Uganda’s National Day is celebrated on October 9th every year and marks the anniversary of the country’s independence from the United Kingdom in 1962.
Explorer Henry Stanley discovered Uganda in 1875, which was divided into two kingdoms at the time. In 1888, Uganda came under the control of the British East Africa Company.
After World War II, native Ugandans were allowed to serve in government and, by 1955, half the members of the legislative council were Ugandans.
The Ugandan Constitutional Conference was held in London in September 1961 and was organised to pave the way for Ugandan independence.
At the end of the conference, on October 9th, Uganda officially became an independent nation.