Lesotho in History

Historical Events

  • 1833-06-28 Three missionaries of the Paris Evangelical Missionary Society obtain permission from Chief Moshoeshoe (Moshesh) to found a mission station in Basutoland (now Lesotho)
  • 1868-03-12 Great Britain annexes Basutoland in Africa (later renamed the Kingdom of Lesotho)
  • 1913-07-25 A meeting in Johannesburg, called by the South African Native National Congress, now African National Congress, is attended by a large number of people from South Africa, Botswana, Lesotho, and Swaziland
  • 1966-10-04 Lesotho (Basutoland) gains independence from Britain (National Day)
  • 1986-01-01 South African Government closes its borders with Lesotho, cutting off important food and fuel supplies, after Lesotho refuses to sign a non-aggression pact
  • 1986-01-20 Military coup in Lesotho under major general Lekhanya & premier Leabua Jonathan
  • 1994-08-17 King Letsie II of Lesotho dismisses premier Ntsu Mokhehle

Famous Birthdays

  • 1938-05-02 Moshoeshoe II, King of Lesotho (1966-90), born in Morija, Lesotho (d. 1996)
  • 1957-05-26 Pontso S.M. Sekatle, Lesotho academic and politician
  • 1963-07-17 Letsie III, King of Lesotho, born in Morija, Basutoland
  • 1968-03-19 Mots'eoa Senyane, Lesotho diplomat
  • 1976-06-02 Queen 'Masenate Mohato Seeiso, Queen consort of Lesotho
  • 1980-06-09 Lehlohonolo Seema, Lesotho footballer
  • 2001-10-07 Princess Senate Seeiso, daughter of King Letsie III of Lesotho, born in Maseru, Lesotho

Famous Deaths

  • 1870-03-11 Moshoeshoe I, King of Lesotho (1822-70), dies at about 47
  • 1948-09-08 Thomas Mofolo, Lesotho writer (b. 1876)
  • 1994-04-14 Selometsi Baholo, vice-premier of Lesotho, murdered
  • 1996-01-15 Moshoeshoe II, King of Lesotho (1966-90), dies at 51