Tongan History

Historical Events

  • 1900-05-18 Britain proclaims protectorate over Kingdom of Tonga
  • 1965-12-16 Taufa'ahau Tupou IV becomes King of Tonga
  • 1967-01-01 Tonga revises constitution
  • 1970-06-04 Tonga (formerly Friendly Islands) declares independence from UK
  • 1999-09-14 Kiribati, Nauru and Tonga join the United Nations.
  • 2018-02-12 Tropical cyclone Gita strikes Tonga as a category four cyclone causing widespread damage

Famous Birthdays

  • 1918-07-04 Tāufaʻāhau Tupou IV, King of Tonga (1965-2006), born in Royal Palace, Nuku'alofa, Tonga (d. 2006)
  • 1934-09-01 Terepai Maoate, Rarotonga, Cook Islands, Prime Minister of the Cook Islands (1999-2002), (d. 2012)
  • 1948-05-04 George Tupou V, King of Tonga (2006-2012), born in Tongatapu, Tonga (d. 2012)
  • 1959-02-10 Tonga Fifita [Tonga 'Uli'uli Fifita], Tongan wrestler (WCW/WAR/WWF, Ming, Haku, Islanders), born in Nukuʻalofa, Tonga
  • 1967-08-21 Tuineau Alipate, NLF/WLAF linebacker (Frankfurt Galaxy, Minnesota Vikings), born in Tonga
  • 1979-05-04 Lesley Vainikolo, Tongan born rugby union and rugby league player, born in Nukuʻalofa, Tonga
  • 1979-09-26 Fuifui Moimoi, New Zealand (Tongan) rugby league footballer, born in Nuku'alofa, Tonga

Famous Deaths

  • 1966-05-19 Tortoise, reportedly given to Tonga's King by Captain James Cook in 1773, dies at around 193
  • 2006-09-10 Tāufaʻāhau Tupou IV, King of Tonga (1965-2006), dies at 88
  • 2012-03-18 George Tupou V, King of Tonga, dies at 63