Burkina Faso in History

Historical Events

  • 1932-09-05 The French Upper Volta is broken apart between Ivory Coast, French Sudan, and Niger
  • 1958-12-11 Upper Volta (now Burkina Faso) gains autonomy from France
  • 1960-07-11 Ivory Coast, Dahomey, Upper Volta and Niger declare independence
  • 1960-08-05 Burkina Faso (formerly Upper Volta) declares independence from France
  • 1966-01-04 Military coup in Upper Volta leads to a new national constitution
  • 1973-01-01 West African Economic Community formed (Benin, Ivory Coast, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Senegal, Upper Volta)
  • 1978-05-14 First round of the presidential elections in Upper Volta
  • 1978-05-28 Second round of the presidential elections in Upper Volta. The election is won by incumbent Sangoul√© Lamizana.
  • 1980-11-25 Coup in Burkina abolishes constitution
  • 1983-08-04 Revolution in Republic of Upper Volta brings Thomas Sankara to power
  • 1984-08-04 Republic of Upper Volta becomes Burkina Faso (National Day)
  • 1987-10-15 Coup in Burkina Faso, president Sankara dies
  • 2013-02-10 Nigeria defeat Burkina Faso 1-0 to win the football 2013 Africa Cup of Nations
  • 2015-09-16 Military coup in Burkina Faso, President Michel Kafando and other officials seized by presidential guards
  • 2015-09-24 Burkina Faso's interim President Michel Kafando is re-instated a week after a military coup
  • 2016-01-15 Islamist militants attack a hotel in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso killing 28, injuring 56

Famous Deaths

  • 1987-10-15 Thomas Sankara, Burkinab√© revolutionary and politician, President of Burkina Faso (1983-87), assassinated in a coup at 37