Today in African History

Today in African History: January 20

Greetings and shalom, everyone! On this day of the Gregorian calendar, January 20, we remember the following events in global African history:

Year Territory Event
1783 Great Britain; France; USA American Revolutionary War: Great Britain signed preliminary articles of peace with France, setting the stage to the official end of hostilities in the American Revolutionary War later that year.
1788 USA The pioneer African Baptist church was organized in Savannah, Georgia.
1831 Belgium Protocols were signed in London that recognized Belgium as an independent nation. Belgium became a nation and combined French and Flemish-speaking lands. The Rothschild banking empire financed the founding of Belgium.
1883 USA Birth of Bessy Colman, first African American aviator.
1949 USA Point Four Program a program for economic aid to poor countries announced by United States President Harry S. Truman in his inaugural address for a full term as President.
1954 USA The National Negro Network is established with 40 charter member radio stations.
1986 USA Martin Luther King, Jr. Day is celebrated as a federal holiday for the first time.
1995 USA The Mt. Zion AME Church in Williamsburg County, South Carolina, burned down. Arson was suspected.
1999 USA The Malcolm X postage stamp, the 22nd in the Black heritage series, went on sale.
2004 Liberia Asha Keita-Conneh, the wife of the leader of Liberia‘s most powerful rebel movement announced she was taking charge, backed by dozens of guerrilla commanders in ousting a husband whose ambitions she said were endangering the nation’s hard-won peace.
2009 USA Barack Obama was inaugurated as the 44th President of the United States of America, becoming the first African-American President of the United States.
2009 DR Congo; Rwanda Hundreds of Rwandan troops rolled into the Democratic Republic of Congo to join Congolese forces hunting Rwandan rebels operating there since 1994.
2011 USA; Haiti The United States resumed the deportation of Haitians for the first time since the devastating earthquake that struck the poor Caribbean nation in 2010.
2014 Central African Republic Catherine Samba-Panza, the mayor of Bangui, was elected interim president and tasked with restoring peace to the country torn by sectarian bloodshed.
2016 Zimbabwe Zimbabwe‘s Constitutional Court outlawed child marriage in an effort to end a practice that a rights group says was common in the southern African nation.
2017 USA President Obama signed his final bill. It codified the Presidential Innovation Fellows Program. The program, which he created in 2012. Its mandate: bring top tech talent to Washington to address a range of issues facing federal government programs, from transparency to technology education.
2017 USA Donald Trump was sworn in as the 45th president of the United States.



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