1981 - Belize gains independence from United Kingdom/Guatemala.Find great lesbian singles looking for meaningful relationships online on Guardian Soulmates.

Mauritius and Swaziland (from UK) gain independence.1970 - Muscat and Oman changes to Oman.

The whites demanded independence from Southern Rhodesia (Rhodesia from 1964).1964 - Malawi and Zambia independent from UK; Zambia was Northern Rhodesia. Guyana independent 1967 - French Somaliland changes to Afars & Issas (Fr.) 1968 - Equatorial Guinea independence.

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Kosovo may also gain independence from Serbia in the future.

(June 3) 2006 - Serbia was part of Serbia and Montenegro (also known as Yugoslavia) became its own entity after Montenegro split.

Major break-up of colonial Africa: French West Africa, French Equatorial Africa, Belgian Congo, and other territories end, creating over 15 independent countries, including Niger, Chad, Somalia, Congo, Nigeria.

1958-61 - Egypt and Syria united as United Arab Republic1960 - French West Africa divides into independent countries and ceases to exist; Congo and Somalia independent. 1961 - Sierra Leone, Tanzania (Tanganyika) independent.

1963 the Federation of Rhodesia and Nyasaland dissolves. Singapore independence 1966 - Botswana, Gambia, and Lesotho independent. Bangladesh independence 1972 - Ceylon changes to Sri Lanka 1973 - Bahamas independence 1974 - Guinea-Bissau independence. 1975 - Angola (formally Portuguese West Africa) and Mozambique independent.