1903 – Born on August 3rd in al-Munastir, Tunisia. Tunisian politician, led Tunisia in its effort to win independence from France and afterward served as his country’s first president.
1930 – Trained as a lawyer, Bourguiba helped found a nationalist political party, the Neo-Destour, that was dedicated to ending French colonial rule and securing Tunisian independence.
1934 – Due to his nationalist aspirations, he was imprisoned by the French protectorate of Tunisia.
1956 – He became prime minister of Tunisia.
1957 – He was the first president and prime minister of the Tunisian republic.
– Although he was an autocrat, his rule as president was both moderate and progressive.
1975 – He was appointed president for life.
1987 – Ben Ali, as prime minister, he ousted the then President-for-life, the 84-year-old Habib Bourguiba, on the grounds of senility.
– He was overthrown in a bloodless coup.
2000 – Died on April 6th in al-Munastir, Tunisia.