Egyptian History

Historical Events

Events 1 - 100 of 305

  • 1479-04-24 BC Thutmose III ascends to the throne of Egypt, although power effectively shifts to Hatshepsut (according to the Low Chronology of the 18th Dynasty)

Battle of Megiddo

1457-04-16 BC Battle of Megiddo: Egyptian forces of Thutmose III defeat a large Canaanite coalition under King of Kadesh. First battle recorded with a reliable account.

  • 1425-03-11 BC Thutmose III, Pharaoh of Egypt, dies (according to the Low Chronology of the 18th Dynasty).

Historic Event

1279-05-31 BC Ramesses II, also known as Ramesses the Great becomes Pharaoh of Ancient Egypt (19th Dynasty)

  • 0217-06-22 BC Battle of Raphia: Ptolemy IV of Egypt defeats Antiochus III the Great of the Seleucid kingdom
  • 0196-03-27 BC Ptolemy V ascends to the throne of Egypt.


0048-09-28 BC Pompey the Great is assassinated on orders of King Ptolemy of Egypt after landing in Egypt

Victory in Battle

0048-08-09 BC Caesar's civil war: Battle of Pharsalus - Julius Caesar decisively defeats Pompey at Pharsalus and Pompey flees to Egypt.

Historic Event

0044-09-02 BC Queen Cleopatra VII of Egypt declares her son Caesarion co-ruler as Ptolemy XV Caesar

Historic Event

0030-08-01 BC Octavian (later known as Augustus) enters Alexandria, Egypt, bringing it under the control of the Roman Republic

Victory in Battle

0030-07-31 BC Battle of Alexandria: Mark Antony achieves minor victory over Octavian, but most of his army subsequently deserts, leading to Octavian's invasion of Egypt

Historic Event

0435-08-03 Deposed Patriarch of Constantinople Nestorius, considered the originator of Nestorianism, exiled by Byzantine Emperor Theodosius II to a monastery in Egypt

  • 1006-05-01 Supernova observed by Chinese and Egyptians in constellation Lupus
  • 1167-03-18 Battle of El-Babein, Egypt: Franks under Amalrik vs Syrians

Battle of Interest

1187-07-03 Battle of Horns of Hattin: Saladin, Sultan of Egypt and Syria, destroys Jerusalem's crusader army

  • 1218-05-24 The Fifth Crusade leaves Acre for Egypt
  • 1219-02-18 Jerusalem re-taken by the Christian Crusader kingdom in a peace treaty between Holy Roman Emperor Frederik II and Egyptian ruler Al-Kamil
  • 1250-04-13 The Seventh Crusade is defeated in Egypt, Louis IX of France captured

Battle of Fariskur

1250-07-03 Louis IX of France is captured by Baibars' Mamluk army at the Battle of Fariskur while he is in Egypt conducting the Seventh Crusade; he later has to ransom himself

  • 1260-10-24 Qutuz, Mamluk Sultans of Egypt (1259-60), is assassinated by Baibars, a fellow Mamluk leader, who seizes power for himself
  • 1291-07-31 Egyptian Mamelukken occupies Akko, crusaders driven out of Palestine
  • 1724-12-09 Colley Cibber's play "Caesar in Egypt" premieres in London

Historic Event

1798-07-01 Napoleon's fleet reaches Alexandria, Egypt

  • 1798-07-21 Napoleon Bonaparte wins Battle of Pyramids in Egypt (Battle of Embabeh) against Mamluk rulers, wiping out most of the Egyptian army
  • 1798-07-23 Napoleon Bonaparte captures Alexandria, Egypt

Victory in Battle

1798-08-01 Battle of the Nile: British Royal Navy under Admiral Horatio Nelson attacks and decimates the French fleet at Aboukir Bay off the Nile Delta, Egypt

Rosetta Stone

1799-07-15 The Rosetta Stone is found in the Egyptian village of Rosetta by French Captain Pierre-François Bouchard during Napoleon's Egyptian Campaign

  • 1799-07-25 French-Egyptian forces under Napoleon I beat Turks at Battle of Abukir
  • 1799-08-23 Napoleon leaves Egypt for France en route to seize power.
  • 1801-03-08 British drive French forces from Abukir, Egypt
  • 1811-03-01 Egyptian king Muhammad Ali Pasha oversees ceremonial murder of 500
  • 1824-06-21 Greek War of Independence: Egyptian forces capture Psara in the Aegean Sea
  • 1826-06-21 Maniots defeat Egyptians under Ibrahim Pasha in the Battle of Vergas
  • 1827-10-20 Naval Battle of Navarino (off the Peloponnese coast): English, Russian, French combined fleet beat a Turkish and Egyptian force, paving the way for Greek independence
  • 1854-11-15 In Egypt, the Suez Canal, linking the Mediterranean Sea with the Red Sea, is given the necessary royal concession.
  • 1864-12-28 Battle of Egypt Station, Mississippi
  • 1869-11-17 Suez Canal in Egypt opens, linking Mediterranean and Red seas
  • 1875-11-16 Battle of Gundet: Ethiopian emperor Yohannes beats Egyptians
  • 1876-03-07 Battle at Gura: Ethiopian emperor Yohannes beats Egyptians
  • 1879-02-18 Arabs capture Egyptian premier Nabar Pasha
  • 1879-04-08 Khedive Ismael of Egypt fires French and British ministers
  • 1879-06-26 Ismael Pasha resigns as khedive of Egypt
  • 1881-01-22 "Cleopatra's Needle", a 3,500-year-old Ancient Egyptian obelisk is erected in Central Park, New York [1]
  • 1881-09-09 Egyptian military coup under colonel Arab "El Wahid"
  • 1882-06-10 Anti-colonization mass society of Alexandria Egypt kills 50 Europeans
  • 1882-09-13 Battle at Count el-Kebir: British troops defeat Egyptian force in the decisive battle of the Anglo-Egytian War
  • 1883-07-24 Arabi Pasha declares a holy war in Egypt
  • 1883-11-05 Battle at El Obeid Sudan: Mahdi's army destroys Egyptian army
  • 1888-06-29 First (known) recording of classical music made, Handel's "Israel in Egypt" on wax cylinder
  • 1898-04-08 Battle of Atbara River, Anglo-Egyptian forces crush 6,000 Sudanese
  • 1899-01-19 Anglo-Egyptian Sudan forms
  • 1904-04-08 Great Britain and France establish their Entente Cordiale, a technical treaty settling long-standing disagreements over Morocco, Egypt, Africa, and the Pacific
  • 1906-05-03 British-controlled Egypt takes Sinai peninsula from Turkey
  • 1907-12-07 The First Egyptian Nationalist Congress meets under the leadership of Mustafa Kamil Pasha
  • 1912-12-07 Bust of Queen Nefertiti found in El-Amarna, Egypt
  • 1913-07-21 The Egyptian government announces a new constitutional system and electoral law
  • 1914-02-01 Chicago White Sox and New York Giants play a 10-inning, 3-3 tie in Cairo, Egypt in an exhibition MLB game; part of special 56-game world tour
  • 1914-12-17 Great Britain declares Egypt a protectorate
  • 1914-12-23 World War I: Australian and New Zealand troops arrive in Cairo, Egypt
  • 1916-12-23 World War I: Battle of Magdhaba - Allied forces defeat Turkish forces in Egypt's Sinai peninsula
  • 1917-01-09 World War I: the Battle of Rafa occurs near the Egyptian border with Palestine.
  • 1922-02-21 Britain declares Egypt a sovereign state
  • 1922-03-15 Sultan Faud crowned King of Egypt, England recognizes Egypt
  • 1922-03-16 Egypt achieves independence from Britain, but British troops remain
  • 1922-05-20 "Egypt" sinks off Ushant after colliding with "Seine" killing 90

Historic Event

1922-11-26 English archaeologist Howard Carter opens Tutankhamun's virtually intact tomb in Egypt

  • 1923-04-19 New Egyptian law allows suffrage for men, except soldiers
  • 1924-01-13 Nationalist Wafd-party wins Egyptian parliament elections
  • 1924-01-27 Egyptian king Foead nominates Saad Zaghloel Pasja premier
  • 1924-11-22 Britain orders Egyptians out of Sudan
  • 1925-05-21 George Lloyd, Baron Lloyd of Dolobran, becomes British High Commissioner in Egypt
  • 1925-12-06 Italy, Britain & Egypt sign Jaghbub accord (Italy)
  • 1926-06-06 Egyptian government of Adly Pasha forms
  • 1928-07-19 King Fuad of Egypt seizes power and disbands parliament
  • 1931-04-22 Egypt & Iraq sign peace treaty
  • 1935-11-13 Anti-British riots in Egypt
  • 1936-05-10 Nahas Pasja becomes premier of Egypt
  • 1940-09-12 Italian troops enter Egypt
  • 1940-09-13 Italian troops under Marshal Graziani attack Egypt
  • 1940-12-17 British troops occupy Sollum, Egypt
  • 1941-04-17 Egyptian steamer SS Zamzam attacked and later scuttled by German cruiser Atlantis (all on board rescued)
  • 1941-04-23 Greek Army surrenders to Germany; British RAF evacuates the Greek King George II to Egypt
  • 1941-05-15 British attack Halfaya-pass & Fort Capuzzo in Egypt and Libya
  • 1942-06-24 German Africa Korps invades Egypt
  • 1942-10-23 During WWII, Britain launches major offensive at El Alamein, Egypt
  • 1945-02-24 Egypt & Syria declare war on nazi-Germany
  • 1945-02-24 Egyptian Premier Ahmed Maher Pasha is killed in Parliament after reading a decree
  • 1945-03-22 Arab League forms with adoption of a charter in Cairo, Egypt
  • 1946-02-21 Anti-British demonstrations in Egypt
  • 1948-05-10 1st attack by Egyptian irregular forces at Kfar Darom Israel
  • 1948-05-15 Troops from Egypt, Lebanon, Syria, Iraq and Saudi Arabia attack Israel
  • 1948-05-16 Egyptians enter Gaza
  • 1948-10-14 Large scale fighting between Israel & Egypt
  • 1948-10-18 Operation 10 Plagues - Israeli offensive against Egyptian army
  • 1948-10-22 Egyptian flagship King Farouk sunk by Israel
  • 1948-12-28 IDF crosses Egyptian border
  • 1949-02-24 Israel & Egypt sign an armistice agreement
  • 1949-11-07 King Faruk disbands Egyptian parliament

Famous Birthdays

  • 0047-06-23 BC Caesarion [Ptolemy XV Caesar], Last pharaoh of ancient Egypt (44BC-30BC) and son of Cleopatra/Julius Caesar, born in the Ptolemaic Kingdom (d. 30 BC)

Constantius II

0317-08-07 Constantius II, Emperor of the Holy Roman Empire (337-61), born in Sirmium, Pannonia Inferior (d. 361)

  • 1553-11-23 Prospero Alpini, Italian botanist and physician (De Medocoma Aegyptorum)
  • 1790-12-23 Jean-Francois Champollion, French scolar who deciphered Egyptian hieroglyphics with Rosetta Stone, born in Figeac, France (d. 1832)
  • 1821-06-08 Samuel White Baker, English explorer (Ceylon & Egypt), born in London, England (d. 1893)
  • 1830-12-31 Isma'il Pasha, Khedive of Egypt (1863-79), born in Cairo, Egypt (d. 1895)
  • 1841-02-26 Evelyn Baring, 1st Earl of Cromer, British diplomat (Consul-General in Egypt, 1883-1907), and writer, born in Cromer, Norfolk, England (d. 1917)
  • 1852-12-15 Muḥammad Tawfīq Pasha, Khedive of Egypt (1879-92), born in Cairo, Egypt (d. 1892)
  • 1853-11-21 Hussein Kamel, Sultan of Egypt (1914-17), born in Cairo, Egypt (d. 1917)
  • 1868-03-26 Fuʾād I [Aḥmad Fuʾād Pasha], King of Egypt (1922-36), born in Cairo, Egypt (d. 1936)
  • 1874-07-14 Abbas Hilmi II, last khedive (Ottoman viceroy) of Egypt (1892-1914), born in Alexandria, Egypt (d. 1944)
  • 1874-08-14 Mustafa Kamil Pasha, Egyptian lawyer, journalist and nationalist activist, born in Cairo, Egypt (d. 1908)
  • 1886-10-01 Ahmad Amin, Egyptian historian and author (My Life), born in Cairo, Egypt (d. 1954)
  • 1886-11-15 René Guénon, French-Egyptian author (d. 1951)
  • 1899-06-04 Hassan Fathy, Egyptian architect (New Gourna Village), born in Alexandria, Egypt (d. 1989)
  • 1901-02-20 Ali Muhammad Naguib, Khartoum, president of Egypt (1952-54)
  • 1904-05-04 Umm Kulthum [Ibrahim], Egyptian singer and actress, born in Tummāy al-Zahāyrah, Egypt (d. 1975)
  • 1906-10-14 Hassan al-Banna, Egyptian founder of the Muslim Brotherhood, born in Mahmoudiyah, Beheira, Egypt (d. 1949)
  • 1908-09-19 Mika Waltari, Finnish novelist (Egyptian), born in Helsinki, Finland (d. 1979)
  • 1910-11-02 Fouad Serageddin, Egyptian politician and leader of Egypt's Wafd Party (d. 1999)
  • 1911-12-11 Naguib Mahfouz, Egyptian novelist (Palace Walk, Sugar Street) and first Arabic writer to win a Nobel Prize (1988), born in Cairo, Egypt (d. 2006)
  • 1912-09-15 Ismail Yasseen, Egyptian comedian and actor (Isamil Yassine as Tarzan, Ibn Hamidu), born in Suez, Egypt (d. 1972)
  • 1917-02-17 Abdur Rahman Badawi, Egyptian philosopher (d. 2002)
  • 1917-03-03 Sameera Moussa, Egyptian nuclear scientist (d. 1952)
  • 1917-06-09 Eric J. Hobsbawm, Marxist historian (The Age of Revolution; Capital; and Empire), born in Alexandria, Sultanate of Egypt, (d. 2012)

Gamal Abdel Nasser

1918-01-15 Gamal Abdel Nasser, President of Egypt (1954-1971), born in Bakos, Egypt (d. 1970)

  • 1918-07-02 "Sheikh" Imam [Eissa], Egyptian folk and protest singer-songwriter, born in Giza (d. 1995)

Anwar Sadat

1918-12-25 Anwar Sadat, 3rd President of Egypt (1970-81, Nobel 1978), born in Monufia, Egypt (d. 1981)

  • 1920-02-11 Farouk I, Cairo, last King of Egypt (1936-52)
  • 1920-11-18 Mustafa Khalil, 40th Prime Minister of Egypt (1978-80), born in Al Qalyubiyah Governorate, Egypt (d. 2008)
  • 1921-11-05 Fawzia Fuad, Egyptian princess who became Queen of Iran as the first wife of Mohammad Reza Pahlavi, born in Ras el-Tin Palace, Alexandria, Sultanate of Egypt (d. 2013)
  • 1924-03-03 Ali Faik Zaghloul, Egyptian radio presenter (d. 1995)
  • 1926-09-09 Yusuf al-Qaradawi, prominent Egypt Muslim cleric

Hosni Mubarak

1928-05-04 Hosni Mubarak, Egyptian president (1981-2011) who was ousted during the Arab spring, born in Kafr-El Meselha, Egypt (d. 2020)

Yasser Arafat

1929-08-24 Yasser Arafat, Chairman of the Palestinian Liberation Organization, 1st President of the Palestinian National Authority (1994-2004) and 1994 Nobel peace prize winner, born in Cairo, Egypt (d. 2004) [some sources cite date of August 4 vs. 24]

  • 1930-06-05 Alifa Rifaat, Egyptian writer (d. 1996)
  • 1930-09-11 Saleh Selim, Egyptian football player and 10th president of the Egyptian Al-Ahly Sporting Club, born in Cairo, Egypt (d. 2002)
  • 1930-12-25 Salah Jaheen, Egyptian poet and cartoonist, born in Cairo, Egypt (d. 1986)
  • 1931-10-27 Nawal el-Saadawi, Egyptian feminist writer and activist, born in Kafr Tahla, Egypt (d. 2021) [1]
  • 1932-04-10 Omar Sharif [Michel Dimitri Shalhoub], Egyptian actor (Doctor Zhivago, Lawrence of Arabia), born in Alexandria (d. 2015)
  • 1933-01-17 Dalida [Yolande Christina Gigliotti], French-Italian actress (The Sixth Day), singer (Bambino), and Miss Egypt 1954, born in Cairo, Egypt (d. 1987)
  • 1933-08-29 Jehan Sadat [Safwat Raouf], Widow of Anwar Sadat and 1st Lady of Egypt (1970-81), born in Cairo, Egypt (d. 2021) [1]
  • 1935-11-19 Rashad Khalifa, Egyptian imam (d. 1990)
  • 1936-07-02 Omar Suleiman, Qena, Egypt, army general and intelligence officer, (d. 2012)
  • 1942-01-26 Souad Hosni, Egyptian actress (d. 2001)
  • 1942-06-17 Mohamed ElBaradei, Egyptian Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency and recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize 2005, born in Cairo, Egypt
  • 1944-10-15 Haim Saban, Israeli-American media proprietor (Saban Entertainment), born in Alexandria, Kingdom of Egypt
  • 1946-02-26 Ahmed Zewail, Egyptian-American chemist & Nobel laureate (1999), born in Damanhur, Egypt (d. 2016)
  • 1946-06-05 Gillian Hills, English actress (Blow-up, Clockwork Orange), born in Cairo, Egypt
  • 1946-06-15 Demis Roussos, Greek singer and performer (Aphrodite's Child), born in Alexandria, Egypt (d. 2015)
  • 1947-05-17 John Traicos, cricketer (in Egypt South Africa 1970, Zimbabwe 1992-93)
  • 1951-05-16 Jonathan Richman, American rock singer-songwriter (Modern Lovers - "Road Runner"), born in Natick, Massachusetts
  • 1951-06-19 Ayman al-Zawahiri, Egyptian leader of al-Qaeda, born in Maadi, Cairo
  • 1952-01-16 Fuad II of Egypt, last King of Egypt and Sudan (1952-53), born in Abdeen Palace, Cairo, Egypt
  • 1952-07-16 Stewart Copeland, American drummer (The Police - "Roxanne"), and film score composer (Wall Street; SubUrbia), born in Alexandria, Virginia
  • 1954-06-02 Michael Steele, rocker (Bangles - "Eternal Flame"; "Walk Like an Egyptian")
  • 1954-10-10 Mohamed Mounir, Egyptian singer and actor (El Malek Howwa El Malek), born in Aswan, Egypt
  • 1955-03-10 Youssra [Seveen Nessim], Egyptian actress and singer, born in Cairo, Egypt
  • 1955-04-15 Dodi Fayed, Egyptian businessman who died in a car crash in Paris with Diana. Princess of Wales, born in Alexandria, Egypt (d. 1997)
  • 1955-08-18 Taher Elgamal, Egyptian scientist, born in Cairo, Egypt
  • 1956-11-10 Mohsen Badawi, Egyptian entrepreneur and political activist, born in Cairo, Egpyt
  • 1957-04-04 Ali El Haggar, Egyptian singer and actor, born in Imbabah, Giza
  • 1958-10-14 Thomas Dolby [Robertson], British new-wave rock singer and musician ("She Blinded Me With Science"), born in London, England
  • 1959-01-17 Susanna Hoffs, American actress & musician (Bangles-Walk Like an Egyptian), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1960-07-19 Atom Egoyan, Canadian director (Adjuster, Next of Kin), born in Cairo, Egypt
  • 1960-09-18 Karim Rashid, Egyptian-Canadian industrial designer, born in Cairo, Egypt
  • 1961-10-11 Amr Diab, Egyptian singer (Leily Nehary), born in Port Said, Egypt
  • 1962-01-04 Laila Eloui, Egyptian film actress, born in Cairo, Egypt
  • 1966-01-07 Ehab Tawfik, Egyptian singer, born in Cairo, Egypt
  • 1966-09-22 Moustafa Amar, Egyptian singer, born in Alexandria, Egypt
  • 1966-11-02 Khaled Abol Naga, Egyptian actor and activist, born in Cairo
  • 1968-04-26 Ahmed Elmaghraby, American field hockey forward (Olympics 1996), born in Suez, Egypt
  • 1968-09-01 Mohammed Atta, Egyptian terrorist (d. 2001)
  • 1969-11-18 Ahmed Helmy, Egyptian actor (Aboud Ala El Hodoud), born in Banha, Egypt
  • 1973-01-15 Essam El-Hadary, Egyptian footballer, born in Damietta Governorate, Egypt
  • 1976-11-18 Mona Zaki, Egyptian Actress
  • 1977-08-16 Tamer Hosny, Egyptian singer and actor, born in Cairo, Egypt
  • 1980-10-10 Sherine [Abdel-Wahab], Egyptian singer, born in Cairo, Egypt

Rami Malek

1981-05-12 Rami Malek, American actor (Bohemian Rhapsody), born in Los Angeles, California

  • 1981-10-08 Ruby [Rania Hussein Muhammad Tawfiq], Egyptian singer ("Do You Know Why") and actress (The Baby Doll Night), born in Cairo, Egypt
  • 1983-02-23 Mido, Egyptian footballer, born in Cairo, Egypt

Famous Weddings

Mohammad Reza Pahlavi

1939-03-16 Princess Fawzia of Egypt (17) marries the Shah of Persia Mohammad Reza Pahlavi (19)

Anwar Sadat

1949-05-29 President of Egypt Anwar Sadat (30) weds human rights activist Jehan Raouf (16) in Egypt


Famous Deaths


0030-08-12 BC Cleopatra VII Philopator, the last ruler of the Egyptian Ptolemaic dynasty, commits suicide allegedly by inducing an asp (Egyptian cobra) to bite her

  • 0347-05-14 Pachomius, Egyptian monastery founder/abbot (Coenobieten), dies
  • 1121-12-11 Al-Afdal Shahanshah, Caliph of Egypt (b. 1066)


1193-03-04 Saladin, 1st Sultan of Egypt and Syria and the founder of the Ayyubid dynasty, dies of fever at about 55

  • 1204-12-13 Maimonides [Moses Ben Maimon], Sephardic Jewish philosopher, astronomer and physician (Mishneh Torah), dies in Cairo at 69
  • 1249-11-23 Ajjoeb, sultan of Egypt, dies
  • 1250-02-08 William II Longespee, dies as a martyr at the battle of Al Mansurah, Egypt (7th Crusade)
  • 1250-05-02 Toeransa, sultan of Egypt, murdered
  • 1260-10-23 Koetoez, Turkish sultan of Egypt, murdered
  • 1277-07-01 Baibars, Mameluk sultan of Egypt (b. 1223)
  • 1517-04-13 Tuman bay II, last Mamelukken sultan of Egypt, dies at 40
  • 1773-05-08 Ali Bey Al-Kabir, Egyptian Mamluk leader, dies (b. 1728)
  • 1829-05-10 Thomas Young, British physician and physicist (light interference), dies at 55
  • 1849-08-02 Muhammad Ali of Egypt, Albanian-born Pasha and viceroy of Egypt (founder of modern Egypt), dies at 80
  • 1854-07-18 Abbas Hilmi I, viceroy of Egypt, dies at about 41
  • 1883-11-05 William Hicks, British col/commander (Egyptian army), dies in battle
  • 1887-04-20 Muhammad Sharif Pasha, Egyptian statesman (b. 1826)
  • 1892-01-07 Muḥammad Tawfīq Pasha, Khedive of Egypt (1879-92), dies at 39
  • 1895-03-02 Ismail Pasha, kedive of Egypt (1863-79), dies at 64
  • 1905-08-14 Mohammed Abdoe, Egyptian writing expert (Al'Oerwah al-Woethka), dies
  • 1908-02-10 Mustafa Kamil Pasha, Egyptian lawyer, journalist, Nationalist and a founder of Egyptian National Party, dies at 33
  • 1910-02-20 Boutros Ghali, Prime Minister of Egypt (1908-1910), assassinated by a nationalist at 64
  • 1911-09-21 Arab Pasha, "al-Misri" [Pasha Ahmad Arab), Egyptian minister, dies
  • 1917-01-29 Evelyn Baring, 1st Earl of Cromer, British diplomat (Consul-General in Egypt, 1883-1907), and writer, dies at 75
  • 1917-10-09 Hussein Kamel, Sultan of Egypt (1914-17), dies at 63
  • 1919-11-15 Mohammad Farid, an influential Egyptian political figure.
  • 1924-11-19 Lee Stack, British sirdar in Egypt/gov-gen of Sudan, murdered
  • 1927-07-23 Saad Zaghlul, Egyptian parliament chairman, dies at 74
  • 1936-05-14 Edmund Allenby, Viscount Allenby, English Fieldmarshal, General in Egypt during WWI, dies at 74
  • 1944-12-20 Abbas Hilmi II, viceroy of Egypt (1892-1914), dies at 70
  • 1945-02-24 Ahmed Maher Pasha, Egypt's PM, assassinated in parliament
  • 1948-12-28 Mahmud Nokrashy Pasha, Prime Minister of Egypt (19..-48), assassinated
  • 1949-02-12 Hassan al Banna, Egyptian founder of the Muslim Brotherhood, dies at 42
  • 1951-01-07 René Guénon, French-Egyptian author (b. 1886)
  • 1952-08-05 Sameera Moussa, Egyptian nuclear scientist (b. 1917)
  • 1954-05-30 Ahmad Amin, Egyptian historian and author (My Life), dies at 67
  • 1964-10-20 Miles Lampson, 1st Baron Killearn, English diplomat (High Commissioner of Egypt and the Sudan), dies at 84
  • 1965-03-18 Farouk I, last King of Egypt (1936-52), dies at 45
  • 1966-08-29 Sayyid Qutb, Egyptian theoretician (b. 1906)
  • 1967-09-14 Mohammed Abdul Hakim Amer, Egyptian vice-PM, commits suicide at 47
  • 1969-03-09 Riad, chief of staff (Egyptian army), dies

Gamal Abdel Nasser

1970-09-28 Gamal Abdel Nasser, Egyptian revolutionary and politician (Acting President, 1954-56; President, 1956-70), dies of heart attack at 52

  • 1972-05-24 Ismail Yasseen, Egyptian comedian and actor (Isamil Yassine as Tarzan, Ibn Hamidu), dies of a heart attack at 59
  • 1973-10-28 Taha Hussein, Egyptian writer (b. 1889)
  • 1975-02-03 Umm Kulthum [Ibrahim], Egyptian singer and actress, dies at 76
  • 1977-03-30 Abdel Halim Hafez [Shabana], Egyptian singer and actor, dies of liver failure due to schistosomiasis (parasitic flatworm infection) at 47
  • 1977-07-03 Mohammed al-Zahaby, Egyptian minister, murdered by Moslem extremists at 64

AssassinationAnwar Sadat

1981-10-06 Anwar Sadat, 3rd President of Egypt (1970-81, Nobel 1978), assassinated by fundamentalist army officers at 62

  • 1984-08-29 Muhammad Naguib, Egyptian statesman (b. 1901)
  • 1986-04-21 Salah Jaheen, Egyptian poet and cartoonist, dies at 55
  • 1987-05-03 Dalida [Yolande Christina Gigliotti], French-Italian actress (The Sixth Day), singer (Bambino), and Miss Egypt 1954, commits suicide at 54
  • 1990-01-31 Rashad Khalifa, Egyptian-born imam (b. 1935)
  • 1990-10-12 Rifaat Maghub, president Egyptian MP, murdered
  • 1990-11-12 Rifaat El-Maghub, Egyptian MP leader, assassinated at 64
  • 1991-05-03 Mohammed Abdel Wahab, Egyptian singer and composer (b. 1907)
  • 1992-06-08 Farag Foeda, Egyptian writer/publicist, murdered
  • 1993-04-11 Mohammed el-Himi, brigade-general of Egyptian police, murdered
  • 1994-04-09 Raouf Khayrat, Egyptian general-major, murdered
  • 1995-01-22 Mahmoud Sayed Selim, Egyptian moslim leader, shot to death at 29
  • 1995-10-13 Ali Faik Zaghloul, Egyptian radio presenter, dies at 71
  • 1997-11-21 Ismail Fahmi, external minister of Egypt in (1973-77), dies
  • 2000-08-09 Fouad Serageddin, Egyptian politician and leader of Egypt's Wafd Party, dies at 88
  • 2001-06-21 Souad Hosni, Egyptian actress (b. 1942)
  • 2002-07-25 Abdur Rahman Badawi, Egyptian existentialist philosopher (b. 1917)
  • 2006-08-30 Naguib Mahfouz, Egyptian novelist (Palace Walk, Sugar Street) and first Arabic writer to win a Nobel Prize (1988), dies at 94
  • 2006-08-31 Mohamed Abdelwahab, Egyptian soccer left back (19 caps; African Cup of Nations 2006; Al Ahly SC, Aluminium Nag Hammâdi), dies from a heart defect at 22
  • 2008-07-27 Youssef Chahine, Egyptian film director (b. 1926)
  • 2009-07-01 Marwa El-Sherbini, Egyptian housewife (b. 1977 or 1976)
  • 2012-01-07 Ibrahim Aslan, Egyptian author, dies from heart failure at 77
  • 2012-03-17 Pope Shenouda III, Egyptian Pope of the Coptic Orthodox Church of Alexandria, dies from prostate cancer at 88
  • 2012-07-19 Omar Suleiman, Egyptian general and intelligence officer, dies from a heart attack at 76
  • 2015-07-10 Omar Sharif [Michel Dimitri Shalhoub], Egyptian actor (Doctor Zhivago, Lawrence of Arabia), dies at 83
  • 2016-08-02 Ahmed Zewail, Egyptian-American chemist, (Nobel Prize 1999), dies at 70