • 1991-05-23 Last Cubans troops leave Angola
  • 1991-05-31 Sides in Angola sign a treaty ending 16 year civil war
  • 1993-08-04 Angolan air force bombs Huambo
  • 1993-12-04 A truce is concluded between the government of Angola and UNITA rebels.
  • 1994-06-09 Angolan plane bombs school in Waku Kungo (89 killed)
  • 1994-11-20 Angolan government and UNITA rebels sign the Lusaka Protocol in Zambia, ending 19 years of civil war
  • 1995-03-02 Ferry boat sinks off Sumbe Angola, 42+ killed
  • 1996-11-23 The Republic of Angola officially joins the World Trade Organization.
  • 2000-10-31 A chartered Antonov An-26 explodes after takeoff in Northern Angola killing 50
  • 2000-11-15 A chartered Antonov AN-24 crashes after takeoff from Luanda, Angola killing more than 40 people
  • 2002-02-22 Angolan political and rebel leader Jonas Savimbi is killed in a military ambush.
  • 2002-04-04 The Angolan government and UNITA rebels sign a peace treaty ending the Angolan Civil War
  • 2013-01-01 10 people are killed and 120 are injured in a stampede in Luanda, Angola
  • 2014-10-16 New Zealand, Malaysia, Angola, Spain and Venezuela are elected to the United Nations Security Council
  • 2017-11-15 Isabel Dos Santos, Africa's richest woman, fired as head of Angola state oil company Sonangol

Famous Birthdays

  • 1903-05-21 Manly Wade Wellman, Angola, sci-fi author (After Dark, Devil's Planet)
  • 1922-09-17 Agostinho Neto, 1st President of Angola (1975-79), born in Ícolo e Bengo, Portuguese Angola (d. 1979)
  • 1924-09-28 Antonio Jacinto, Portuguese West Africa, Angolan poet
  • 1928-08-21 Mário Pinto de Andrade, Angolan poet and politician who founded the Movement for the Liberation of Angola (MPLA), born in Golungo Alto, Portuguese Angola (d. 1990)
  • 1970-01-07 Joao Ricardo, Angolan footballer, born in Luanda, Angola
  • 1972-11-28 Paulo Figueiredo, Angolan footballer
  • 1972-12-08 Marco Abreu, Angolan footballer, born in Lubango, Angola
  • 1973-04-20 Isabel Dos Santos, Angolan businesswoman, daughter of ex-President José Eduardo dos Santos, Africa's richest woman, born in Baku, Azerbaijan SSR
  • 1976-09-24 Carlos Almeida, Angolan basketball player
  • 1977-05-29 António Lebo-Lebo, Angolan soccer defender (Angola 15 caps), born in Malanje, Angola
  • 1977-05-30 Akwá, Angolan footballer
  • 1977-09-03 Rui Marques, Angolan footballer
  • 1978-05-14 André Macanga, Angolan footballer
  • 1978-10-11 Kali, Angolan soccer defender (73 caps), born in Luanda, Angola
  • 1979-03-14 Love, Angolan footballer
  • 1979-12-30 Flávio, Angolan footballer
  • 1980-02-11 Titi Buengo, Angolan footballer, born in Luanda, Angola
  • 1980-12-25 Locó [Manuel Armindo Morais Cange], Angolan footballer, born in Luanda, Angola
  • 1981-02-01 Luis Lamá, Angolan soccer goalkeeper (56 caps; Petro Luanda), born in Luanda, Angola
  • 1981-05-27 Miloy, Angolan footballer
  • 1982-03-18 Pedro Mantorras, Angolan footballer
  • 1982-10-09 António Mendonça, Angolan footballer, born in Luanda, Angola
  • 1983-03-07 Manucho, Angolan footballer
  • 1983-12-10 Zé Kalanga, Angolan footballer
  • 1984-06-19 Mateus Galiano da Costa, Angolan footballer, born in Luanda, Angola

Famous Deaths

  • 1979-09-10 Agostinho Neto, 1st President of Angola (1975-79), dies at 56
  • 1990-08-06 Mário Pinto de Andrade, Angolan poet and politician who founded the Movement for the Liberation of Angola (MPLA), dies at 62
  • 1991-06-23 Antonio Jacinto, Angolan poet, dies at 66
  • 1996-02-28 Daniel Chipenda, Angolan politician and field commander, dies at 64
  • 2002-02-22 Jonas Savimbi, Angolan rebel leader (b. 1934)
  • 2007-08-02 Holden Roberto, Angolan founder and leader of the FNLA (b. 1923)