Bangladesh: History

  1. 1947

    British colonial rule ends in India. The former British Empire is partitioned into the Hindu Majority India and Muslim Majority East and West Pakistan, which are separated by approximately 1,600 km of Indian territory. 

  2. 1971

    East Pakistan declares its independence and is renamed Bangladesh.

  3. 1972

    Sheikh Mujib becomes prime minister and begins a program to nationalize key industries.

  4. 1976

    The military bans trade union.

  5. 1988

    Bangladesh faces the worst floods in their history. 53 of the nations and 64 administrative districts were covered flood waters. The flooding caused approximately $2 billion in damages and displaced an estimate of 28 million people.

  6. 1988

    The Bangladesh economy is again devastated by record levels of flooding, which covered over two thirds of the nation.

  7. 2013

    Over a thousand workers are killed after a garment factory collapses, prompting European retailers to sign an agreement to provide safer working conditions in their buildings.


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