Bulgaria: History & Timeline
Here is a brief timeline of important events that have shaped the country and its people; the focus here will be geared towards recent events (from 100 years ago or so), located towards the bottom, but we’ll begin with more ancient events first.
- First Bulgarian Empire681 CEBulgarian state founded as the First Bulgarian Empire begins.
- Byzantine Empire1018 - 1185Bulgaria is under the Byzantine Empire.
- Treaty of San Stefano1878Russia and Turkey recognize an autonomous Bulgaria.
- Eastern Rumelia Merged with Bulgaria1886Adds a sizable portion to the country, including the city Plovdiv.
- Bulgarian Declaration of Independence1908Independence from the Ottoman Empire was proclaimed on 5 Oct.
- World War I1914 - 1918Bulgaria is on Germany’s side during WWI.
- Free Elections1990First free elections after Soviet rule.
- Becomes Member of NATO2004
- Becomes Member of European Union2007
- Schengen Membership Needs Work2010 - PresentSome European countries, specifically France and Germany, block Bulgaria from joining the Schengen Are until corruption and organized crime drops way down.