Syria Events in History

2015 Event - France and the U.K. agree to share responsibility for taking in immigrants fleeing Syria and other conflict-ridden nations; France agrees to accept 24,000 people over the next two years, and the U.K. will accept 20,000

2015 Event - Over 6,000 Syrian migrants arrive in Austria after being detained in Hungary in an effort to control the recent mass wave of refugees fleeing Syria and other war-torn nations; many of the migrants plan to seek asylum in Austria and Germany

2015 Event - Turkey sends troops to Syria to rescue 40 guards and relocate remains from the tomb of Sulayman Shah, which is now surrounded by ISIS militants; the site is internationally recognized as Turkish territory

2014 Event - The U.N. World Food Program stops assistance to over 1.7 million Syrian refugees in the nations adjoining Syria; the program has provided over $800 million in aid but lacks funds to continue this support

2014 Event - U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel resigns; the resignation may be due to disagreements over current U.S. strategy concerning Islamic State militants and the conflict in Syria

2014 Event - The Turkish government has reversed its stance and is now allowing Kurds to cross into Syria in order to fight Islamic State forces

2014 Event - United Nation member states agree to a resolution aiming to prevent their citizens from joining or supporting militant groups, particularly the Islamic State, in Iraq and Syria

2014 Event - The U.N. will remove peacekeepers from the Syrian side of Golan Heights after the recent capture and release of 45 U.N. troops from Fiji by Syrian rebel forces; the U.N. has worked in the area for 40 years to keep peace between Syria and Israel

2014 Event - Pope Francis gives Easter Mass in St. Peter's square; his message included prayer for peace in Syria and Ukraine, a halt to Boko Haram attacks against Nigerian Christians, and for all to care for the hungry and the needy

2013 Event - Pope Francis gives his Urbi et Orbi speech (to the City of Rome and to the World), a papal address and Apostolic Blessing dating back to Ancient Rome; the Pope calls for peace in Syria and South Sudan

2013 Event - Britain agrees to help Syria destroy over 165 tons of chemical weapons; the stockpile includes substances that could be used to make highly toxic nerve agents

2013 Event - Syria, Iran and North Korea are condemned for human rights violations by the United Nations

2013 Event - Syria's chemical weapons arsenal requires an eradication site; Belgium rejected being a candidate for the destruction, suggesting the stockpile should be destroyed close to Syria

2013 Event - The Organization on the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons reports it has completed the inspection of 21 out of 23 chemical weapons sites across Syria, resulting in the destruction of over 1,000 metric tons of toxic agents and munitions

2013 Event - The war-torn city of Deir Ezzor, Syria experiences the first outbreak of polio in 14 years, with 22 people suspected of having the viral disease

2013 Event - An agreement is made between the U.S. and Russia to draw up a UN Security Council resolution to eliminiate chemical weapons in Syria

2013 Event - Syria's President, Bashar al-Assad, states he will grant international weapons inspectors access to chemical weapons sites, but rebels may make the sites unreachable

2013 Event - In a report sent to the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, Syria claims it has fully disclosed information regarding its chemical weapons program

2013 Event - A resolution authorizing limited U.S. military intervention in Syria is approved by the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee

2013 Event - Syria's former defense minister, Ali Habib Mahmud is reported to have defected to Turkey

2013 Event - The legality of the United States' plans to strike Syria without UN backing are called into question by UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon

2013 Event - Upon concluding their search for chemical weapons in Syria, UN inspectors leave Damascus

2013 Event - U.S. President Barack Obama claims he is ready to order a strike on Syria, but will seek approval from Congress

2013 Event - Lakhdar Brahimi, UN Special Envoy to Syria, says international law states that any action in response to Syria's use of chemical weapons must be decided by the UN Security Council

2013 Event - As the U.S. prepares an alleged imminent attack on Syria, Walid Muallem, Foreign Minister of Syria, denies that Syrian government forces used chemical weapons

2013 Event - Syria's government allows UN weapons inspectors to visit the site outside of Damascus suspected of a chemical weapons attack during the conflict

2013 Event - 'Le Monde' reports the Assad regime in Syria continues to use chemical weapons

2013 Event - Turkey's Prime Minister, Recep Tayyip Erdogan responds to air strikes on Syria, saying Israel's government is waging 'state terrorism'

2012 Event - The 16th Summit of the Non-Aligned Movement in Tehran, Iran, closes with a 60-page final document focusing on Iran's nuclear energy program and the Palestinian issue, with no mention of the civil war in Syria

2012 Event - Syria accuses Ban Ki-moon, Secretary of the United Nations, of 'encouraging attacks on the government'

2012 Event - A mortar in Horns, Syria, kills a friend journalist along with eight others

2011 Event - The Arab League agrees to impose sanctions on Syria due to the nation's continued violent uprising; Syria says the move is 'unprecedented'

2011 Event - Further sanctions are imposed on Belarus, Iran and Syria by the EU, who reiterates the call for Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to step down

2011 Event - The Government of Syria is under investigation by the U.N. Human Rights Council for alleged human rights violations during the 2011 Syrian uprising

2011 Event - Walid al-Muallem, foreign minister of Syria, denounces the European Union for the travel bans and asset freezes it has imposed on Syria

2011 Event - The U.S. intends to impose sanctions on Bashar al-Assad, President of Syria, for alleged human rights breaches during the 2011 Syrian Uprising

2010 Event - Somali pirates seize a freighter from Syria with 24 crewmembers in the Gulf of Aden

2005 Event - Syria withdraws troops from Lebanon, ending its 29 year military occupation

1994 Event - Fishing boat with school children capsize at Lanaka Syria, 46 killed

1992 Death - Nureddin Al-Atassi, president of Syria (1966-70), dies

1991 Event - Syria tells Germany they are ready to recognize Israel

1986 Event - Great Britain drops diplomatic relations with Syria

1984 Event - Syria frees captured U.S. pilot after appeal from Jesse Jackson

1983 Event - Syria and Saudi Arabia announce cease-fire in PLO civil war in Tripoli

1983 Event - Syria throws out PLO leader Arafat

1982 Event - Israel and Syria stop fighting in Lebanon

1982 Event - Government troops and Moslem-fundamentalists battle in Hamah Syria

1981 Event - Israel annexes Golan Heights (seized from Syria in war of 1967)

1980 Event - U.S.S.R. and Syria sign peace treaty

1979 Event - Moslem Brotherhood kills 62 sheiks in Aleppo, Syria

1977 Event - Egypt breaks dipl relations with Syria, Libya, Algeria, Iraq and S Yemen

1976 Event - Syria drives Palestinian guerrillas out of Lebanon

1975 Event - Il-62 crashes south of Damascus, Syria, killing 126

1974 Event - Israel and Syria sign an agreement concerning Golan Heights

1973 Event - Israel, Egypt, Syria, Jordan, U.S. and U.S.S.R. meet in Geneva

1973 Event - Israeli counter offensive in southern Syria

1973 Event - Yom Kippur War begins as Syria and Egypt attack Israel

1973 Birthday - Ghada Shouaa, Syria, heptatlete, 1996 Olympics gold

1973 Event - Syria adopts constitution

1971 Event - Egypt, Libya and Syria form federation (FAR)

1971 Event - Lieutenant General Hafiz al-Assad becomes President of Syria

1970 Event - Lieutenant General Hafez al-Assad becomes Prime Minister of Syria following military coup

1969 Event - General Hafez al-Assad becomes head of Syria via miltary coup

1969 Event - 9 Jews publically executed in Damascus Syria

1967 Event - Israel, Syria, Jordan, Iraq and Egypt end "6-Day War" with United Nations help

1966 Event - Ba'ath-party takes power in Syria

1966 Event - Military coup in Syria ends Bitar government

1964 Event - Egypt/Iraq/Jordan/Kuwait/Syria form common market

1963 Event - General Amin al-Hafez becomes president of Syria

1963 Event - Failed military coup in Syria

1963 Event - Syrian Arab Rep Revolution Day - Military coup in Syria

1962 Event - Emir Said al-Djazairi takes van Algerian throne in Syria

1962 Event - Military coup in Syria, President Nazim al-Kudsi flees

1961 Event - Mamum Kuzbari becomes premier of Syria

1961 Event - Syria withdraws from United Arab Republic

1958 Event - Egypt and Syria form United Arab Republic (UAR)

1958 Event - Syria joins Egypt in United Arab Republic

1958 Event - Egypt and Syria announce plans to merge into United Arab Republic

1957 Event - U.S.S.R. offers Syria economic/military aid

1955 Event - Sjukri al-Quwatli re-elected president of Syria

1953 Birthday - Khabib Munir, Syria, cosmonaut, Soyuz TM-3 backup

1952 Event - Arab Liberation Movement becomes only party of Syria

1951 Event - Military coup under Col Adib el-Shishakli in Syria

1951 Birthday - Muhammed Ahmad Faris, Syria, cosmonaut, Soyuz TM-3

1950 Event - Egypt, Lebanon, Saudi Arabia and Syria sign security pact

1949 Event - Military coup under colonel Sami Hinnawi in Syria

1949 Death - Husni al-Barazi, premier of Syria, shot to death

1949 Death - Husni el-Zaim, president/dictator of Syria, shot to death

1949 Event - Presidential election in Syria (some women allowed to vote)

1948 Event - Egypt, Lebanon, Syria, Iraq and Saudi Arabian troops attack Israel

1946 Event - Syria declares independence from French administration

1946 Event - Syria gains independence from France

1945 Event - Egypt and Syria declares war on nazi-Germany

1941 Event - Cease fire of Joan of Arc, ends combat in Lebanon and Syria

1941 Event - 2nd French troops occupies Damascus Syria

1941 Event - English and French troop overthrow pro-German Syria

1933 Death - Faisal I ibn Hussein ibn Ali, 1st king of Iraq/Syria, dies at 50

1930 Birthday - Hafez al Assad, president, Syria

1926 Event - French air force bombs Damascus, Syria

1924 Event - French government names General Serrail Governor-General of Syria

1898 Birthday - John George, Syria, actor, Kolb-Adventures of Fu Manchu

1883 Birthday - Faisal I ibn Hussein ibn Ali, 1st king of Iraq/Syria

1837 Event - Earthquake in southern Syria kills thousands

1822 Event - Antioch Syria, hit by Earthquake; about 20,000 die

1516 Event - Battle at Aleppo: Turks beat Syria

1497 Event - Jews are expelled from Graz (Syria)

1496 Event - Jews are expelled from Syria

1420 Event - Jews of Syria and Austria expelled

1191 Death - Saladin [Salah ad-Din] Yusuf, sultan of Egypt/Syria, dies at 52

1174 Death - Nur ad-Din Mahmud, King of Syria, dies

1110 Event - Syria harbor city Saida (Sidon) surrenders to Crusaders

1109 Event - Crusaders capture Syria's harbor city of Tripoli

1099 Event - 1st Crusaders begins siege of Hosn-el-Akrad Syria

1099 Event - Crusaders set fire to Mara Syria

1098 Event - 1st Crusaders capture and plunder Mara Syria

969 Event - Byzantines troops occupy Antioch Syria

526 Event - Earthquake kills 250,000 in Antioch, Syria

9 Death - Publius Quinctilius Varus, Roman viceroy of Syria, suicide at 59