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Zanzibar Revolution Day in Tanzania

Tanzania Public Holiday in Tanzania

Zanzibar Revolution Day is a public holiday in Tanzania observed on 12th January. The day marks the 1954 revolution that overthrew the Sultan following independence from Britain.

When is Zanzibar Revolution Day in Tanzania?

How long until Zanzibar Revolution Day?
This holiday next takes place in 237 Days.
Dates of
Year Weekday Date
2020 Sunday January 12
2019 Saturday January 12
2018 Friday January 12
2017 Thursday January 12
Duration
1 Day
Summary
Marks the revolution in 1964 to overthrow the Sultan following independence from Britain

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

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 10 December 1963, its 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 12 January 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 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.


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