Albania; key historical events
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numbers of refugees entered Albania from Kosovo. Ilir
Meta, 32, became Albanian President.
7/3/1997. Albania dissolved
into chaos, and military firearms
depots were looted. The cause was a failed pyramid selling sheme, impoverishing
many Albanians. King Zog�s son, Leka, attempted to become King but
10/2/1997, State of
Emergency was declared in Albania as mass rioting broke out when a pyramid
savings scheme collapsed.
1/1993, Nexhmije Hoxha, widow of Enver Hoxha, was edntenced to 9 years in prison
for the� isuse of Givernment funds,
1992, In further Albanian elections, the opposition Democratic Party won.
Sali Berisha became the first non-Communist President.
25/2/1992, Riots in
Albania over food shortages.
31/3/1991, Albania had its first multi-party elections.
The Communists were returned to power, now calling themselves the Socialist
troops fired on 4,000 people trying to board a boat to flee to Italy. In Yugoslavia,
a crowd of at least 70,000 fought with riot police in Belgrade. The crowd was demanding an end to Communist control of
the media. One 18 year old youth was killed by a rubber bullet and over 70
others were injured. Police used live ammunition and water cannon as well as
rubber bullets. The crowd marched on parliament and the television centre.
President of Albania, Ramiz Alia, dismissed the government headed by
Prime Minister of Albania Adil Carcani in an effort to stem prodemocracy
Nano was sworn in as Prime Minister on 22/2/1991.
Albanians of Greek ethnicity fled to Greece as chaos mounted in Albania.
Alia promised that elections would soon be held, ending 43 years of
Communist dictatorship. There was frustration at the slow pace of political
reform in Albania.
Albanian refugees arrived at the Italian port of Brindisi.
15/9/1987, West Germany
established diplomatic relations with Albania.
Enver Hoxha regime
11/4/1985. In Albania,
Hoxha died, aged 78,after 41 years in power. He was succeeded as
Head of the Albanian Communist Party by Ramiz Alia.
22/11/1982, Ramiz Alia
became new Head of State in Albania.
1976, With the death of Mao
in China, Albania lost its main ally and became totally isolated.
12/91968, Albania was ejected from the
Warsaw Pact. Foreign travel from Albania was banned, and many killed in
allied to the People's Republic of China, as the two countries signed a trade
1961, Albania was ejected from Comecon.
1956, Hoxha fell out with the USSR. He
refused to accept criticism of Stalin, and he moved the country towards closer
relations with China.
declared itself an atheist State; most churches
and mosques were closed.
1955, Albania became one of the founder members of the
Hoxha�s �Democratic Front� won 95% of the vote in Albania
and proclaimed a People's Republic. King Zog of Albania had been deposed on 2/1/1946.
2/1/1946. King Zog of Albania was deposed in his absence.
He was born Ahmed
Bey Zogu, a member of the Zogolli family. The Zogolli led a powerful
faction in the mountains of Albania,
so when in 1912 Zog
joined the powerful anti-Turkish
movement, pressing for Albanian independence, Muslims abandoned traditional religious ties in a push for national
freedom. Under King William, Zog achieved high office and in
1922 became Prime Minister. He was forced to flee abroad in 1924 but returned
in 1925 to become President of Albania. He
played off various opposing factions within the religiously divided state and
gathered enough personal power to have himself declared King in 1928.
However he was unable to withstand Mussolini in Italy
and had to allow the Italians to invade in 1939 to prepare to invade Greece. His
credibility ruined, Zog was easily ousted by the Communists in
10/11/1945, The Communist Enver Hoxha
established a Republican government in Albania, recognised by the UK, USA, and
World War Two � Italian invasion
15/10/1944, Sali Berisha,
President of Albania, was born.
For more events of World War Two in Europe see France-Germany
10/1942, In Albania the Balli Kombetar,the national resistance
movement to Axis occupation, was formed. Led by Ali Klissura and Midhat Frasheri,
it was a liberal-Communist organisation. It wished to include Kosovo in a
future independent Albania; however the other A;lbanian resistance movement,
the Communist resistance (under pressure from their Yugloslav backers) did not
desire Kosovo to be part of Albania. Under Allied insoistence these two
resistance groups joined forces in 1943. After World War Two ended the leaders
of Balli Kombetar were mostly purged
Hoxha strove to eliminate all internal dissent to his regime.
1941, Enver Hoxha began organising a
Communist-based resistance to Italian occupation.
1939, Italy invaded Albania.
Italian occupation ended in 1944.
For more on Italian
invasion 1939 see Italy
1/9/1928. Zogu was proclaimed King Zog I of Albania.
was declared a republic. Zogu, the President, declared himself �King Zogu�
Anti-government forces in Albania took Shkoder.
Creation of modern Albania
signed a peace treaty with the Balkan League (the Treaty of London), ending
their war.� Under this Treaty Salonika
was formally assigned to Greece. The
Great Powers formally recognised Albanian sovereignty. It was not until
1921 that the neoghbouring countries of Yugoslavia, Greece and Italy formally recognised the borders of
sent troops to Albania
to suppress unrest there.
18/8/1912, The Ottoman Empire granted autonomy to its Albanian
minority, in the Scutari Vilayet (province), capital Tirana.
28/10/1908, Enver Hoxha, Stalinist dictator of Albania
from the end of World War Two till his death in 1985, was born.� He declared the country atheist in 1967.
13/7/1878, The Treary
of Berlin gave Austro-Hungary sovereignty over Albania (formerly Ottoman).
However this transfer was resisted by both Catholics and Muslims in the region.
Unrest continued in the area until Albanian independcence was recognised in
1760, Mehmet Bushati, local Ottoman
chieftain, declared an independent Kingdom of Scutari, this was recovered by
the Ottomans in 1831.
1571, Antivari and Dulcigno, the
possessions in Albania, fell to Ottoman Turkey.
1502, Durazzo, Albania, taken by
1478, Krofa, Albania, taken from the
Venetians by Mahommed II, Ottoman ruler.
1431, Ottoman Turkish conquest of Albania began, with
the occupation of Iannina.
1366, Start of the indigenous Balsha
Dynasty rule in Albania; lasted until 1421.
1204, The Crusaders captured
southern Albania from the Byzantines, see Roman Empire 13/4/1204. However the Serbians
were expanding their rule southwards from northern Albania and under Stefan Dushan
(1331-1355) a large but short-lived �Empire of the Greeks, Slavs and Albanians�
1014, Byzantine Emperor Basil II
cruelly defeated the Bulgarians in southern Albania (see Roman Empire 6/10/1014).
861, The Bulgarians
conquered southern Albania. However Durazzo, on the Adriatic, remained under
9/4/809, The Bulgars captured Sofia.
Albania was invaded by the Serbo-Croats. Serbia then ruled it until 1360.
recovered Albania from the Goths, who had invaded it in the 4th and
186 BCE, Rome
conquered Illyria, which included modern-day Albania.
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