Zanzibar Revolution Day in Tanzania in 2020

Zanzibar Revolution Day in Tanzania in 2020
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  How long until Zanzibar Revolution Day?
This holiday next takes place in 53 days.
  Dates of Zanzibar Revolution Day in Tanzania
2021 Tanzania Tue, Jan 12 National Holiday
2020 Tanzania Sun, Jan 12 National Holiday
2019 Tanzania Sat, Jan 12 National Holiday
2018 Tanzania Fri, Jan 12 National Holiday
2017 Tanzania Thu, Jan 12 National Holiday
  Summary
Marks the revolution in 1964 to overthrow the Sultan following independence from Britain

When is Zanzibar Revolution Day in Tanzania?

Zanzibar Revolution Day is a public holiday in Tanzania observed on January 12th.

The day marks the 1954 revolution that overthrew the Sultan following independence from Britain.

History of Zanzibar Revolution Day

Zanzibar is a series of islands off the east coast of Africa and a semi-autonomous region of Tanzania.

On December 10th 1963, the islands' status as a British protectorate ended, with Zanzibar becoming a constitutional monarchy, with Sultan Jamshid bin Abdullah as ruler.

The monarchy was short-lived - just over a month later, on January 12th 1964, a revolution led by John Okello of the Afro-Shirazi Party (ASP) overthrew the sultan.

The revolution resulted in over 20,000 casualties. Arabs and Indians bore the brunt of the violence, with many more fleeing the country.

The leader of the ASP, Abeid Karume, was named as president and the country's name changed to the People's Republic of Zanzibar.

In April 1964, Zanzibar merged with mainland Tanganyika. The United Republic of Tanganyika and Zanzibar was soon renamed, as the United Republic of Tanzania.

Did you know?

The Anglo-Zanzibar war was (probably) the shortest war in history. It took place on August 27th 1896 and lasted less than an hour but because of a lack of clocks, nobody is quite sure exactly how short it was.

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