January 1: Ghana changed the yellow stripe on its flag to white, to match the colours of Kwame Nkrumah's ruling Convention People's Party.
January 12: Following the overthrow of the Sultan, Zanzibar adopted a new flag.
January 29: Zanzibar adopted another new flag, this one in the colours of the ruling Afro-Shirazi party.
April 26: Tanganyika and Zanzibar merged to form the United Republic of Tanganyika and Zanzibar. Tanganyika's flag was temporarily used for the new union.
May 14: Prime Minister Lester B. Pearson of Canada proposed a new Canadian flag. The ensuing parliamentary debate eventually led to the adoption of Canada's current flag a year later.
May 28: Iran changed the ratio of its flag from 1:3 to 4:7.
June 13: Malawi became independent from the United Kingdom. Its flag was based on that of the Malawi Congress Party, with a rising sun added to symbolize independence.
June 21: Haiti adopted a new flag based on the red-black bicolour used in 1805.
June 30: Tanganyika and Zanzibar adopted a new flag.
August 1: The Republic of the Congo with its capital in Léopoldville changed its name to the Democratic Republic of the Congo to avoid confusion with the Republic of the Congo that had its capital in Brazzaville.
September 21: Malta became independent from the United Kingdom and adopted a new flag based on its previous civil flag.
October 21: Costa Rica added two stars to the coat of arms on its flag.
October 24: Zambia became independent from the United Kingdom. Its flag was based on that of the United National Independence Party, with the addition of a gold African fish eagle.
December 11: Tanganyika and Zanzibar changed its name to Tanzania.
Sometime in 1964: The People's Movement for the Liberation of Angola (MPLA) adopted the flag that would eventually become the basis for the Angolan flag.
Sometime in 1964: The government of Guyana started informally flying a five-striped banner in anticipation of independence. The five colours would eventually be used in the independence flag.
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This page was created in 2015 and last updated in 2019.