Cameroon in History

Historical Events

  • 1871-11-06 Cameroon reaches coast of Angola after trip through Africa
  • 1875-11-02 Verney Cameron reaches Benguela in Angola, from Africa's east coast, 1st European to cross equatorial Africa from sea to sea
  • 1884-07-05 German consul-general Gustav Nachtigal takes possession of Cameroon

Historic Event

1885-05-19 German Chancellor Otto von Bismarck takes possession of Cameroon and Togoland

  • 1915-06-10 British/French troops conquer German colony of Cameroon
  • 1916-01-28 German colony of Cameroon surrenders to Britain & France
  • 1916-02-18 The last German garrison in the German colony of Cameroons surrenders
  • 1940-08-28 French colonies Cameroon/Congo-Brazzaville support Gen De Gaulle
  • 1957-05-10 1st meeting of legislative of Cameroon
  • 1960-01-01 Cameroon (French Cameroon) gains independence from France
  • 1961-10-01 East & West Cameroon merge as Federal Republic of Cameroon
  • 1972-05-20 Republic of Cameroon declared as its constitution is ratified
  • 1977-05-09 Mabel Murphy Smythe confirmed as ambassador to Rep of Cameroon
  • 1984-04-06 Members of Cameroon's Republican Guard unsuccessfully attempt to overthrow the government headed by Paul Biya.
  • 1986-08-21 Lake Nyos volcanic eruption in Cameroon releases a poisonous gas cloud of carbon dioxide, killing 1,746 people and 3,500 livestock

Historic Event

1990-12-01 Dictator of Chad Hissène Habré flees to Cameroon

  • 2007-05-05 Kenya Airways Flight KQ 507 crashes in Cameroon.

Famous Birthdays

  • 1844-07-01 Verney Lovett Cameron, English explorer (Tanganyika), born in Radipole, Dorset, England (d. 1894)
  • 1867-02-26 Siegfried Passarge, German geographer (Cameroon, South Africa, born in Königsberg, Prussia (d. 1958) alternative birth date Nov 28 1866
  • 1933-02-13 Paul Biya, Cameroon politician, President of Cameroon (1982- ), born in Mvomeka'a, Cameroon
  • 1946-03-06 Patrick Pierre Roger Baudry, Cameroon, astronaut (STS 18)
  • 1952-05-20 Roger Milla, Cameroonian footballer
  • 1961-06-02 John Cameroon, guitarist (Claw Boys Claw)
  • 1964-03-17 Jacques Songo'o, Cameroonian football goalkeeper, born in Sackbayeme, Cameroon
  • 1970-11-15 Patrick Mboma, Cameroonian footballer
  • 1975-05-01 Marc-Vivien Foé, Cameroon soccer midfielder (62 caps; collapsed during international match, died; Lens, West Ham, Lyon), born in Yaounde, Cameroon (d. 2003)
  • 1977-01-19 Lauren, Cameroonian footballer, born in Kribi, Cameroon
  • 1977-04-19 Lucien Mettomo, Cameroonian footballer (2002 World Cup), born in Douala, Cameroon
  • 1978-09-18 Augustine Simo, Cameroonian footballer, born in Bangangté, Cameroon
  • 1978-09-25 Roudolphe Douala, Cameroonian footballer, born in Douala, Cameroon
  • 1978-12-20 Geremi Njitap, Cameroon footballer, born in Bafoussam, Cameroon
  • 1979-03-26 Pierre Wome, Cameroonian footballer
  • 1981-03-10 Samuel Eto'o, Cameroonian footballer
  • 1981-05-04 Eric Djemba-Djemba, Cameroonian footballer, born in Douala, Cameroon
  • 1985-06-22 Sofoklis Schortsanitis, Greek-Cameroonian basketball player
  • 1986-09-09 Luc Richard Mbah a Moute, Cameroonian basketball player, born in Yaounde, Cameroon
  • 1987-03-20 Daniel Maa Boumsong, Cameroonian football player
  • 1987-05-14 Franck Songo'o, Cameroonian footballer, born in Yaoundé, Cameron
  • 1987-09-09 Alexandre Song, Cameroonian footballer, born in Douala, Cameroon
  • 1987-09-16 Louis Ngwat-Mahop, Cameroonian football player, born in Yaoundé, Cameroon

Famous Weddings

Yannick Noah

1984-03-02 Tennis player Yannick Noah (23) weds beauty queen Cecilia Rodhe (22) in Cameroon

Famous Deaths

  • 1914-08-30 Adrian H. Stewart, British lieutenant, dies in battle in Cameroon at 26
  • 1943-09-01 Charles Atangana, Cameroonian chief (b. 1880)
  • 2003-06-26 Marc-Vivien Foé, Cameroon soccer midfielder (62 caps; collapsed during international match, died; Lens, West Ham, Lyon), dies of heart failure at 28