Today in African History

Today in African History: January 22

Greetings and shalom, everyone! On this day of the Gregorian calendar, January 22, we remember the following events in global African history:


Year Territory Event
1813 USA War of 1812: British forces under Henry Proctor along with Indian allies under Tecumseh defeated a U.S. contingent planning an attack on Fort Detroit.
1824 Gold Coast (Ghana) The Ashantis under Osei Bonsu defeated British forces in the Gold Coast.
1863 USA American Civil War: Confederate government raised the premium for volunteers from $10 to $20.
1863 USA American Civil War: In an attempt to out flank Robert E. Lee‘s Army of Northern Virginia, General Ambrose Burnside led his army on a march north Fredericksburg, but foul weather bogged his army down in what became known as “Mud March.”
1879 South Africa The Battle of Isandlwana during the Anglo-Zulu War resulted in a British defeat.
1879 South Africa The Battle of Rorke’s Drift, also during the Anglo-Zulu War and just some 71km away from Isandlwana, resulted in a British victory.
1942 USA Count Basie and His Orchestra recorded “One O’Clock Jump” in New York City for Okeh Records
1973 Nigeria A chartered Boeing 707 explodes in flames upon landing at Kano Airport, Nigeria, killing 176.
1973 Jamaica In a bout for the world heavyweight boxing championship in Kingston, Jamaica, challenger George Foreman knocked down champion Joe Frazier six times in the first two rounds before the fight was stopped by referee Arthur Mercante.
1992 Zaire Rebel forces occupy Zaire‘s national radio station in Kinshasa and broadcast a demand for the government’s resignation.
2015 USA; Cuba The United States and Cuba began historic discussions on restoring diplomatic relations, aiming to reach agreement on the opening of embassies in each other’s countries.
2016 Uganda; Saudi Arabia The government of Uganda said it will stop sending housemaids to Saudi Arabia, eclipsing a deal between the two nations to ship workers to the wealthy Gulf nation amid complaints of poor conditions and mistreatment.

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