Zambian History

Historical Events

Historic Event

1855-11-17 David Livingstone becomes the first European to see Victoria Falls, in what is now Zambia and Zimbabwe

  • 1963-05-25 Organization for African Unity formed by Chad, Mauritania and Zambia
  • 1964-01-22 Kenneth Kaunda becomes the first President of Northern Rhodesia (Zambia)
  • 1964-10-24 Zambia (formerly Northern Rhodesia) gains independence from Britain (National Day) with Kenneth Kaunda becoming President
  • 1973-08-25 Zambia adopts constitution
  • 1986-05-18 South African army occupies Botswana, Zimbabwe & Zambia
  • 1990-06-25 Anti-government riots break out in Lusaka, Zambia
  • 1993-04-28 Zambian plane crashes at Libreville, Gabon, 30 soccer players die
  • 1994-11-20 Angolan government and UNITA rebels sign the Lusaka Protocol in Zambia, ending 19 years of civil war
  • 1997-12-31 South African & US surgeons separate Zambian Siamese twins joined at the head
  • 2012-02-12 Zambia defeat Ivory Coast 8-7 on penalties in the Africa Cup of Nations
  • 2018-01-05 Kitwe in Zambia bans shaking hands and the sale of fresh food in attempt to prevent a cholera outbreak

Famous Birthdays

  • 1924-04-28 Kenneth Kaunda, 1st President of Zambia (1964-91), born in Chinsali, Northern Rhodesia (now Zambia) (d. 2021)
  • 1927-12-16 Peter [Malcolm] Dickinson, Zambia, sci-fi author (Heartsease)
  • 1933-01-09 Wilbur Smith, British-South African novelist (When the Lion Feeds, War Cry, River God), born in Ndola, Northern Rhodesia, (now Zambia) (d. 2021)
  • 1943-04-30 Frederick Chiluba, 2nd President of Zambia (1991-2001), born in Kitwe, Northern Rhodesia (d. 2011)
  • 1948-09-03 Levy Mwanawasa, Zambian politician (3rd President of Zambia), born in Mufulira, Zambia (d. 2008)
  • 1951-03-08 Philippe Henri Edmonds, cricketer (in Zambia England slow left-arm)
  • 1957-06-07 Neal Radford, cricketer (Zambia England pace bowler in 3 Tests 1986-88)
  • 1964-03-18 Rozalla, Zambian singer
  • 1970-10-27 Felix Bwalya, Zambian boxer, born in Chingola, Zambia
  • 1977-05-31 Moses Sichone, Zambian footballer, born in Mufulira, Zambia
  • 1978-10-22 Chaswe Nsofwa, Zambian soccer striker (33 caps; Zanaco FC), born in Lusaka, Zambia (d. 2007)
  • 1981-04-06 Robert Earnshaw, Welsh soccer striker (59 caps; scored hat-tricks in Premier League, Divisions 1, 2 & 3, FA Cup, League Cup and international match; Cardiff City), born in Mufulira, Zambia

Famous Deaths

  • 1607-04-25 Jacob van Heemskerck, Dutch Admiral (Nova Zambia), dies in battle
  • 1996-02-11 Kebby Musokotwane, prime minister of Zambia in (1985-89), dies
  • 1999-09-01 W. Richard Stevens, Zambian computer scientist (b. 1951)
  • 2000-08-21 Daniel Lisulo, Prime Minister of Zambia (b. 1930)
  • 2008-08-19 Levy Mwanawasa, Zambian politician (3rd President of Zambia), dies at 59