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Events 1 - 90 of 90
1740-12-16 - Prussian Libya falls to Silezie
1756-08-29 - Prussian Libya occupies Saxson: beginning 7 years War
1818-10-09 - Congress of Aken returns to France from Libya
1911-11-05 - Italy attacks Turkish North-Africa (Libya), takes Tipoli & Cyrenaica
1912-10-19 - Tripoli (Libya) passes from Turkish to Italian control
1922-09-13 - 136.4°F (58°C), El Aziziyah, Libya in shade (world record)
1934-12-03 - Italian colonial Tripoli & Cyrenaica annexed to Libya
1940-12-09 - British assault on Banghazi Libya
1940-12-09 - British troops 1st major offensive in No Africa (Libya) during WW II
1940-12-10 - British anti-offensive in Libya (Sidi Barrani)
1941-01-21 - Australia & Britain attack Tobruk Libya
1941-01-30 - Australian troops conquer Derna Libya
1941-02-04 - British tanks occupy Maus Libya
1941-02-06 - British troops conquer Bengazi, Libya
1941-02-14 - German Africa Corps lands in Tripoli, Libya
1941-02-22 - German assault on El Agheila Libya
1941-03-24 - German troops occupy El Agheila Libya
1941-04-10 - German troops conquer Libyan county Cyrenaica
1941-05-15 - British attack Halfaya-pass & Fort Capuzzo in Egypt & Libya
1941-11-22 - NZ troops conquer Ft Capuzzo Libya
1941-12-23 - British troops overrun Benghazi Libya
1942-01-28 - German troops occupy Benghazi Libya
1942-11-20 - British 8th Army recaptures Benghazi, Libya
1949-06-01 - British government grants Cyrenaica (East-Libya) independence
1951-12-24 - United Kingdom of Libya gains independence from Italy via UN
1962-01-23 - Libya, Morocco, Algeria & Tunisia plan to form United Arab Maghreb
1969-09-01 - Libyan revolution, Col Moammar Gadhafi deposes King Idris
1969-09-01 - A revolution in Libya brings Col. Muammar al-Gaddafi to power, which was later transferred to the People's Committees.
1969-09-08 - Suleiman Maghrabi appointed premier of Libya
1969-12-11 - Libya adopts constitution
1970-01-16 - Col Kadhaffi becomes premier of Libya
1970-04-15 - Libyan leader Gadaffi launches "Green Revolution"
1970-06-11 - US leaves Wheelus AFB Libya
1970-07-21 - Libya orders confiscation of all Jewish property
1971-04-17 - Egypt, Libya & Syria form federation (FAR)
1972-03-04 - Libya & USSR signs cooperation treaty
1972-09-01 - Egypt & Libya form federation
1973-02-21 - Israeli fighters shoot Libyan aircraft down, killing 108
1973-12-13 - MPLA/FNLA accord about combat against Portuguese Libya
1974-01-12 - Libya & Tunisia announces they are merging as "Islamic Arab Republic"
1977-03-02 - Libya amends constitution
1977-03-03 - Libyan Socialist Arabs People's Republic forms
1977-07-21 - Libyan-Egyptian border fights
1977-11-19 - Libya drops diplomatic relations with Egypt
1977-12-05 - Egypt breaks dipl relations with Syria, Libya, Algeria, Iraq & S Yemen
1979-06-03 - Ex-president Idi Amin of Uganda flees to Libya
1979-12-02 - Crowds attack US embassy at Tripoli Libya
1980-07-23 - Billy Carter admits to being paid by Libya
1980-10-31 - Senegal routes troops to Gambia due to Libyan threat
1980-11-04 - Libyan invasion in Chad
1981-05-06 - US expels Libyan diplomats
1981-08-19 - 2 US Navy F-14 jet fighters shoot down 2 Soviet-built Libyan SU-22
1982-03-10 - Pres Reagan proclaims economic sanctions against Libya
1982-03-10 - The United States places an embargo on Libyan petroleum imports because of their support of terrorist groups.
1984-04-17 - During Libyan Embassy demonstration in London, British police officer Yvonne Fletcher shot dead
1984-08-13 - Morocco & Libya sign "Arabic-African Union" treaty
1985-08-20 - Libya throws out 1000s Tunisian/Egyptian gas workers
1985-09-26 - Tunisia drops diplomatic relations with Libya
1985-12-27 - Terrorists kill 20 & wound 110 attacking El Al at Rome & Vienna airports, President Reagan blames Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi
1986-01-07 - US president Reagan proclaims economic sanctions against Libya
1986-02-04 - Israeli fighters intercept Libyan liner (passenger plane)
1986-02-17 - Libyan bombers attack N'djamena Airport in Chad
1986-03-24 - US & Libya clash in Gulf of Sidra
1986-04-14 - US aircraft attacks 5 terrorist locations in Libya
1986-04-15 - US air raids Libya, responding to La Belle disco, Berlin bombing
1986-04-15 - The United States launches Operation El Dorado Canyon against Libya.
1986-08-29 - Morocco king Hassan II signs unity treaty with Libya
1987-01-07 - French airplanes harass Libyan positions in Duadi Doum
1989-01-04 - US F-14s shoot down 2 Libyan jet fighters over Mediterranean
1989-02-17 - Mauritania, Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia & Libya form common market
1991-11-14 - American and British authorities announce indictments against two Libyan intelligence officials in connection with the downing of the Pan Am Flight 103.
1992-03-31 - UN Security Council voted to ban flights & arms sales to Libya
1992-04-14 - UN imposes embargo against Libya takes effect
1992-12-22 - Libyan MIG-23UB attacks Boeing 727 at Souk al-Sabt, 158 die
1998-08-24 - The Netherlands is selected as the site for the trial of the two Libyan suspects of the 1988 Pan Am bombing.
1999-04-05 - Two Libyans suspected of bringing down Pan Am flight 103 in 1988 are handed over for eventual trial in the Netherlands.
2001-01-31 - In the Netherlands a Scottish court convicts a Libyan and acquits another for their part in the bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 which crashed into Lockerbie, Scotland in 1988.
2002-06-06 - Eastern Mediterranean Event. A near-Earth asteroid estimated at 10 metres diameter explodes over the Mediterranean Sea between Greece and Libya. The resulting explosion is estimated to have a force of 26 kilotons, slightly more powerful than the Nagasaki atomic bomb.
2003-09-12 - The United Nations lifts sanctions against Libya after that country agreed to accept responsibility and recompense the families of victims in the 1988 bombing of Pan Am Flight 103.
2004-02-26 - The United States lifts a ban on travel to Libya, ending travel restrictions to the nation that had lasted for 23 years.
2004-04-24 - The United States lifts economic sanctions imposed on Libya 18 years previously, as a reward for its cooperation in eliminating weapons of mass destruction.
2007-07-24 - Libya frees all six of the Medics in the HIV trial in Libya.
2011-02-15 - Libyan protests begin opposing Colonel Muammar al-Gaddafi's rule
2011-08-23 - Libyan leader Muammar al-Gaddafi is overthrown after the National Transitional Council forces take control of Bab al-Azizia compound during the 2011 Libyan Civil War.
2011-10-20 - The former leader of Libya, Muammar Gaddafi, and his son Moatassem Gaddafi are killed shortly after the battle of Sirte (2011) while in the custody of NTC fighters.
2012-06-20 - Western Libyan tribal clashes kill 105 people and injure 500
2012-09-11 - The US consulate in Benghazi, Libya, is stormed, looted and burned down, killing five people, including the US ambassador
2012-09-13 - Dr Mustafa Abushagur is elected as Prime Minister of Libya
2012-10-08 - Mustafa A.G. Abushagur, the first elected Libyan Prime Minister, is voted out of office by the Libyan parliament
2012-10-24 - Libyan militias capture Bani Walid resulting in 130 civilian deaths
Birthdays 1 - 6 of 6
1871-09-28 - Pietro Badoglio, Grazzano Monferrato, Italy, General/Libyan Governor (1928-33) and Prime Minister of Italy (1943-44)
1896-06-06 - Italo Balbo, Italian pilot/gov-gen of Libya (La marcia su Rome)
1899-01-14 - Fritz Bayerlein, German lt-general (WW I, Poland, Libya, St-Lo)
1942-10-09 - Shukri Ghanem, Vienna Austria, Libyan Prime Minister (2003-2006), (d. 2012)
1952-04-01 - Abdel Basset Ali Al-Megrahi, Tripoli Libya, bomber (Pan Am 103), (d. 2012)
1956-04-04 - Lamen Khalifa Fhimah, Suk Giuma Libya, bomber (Pan Am Flight 103)
Deaths 1 - 8 of 8
1904-01-05 - Karl A von Zittel, German geologist/paleontologist (Libya), dies at 64
1940-06-28 - Italo Balbo, Italian pilot/gov-gen of Libya, dies at 44
2009-10-03 - Queen Fatima, former Libyan queen (b. 1918)
2010-01-13 - Kalifa Tillisi, Libyan writer and linguist
2011-07-28 - Abdul Fatah Younis, Former Libyan Interior Minister, assassinated for pro-Gadaffi ties (b. 1944)
2011-10-20 - Muammar Gaddafi, Ruler of Libya (b. 1942)
2011-10-20 - Moatassem Gaddafi, Son of Moammar Gaddafi and National Security Adviser of Libya (b. 1977)
2012-04-29 - Shukri Ghanem, Libyan Prime Minister, dies at 69