Constitution Events in History

2015 Event - The Japanese Diet enacts a defense policy allowing the nation's troops to aid allies in conflicts that also threaten Japan; Prime Minister Shinzo Abe supports the law, but it is opposed by many who wish to maintain the country's pacifist constitution

2014 Event - Japan updates its constitution to allow self-defense forces to assist in defending allied nations that come under attack. The change does not extend to assisting in other external military conflicts.

2014 Event - Gen. Prayuth Chan-ocha has become interim leader of Thailand in a military coup today; the military has thrown out part of the constitution, imposed a curfew and placed media and Internet communication under its control

2014 Event - Amidst massive security including 160,000 soldiers and over 200,000 policemen, Egyptians go to the polls to vote on a draft constitution which would strengthen the military-backed leadership of the country

2013 Event - Australia's government plans to hold a referendum to recognize local government in its constitution; the referendum will coincide with the country's federal election taking place September 14, 2013

2012 Event - Egyptian voters go to the polls to vote on a highly protested referendum on a new constitution

2012 Event - U.S. Governor of Colorado, John Hickenlooper, emboldened by the passage of a voter-approved amendment to the state constitution last month, declared marijuana legal for recreational use

2012 Event - Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi declares that proposed referendums on a new constitution will be enacted, but the decree he issued expanding his powers will be annulled

2011 Event - The Nigerian senate reschedules elections by changing the country's constitution

2010 Event - Icelanders vote for the creators of a new constitution after functioning with an edited version of the Danish constitution since 1944

2005 Event - Luxembourg accepts a referendum on the E.U. constitution

2005 Event - Dutch reject a referendum on the E.U. constitution

2005 Event - French reject a referendum on the E.U. constitution

1997 Event - 5 sue Japanese Prime Minister Ryutaro Hashimoto, because his smoking has violated the country's constitution guaranteeing a wholesome life

1996 Event - South Africa's Constitutional Assembly adopts permanent post-apartheid constitution

1994 Event - Senate rejectes a balanced budget amendment to the Constitution

1993 Event - Black and white leaders in South Africa approve new democratic constitution

1992 Death - Andreas M Donner, Dutch state leader/jurist (Constitution), dies at 74

1992 Event - Peru's President Alberto Fujimori suspend constitution and dissolved Congress

1990 Event - Benin nullifies its constitution

1990 Event - Namibia's constitution ratified

1989 Event - Chad adopts its Constitution

1989 Event - East Germany drops communist monopoly from its constitution

1989 Event - Hungary revises constitution

1989 Event - Chile amends its constitution

1989 Event - Sudan suspends interim constitution following coup

1988 Event - Brazil adopts its Constitution

1988 Event - Fiji's new constitution is proposed

1988 Event - Burma suspends its constitution

1988 Event - South Korea adopts constitution

1987 Event - Afghanistan Constitution adopted

1987 Event - South Korean voters overwhelmingly approved a new constitution

1987 Event - Fiji's constitution is suspended

1987 Event - Suriname constitution ratified

1987 Event - Philadelphia celebrates 200th anniversary of Constitution

1987 Event - Ethiopia adopts constitution

1987 Event - Coup in Burundi suspends constitution

1987 Event - Philippines constitution goes into effect

1987 Event - Philippines adopts constitution

1987 Event - New Nicaraguan constitution takes effect

1986 Event - Central African Republic adopts constitution

1986 Event - Bangladesh Constitution restored

1986 Event - Constitution of Guatemala takes effect

1985 Event - Pakistan restores constitution

1985 Event - Sudan adopts interim constitution

1985 Event - Falkland Islands (Islas Malvinas) adopts constitution

1985 Event - South Georgia and South Sandwich Islands adopts constitution

1985 Event - Uganda suspends constitution following coup

1985 Event - Guatemala adopts constitution

1985 Event - Sudan suspends constitution after coup under general Swarreddahab

1984 Event - South Africa adopts constitution

1984 Event - Guinea-Bissau adopts constitution

1984 Event - Guinea suspends constitution after coup

1984 Event - Tanzania adopts constitution

1983 Event - El Salvador adopts constitution

1983 Event - Haiti adopts constitution

1983 Event - Netherlands adopts constitution

1982 Event - Sao Tome and Principe constitution approved

1982 Event - China adopts its constitution

1982 Event - Turkey adopts constitution

1982 Event - Portugal revises constitution

1982 Event - Equatorial Guinea adopts constitution

1982 Event - Guinea adopts constitution

1982 Event - Canada Constitution Act replaces British North America Act

1982 Event - Canada adopts its constitution

1982 Event - Queen Elizabeth proclaims Canada's new constitution

1982 Event - Anguilla, dependent territory of U.K., adopts constitution

1982 Event - Honduras constitution goes into effect

1982 Event - Honduras adopts constitution

1981 Event - Lt Jerry Rawlings becomes head of Ghana, suspends constitution

1981 Event - Burundia adopts its constitution

1981 Event - Cambodia adopts its constitution

1981 Event - Chile constitution takes effect, Augusto Pinochet 2nd term begins

1981 Event - Cape Verde amends its constitution

1981 Event - Palau adopts constitution

1980 Event - Vietnam adopts constitution

1980 Event - Mauritania provisional constitution published

1980 Event - Uruguay's new constitution rejected by referendum

1980 Event - Coup in Burkina abolishes constitution

1980 Event - New South Korean constitution comes into effect

1980 Event - Guyana adopts constitution

1980 Event - Chile adopts its constitution

1980 Event - Cape Verde adopts its constitution

1980 Event - Angola revises its constitution

1980 Event - Belgian constitution revised

1980 Event - Peru adopts constitution, Fernando Belaunde Terry becomes president

1980 Event - Togo's constitution becomes effective

1979 Event - Togo adopts constitution

1979 Event - Zimbabwe adopts constitution

1979 Event - Iran accepts constitution

1979 Event - Nigeria adopts constitution, Alhaji Shagari becomes president

1979 Event - Ghana adopts constitution

1979 Event - Somali constitution approved by president

1979 Event - Somali adopts constitution

1979 Event - Ecuador adopts its constitution

1979 Event - Congo adopts constitution

1979 Event - Mali's constitution goes into effect

1979 Event - Seychelles adopts constitution

1979 Event - Nigeria amends constitution

1979 Event - Rhodesia agrees to new constitution

1978 Event - Spain constitution goes into effect

1978 Event - King Juan Carlos ratifies Spain's 1st democratic constitution

1978 Event - Thailand adopts constitution

1978 Event - Referendum approves new constitution of Rwanda

1978 Event - Spain adopts constitution

1978 Event - Dominica gains independence from U.K. and adopts constitution

1978 Event - People's Democratic Republic of Yemen (South) adopts constitution

1978 Event - Swaziland's new constitution promulgated bans political parties

1978 Event - Comoros adopts constitution

1978 Event - Constitution adopted by Sri Lanka

1978 Event - Sierra Leone adopts constitution

1978 Event - Zaire revises constitution

1978 Event - Angola revises its constitution

1977 Event - U.S.S.R. adopts constitution

1977 Event - British Virgin Islands adopts constitution

1977 Event - Benin adopts its constitution

1977 Event - Libya amends constitution

1976 Event - Albania constitution goes into effect

1976 Event - Algeria Constitution goes into effect

1976 Event - Trinidad and Tobago adopts constitution

1976 Event - Turks and Caicos Islands adopts constitution

1976 Event - Portugal adopts constitution

1976 Event - Portuguese constitution assumed

1976 Event - Cuba adopts its constitution

1976 Event - Macau adopts constitution (Organic Law of Macau)

1975 Event - Constitution of Democratic Republic of Madagascar comes into force

1975 Event - Madagascar adopts constitution

1975 Event - Sao Tome and Principe adopts constitution

1975 Event - Greece adopts constitution

1975 Event - Gabon amends constitution

1975 Event - Sweden adopts constitution

1974 Event - East Germany amends constitution

1974 Event - Yemen Arab Republic, North Yemen, suspends constitution

1974 Event - Malta's constitution goes into effect

1974 Event - Malta adopts constitution

1974 Event - Yugoslavia adopts constitution

1974 Event - Burma accepts its constitution

1973 Event - Grenada adopts constitution

1973 Event - Bahrain's constitution goes into effect

1973 Event - Zambia adopts constitution

1973 Event - Bahamas declares Independence from U.K. and adopts constitution

1973 Event - Uruguay suspends constitution

1973 Event - Bahrain adopts it's constitution

1973 Event - Sudan adopts constitution

1973 Event - Swaziland suspends constitution

1973 Event - Pakistan suspends constitution

1973 Event - Syria adopts constitution

1973 Event - Morocco adopts constitution

1973 Event - Pope Paul VI publishes constitution motu proprio Quo aptius

1973 Event - New Philippine constitution names Marcos president for life

1972 Event - New North Korean constitution comes into effect

1972 Event - Bangladesh Constitution goes into effect

1972 Event - Bangladesh adopts constitution

1972 Event - Panama adopts constitution

1972 Event - Ceylon becomes Republic of Sri Lanka as its constitution is ratified

1972 Event - Republic of Cameroon declared as constitution is ratified

1972 Event - Hungary revises constitution

1972 Event - Revised Dutch constitution proclaimed

1971 Event - Egypt adopts its constitution

1971 Event - Bulgarian constitution goes into effect

1971 Event - Bulgaria adopts it's constitution

1970 Event - Yemen Arab Republic (North Yemen) adopts constitution

1970 Event - Iraq's constitution goes into effect

1970 Event - Senegal adopts constitution

1970 Event - Constitution of Singapore enacted

1969 Event - Libya adopts constitution

1969 Event - Gibraltar adopts constitution

1969 Event - Pope Paul VI publishes constitution Sacra Ritum Congregation

1968 Event - Iraq adopts constitution

1968 Event - Bermuda adopts its constitution

1968 Event - New colonial constitution for Bermuda adopted

1968 Event - East Germany adopts constitution

1968 Event - New socialist constitution of East Germany takes effect

1968 Event - 94.5% of East German voters approve new socialist constitution

1968 Event - Vatican City's Apostolic Constitution of 1967 goes into effect

1968 Event - Nauru adopts constitution

1967 Event - Nguyen Van Thieu elected President of South Vietnam under a new constitution

1967 Event - Paraguay accepts its constitution

1967 Event - Pope Paul VI publishes constitution Regimini Ecclesiae Universae

1967 Event - Pope Paul VI publishes constitution Pro comperto sane

1967 Event - Zaire adopts constitution

1967 Event - Bolivia adopts its constitution

1967 Event - St. Helena adopts constitution

1967 Event - Tonga revises constitution

1966 Event - Dominican Republic adopts constitution

1966 Event - Uruguay adopts constitution

1965 Event - Romania adopts constitution

1965 Event - Morocco King Hassan suspends constitution, grabs power

1964 Event - Maldives adopts constitution

1964 Event - 24th Amendment to U.S. Constitution goes into effect and states voting rights could not be denied due to failure to pay taxes

1963 Event - Algerian population accepts constitution

1963 Event - Senegal adopts constitution

1962 Event - Current constitution of Monaco promulgated

1962 Event - Nepal gets constitution/becomes Constitutional Hindu Monarchy

1962 Event - Kuwait adopts constitution (1st, Islamitic)

1962 Event - Some provisions of Kuwaiti constitution are suspended

1961 Event - U.S. Supreme Court struck down a provision in Md's constitution requiring state office holders to believe in God

1961 Event - Mauritania adopts constitution

1961 Event - Gabon adopts constitution

1961 Event - Venezuela adopts constitution

1960 Event - Ivory Coast adopts constitution

1960 Event - Czechoslovakia adopts Constitution

1960 Event - Mongolia adopts constitution

1960 Event - Montserrat adopts constitution

1959 Event - Sultan of Brunei promulgates a constitution

1959 Event - Indonesia restores constitution

1959 Event - Singapore adopts constitution

1959 Event - Constitution of Tunisia promulgated (National Day)

1959 Event - Gabon adopts its constitution

1959 Event - Castro proclaims new Cuban constitution

1958 Event - France adopts constitution

1956 Event - Vietnam promulgates its constitution

1954 Event - 1st National People's Congress adopts Chinese constitution

1954 Event - Virgin Islands (U.S.) adopts constitution (Revised Organic Act)

1953 Event - British premier Winston Churchill aproves Guyanese Constitution

1953 Event - Denmark adopts a new constitution

1952 Event - "I am an American Day" and "Constitution Day" renamed "Citizenship Day"

1952 Event - Commonwealth of Puerto Rico created (Constitution Day)

1952 Event - Poland adopts Communist-imposed Constitution

1952 Event - Puerto Rico's constitution approved by U.S. Congress

1952 Event - Puerto Rico approves their 1st self written constitution

1952 Event - Jordan adopts constitution

1951 Event - Constitution of Jordan passes

1951 Event - Uruguay accepts its constitution

1951 Event - 22nd amendment to Constitution is ratified

1950 Event - West Berlin granted a constitution

1950 Event - Indies Constitution goes into effect

1950 Event - Guam adopts constitution (Organic Act)

1950 Event - Truman signs public law 600 (Puerto Ricans write own constitution)

1949 Event - India adopts a constitution as a British Commonwealth Republic

1949 Event - Costa Rica adopts Constitution

1949 Event - Hungary (Magyar People's Republic) accepts constitution

1949 Event - Hungary adopts constitution

1949 Event - East Germans constitution approved

1949 Event - West German constitution approved

1948 Event - Proclamation of constitution of Republic of (South) Korea

1948 Event - Italy adopts constitution

1947 Event - Italian constituent assembly adopts new constitution

1947 Event - Laos accepts constitution for parliamentary democracy

1947 Event - General MacArthur approves Japanese constitution

1946 Event - Constitution accepted in Taiwan

1946 Event - Emperor Hirohito proclaims new Japanese constitution

1946 Event - Panama accepts its new constitution

1946 Event - Yugoslavia adopts new constitution, becomes a federal republic

1944 Event - Iceland adopts constitution

1944 Event - Generals Giraud and de Gaulle reach agreement on constitution

1937 Event - 2nd Irish constitution goes into effect; Irish Free State renamed Erie

1937 Event - Ireland adopts constitution (Irish Free State becomes Eire)

1936 Event - Virgin Islands receives a constitution from U.S., Organic Act

1934 Event - Austrian gets "Austrian facist" constitution

1932 Event - King Rama VII (Prajadhipok) grants Thailand a constitution

1930 Death - Eduard David, German minister (constitution of Weimar), dies at 67

1930 Event - Supreme Court rules buying liquor does not violate the Constitution

1930 Event - USS Constitution (Old Ironsides) floated out to become a national shrine

1929 Event - Democratic constitution goes into effect in Ecuador

1926 Event - Lebanon adopts constitution

1926 Event - Lebanese constitution forms under French mandate

1925 Event - Greek republican constitution enforced

1923 Event - Italian parliament accepts new constitution

1922 Event - Dutch Constitution proclaimed

1922 Event - 1st constitution of Irish Free State comes into operation

1922 Event - Irish Parliament adopts a constitution for an Irish Free State

1921 Event - Present constitution of Liechtenstein comes into effect

1919 Event - Germany accepts Weimar Constitution

1919 Event - Finland adopts constitution

1918 Event - Soviets disallows a Constitution Assembly

1917 Event - Present Mexican constitution adopted

1906 Event - Ecuador adopts its constitution

1900 Event - Australia accepts its constitution

1898 Event - Louisiana adopts new constitution with "grandfather clause" designed to eliminate black voters

1889 Event - Washington voters adopt state constitution in referendum

1889 Event - Meiji constitution of Japan adopted; 1st Diet convenes in 1890

1887 Event - Philadelphia celebrates 100th anniversary of U.S. Constitution

1886 Event - Colombia adopts constitution

1877 Event - Burkina adopts its constitution

1876 Event - Turkey's 1st constitution proclaimed

1875 Event - Tonga adopts constitution

1874 Event - Present constitution of Switzerland takes effect

1868 Event - Constitution of Grand Duchy of Luxembourg comes into effect

1868 Event - Louisiana voters approve new constitution

1868 Event - South Carolina voters approved constitution, 70,758 to 27,228

1867 Event - British North America Act (Canadian constitution) passes

1865 Event - Tennessee adopts a new constitution abolishing slavery

1864 Event - Greek parliament accept new Constitution

1864 Event - Maryland voters adopt new constitution, including abolition of slavery

1863 Birthday - Eduard David, German undersecretary, constitution of Weimar

1862 Event - Kingdom of Nepal accepts its constitution

1862 Event - Confederate Constitution and presidency are declared permanent

1861 Event - Washington D.C. - Crittenden resolution is passed stating that the war is to be fought to preserve union and uphold the Constitution, not to alter slavery

1861 Event - Confederate convention in Montgomery, adopts constitution

1861 Event - Confederate Provisional Congress declares all laws under the U.S. Constitution were consistent with constitution of Confederate states

1857 Event - Mexican constitution of force (fiercely attacked by Pope Pius IX)

1856 Event - Constitution of South Australia adopted

1853 Event - Argentina adopts it's constitution

1848 Event - Sardinia-Piemonte gets new Constitution

1848 Event - Toscane gets liberal Constitution

1848 Event - Sicily accepts new Constitution (choose parliament/freedom of press)

1848 Event - King of Naples grants his subjects a constitution

1845 Event - Texas ratifies a state constitution

1840 Event - 1st Hawaiian constitution proclaimed

1837 Event - Spain gets new Constitution

1836 Event - Texas approves a constitution

1832 Event - Polish constitution abolished/replaced by Czar Nicholas I

1831 Event - Belgium adopts it's Constitution

1814 Event - Norwegian constitution passed by constitutent assembly at Eidsvoll

1812 Event - U.S. warship Constitution defeats British warship Guerriere

1809 Death - Ignacy Potocki, Polish Foreign Minister (constitution), dies

1804 Event - 12th amendment to U.S. constitution, regulating judicial power

1803 Event - Congress accepts Ohio's constitution, statehood not ratified till 1953

1798 Event - Dutch emperor accepts new Constitution

1797 Event - U.S. Navy frigate Constitution, Old Ironsides, launched in Boston

1797 Event - U.S. frigate Constitution (Old Ironsides) launched in Boston

1795 Event - Freedom of worship established in France under constitution

1795 Event - 11th Amendment to U.S. Constitution ratified, affirms power of states

1793 Event - 1st republican constitution in France adopted

1791 Event - France's King Louis XVI accepts constitution

1791 Event - French Constitution passed by French National Assembly

1791 Event - Pope condemns France's Civil Constitution of the clergy

1790 Event - 1st book copyrighted under constitution, "Philadelphia Spelling Book"

1790 Event - Rhode Is becomes last of original 13 colonies ratifying Constitution

1789 Event - North Carolina ratifies constitution, becomes 12th U.S. state

1789 Event - Oath of Tennis Court (for a new constitution) in France taken

1789 Event - U.S. constitution goes into effect

1789 Event - 1st Congress declares constitution in effect (9 senators, 13 reps)

1788 Birthday - Cornelis J van Assen, Dutch jurist, Language of the Constitution

1788 Event - New York becomes 11th state to ratify constitution

1788 Event - Virginia becomes 10th state to ratify U.S. constitution

1788 Event - U.S. Constitution goes into effect as New Hampshire is 9th to ratify

1788 Event - South Carolina becomes 8th state to ratify U.S. constitution

1788 Event - Maryland becomes 7th state to ratify constitution

1788 Event - Massachusetts becomes 6th state to ratify constitution

1788 Event - Georgia is 4th state to ratify U.S. constitution

1787 Event - New Jersey becomes 3rd state to ratify constitution

1787 Event - Pennsylvania becomes 2nd state to ratify U.S. constitution

1787 Event - Delaware becomes 1st state to ratify constitution

1787 Event - "Federalist Papers" published, calls for ratification of Constitution

1787 Event - Congress sends Constitution to state legislatures for their approval

1787 Event - Constitution submitted to states for ratification

1787 Event - U.S. constitution adopted by Philadelphia convention

1787 Event - Delegates gather in Philadelphia to draw up U.S. constitution

1777 Event - New York adopts new constitution as an independent state

1777 Event - New York adopts new constitution as an independent state

1776 Event - Virginia state constitution adopted and Patrick Henry made governor

1776 Event - Assembly of New Hampshire adopts its 1st state constitution

1755 Birthday - Rufus King, framer of U.S. constitution

1723 Event - Emperor Karel VI's Pragmatic Sanctie declares Constitution

1721 Birthday - Roger Sherman, signer, Articles of Association, the Declaration of Independence, the Articles of Confederation and the Constitution

1669 Event - John Lockes Constitution of English colony Carolina approved

1641 Event - General court declares RI a democracy and adopts new constitution

1639 Event - 1st Connecticut constitution (Fundamental Orders) adopted in Hartford

1600 Event - San Marino adopts constitution

1484 Birthday - Joachim I Nestor, elector, Brandenburg, Constitution