Kiribati in History

Historical Events

  • 1976-11-01 Britain gives Gilbert Island (Kiribati) self rule
  • 1979-07-12 Kiribati (formerly Gilbert Islands) declares independence from UK
  • 1994-12-31 This date is skipped altogether in Kiribati as the Phoenix Islands and Line Islands change time zones from UTC-11 to UTC+13 and UTC-10 to UTC+14, respectively.
  • 1999-09-14 Kiribati, Nauru and Tonga join the United Nations.

Famous Birthdays

  • 1950-12-16 Ieremia Tabai, I-Kiribati politician (President of Kiribati, 1979-91), born in Nonouti, Kiribati (Gilbert Islands)