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Events 1 - 98 of 98
1529-05-06 - Battle at Gogra: Mogol emperor Babur beats Afghans & Bengals
1722-03-08 - Afghan monarch Mir Mahmud occupies Persia
1760-01-09 - Afghans defeat Marathas in battle of Barari Ghat
1761-01-07 - Battle at Panipat India: Afghan army beats Mahratten
1841-11-02 - Akbar Khan successfully revolts against Shah Shuja in Afghanistan
1842-01-13 - Dr. William Brydon, a surgeon in the British Army during the First Anglo-Afghan War, becomes famous for being the sole survivor of an army of 16,500 when he reaches the safety of a garrison in Jalalabad.
1879-05-16 - Treaty of Gandamak to set up Afghan state between Russia & English
1879-10-12 - British troops occupy Kabul Afghanistan
1879-10-19 - Afghan's emir Mohammed Yakub forced to resign
1893-11-12 - The treaty of the Durand Line is signed between present day Pakistan and Afghanistan - the Durand Line has gained international recognition as an international border between the two sister nations.
1907-08-31 - Britain & Russia sign treaty with Afghanistan, Persia & Tibet
1919-05-03 - Afghanistan Emir Amanoellah begins war against Great Britain
1919-08-08 - Treaty of Rawalpindi, British recognize Afghanistan's independence
1919-08-19 - Afghanistan declares independence from UK
1921-05-27 - Afghanistan gains sovereignty
1921-05-27 - After 84 years of British control, Afghanistan achieves sovereignty
1926-04-22 - Persia, Turkey & Afghanistan sign treaties of security
1926-10-16 - Mohammed Nadir Khan begins coup in Afghanistan, 1200 killed
1929-01-14 - Afghan King Amanullah forced to resign
1929-10-08 - Mohammed Nadir Khan occupies Kabul Afghanistan/drives out H Ghazi
1931-06-24 - USSR & Afghanistan sign neutrality treaty
1956-06-09 - Heavy earthquake strikes Afghanistan, 400 killed
1959-05-10 - Soviet forces arrive in Afghanistan
1965-01-01 - The People's Democratic Party of Afghanistan is founded in Kabul.
1971-06-09 - Abdul Zahir appointed premier of Afghanistan
1973-07-17 - Military coup in Afghanistan; King Mohammad Zahir Shah flees
1978-04-27 - Afghanistan revolution (National Day), pro-Russian military coup
1979-02-14 - In Kabul, Muslims kidnap the American ambassador to Afghanistan, Adolph Dubs who is later killed during a gunfight between his kidnappers and police.
1979-09-16 - Coup in Afghanistan under Hafizullah Amin
1979-12-25 - USSR airlifts invasionary army to Afghanistan
1979-12-26 - Soviet Special forces take over presidential palace in Kabul, Afghanistan.
1979-12-27 - Soviet troops invade Afghanistan, Pres Hafizullah Amin overthrown
1980-02-22 - Afghanistan declares martial law
1980-09-25 - The first congress of the Democratic Youth Organization of Afghanistan held in Kabul.
1982-11-02 - Fire in Salung tunnel, Afghanistan, 1,000+ Russians die
1983-05-23 - Radio Moscow announcer Vladimir Danchev praises Afghanistan Muslims standing up to Russia; he is removed from the air
1984-04-20 - Russian offensive in Panshirvallei Afghanistan
1986-05-04 - President Babrak Karmal resigns as party leader of Afghanistan
1986-11-20 - Afghanistan President Babrak Karmal flees
1987-11-30 - Afghanistan Constitution adopted
1988-04-07 - Russia announced it would withdraw its troops from Afghanistan
1988-04-14 - USSR, US, Pakistan & Afghanistan sign Afghanistan treaty
1988-05-15 - Moscow began withdrawing its 115,000 troops in Afghanistan
1988-05-15 - Soviets begin withdrawal from Afghanistan
1988-08-08 - Russian troops begin pull out of Afghanistan after 9 year war
1988-08-29 - USSR launches 3 cosmonauts (Valery Polyakav, 1 Afghan) to station Mir
1988-11-03 - Pakistan claims it downed Afghan warplane
1989-01-30 - The American embassy in Kabul, Afghanistan closes.
1991-02-01 - Afghanistan/Pakistan hit by earthquake, 1,200 die
1992-04-16 - Afghanistan president Najibullah resigns
1992-06-28 - Burharnuddin Rabbani becomes president of Afghanistan
1993-04-27 - Afghan Antonov AN-32 crashes at Tashqurgan, kills 76
1993-07-18 - Afghanistan president Ishaq Khan & premier Nawaz Sharif resign
1994-02-20 - 3 Afghans take 70 Pakistani children hostage
1996-09-27 - In Afghanistan, the Taliban capture the capital city Kabul after driving out President Burhanuddin Rabbani and executing former leader Mohammad Najibullah.
1998-02-04 - An earthquake measuring 6.1 on the Richter Scale in northeast Afghanistan kills more than 5,000.
1998-05-30 - A magnitude 6.6 earthquake hits northern Afghanistan, killing up to 5,000.
1998-07-20 - Two hundred aid workers from CARE International, Doctors Without Borders and other aid groups leave Afghanistan on orders of the Taliban.
1998-08-20 - U.S. embassy bombings: the United States military launches cruise missile attacks against alleged al-Qaida camps in Afghanistan and a suspected chemical plant in Sudan in retaliation for the August 7 bombings of American embassies in Kenya and Tanzania. The al-Shifa pharmaceutical factory in Khartoum is destroyed in the attack.
Islamic Militant & Terrorist Osama bin Laden 1998-11-20 - A court in Taliban-controlled Afghanistan declares accused terrorist Osama bin Laden "a man without a sin" in regard to the 1998 U.S. embassy bombings in Kenya and Tanzania.
2001-02-26 - The Taliban destroy two giant Buddha statues in Bamyan, Afghanistan.
2001-09-09 - Ahmed Shah Massoud, leader of the Northern Alliance, is assassinated in Afghanistan.
2001-10-07 - The U.S. invasion of Afghanistan starts with an air assault and covert operations on the ground.
2001-11-11 - Journalists Pierre Billaud, Johanne Sutton and Volker Handloik are killed in Afghanistan during an attack on the convoy they were traveling on top off.
2001-11-12 - 2001 Attack on Afghanistan: Taliban forces abandon Kabul, Afghanistan, ahead of advancing Afghan Northern Alliance troops.
2001-11-14 - War in Afghanistan: Afghan Northern Alliance fighters takeover the capital Kabul.
2001-12-22 - Burhanuddin Rabbani, political leader of the Afghan Northern Alliance, hands over power in Afghanistan to the interim government headed by President Hamid Karzai.
2002-03-01 - U.S. invasion of Afghanistan: Operation Anaconda begins in eastern Afghanistan.
2002-03-02 - U.S. invasion of Afghanistan: Operation Anaconda begins, (ending on March 19 after killing 500 Taliban and al Qaeda fighters, with 11 Western troop fatalities).
2002-03-04 - Multinational Force in Afghanistan: Seven American Special Operations Forces soldiers are killed as they attempt to infiltrate the Shahi Kot Valley on a low-flying helicopter reconnaissance mission.
2002-03-19 - U.S. invasion of Afghanistan: Operation Anaconda ends (started on March 2) after killing 500 Taliban and al Qaeda fighters with 11 allied troop fatalities.
2002-04-17 - Four Canadian Forces soldiers are killed in Afghanistan by friendly fire from two United States Air Force F-16s, the first deaths in a combat zone for Canada since the Korean War.
2003-08-11 - NATO takes over command of the peacekeeping force in Afghanistan, marking its first major operation outside Europe in its 54-year-history.
2004-01-26 - President Hamid Karzai signs the new constitution of Afghanistan.
2006-04-22 - Four Canadian soldiers are killed 75 kilometers north of Kandahar, Afghanistan by a roadside bomb planted by Taliban militants, the worst single day combat loss for the Canadian army since the Korean War.
2011-04-01 - After protests against the burning of the Quran turned violent, a mob attacked a United Nations compound in Mazar-i-Sharif, Afghanistan and killed thirteen people, including eight foreign workers.
2011-08-06 - A helicopter containing members of Navy SEAL 6 is shot down in Afghanistan killing 38.
2011-11-26 - 2011 NATO attack in Pakistan: NATO forces in Afghanistan attack a Pakistani checkpost in a friendly fire incident, killing 24 soldiers and wounding 13 others.
2012-03-11 - US soldier kills 16 civilians in Afghanistan
2012-03-16 - Turkish NATO helicopter crashes into a house killing ten people in the outskirts of Kabul, Afghanistan
2012-05-07 - NATO air strike kills 14 and woulds 6 civilians in Afghanistan's Badghis Province
2012-05-27 - A NATO airstrike kills a family of eight, including six children, in Afghanistan
2012-06-11 - Five people are killed after an ambulance hits a roadside bomb in Afghanistan
2012-06-11 - Two earthquakes in Afghanistan trigger landslides that kill more than 80 people
2012-07-08 - Roadside car bomb kills 14 civilians in Afghanistan's Kandahar Province
2012-07-14 - Suicide bomber attacks a wedding reception and kills 22 people and inures 22 in northern Afghanistan
2012-08-14 - 46 people are killed and 80 injured after a series of suicide bombings in Afghanistan
2012-08-18 - NATO air strikes kill at least 13 militants in Afghanistan
2012-08-26 - 17 villagers in Afghanistan's Kajaki district are beheaded by an unknown organization
2012-09-01 - Two suicide bombings kill 12 people and wound 50 in a NATo base in Afghanistan's Sayed Abad district
2012-09-03 - New Zealand announces its withdrawal of forces from Afghanistan
2012-09-08 - 6 people are killed by a Taliban suicide bombing in Kabul, Afghanistan
2012-09-10 - 16 people are killed by a suicide bombing n Kunduz, Afghanistan
2012-09-16 - 8 female civilians are killed by a NATO airstrike in Laghman, Afghanistan
2012-09-19 - 9 people are killed and 20 wounded by a car bombing in Peshawar, Afghanistan
2012-10-01 - 3 NATO soldiers and 16 Afghan police are killed by a suicide bombing in Khost, Afghanistan
2012-10-26 - 41 people are killed and 50 injured by a suicide bombing of a mosque in Maymana, Afghanistan
2012-12-17 - 10 girls collecting firewood are killed by a mine blast in east Afghanistan
Birthdays 1 - 14 of 14
1795-04-05 - Henry Havelock, British soldier (War in Afghanistan 1838-39)
1872-07-03 - Habib Ullah Chan, emir of Afghanistam (1901-19)
1880-04-10 - Mohammed Nadir Shah, Afghan king (d. 1933)
1892-06-01 - Amanullah, emir/king of Afghanistan (1919-28)
1909-07-18 - Mohammed Daoud Khan, President of Afghanistan (d. 1978)
1914-01-04 - Mohammed Sahir, shah (Afghanistan)
1929-01-06 - Babrak Karmal, Afghani politician (d. 1996)
1950-12-02 - Amin Saikal, Afghan-Australian academic
1952-10-02 - Wahed Wafa, Afghan singer
1953-09-02 - Ahmad Shah Massoud, Afghan commander and a war hero (d. 2001)
1957-12-24 - Hamid Karzai, President of Afghanistan
1959-01-01 - Abdul Ahad Mohmand, Afghanistan, cosmonaut (Soyuz TM-6)
1965-03-04 - Khaled Hosseini, Afghan author and physician
1986-05-29 - Valy Hedjasi, Afghan singer
Deaths 1 - 18 of 18
1901-10-01 - Abdur Rahman Khan, Emir of Afghanistan
1919-02-21 - Habib Ullah Chan, emir of Afghanistam (1901-19), murdered at 46
1933-11-08 - Mohammed Nadir Shah, king of Afghanistan, assassin by Abdul Khallig
1978-04-27 - Mohammed Daud, premier/president of Afghanistan, murdered
1979-02-14 - Adolph Dubs, US ambassador to Afghanistan, murdered
1979-09-16 - Nur Mohammed Taraki, president of Afghanistan (1978-79), killed
1979-12-27 - Hafizullah Amin, president of Afghanistan (1979), murdered
1993-02-09 - Nasrullah Mansoor, Afghan guerilla leader/governor of Paktia, dies
1995-03-13 - Abdul Ali Mazari, Afghan shite leader, shot to death
1996-09-27 - Najibullah, Pres of Afghanistan Democratic Party (1986-90), executed
1996-12-03 - Babrak Karmal, PM of Afghanistan (1980-81), dies
2001-09-09 - Ahmed Shah Massoud, Afghani military leader (b. 1953)
2005-05-09 - Nasrat Parsa, Afghani singer (b. 1969)
2005-11-04 - Nadia Anjuman, Afghan poet and journalist (b. 1980)
2006-08-20 - Cpl Bryan Budd VC, British soldier (Afghanistan) (b. 1977)
2007-07-23 - Mohammed Zahir Shah, King of Afghanistan (b. 1914)
2007-11-06 - Sayed Mustafa Kazemi, Afghan politician (b. c1962)
2011-09-20 - Burhanuddin Rabbani, President of Afghanistan from 1992 to 1996. (b. 1940)