On this day in 1966, Guyana became an independent nation. The Caribbean nation had become a British colony from 1928-1953. The 1950s were filled with strife and agitation for independence, including what was termed as interference by the Central Intelligence Agency.
In 1961, the British gave Guyana autonomy installing Cheddi Jagan as the Prime Minister until 1964, when Forbes Burnham took over. With independence, the country changed its name back to Guyana after being known as British Guiana.
This nation is home to people from different ancestry including famous celebrities who have taken over the world.
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