Namibian History

Historical Events

  • 1845-06-01 Homing pigeon completes 11,000 km trip (Namibia-London) in 55 days
  • 1904-01-12 Herero people of South West Africa, now Namibia, rebel against German colonial rule
  • 1966-10-27 UN deprives South Africa of Namibia
  • 1971-06-21 International Court of Justice asks South Africa to pull out of Namibia
  • 1979-05-21 National Volksraad installed in Namibia
  • 1990-02-09 Namibia's constitution ratified
  • 1990-03-21 Namibia becomes independent of South Africa, Sam Nujoma becomes president
  • 1992-05-09 Michelle McLean, 19, of Namibia, crowned 41st Miss Universe
  • 2015-05-30 Namibia defeat Mozambique 2-0 to win the 2015 COSAFA Cup

Famous Birthdays

  • 1929-05-12 Sam Nujoma, first President of Namibia
  • 1965-02-03 Karlous Marx Shinohamba, Namibian politician
  • 1967-10-02 Frankie Fredericks, Namibian athlete
  • 1973-08-02 Danie Keulder, Former Namibian cricketer

Famous Deaths

  • 1989-09-12 Anton Lubowski, Namibian attorney/SWAPO, murdered at 37
  • 2000-06-17 Ismail Mahomed, South African and Namibian Chief Justice (d. 1931)
  • 2003-07-01 N!xau, Namibian actor (b. 1944)