Ugandan History

Historical Events

  • 1886-06-03 24 Christians burn to death in Namgongo, Uganda
  • 1889-09-06 King Kabaka Mwanga of Buganda resigns

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1890-05-13 Lord Salisbury offers Helgoland to Germany in exchange for Zanzibar, Uganda & Equatoria

British Prime Minister Robert Gascoyne-Cecil
British Prime Minister
Robert Gascoyne-Cecil
  • 1890-12-18 Lugards expedition to Meng and Kampala, Uganda
  • 1890-12-26 King Mwanga of Uganda signs contract with East Africa Company
  • 1892-01-24 Battle of Mengo, Uganda: French missionaries attack British missionaries
  • 1892-01-30 Capt Lugard occupies Uganda's King Mwanga's hide out
  • 1894-06-18 Premier Roseberry declares Uganda a British protectorate
  • 1900-03-10 Regents for the King of Uganda and leading chiefs sign a treaty with Great Britain agreeing to the organization of the government, taxation, courts, military, and other functions of their country, which is under British protection.
  • 1953-11-30 Edward Mutesa II, kabaka (king) of Buganda is deposed and exiled to London by Sir Andrew Cohen, Governor of Uganda
  • 1962-10-09 Uganda becomes independent from the United Kingdom
  • 1962-10-22 JFK receives Ugandan premier Milton Obote
  • 1962-10-25 110th member of UN admitted (Uganda)
  • 1963-04-20 -30] All Africa Conferences of Churches opens in Kampala Uganda
  • 1966-02-23 Premier Milton Obote siezes power in Uganda
  • 1967-09-08 Uganda abolishes traditional tribal kingdoms, becomes a republic

  • 1967-09-09 Uganda declares independence from Great Britain

BattleCoup d'├ętat

1971-01-25 Military coup in Uganda under Major General Idi Amin

Ugandan Dictator Idi Amin
Ugandan Dictator
Idi Amin
  • 1971-02-02 Idi Amin ousts Milton Obote and appoints himself President (dictator) of Uganda
  • 1972-08-04 Uganda dictator Idi Amin orders the expulsion of 50,000 Asians with British passport from Uganda
  • 1972-09-02 John Akii-Bua of Uganda with a world record 47.82 wins the 400m hurdles gold medal at the Munich Olympics
  • 1972-09-17 Tanzania troops march in to Uganda
  • 1976-06-27 Air France Airbus hijacked in Germany to Uganda
  • 1976-06-27 Air France A-300B Airbus hijacked from Athens arrives at Entebbe, Uganda; four hijackers members Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine and Bader-Meinhof Gang in Germany
  • 1976-07-04 Israel launches hostage rescue mission of 106 Air France crew and passengers held at Entebbe Airport in Uganda by pro-Palestinian hijackers. Three hostages die along with all the hijackers, numerous Ugandan soldiers and Yonatan Netanyahu, an Israeli soldier
  • 1976-07-09 Uganda asks UN to condemn Israeli hostage rescue raid on Entebbe
  • 1978-10-30 Uganda troops attack Tanzania
  • 1979-04-11 Tanzanian army captures Kampala, the capital of Uganda forcing Ugandan dictator Idi Amin to flee into exile in Libya
  • 1979-04-13 Yusuf Lule becomes premier of Uganda
  • 1985-07-25 Uganda suspends constitution following coup
  • 1986-01-25 General Tito Okello's government flees Kampala, Uganda
  • 1986-01-26 Yoweri Museveni's rebel army conquers Kampala, Uganda
  • 1986-01-29 Yoweri Museveni sworn in as President of Uganda
  • 1988-10-17 31 reported dead as Ugandan jetliner crashes in fog near Rome
  • 1989-01-12 Ex-dictator of Uganda Idi Amin expelled from Zaire
  • 1990-10-01 10,000 Uganda RPF rebels move into Rwanda
  • 1993-07-31 Prince Ronald "Ronnie" Mutebi crowned king of Uganda
  • 2000-03-17 The 800+ deaths of members of the Ugandan cult Movement for the Restoration of the Ten Commandments of God is considered to be a mass murder and suicide orchestrated by leaders of the cult
  • 2000-06-05 Armed conflict between Rwanda and Uganda erupts in Kinsangani, a city in the Democratic Republic of the Congo
  • 2013-06-30 30 people are killed after a fuel truck explodes in Kampala, Uganda
  • 2014-03-22 251 people are killed after a boat capsizes in Lake Albert, Uganda

BeatificationPapal Visit

2015-11-25 Pope Francis begins his trip to Africa, visiting Kenya, Uganda and the Central African Republic

  • 2017-09-26 Fights break out in Uganda's parliament during debate to raise presidential age limit
  • 2017-10-19 Outbreak of the Marburg virus declared by Uganda's Ministry of Health
  • 2018-05-31 Uganda's parliament imposes tax on social media to stop gossip
  • 2018-08-13 Ugandan politician and pop singer Bobi Wine arrested by the Ugandan army at a campaign rally in Arua and later allegedly tortured
  • 2018-08-30 Ugandan pop star MP Bobi Wine re-arrested attempting to leave the country
  • 2018-11-24 Cruise boat sinks on Lake Victoria near Kampala, Uganda, killing at least 29

Famous Birthdays

  • 1924-12-28 Milton Obote, President of Uganda (d. 2005)
  • 1944-01-29 Yoweri Museveni, President of Uganda (1986-) and rebel leader, born in Ntungamo, Uganda
  • 1946-03-13 Yonatan Netanyahu, Israeli soldier who died leading rescue operation Entebbe in Uganda, born in NYC, New York (d. 1976)
  • 1949-12-03 John Akii-bua, Ugandan athlete (Olympic gold 400m hurdles 1972), born in Abako, Uganda (d. 1997)
  • 1953-03-04 Scott Hicks, Ugandan-born film director
  • 1960-03-04 John Mugabi, Ugandan boxer
  • 1975-06-04 Betty Okino, Uganda, US gymnast (Olympic-92)
  • 1982-02-12 Bobi Wine [Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu], Ugandan politician and pop star, born in Mpigi District, Uganda

Famous Deaths

  • 1885-10-29 James Hannington, English missionary, murdered in Uganda
  • 1969-11-21 Mutesa II of Buganda, President of Uganda (1924)
  • 1976-07-04 Yonatan Netanyahu, Israel commander killed freeing Israeli hostages during Operation Entebbe in Uganda, at 30 years
  • 1977-02-17 Janani Luwum, Ugandan Archbishop (b. 1922)
  • 1981-02-26 Munabi, assistant to Uganda president Obote, murdered
  • 1982-07-20 Okot p'Bitek, Ugandan poet (b. 1931)
  • 1991-04-01 Paulo Muwanga, chief of Uganda (1980), dies
  • 1996-06-03 Tito Okello, Ugandan general, dies at 81
  • 1996-06-04 Tito Okello, president of Uganda (1985-86), dies
  • 2001-08-05 Otema Allimadi, Prime Minister of Uganda (b. 1929)

Person of interestIdi Amin

2003-08-16 Idi Amin, Ugandan dictator (1971-79) who killed an estimated 100,000 to 500,000 people, dies of kidney failure aged between 75-80

Ugandan Dictator Idi Amin
Ugandan Dictator
Idi Amin
  • 2005-10-10 Milton Obote, President of Uganda (b. 1925)