Today in African History

Today in African History: January 4

Greetings and shalom, everyone! On this day of the Gregorian calendar, January 4, we remember the following events in global African history:


Year Territory Event
1853 USA Solomon Northrup regained his freedom after having been kidnapped and sold into slavery in the American South. His memoir “Twelve Years a Slave” later becomes a national bestseller.
1966 Upper Volta (Burkina Faso) Military coup in Upper Volta (Burkina Faso) dissolved the national parliament and lead to the creation of a new constitution.
1923 USA Rosewood Massacre – The predominantly black town of Rosewood, Florida is burnt to the ground during a racially motivated attack by the Ku Klux Klan (KKK). Eyewitnesses report that as many as 150 black residents were killed in the attack.
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