Chronography of Sudan and South Sudan
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20/2/2017, The UN declared a famine in South Sudan; the first famine it had declared for six years.
9/7/2011, The new country of South Sudan officially seceded from Sudan, following a pro-independence referendum in January 2011.
9/1/2011, A referendum in Sudan resulted in a mandate for the independence of Southern Sudan.
9/9/2004, US Secretary of State Colin Powell accused the Sudanese Government and the Janjaweed militia of pursuing a policy of genocide against non-Muslim Africans in Darfur, Sudan.
6/8/2004, The UN published a report accusing� the Sudanese Government of crimes against humanity in the western province of Darfur. By now the fighting had displaced over one million people and 70,000 were reported to have died from famine and disease.
2005, South Sudan was granted limited autonomy.
2003, Pro-Government Janjaweed militias systematically slaughtered African villagers in the Darfur region, a policy amounting to genocide.
2001, Bashir expelled fundamentalist al-Turabi from the government. He also attempted to make peace with rebels in southern Sudan.
14/8/1994. Carlos the Jackal was arrested in Sudan.
1991, Sudan instituted Sharia Law.
1989, In Sudan, the National Islamic Front seized power in Khartoum. General Omar Bashir became leader. This further antagonised the rebel Christian/Animist South.
16/11/1988, A peace pact signed between the Khartoum Government and southern Sudan rebels this day soon fell apart.
1988, The war and a crop failure in southern Sudan caused a major famine.
6/4/1985, Coup in Sudan, led by General Swar al Dahab.
1984, Severe drought hit Sudan.
1983, Southern rebellion resumed; �the Khartoum Government rescinded the autonomy of southern Sudan, and imposed Sharia Law across the entire country. Rebel army units in the south formed the SPLA (Sudan People�s Liberation Movement). The SPLA and Anyanya rebels joined forces.
1981, The Anyanya insurgency restarted in southern Sudan; known as the Anyanya 2 Rebellion.
1973, The Sudanese Socialist Union became the only legitimate Party.
1972, Peace agreed in Sudan between southern Anyanya rebels and the government. Limited autonomy for the South. Ethiopia acted as peace broker.
5/1969, After a series of unpopular governments, Colonel Jafar al-Nimeire staged a coup and became Prime Minister. His regime abolished both Parliament and political Parties.
1959, Military rule began in Sudan. Lasting until 1964.
1/1/1956. Sudan became independent, having been administered jointly by Britain and Egypt.
18/8/1955, The Anyanya I Rebellion in Sudan, by southern Anyanyas against the northern Muslims, began.
1954, Sudan became self-governing.
25/6/1924, Britain said it would not relinquish control over the Sudan, despite Egyptian demands for it to do so.
24/11/1899, Last Madhi resistance in Sudan was crushed.
19/1/1899. Britain and Egypt established a condominium over Sudan.
9/3/1889, King Yohannes IV was killed in the Battle of Metemma; Sudanese forces, almost routed, rallied and destroyed the Ethiopian Army.
20/12/1888, The Battle of Suakin, Sudan.
1821, Northern Sudan was conquered by the viceroy of Egypt, Muhammad Ali. Much of the southern population died as a result of the slave trade.
641, Islamic armies conquered the lands south of Egypt. At that time the �Bilad al Sudan�, the Arabic term meaning �Country of Black Men�, encompassed all the Sahel, anywhere south of the Sahara.