• 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‚Äôs 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.

  • Patrice Talon is elected president.


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