January 1: Cameroon became independent from a French-administered trusteeship.
April 6: Cyprus adopted a provisional flag with a map of the island outlined in copper orange.
April 14: Brazil added a 22nd star (for Guanabara) to its national flag.
April 19: The South West African People's Organization (SWAPO) was founded to win the Independence of South-West Africa from South Africa. Its party flag became the basis for the flag of Namibia 30 years later.
April 27: American Samoa adopted a flag, showing an American eagle holding a Samoan war club and fly-whisk.
April 27: Togo became independent from a French-administered trusteeship and adopted a new American-inspired flag.
June 20: The Mali Federation became independent from France.
June 26: The Malagasy Republic became independent from France.
June 26: Somaliland became independent from the United Kingdom under the Somalian flag.
July 1: The Italian-administered trust territory of Somalia united with Somaliland to form the independent state of Somalia.
July 1: The Belgian Congo became independent as the Republic of the Congo and added six stars to the left side of its flag. It was called "Congo-Léopoldville" to differentiate it from neighbouring Republic of the Congo with its capital in Brazzaville.
July 4: The United States added a 50th star (for Hawaii) to its flag.
August 1: Dahomey became independent from France.
August 3: Niger became independent from France.
August 5: Upper Volta became independent from France.
August 7: The Ivory Coast became independent from France.
August 9: Gabon adopted a new flag.
August 11: Chad became independent from France.
August 13: The Central African Republic became independent from France.
August 15: Congo-Brazzaville became independent from France.
August 16: Cyprus became independent from the United Kingdom and adopted a new flag with the island fully filled in.
August 17: Gabon became independent from France.
August 20: Senegal declared independence from the Mali Federation. The remaining Sudanese Republic continued identifying itself as the Mali Federation until September 22, when officially renamed itself the Republic of Mali.
October 1: Nigeria became independent from the United Kingdom.
November 28: Mauritania became independent from France.
December 6: The Bechuanaland People's Party was founded to win the independence of Bechuanaland (now Botswana) from the United Kingdom.
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