Today in African History

Today in African History: January 10

Greetings and shalom, everyone! On this day of the Gregorian calendar, January 10, we remember the following events in global African history:


Year Territory Event
49 BCE Italy Julius Caesar crossed the Rubicon, a river in northeast Italy, signalling the start of the Great Roman Civil War.
1811 USA End of the German Coast Uprising, an unsuccessful slave revolt led by Charles Deslondes in Louisiana. Sixty-six blacks were killed and their severed heads put on display around the city of New Orleans.
1861 USA American Civil War: Florida became the third state to secede from the United States.
1861 USA American Civil War: Fort Jackson and Fort St. Phillip seized by Louisiana Confederate forces.
1861 USA American Civil War: United States’ forts and property seized in Mississippi seized by the Mississippi state government.
1862 USA American Civil War: Battle of Big Sandy River in Kentucky,
1862 USA American Civil War: Battle of Romney in West Virginia.
1864 USA Birth of famed botanist, scholar, scientist, inventor and former slave George Washington Carver in Diamond, Missouri.
1957 USA USA Civil Rights MovementReverend Martin Luther King Jr. organized the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) to fight facial segregation by means of nonviolent protests.
1966 USA Julian Bond denied a seat in Georgia legislature for opposing the Vietnam War.
1966 USA USA Civil Rights Movement: American civil rights leader Vernon Dahmer Sr. murdered by firebomb by the Ku Klux Klan in Hattiesburg, Mississippi.
1967 USA Edward B. Brooke, representing the Republican Party in Massachusetts, becomes the first African-American elected to the United States Senate.
1977 Congo Eruption of the Congo’s volcano, Nyiragongo.
1989 Angola Cuba began withdrawing its troops from Angola, more than 13 years after ithey were deployed there in support of the Angolan Civil War.
2003 Djibouti Djiboutians chose a new 65-seat parliament in elections in the country’s first multi-party legislative elections. Parties allied with President Ismael Omar Guelleh swept the elections.
2010 French Guiana Voters in French Guiana overwhelmingly rejected a proposal to give local government more autonomy while remaining a part of France.
2010 Martinique Voters in Martinique overwhelmingly rejected a proposal to give local government more autonomy while remaining a part of France.
2010 USA President Barack Obama signed into a law a measure giving him, George W. Bush and future former presidents and their spouses lifetime Secret Service protection.
2017 USA President Obama bid farewell to the nation in a wide-ranging speech that urged Americans not to abandon a sense of unified purpose and defended many of his presidency’s accomplishments.
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