Nairobi in History

Historical Events

  • 1954-04-25 British raid Nairobi, Kenya (25,000 Mau Mau suspects arrested)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1977-06-05 National Council of Women of Kenya led by Wangari Maathai march to Kamukunji Park, Nairobi, and plant seven trees - beginning of the Green Belt Movement

Environmentalist Wangari Maathai
Environmentalist
Wangari Maathai
  • 1980-12-31 A Jewish owned hotel in Nairobi Kenya is bombed killing 18
  • 1996-10-04 Pakistan all-rounder Shahid Afridi breaks record for fastest hundred in one-day cricket history; in first ODI innings, Afridi savages Sri Lanka for 102 in KCA Centenary Tournament match in Nairobi; reaches 100 in 37 balls
  • 1999-10-01 Sourav Ganguly smashes 11 fours and 5 sixes for a blistering 139 as India (277/6) dominates Zimbabwe (170) in the 6th cricket LG Cup ODI in Nairobi
  • 2009-01-31 In Kenya, at least 113 people are killed and over 200 injured following an oil spillage ignition in Molo, days after a massive fire at a Nakumatt supermarket in Nairobi killed at least 25 people.
  • 2012-06-10 A Helicopter crash near Nairobi, Kenya, kills five people, including George Saitoti, a Kenyan cabinet minister
  • 2013-09-21 59 people are killed and 175 wounded in a shopping mall gun battle in Nairobi, Kenya
  • 2017-05-31 Kenya's Madaraka Express, a Chinese-built high speed railway from Mombassa to Nairobi is opened by Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta
  • 2018-07-23 Slum homes for 30,000 people demolished to make way for a dual carriage way in Nairobi, Kenya
  • 2018-11-05 BBC opens its largest news bureau outside the UK in Nairobi, Kenya with 300 journalists
  • 2019-01-15 Bomb blast and gunfight at DusitD2 hotel in Nairobi, Kenya, leaves at least 21 dead with militants group claiming responsibility al-Shabab
  • 2019-08-01 Protesting Kenyan cancer survivors in Nairobi urge their government to declare a "nation disaster' in a country with only 35 oncologists for 40 million people

Famous Birthdays

  • 1909-04-13 Mervyn Hugh Cowie, wildlife conservationist, born in Nairobi (d. 1996)
  • 1926-05-17 Tenniel Evans, British actor and clergyman (10 Rillington Place, My Brother's Keeper), born in Nairobi, Kenya (d. 2009)
  • 1936-03-22 Roger Whittaker, country singer (Durham Town), born in Nairobi, Kenya
  • 1936-10-13 Elizabeth Furse, American politician (first naturalized American born in Africa to win election to the United States Congress), born in Nairobi, Kenya
  • 1943-08-29 Mohamed Amin, Kenyan photojournalist, born in Eastleigh, Nairobi, Kenya (d. 1996)
  • 1944-12-19 Richard Leakey, Kenyan paleoanthropologist, conservationist and politician, born in Nairobi, Kenya
  • 1958-10-25 Dipak Patel, Kenyan-New Zealand cricketer (in Kenya New Zealand off-spin all-rounder), born in Nairobi, Kenya
  • 1961-10-26 Uhuru Kenyatta, Kenyan Prime Minister (2013-) and son of Jomo Kenyatta, born in Nairobi, Kenya
  • 1971-06-25 Steve Tikolo, Kenyan cricketer (outstanding Kenyan batsman in 1996 World Cup), born in Nairobi, Kenya
  • 1974-02-11 Zain Verjee, Kenyan-born journalist, born in Nairobi, Kenya
  • 1980-08-29 Mohammad Sheikh, Kenyan cricketer, born in Nairobi, Kenya
  • 1981-07-27 Collins Obuya, Kenyan cricketer, born in Nairobi, Kenya
  • 2179-09-04 Nyota Uhura, Fictional Star Trek communications officer, born in Nairobi, Kenya