The Central African Republic becomes independent. David Dacko became the 1st president.
Jean-Bedel Bokassa takes power for Dacko
Bokassa declares himself president for life.
Bokassa proclaims himself emperor and renames the country the "Central African Empire".
Dacko take control back from Bokassa.
Central African Republic is under military rule.
Ange-Felix Patasse beats Andre Kolingba and Dacko in elections to become president.
Francois Bozize seizes Bangui, declares himself president and dissolves parliament.
50th independence anniversary.
The charity Medecins Sans Frontieres warns that the Central country is in a state of chronic medical emergency because of epidemic diseases, conflict, an economic downturn and a poor health system.