1922, 9 May
King Faud's government issues a decree making it the sole legal trader of narcotics in Egypt.
1936, 9 May
Five days after Italy captured the Ethiopian capital of Addis Ababa, Mussolini announces that Abyssinian is now part of the Italian Empire.
1953, 9 May
Arab League foreign ministers back Egypt's demand that Britain leave the Suez Canal Zone.
1956, 9 May
British Togoland (a UN trust, once part of the German colony of Togo) votes for annexation by Ghana.
1960, 9 May
Commonwealth leaders meet to discuss South Africa's Apartheid policies.
1996, 9 May
Deputy President F W De Klerk announces that the South African National Party will withdraw from its coalition with the ANC and become an opposition party.