Today in African History

Today in African History: January 8

Greetings and shalom, everyone! On this day of the Gregorian calendar, January 8, we remember the following events in global African history:


Year Territory Event
1455 Vatican Pope Nicholas V issued a papal bull called the Romanus Pontifex, a follow-up to the Dum Diversas, granting the Kingdom of Portugal dominion over all lands in Africa south of Cape Bojador in present-day Western Sahara.
1806 South Africa Cape Colony, in present-day South Africa, became a British colony.
1811 USA Beginning of the German Coast Uprising, an unsuccessful slave revolt led by Charles Deslondes in St. Charles and St. James, Louisiana.
1828 USA The United States’ Democratic Party was founded
1863 USA Second Battle of Springfield in the American Civil War.
1867 USA African-American men granted the right to vote in Washington, D.C.
1912 South Africa The African National Congress was founded as the South African Native National Congress (SANNC) in Bloemfontein.
1959 Cuba Fidel Castro arrives in the capital city, Havana, one week after former dictator Fulgencio Batista fled the island.
1964 USA President Lyndon Johnson declared a “War on Poverty” in the United States in his State of the Union address.
1995 USA The Inner City Church in Knoxville, Tennessee burned down, arson suspected.
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