• Great Britain and the Otoman Empire sign a treaty recognizing the independence of Bahrain, however, the nation remains under British administration.

  • The Bahrain Petroleum Company (Bapco) discovers oil and production begins the following year.

  • The Hawar Islands, between Qatar and Bahrain, become part of Bahrain.

  • Britain announces that it will end its treaty relationships with nine states in the Persian Gulf by 1971.
  • Bahrain gains formal independence from Britain. 

  • Bahrain joins the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC).

  • Bahrain and the United States sign a free trade pact.


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