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Year Event
1963 Kenya gains Independence from the British
1964 Kenya becomes a republic. Kenyatta becomes the 1st president. Oginga Odinga the 1st Vice President
1966 Vice President Oginga Odinga leaves KANU to form KPU
1969 Popular minister Tom Mboya is murdered sparking ethnic tension. KPU is banned
1971 A plan to overthrow president Kenyatta is foiled by president Nyerere of Tanzania
1972 Minister Ronald Ngala dies in a road accident. The death is considered suspicious by many
1974 Jomo Kenyatta is re-elected president unopposed.
1975 Popular politician JM Kariuki is murdered. The hand of the government is suspected
1978 President Kenyatta dies in Mombasa. Daniel Arap Moi becomes president
1982 June - Kenya is declared a one party state by parliament
1982 August - Daniel Arap Moi survives an attempted coup led by Army private Hezekiah Ochuka
1990 Popular foreign minister Robert Ouko is murdered under suspicious circumstances. The hand of the government is suspected
1991 August - Forum for the Restoration of Democracy (FORD) is formed by six opposition leaders, including Oginga Odinga. Party outlawed and members arrested. Creditors suspend aid to Kenya amid fierce international condemnation.
1991 December - President Moi and KANU yield to external pressure and introduce a multi-party political system.
1992 Daniel arap Moi wins Kenya's first multi party election against a divided opposition
1997 Daniel arap Moi wins the elections against a badly divided opposition
2002 Mwai Kibaki is elected as president marking the first time since Independence that KANU is not the ruling party
2005 The Draft constitution is rejected at the referendum with 58% voting against it. A major blow to President Kibaki
2007 Mwai Kibaki is declared the winner in a contentious elections. More than 1000 Kenyans loose their lives in the ensuing violence
2010 A new draft constitution is passed by a majority of 68% votes in the referendum
2012 The ICC confirms charges against Uhuru Kenyatta, William Ruto, Francis Muthaura and Police commisioner Hussein Ali
2013  March: Uhuru Kenyatta, is declared the winner of the presidential election with just over 50% of the vote. A challenge to the results by his main rival, Prime Minister Raila Odinga, is rejected by the Supreme Court.
2013  September: Somali terrorist group, Al Shabab raid the Westgate mall in Nairobi, killing 74 civilians.