Cameroon in History

Historical Events

  • 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
  • 1884-07-05 German consul-general Gustav Nachtigal takes possession of Cameroon

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

German Statesman Otto von Bismarck
German Statesman
Otto von Bismarck
  • 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
  • 1990-12-01 Hissène Habré of Chad 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 footballer
  • 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
  • 1979-07-10 Mvondo Atangana, Cameroon 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

LoveWedding of Interest

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

Tennis Player and French Open Champion Yannick Noah
Tennis Player and French Open Champion
Yannick Noah

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