JANUARY 15 1966 : First military coup de tat led by Major Chukwuma Nzeogwu
1967 : The Nigeria civil war started in May 1967 and ended January
1973 : The National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) was established by Gen. Yakubu Gowon’s regime.
1977 : The Festival of Arts and Culture (FESTAC) was hosted in Lagos by Gen. Olusegun regime.
1991 : The Federal Capital was finally moved from Lagos to Abuja on December 12th National population census was conducted and Nigeria’s population was put at 88.5 million
1993 : A presidential election was conducted on June 12 by Prof. Nwosu is led INEC but Gen. Babangida annulled the election before the final result could be announced. Chief M.K.O. Abiola was generally believed to have won the election. There was nationwide protest as a result of the election annulment which made Gen. Babangida to step-aside from government. Chief Ernest Shonekan took over as Head of Interim Government, on 26th August. But General Sani Abacha displaced Chief Shonekan on 17th November
MAY 29 1999 : Chief Olusegun Obasanjo was sworn in as the second elected/Executive President of Nigeria. He was sworn in again 29 May 2003 for another term.
2002 January 27 : explosion at the Ikeja cantonment, Lagos. On October 10, The international Court of Justice ruled that Bakassi (an oil rich Peninsula in the Gulf of Benin), formerly in Cross River State should be in Cameroon
2006 : National population census was conducted. The number of people counted was about 140 million (but as at April 2013, Nigeria’s population has risen to about 167 million)
May 29, 2007 : Alhaji Umar Yar Adua took over power as the third elected Executive President
2010 (May 5) : Alhaji Umar Yar Adua died in Aso Rock
2011 (May 29) : Dr Goodluck Jonathan took over as President and Commander in-Chief of the Armed Forces
2011 (May 29)Dr. Goodluck Jonathan was sworn in as the fourth Executive President following his re-election in April 2011.
2013 (Feb 10)The Super Eagle of Nigeria won the African Cup of Nations in South Africa. They had earlier won it in Lagos, Nigeria (1980) and in Tunis, Tunisia (1994).