Cape Verde in History

Historical Events

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1832-01-16 Charles Darwin lands at Porto Prayo in the Cape Verde islands, the first landing of his HMS Beagle voyage

Naturalist Charles Darwin
Charles Darwin
  • 1836-08-31 HMS Beagle anchors in Postage Praia, Cape Verde Islands
  • 1956-09-09 African Party for Liberation of Guinea-Bissau & Cape Verde forms
  • 1975-07-05 Cape Verde Islands gain independence after 500 years of Portuguese rule
  • 1980-09-07 Cape Verde adopts its constitution
  • 1981-02-12 Cape Verde amends its constitution
  • 2008-07-23 Cape Verde joins the World Trade Organization, becoming its 153rd member.

Famous Birthdays

  • 1907-12-23 Manuel Lopes, Cape Verdean writer and poet (d. 2005)
  • 1934-04-29 Pedro Pires, premier (Cape Verde, 1975-91)
  • 1944-02-16 António Mascarenhas Monteiro, 2nd President of Cape Verde
  • 1960-03-28 José Maria Neves, Prime Minister of Cape Verde (2001-16), born in Santa Catarina, Cape Verde

Famous Deaths

  • 2005-01-25 Manuel Lopes, Cape Verdean writer and poet (b. 1907)
  • 2005-10-28 Fernando Quejas, Cape Verdean singer and musician (b. 1922)