Sierra Leone in History

Historical Events

  • 1788-08-22 Sierra Leone settled by British as a haven for former slaves
  • 1808-01-01 Sierra Leone becomes a British colony
  • 1820-02-06 1st organized emigration of blacks back to Africa (NY to Sierra Leone)
  • 1961-04-27 Sierra Leone declares independence from UK
  • 1971-04-19 Sierra Leone becomes a republic (National Day)
  • 1978-06-14 Sierra Leone adopts constitution
  • 1989-04-19 Republic Day in Sierra Leone
  • 1997-05-25 A military coup in Sierra Leone replaces President Ahmad Tejan Kabbah with Major Johnny Paul Koromah
  • 2002-01-18 Sierra Leone Civil War finally declared over.
  • 2012-08-30 Cholera outbreak kills 229 people in Sierra Leone
  • 2012-11-24 Ernest Bai Koroma is re-elected President of Sierra Leone
  • 2014-05-26 World Health Organization confirms that Ebola has reached Sierra Leone
  • 2014-08-24 Nurse William Pooley flies back to the UK for emergency treatment after contracting Ebola virus after attempting to treat patients in Sierra Leone
  • 2014-09-05 World Health Organization estimates 1,900 people have died from the Ebola virus out of 3,500 infected in Guinea, Liberia, Nigeria, Senegal, and Sierra Leone
  • 2014-09-26 World Health Organizations estimates that Ebola death toll has reached 3,091 - with Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone hit hardest
  • 2015-11-07 Sierra Leone is declared free of Ebola by the World Health Organization (death toll 4,000)

Famous Birthdays

  • 1884-06-28 Lamina Sankoh, Sierra Leonean pre-independence politician and nationalist, born in Freetown, Sierra Leone (d. 1964)
  • 1905-08-24 Siaka Stevens, President of Sierra Leone (1971-85), born in Moyamba, Sierra Leone (d. 1988)
  • 1924-09-14 Davidson Nicol, Sierra Leonean diplomat and author, born in Freetown, Sierra Leone (d. 1994)
  • 1928-08-22 Tinga Seisay, Sierra Leonean diplomat and pro-democracy advocate, born in Moyamba, Sierra Leone
  • 1932-02-16 Ahmad Tejan Kabbah, President of Sierra Leone
  • 1937-01-26 Joseph Saidu Momoh, gen/president (Sierra Leone)
  • 1964-12-25 Peter Hanson, English/Sierra Leone/Dutch actor (Darling How Could You)

Famous Deaths

  • 1792-06-25 Thomas Peters, Early Sierra Leonean founder (b. 1738)
  • 1994-06-20 Bankole Timothy, Sierra Leonean journalist, dies at 70
  • 2003-07-29 Foday Sankoh, Sierra Leonean rebel leader (b. 1937)
  • 2007-02-22 Samuel Hinga Norman, Sierra Leonean alleged war criminal (b. 1940)