Today in African History

Today in African History: January 9

Greetings and shalom, everyone! On this day of the Gregorian calendar, January 9, we remember the following events in global African history:


Year Territory Event
1861 USA Mississippi became the second state to secede from the Union prior to the outbreak of the American Civil War.
1861 USA American Civil War: The “Star of the West,” a merchant vessel bringing reinforcements to Union troops was destroyed by Confederate forces near Charleston, South Carolina.
1960 Egypt President Gamal Abdel Nasser opened construction of the Aswan Dam on the east bank of the Nile.
1996 Benin President Nicephoro Soglo‘s government formally recognized voodoo as a religion, declaring January 10th as a voodoo holiday.
2005 Sudan The Sudan People’s Liberation Movement and the Government of Sudan signed the Comprehensive Peace Agreement to end the Second Sudanese Civil War.
2006 Haiti General strike in Haiti protesting against a wave of kidnappings and other violent crimes.
2009 Liberia; USA Charles Taylor Jr., the son of former Liberian President Charles Taylor, was sentenced to 97 years in prison in Miami, Florida for mutilations and executions carried out in Liberia, in the first US prosecution for torture committed abroad.
2010 Angola; Togo Three members of Togo’s national soccer team were shot dead on their team bus in Angola, causing Togo to withdraw from the African Cup of Nations soccer tournament.
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