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We open for a day then close to celebrate Revolution Day. On December 10th 1963,Zanzibar’s status as a British protectorate ended, with Zanzibar becoming a constitutional monarchy, with Sultan Jamshid bin Abdullah as ruler.
The monarchy was short-lived – just over a month later, on January 12th 1964, a revolution led by John Okello of the Afro-Shirazi Party (ASP) overthrew the sultan.
The revolution resulted in over 20,000 casualties. Arabs and Indians bore the brunt of the violence, with many more fleeing the country.
The leader of the ASP, Abeid Karume, was named as president and the country’s name changed to the People’s Republic of Zanzibar.
In April 1964, Zanzibar merged with mainland Tanganyika. The United Republic of Tanganyika and Zanzibar was soon renamed, as the United Republic of Tanzania.
(information source www.officeholidays.com/holidays/tanzania/zanzibar-revolution-day)