Somalian History

Historical Events

  • 1913-08-08 Richard Corfields "Camel Corps" opens "Mad Mullah" in Burao Somalia
  • 1925-10-19 Italian army takes Somalia
  • 1940-08-03 Italian troops invade British Somalia
  • 1941-03-24 British troops defeat Italians in Somaliland
  • 1960-06-26 British Somaliland (now Somalia) gains independence from Britain
  • 1960-06-27 British Somaliland becomes part of Somalia
  • 1960-07-01 The independent Somali Democratic Republic, commonly known as Somalia, is formed out of former British and Italian territories
  • 1963-03-11 Somalia drops diplomatic relations with Great Britain
  • 1969-10-21 Bloodless coup in Somalia (National Day)
  • 1977-09-07 Ethiopia drops diplomatic relations with Somalia
  • 1977-10-17 West German commandos storm hijacked Lufthansa in Mogadishu, Somalia freeing all 86 hostages & killing 3 of 4 hijackers
  • 1977-10-26 Last natural case of smallpox discovered in Merca district, Somalia. Considered the anniversary of the eradication of smallpox, the most spectacular success of vaccination
  • 1988-04-03 Somalia & Ethiopia sign accord about Ogaden desert
  • 1991-01-28 Dictator Siad Barre flees Somalia ending 22 year rule
  • 1992-02-14 Cease fire in Somalia begins
  • 1992-12-03 UN Security Council votes unanimous for US led forces to enter Somalia

Historic Event

1992-12-04 Somali Civil War: President George H. W. Bush orders 28,000 US troops to Somalia

  • 1993-10-03 Battle of Mogadishu: In an attempt to capture officials of warlord Mohamed Farrah Aidid's organization in Mogadishu, Somalia, 18 US Soldiers and about 1,000 Somalis are killed in heavy fighting.
  • 1994-11-30 Cruise ship Achille Lauro destroyed by fire at Somalia, 4 die
  • 1994-12-02 Cruise liner Achille Lauro (Willem Ruys) sinks off the coast of Somalia
  • 1996-08-03 US General William F. Garrison accepts responsibility for outcome of the 1993 raid in Somalia, and retires from military service
  • 2007-06-03 USS Carter Hall (LSD-50) engages with pirates after they board Danish ship Danica White off the coast of Somalia
  • 2012-04-04 Somalia's National Theater is struck by a suicide bomber killing ten people including the presidents of the Somali Olympic Committee and Football Federation
  • 2012-09-07 US drone attack kills 8 people in Kismayo, south Somalia
  • 2012-09-20 14 people are killed in a cafe suicide bombing in Somalia
  • 2013-01-12 A failed attempt to rescue a French hostage in Bulo Marer, Somalia, results in 18 deaths
  • 2013-03-18 A car bombing kills 10 people and injures 20 in Mogadishu, Somalia
  • 2013-04-14 20 people are killed in attacks in Mogadishu, Somalia
  • 2013-04-25 The United Kingdom reopens its embassy in Somalia after 22 years
  • 2013-09-07 15 people are killed by a restaurant car bombing by Al-Shabaab in Mogadishu, Somalia
  • 2013-10-19 16 people are killed and 30 are wounded by a suicide bombing Beledweyne, Somalia
  • 2013-11-08 11 people are killed in a car park bombing in Mogadishu, Somalia
  • 2013-11-11 100 people are killed in a tropical cyclone in the Puntland region, Somalia
  • 2016-03-05 US air strike kills 150 Al-Shabaab militants north of Mogadishu, Somalia

Famous Birthdays

  • 1955-07-25 Iman [Abdulmajid], Somali-American model and actress (Star Trek 6), born in Mogadishu, Somalia

Famous Deaths

  • 1920-11-23 Mohammed ibn Addoellah, Somalian resistances leader "Mad Molla", dies
  • 1969-10-15 Abdirashid Shermake, President of Somali Republic, shot by one of his bodyguards at 50
  • 1995-01-02 Siad Barre, Somalia politician (President, 1969-91), dies at 84
  • 1996-08-01 Mohamed Farrah Aidid, President (ANS-CUS)/Somalia, dies
  • 2012-03-23 Abdullahi Yusuf Ahmed, President of Somalia, dies from liver failure at 77