Maldives in History

Historical Events

  • 1964-06-04 Maldives adopts constitution
  • 1965-07-26 Republic of Maldives gains independence from Britain (National Day)
  • 1968-11-11 Maldives (in Indian Ocean) becomes a republic
  • 1978-11-11 Maumoon Abdul Gayoom becomes president of Maldives
  • 2003-09-20 Maldives civil unrest: the death of prisoner Hassan Evan Naseem sparks a day of rioting in Malé
  • 2004-08-13 Black Friday crackdown by NSS on a peaceful protest in the capital city of Maldives, Malé.

Boxing Day Tsunami

2004-12-26 9.3 magnitude earthquake creates a tsunami causing devastation in Sri Lanka, India, Indonesia, Thailand, Malaysia, the Maldives and edges of the Indian Ocean, killing 230,000 people

  • 2005-08-12 Civil unrest provoked in the Maldives
  • 2013-11-17 Abdulla Yameen becomes the President of the Maldives

Famous Birthdays

  • 1939-12-29 Maumoon Abdul Gayoom, Maldivian politician & Islamic scholar, born in Malé, Maldives