Today in African History

Today in African History: January 12

Greetings and shalom, everyone! On this day of the Gregorian calendar, January 12, we remember the following events in global African history:


Year Territory Event
1964 Zanzibar Rebels in Zanzibar began a revolt known as the Zanzibar Revolution and proclaimed a republic.
1960 USA The San Francisco Chronicle learned that jazz musician Dave Brubeck had lost $40,000 in bookings on a monthlong Southern tour by his quartet because the group included black bass player Eugene Wright. Brubeck refused to drop Wright from his group.
1970 Biafra; Nigeria Biafran forces surrendered, ending the Nigerian Civil War.
1964 Tanzania Leftist rebels in Zanzibar, soon joined with Tanganyika to form Tanzania, began their successful revolt against the government.
1990 USA Civil Rights activist Reverend Al Sharpton was stabbed in Bensonhurst, Brooklyn, New York.
1995 USA Qubilah Shabazz, the daughter of Malcolm X, was arrested in Minneapolis on charges that she had tried to hire a hitman to kill Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan; the charges were later dropped.
1995 United Kingdom Britain’s Prince Harry apologized after a newspaper published a photograph of the young royal wearing a Nazi Afrikan Corps uniform to a costume party.
2009 USA The United States Senate said it would seat Roland Burris, the junior senator from Illinois.
2010 Haiti A massive 7.0 earthquake in Haiti killed over 100,000 people and destroyed much of the capital Port-au-Prince.
2016 USA President Obama delivered his last annual State of the Union speech to Congress.
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