Côte d’Ivoire in History

Historical Events

  • 1889-01-10 Ivory Coast declared a protectorate of France
  • 1893-03-10 Ivory Coast becomes a French colony (Cote d'Ivoire)
  • 1932-09-05 The French Upper Volta is broken apart between Ivory Coast, French Sudan, and Niger
  • 1958-12-04 Dahomey (Benin), Ivory Coast become autonomous within French Community
  • 1960-07-11 Ivory Coast, Dahomey, Upper Volta and Niger declare independence
  • 1960-08-07 Côte d'Ivoire (Ivory Coast) gains independence from France
  • 1960-08-08 Ivory Coast declares independence
  • 1960-11-03 Ivory Coast adopts constitution
  • 1960-11-27 Dr Felix Houphouet-Boigny becomes president of Ivory Coast
  • 1960-12-07 Ivory Coast claims independence from France
  • 1964-08-22 Guinee, Liberia & Ivory Coast form joint market
  • 1973-01-01 West African Economic Community formed (Benin, Ivory Coast, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Senegal, Upper Volta)
  • 1993-10-31 25 people killed during Ghana-Ivory Coast soccer match
  • 1993-12-07 Henri Konan Bedie names himself President of Ivory coast
  • 1993-12-09 Ivory Coast Premier Ouattara resigns
  • 2000-01-30 Off the coast of Ivory Coast, Kenya Airways Flight 431 crashes into the Atlantic Ocean, killing 169.
  • 2012-02-12 Zambia defeat Ivory Coast 8-7 on penalties in the Africa Cup of Nations
  • 2015-02-08 Ivory Coast wins the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations football championship

Famous Birthdays

  • 1905-10-18 Felix Houphouet-Boigny, President of Ivory coast (1960-93)
  • 1942-01-01 Alassane Ouattara, Former Prime Minister of Ivory Coast
  • 1953-01-01 Alpha Blondy [Seydou Kone], Ivory coast, reggae singer ("Jerusalem")
  • 1975-03-18 Claude N'Goran, Adzope Ivory Coast, tennis pro
  • 1978-01-12 Bonaventure Kalou, Ivorian footballer, born in Oumé, Côte d’Ivoire
  • 1978-03-11 Didier Drogba, Ivorian football player (Chelsea, Phoenix Rising FC, Ivorian national team), born in Abidjan, Ivory Coast
  • 1980-12-14 Didier Zokora, Ivorian footballer, born in Abidjan, Ivory Coast
  • 1983-05-13 Yaya Touré, Ivorian footballer (Barcelona), born in Bouaké, Ivory Coast
  • 1983-10-21 Aboudia Diarrassouba, Ivorian-American artist, born in Abengourou, Ivory Coast
  • 1985-08-05 Salomon Kalou, Ivorian footballer (Chelsea), born in Oumé, Ivory Coast

Famous Deaths

  • 1993-12-07 Félix Houphouet-Boigny, President of Ivory Coast (1960-93), dies at 88