Malawi in History

Historical Events

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1859-09-16 Lake Nyasa, which forms Malawi's boundary with Tanzania & Mozambique discovered by British explorer David Livingstone

Physician and Explorer David Livingstone
Physician and Explorer
David Livingstone
  • 1891-05-15 British Central African Protectorate (now Malawi) forms
  • 1953-08-01 Northern Rhodesia becomes part of Federation of Rhodesia and Nyasaland
  • 1959-03-03 British government arrests Hastings Banda of Nyasaland, ends emergency crisis
  • 1962-12-19 Nyasaland secedes from Rhodesia & Nyasaland
  • 1963-02-01 Nyasaland (now Malawi) becomes self-governing under Hastings Banda
  • 1964-01-01 Federation of Rhodesia & Nyasaland dissolved
  • 1964-07-06 Malawi (formerly Nyasaland) declares independence from UK
  • 1965-05-23 Pontoon ferry overturned on Shire River, Malawi, kills 150
  • 1966-07-06 Malawi becomes a republic, Dr Hastings Kamuzu Banda becomes president
  • 1971-07-06 Dr Hastings Kamuzu Banda sworn in as President for Life of Malawi
  • 1994-05-17 Bakili Muluzi's UDF wins Malawi presidents/parliamentary election
  • 2012-04-07 Joyce Banda becomes President of Malawi
  • 2015-01-14 63 people are killed and 70,000 are left homeless after floods devastate Mozambique and Malawi

Famous Birthdays

  • 1906-05-14 Hastings Kamuzu Banda, president of Malawi (1964-94)
  • 1907-01-20 Roy Welensky, Northern Rhodesian politician, born in Harare, Zimbabwe (d. 1991)
  • 1927-03-17 Patrick Allen, British actor (Roman Holiday, Dial "M" for Murder), born in Nyasaland, Africa (d. 2006)
  • 1932-09-14 John Tembo, Malawian politician (President of the Malawi Congress Party), born in Dedza District, Malawi
  • 1934-02-24 Bingu wa Mutharika, Thyolo, Nyasaland (Malawi), Malawi President (2004-2012), (d. 2012)
  • 1950-04-12 Joyce Banda, President of Malawi (2012-2014), born in Malemia, Nyasaland

Famous Deaths

  • 1992-10-20 Orton Chirwa, Malawi's lawyer/Justice minister, dies in captivity
  • 1997-11-25 Hastings Kamuzu Band, PM/President of Malawi (1964-66/66-94), dies
  • 2012-04-06 Bingu wa Mutharika, President of Malawi, dies from heart attack at 78