Guinea in History

Historical Events

  • 1898-09-29 Wassoulou Empire leader Samori Ture captured by French troops in West Africa ending his 20 year rule
  • 1958-09-28 Guinea votes for independence from France
  • 1958-09-30 French Guinee becomes independent republic Guinea
  • 1958-10-02 Guinea (French Guinea) gains independence from France (National Day)
  • 1968-10-02 Republic Guinea forms (day of republic)
  • 1977-08-27 Army shoots on market vendor women in Conakry, Guinea
  • 1982-05-14 Guinea adopts constitution
  • 1984-04-03 Guinea suspends constitution after coup
  • 2007-02-27 The general strike against Lansana Conté in Guinea ends
  • 2009-09-28 The military junta leading Guinea, headed by Captain Moussa Dadis Camara, sexually assaulted, killed and wounded protesters during a protest rally in a stadium called Stade du 28 Septembre.
  • 2012-03-03 Lorry crash in east Guinea kills 50 and injures 27
  • 2013-12-06 A 2-year old boy dies from Ebola in Meliandou, Guinea
  • 2013-12-28 Early signs of Ebola epidemic: 2 year old child in Guinea dies of an unidentified hemorrhagic fever; mother, sister and grandmother soon follow
  • 2014-03-22 Guinea confirms Ebola outbreak has already killed 59 people
  • 2014-03-28 2 cases of Ebola are reported in Liberia among people who have travelled to Guinea
  • 2014-08-29 Riots break out in Guinea following rumours that health workers are deliberately transmitting the Ebola virus to locals
  • 2014-09-05 World Health Organization estimates 1,900 people have died from the Ebola virus out of 3,500 infected in Guinea, Liberia, Nigeria, Senegal, and Sierra Leone
  • 2014-09-26 World Health Organizations estimates that Ebola death toll has reached 3,091 - with Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone hit hardest
  • 2015-12-29 Ebola epidemic in Guinea declared over by WHO, 2,500 died over 2 years

Famous Birthdays

  • 1922-01-09 Ahmed Sékou Touré, first President of Guinea (1958-84), born in Faranah, Guinea (d. 1984)
  • 1975-10-05 Bobo Baldé, Guinean footballer, born in Marseille, France
  • 1977-03-13 Momo Sylla, Guinean footballer, born in Bouaké, Cote d'Ivoire

Famous Deaths

  • 1818-05-02 Herman Willem Daendels, Dutch military leader (Brigadier-General) and politician (Governor-General of Dutch-East Indies, 1808-11; Governor-General of Dutch Gold Coast, 1811-15), dies at 55
  • 1984-03-26 Ahmed Sékou Touré, first President of Guinea (1958-84), dies of a heart attack at 62
  • 2003-11-24 Floquet de Neu, Ecuato Guinean albino gorilla (b. 1964)
  • 2008-02-02 Katoucha, Guinean model and activist (b. 1960)