Dahomey becomes an overseas territory of France.
Dahomey gains its independence from France.
Dahomey joins the International Monetary Fund (IMF).
Dahomey is renamed the People’s Republic of Benin.
Benin agrees to economic adjustment measures put forth by the World Bank and IMF.
Benin joins the Community of Sahel-Saharan States, a group that aims to establish economic unity and a free trade area in Africa.
Benin is awarded debt relief by the World Bank and the African Development Bank.
Significant amounts of oil are discovered at a town along the disputed Benin-Niger border.