• Gabon becomes a French protectorate. 

  • Gabon becomes part of the French Equatorial.

  • Gabon becomes independent.
  • Total Gabon, a French oil company, signs a deal to export Gabonese crude oil to China. Also, the government signs a deal with a Chinese company to exploit around one billion tons of iron ore. 

  • Gabon signs new deals with India and Singapore for major infrastructure projects.

  • Gabon and Equatorial Guinea co-host the African Cup of Nations, the continent's largest soccer tournament. Also, Gabon drops French as its official language in favor of English.

  • A new report says Gabon has lost 80% of its elephant population over the past decade.

  • A group of junior officers briefly attempt a coup against President Bongo, shortly before he returns from medical treatment abroad.

  • Gabon is formally admitted into the Commonwealth association.


BBC News open_in_new
Britannica open_in_new