Today in African History

Today in African History: January 21

Greetings and shalom, everyone! On this day of the Gregorian calendar, January 21, we remember the following events in global African history:


Year Territory Event
1785 USA Chippewa, Delaware, Ottawa and Wyandot Indians signed a treaty of Fort McIntosh, ceding present-day Ohio to the United States.
1861 USA American Civil War: Jefferson Davis resigned from the United States Senate.
1880 USA 1st US sewage disposal system, separate from storm drains, was established in Memphis, Tennessee.
1893 Botswana The Tati Concessions Land, formerly part of Matabeleland, was formally annexed to the Bechuanaland Protectorate, now Botswana.
1942 USA Count Basie and His Orchestra recorded “One O’Clock Jump” in New York City for Okeh Records
1960 Jamaica Avianca Flight 671 crashes and burns upon landing at Montego Bay, Jamaica killing 37. It is the worst air disaster in Jamaica‘s history and the first for Avianca.
1960 South Africa A coal mine collapsed at Holly Country, South Africa, killing 435 miners.
2006 African Union African nations were split over Sudan’s bid to head the African Union, a move which could scuttle peace talks in the country’s Darfur region and damage Africa’s efforts to improve its image abroad.
2007 USA Lovie Smith became the first black head coach to make it to the Super Bowl when his Chicago Bears won the NFC championship, beating the New Orleans Saints 39-14; Tony Dungy became the second when his Indianapolis Colts took the AFC title over the New England Patriots, 38-34.
2008 Brazil Brazil’s Petrobras announced the discovery of a huge natural gas reserve off the coast of Rio de Janeiro.
2009 USA President Barack Obama‘s first public act in office was to institute new limits on lobbyists in his White House and to freeze the salaries of high-paid aides, in a nod to the country’s economic turmoil.
2010 Angola Angola‘s parliament approved a new constitution under which the president would no longer be directly elected by the people, but would be chosen by the parliament. In effect the leader of the largest party in parliament automatically becomes president.
2010 Kenya; Jamaica In Kenya radical Muslim cleric Sheik Abdullah el-Faisal was flown out of the country enroute to Jamaica. El-Faisal once served four years in a British jail for inciting murder and stirring racial hatred by urging followers to kill Americans, Hindus and Jews.
2013 USA President Barack Obama took the oath of office for his second term before a crowd of hundreds of thousands, urging the nation to set an unwavering course toward prosperity and freedom for all its citizens.
2014 South Africa In South Africa, Petra Diamonds said a 29.6-carat blue diamond has been found at the Cullinan mine, source of some of the world’s most famous diamonds.
2015 South Sudan; Tanzania South Sudan President Salva Kiir and rebel leader Riek Machar signed an agreement to unite the ruling Sudan People’s Liberation Movement in the Tanzanian town of Arusha.
2016 Guyana Guyana said it has awarded British-based petroleum company Tullow Oil PLC a 10-year exploration license in an offshore basin near the South American country believed to contain large amounts of oil and gas.
2017 Gambia Gambia’s defeated leader Yahya Jammeh announced that he has decided to relinquish power.

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