Timeline of Ugandan History

This timeline of Uganda History is a work in progress. It sets out important political events after 1939 which had effects across the nation. As we learn, from the Young Reporter interviews, what ordinary Ugandans remember as the important landmarks in their lives, additions can be made to the timeline. For example, we might want to add particular climatic events, outbreaks of disease, the improvement of major roads and power lines and other things that have affected the lives of large numbers of people. We will be gradually adding links to the events on the timeline, which will allow you to access further information about them.

LANDMARK EVENTS IN UGANDAN HISTORY

1939-1945 Second World War

1945    End of World War II – Strikes and disturbances about food prices and low wages

1946

1947

1948

1949    Further Disturbances

1950

1951

1952    Andrew Cohen, new British Governor appointed to prepare Uganda for Independence

1953    Start of ‘Kabaka Crisis’       November: Kabaka Mutesa II deported

1954

1955    End of 1900 ‘Buganda Agreement’    Kabaka returns

1956

1957    Andrew Cohen, ends time as British Governor

1958    Territory-wide elections to the Legislative Assembly – except Buganda

1959

1960

1961    March elections: boycotted in Buganda: won by Ben Kiwanuka, Democratic Party

1962    25 April: elections won by Milton Obote and UPC (and Kabaka Yekka Party)  9 October: Independence Day

1963    9 October: Uganda becomes a Republic with Kabaka Edward Mutesa II as President and Milton Obote as Prime Minister

1964

1965

1966    Destruction of Buganda Kingdom      Flight of Kabaka Mutesa II

1967    Milton Obote issues Common Man’s Charter and New constitution

1968

1969

1970

1971    25 January: Military coup brings Idi Amin to power

1972    4 August Amin gives Uganda’s Asians 90 days to leave the country

1973

1974

1975

1976

1977

1978

1979    11 April Amin overthrown by Uganda National Liberation Front
            and Tanzanian army.  Amin goes into exile

1980    10/11 December General Election
Milton Obote and Uganda People’s Congress elected to form new government
Start of Bush War led by Yoweri Museveni and National Resistance Army (NRA)

1982

1983

1984

1985    28 July Obote ousted in military coup by the Okello brothers

1986    26 January NRA take Kampala, 29 January Yoweri Museveni declared President

1987

1988

1989    11-28 February Elections to National Resistance Council (no parties allowed)

1990

1991

1992

1993

1994    28 March Elections for Constituent Assembly

1995    New constitution         Two term limit for presidency

1996    Presidential election   Museveni beats Paul Ssemogerere

1997

1998

1999

2000    Referendum on the constitution

2001    Presidential election   Museveni beats Kizza Besigye

2002

2003

2004

2005    Parliament lifts two-term restriction on presidency

2006    Presidential election   Museveni beats Besigye

2007

2008

2009

2010

2011

2012

2013

2014

2015

2016

2017

2018

2019

2020

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