Bahrain in History

Historical Events

  • 1950-06-12 2 Air France DC-4s crash near Bahrain, about 100 die
  • 1965-03-05 March Intifada: A Leftist uprising erupts in Bahrain against British colonial presence
  • 1971-08-14 Bahrain proclaims independence after 110 years of British rule
  • 1971-08-15 Bahrain gains independence from Britain
  • 1973-05-26 Bahrain adopts its constitution
  • 1973-12-06 Bahrain's constitution goes into effect
  • 2000-08-23 A Gulf Air Airbus A320 crashes into the Persian Gulf near Manama, Bahrain, killing 143.
  • 2008-04-08 The construction of the world's first building to integrate wind turbines completes, in Bahrain.
  • 2011-02-14 The 2011 Bahraini uprising commenced.
  • 2016-08-14 Kenya's Jemima Sumgong wins women's marathon gold medal at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics in 2:24:04; Eunice Kirwa (Bahrain) takes silver, and Mare Dibaba (Ethiopia) bronze
  • 2017-06-05 Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, and Egypt sever ties with Qatar, citing its support of terrorist groups, Yemen, the Maldives and Libya follow suit
  • 2017-06-23 Saudi Arabia and allies, Egypt, UAE and Bahrain issue list of 13 conditions to Qatar in return for lifting sanctions, including closing Al Jazeera TV

Famous Birthdays

  • 1933-06-03 Isa ibn Salman Al Khalifah, 1st emir of Bahrain (1961-1999), born in Jasra, Bahrain (d. 1999)
  • 1935-11-24 Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa, Bahraini royal and politician, world's longest serving Prime Minister of Bahrain (1970-2020), born in Bahrain (d. 2020)
  • 1950-01-28 Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa, King of Bahrain (1999 - present), born in Riffa, Bahrain
  • 1969-02-13 Ahlam [Ahlah Ali Al Shamsi], Bahraini singer, born in Manama, Bahrain
  • 1991-02-12 Faisal bin Hamad Al Khalifa, prince of Bahrain, born in Riffa, Bahrain (d. 2006)

Famous Deaths

  • 1999-03-06 Isa ibn Salman Al Khalifah, 1st emir of Bahrain (1961-1999), dies of a heart attack at 65