March 7: Yugoslavia contemplating adopting a red flag with its coat of arms on it.
April 17: Following Ba'athist coups in Syria and Iraq, the two countries signed an agreement with the United Arab Republic (Egpyt) to form a new tripartite union. The proposed flag was the same as the existing UAR flag, but with the addition of a third star. The proposed union never materialized.
May 1: Syria adopted the proposed union flag.
June 8: Iraq followed suit and adopted the proposed union flag.
July 1: Congo-Léopoldville adopted a new flag.
July 13: The Comoros adopted a flag.
July 22: Sarawak became independent from the United Kingdom.
July 26: In preparation for independence, the government of Kenya selected a national flag. It was based on the flag of the ruling KANU party, with thin white stripes added to appease the opposition KADU party.
August 8: The Zimbabwe African National Union (ZANU) was founded.
August 31: The British colony of North Borneo became self-governing under a new flag.
August 31: Singapore became independent from the United Kingdom.
September 16: Malaya, Singapore, Sarawak, and North Borneo united to form Malaysia. Three stripes were added to the Malayan flag to create the flag of the new union. The three other flags remained in use as state flags.
October 13: In South Arabia, the National Liberation Front launched its independence war against the British. It flew the Arab Liberation tricolour, which would become the basis for the flag of South Yemen.
December 10: The United Kingdom terminated its protectorate over Zanzibar. The sultanate added a pair of cloves to its flag to mark its independence.
December 12: Kenya became independent from the United Kingdom.
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