Today in African History

Today in African History: January 3

Greetings and shalom, everyone! On this day of the Gregorian calendar, January 3, we remember the following events in global African history:


Year Territory Event
1848 Liberia Joseph Jenkins Roberts is sworn in as the first President of Liberia.
1861 USA American Civil War – Delaware votes not to secede from the United States.
1958 West Indies  Formation of the West Indies Federation.
1958 USA The newly formed U.S. Commission on Civil Rights held their first meeting at the White House.
1961 Angola The start of protests and later revolt by agricultural workers in Baixa de CassanjePortuguese Angola, opening the Angolan War of Independence, the first of the Portuguese Colonial Wars.
1961 Cuba United States formally severs diplomatic relations with Cuba.
1969 USA Shirley Anita Chisholm takes office as the first African-American woman elected to the United States House of Representatives (Congress), representing New York‘s 12th District.
1985  Israel Israeli government confirms resettlement of 10,000 Ethiopian Israelites (Beta Israel).
1994  South Africa More than seven million people from the former apartheid Homelands (Bantustan) receive South African citizenship.
2008  USA Illinois Senator Barack Obama won the Democratic caucuses in Iowa.
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