Yemen in History

Historical Events

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1948-11-16 Operation Magic Carpet begins with 1st plane from Yemen carrying Jews to Israel
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Jews arrive in Israel after being evacuated from their home countries
Jews arrive in Israel after being evacuated from their home countries
  • 1950-09-24 Operation Magic Carpet concludes after having transported 45,000 Yemenite Jews to Israel
  • 1955-04-06 Yemen: failed coup by Abdullah Seif el-Islam
  • 1958-03-02 Yemen announces it would join the United Arab Republic
  • 1961-03-27 Failed assassination attempt on King Saif al-Islam Achmad of Yemen
  • 1962-09-26 Yemen Arab Republic proclaimed (National Day)
  • 1962-09-27 Military uprising under Col Abdullah as-Sallal North Yemen
  • 1965-09-24 Saudi Arabian & Egyptian accord over Yemen
  • 1965-12-25 The Yemeni Nasserite Unionist People's Organisation is founded in Taiz
  • 1967-10-27 NLF leaves People's Republic of South-Yemen
  • 1967-11-05 Yemen president Sallal flees
  • 1967-11-29 British troops withdraw from Aden and South Yemen
  • 1967-11-30 People's Democratic Republic of Yemen declares independence from the UK
  • 1968-03-15 Uprising in South Yemen
  • 1968-03-20 Military intervene in South-Yemen (leftist ministers resign)

  • 1970-12-01 Independent People's Republic of South Yemen renames itself as People's Democratic Republic of Yemen
  • 1970-12-28 Yemen Arab Republic (North Yemen) adopts constitution
  • 1974-06-19 Yemen Arab Republic (North Yemen) suspends constitution
  • 1977-12-05 Egypt breaks off diplomatic relations with Syria, Libya, Algeria, Iraq & South Yemen
  • 1978-10-31 People's Democratic Republic of Yemen (South Yemen) adopts constitution
  • 1979-02-24 War between North & South Yemen begins
  • 1982-12-13 Earthquake hits Northern Yemen; 2,000 die
  • 1986-01-13 South Yemen President Ali Nasser Mohammed's bodyguard shoots opponents
  • 1986-01-24 South Yemen Premier Haydar Bakr al-Attas becomes interim-president
  • 1986-02-09 Haydar Bakr al-Attas appointed president of South Yemen
  • 1989-02-16 Egypt, Iraq, Jordan & North Yemen form common market
  • 1990-05-22 North & South Yemen merge to form Republic of Yemen
  • 1990-08-06 UN Security Council votes 13-0 (2 abstensions Cuba and Yemen) to place economic sanctions against Iraq
  • 1990-09-22 Saudi Arabia expels many Jordanian & Yemeni envoys
  • 1994-05-05 North-Yemen air force bombs Aden South Yemen
  • 1994-05-21 South Yemen secedes from Yemen
  • 1994-07-07 North Yemenite troops occupy Aden
  • 2000-10-12 American destroyer USS Cole is badly damaged in Aden, Yemen, by two suicide bombers, killing 17 crew members and wounding at least 39
  • 2002-10-06 The French oil tanker Limburg is bombed off Yemen.
  • 2009-06-30 Yemenia Flight 626 crashes off the coast of Moroni, Comoros killing 152 people and leaving 1 survivor

  • 2010-01-14 Yemen declares war on al-Qaeda
  • 2011-11-23 Arab Spring: After 11 months of protests in Yemen, The Yemeni president Ali Abdullah Saleh Signs a deal to transfer power to the vice president, in exchange for legal immunity.
  • 2012-02-21 Yemeni voters go to the polls for a presidential election where the only candidate on the ballot paper is vice-president Abd Rabbuh Mansur al-Hadi
  • 2012-02-25 Al Qaeda suicide bombing kills at least 26 people in Mukalla, Yemen
  • 2012-05-21 120 people are killed and 350 injured by a suicide bomb in Sana'a, Yemen
  • 2012-07-11 Police academy suicide bombing kills 20 in Sana'a, Yemen
  • 2012-08-04 45 people are killed by a suicide bombing in Abyan, Yemen
  • 2012-08-18 Al-Qaeda militants kill 14 people in an attack in Aden, Yemen
  • 2013-02-19 12 people are killed and 11 are injured after a Yemeni Air Force plane crashes in Sana'a
  • 2013-09-20 46 soldiers are killed in army-base attacks in Shabwah Governorate, Yemen
  • 2013-12-05 52 people are killed and 167 are injured in a militant attack on a defense ministry compound in Sana'a, Yemen
  • 2015-01-07 A car bomb explodes in Sana'a, the capital of Yemen, killing 38 people and injuring more than 63
  • 2015-06-12 Al-Qaeda's 2nd-in-command Nasser al-Wuhayshi (Osama Bin Laden's former private secretary) is killed in a US air strike in Yemen
  • 2016-04-11 UN-backed ceasefire comes into effect in Yemen conflict between Iranian-backed Houthis rebels and government forces
  • 2016-10-08 140 people are killed in an air strike during a wake in Sanaa, Yemen
  • 2017-05-15 State of Emergency declared in Sanaa, Yemen after outbreak of cholera kills 115
  • 2017-06-05 Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, and Egypt sever ties with Qatar, citing its support of terrorist groups, Yemen, the Maldives and Libya follow suit
  • 2017-06-24 UN states Yemen cholera epidemic reached 200,000 cases, with 1,300 deaths. Worst cholera outbreak anywhere in the world.
  • 2017-08-14 Cholera has now infected more than 500,000 people in Yemen and killed over 2,000 according to the World Health Organisation
  • 2017-08-23 Air strike on hotel in Yemen capital Sanaa by Saudi-led coalition leaves at least 30 dead
  • 2018-04-22 Saudi-led coalition airstrike kills more than 20 at a wedding in northwestern Yemen
  • 2018-06-06 At least 46 Ethiopian migrants drown after their boat capcizes of fthe coast of Yemen
  • 2018-06-12 Battle for key Yemen port of Hudaydah begins with assault by Saudi backed pro-government forces against Iranian-backed Houthi rebels
  • 2018-08-09 Saudi-led air coalition strikes a school bus in Sada Province, Yemen, killing 43, many of them children
  • 2018-10-31 US and Great Britain call for a cease-fire in Saudi-led war in Yemen, in 3-year war that has claimed over 10,000 lives and created famine conditions
  • 2018-11-01 Ground assault mounted on Yemeni port city of Hudaydah by Saudi-backed government forces
  • 2018-11-08 Authorities report more than 150 people have been killed in week-long assault by government forces on port of Hudaydah in Yemen
  • 2018-12-13 Cease-fire in port city of Hudaydah, Yemen, by Houthi rebels and Saudi-led coalition announced by the UN

Famous Birthdays

  • 1942-03-21 Ali Abdullah Saleh, Yemeni politician and 1st President of Yemen (1990-2012), born in Bait el-Ahmar, Kingdom of Yemen (d. 2017)
  • 1957-04-19 Mukesh Ambani, Indian businessman and chairman of Reliance Industries, born in Aden, Yemen

Famous Deaths

  • 0732-10-11 Abd ar-Rahman, Yemenite general strategist (Bordeaux occupier), dies
  • 1955-04-16 Abdullah Seif el-Islam, brother of Yemenite king Ahmed, beheaded
  • 1962-09-16 Saif al-Islam Achmad, monarch of Yemen, dies at about 71
  • 1978-06-25 Hussein al-Ghasjmi, president of North-Yemen, murdered
  • 1978-06-26 Rabbaji, president of South-Yemen, executed
  • 1994-03-05 Abdullah Al-Sallal, President of Yemen (1962-67), dies
  • 1996-08-06 Muhammad al-Badr, magnate of Northern Yemen (1962), dies
  • 2017-12-04 Ali Abdullah Saleh, Yemeni politician and 1st President of Yemen (1990-2012), is killed during the Battle of Sana'a at 75
  • 2018-11-01 Amal Hussain, Yemeni famine victim who raised world's awareness, dies aged 7