Today in African History

Today in African History: January 23

Greetings and shalom, everyone! On this day of the Gregorian calendar, January 23, we remember the following events in global African history:


Year Territory Event
1789 USA Georgetown University was established by Jesuits in present-day Washington, D.C., as the 1st US Catholic college.
1845 USA US Congress decided all national elections would be held on the first Tuesday after the first Monday in November.
1900 South Africa Second Boer War: The Battle of Spion Kop between the forces of the South African Republic and the Orange Free State and British forces ends in a British defeat.
1915 Malawi John Chilembwe (1871-1915) staged an uprising in Malawi. He and 200 followers attacked local plantations that they considered to be oppressing African workers.
1943 USA In Mississippi, Muddy Waters received two copies of “Country Blues,” recorded by Alan Lomax for the Library of Congress, along with a check for $20.
1957 USA Willie Edwards (25), African-American, was murdered by KKK.
1962 USA Jackie Robinson became the 1st African-American elected to Baseball Hall of Fame.
1963 Guinea-Bissau The Guinea-Bissau War of Independence officially began when PAIGC guerrilla fighters attack the Portuguese army stationed in Tite.
1964 USA The 24th amendment to the Constitution, eliminating the poll tax in federal elections, was ratified.
1967 Ivory Coast; Soviet Union Diplomatic relations between the Soviet Union and Ivory Coast were established.
1976 USA Death of African-American lawyer, athlete and singer Paul Robeson in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
1977 USA Premiere of the TV mini-series “Roots,” based on the Alex Haley novel, which began a record-breaking eight night broadcast on ABC.
1979 USA Willie Mays, former outfielder for the San Francisco Giants, was elected to baseball’s Hall of Fame.
1997 Worldwide The Age of Aquarius dawned at 12:56 p.m.
1999 South Africa Sifiso Nkabinde, leader of the small United Democratic Movement party, was shot and killed in Richmond. Later gunmen in the same town killed 11 people who backed the ANC.
2002 Zimbabwe The UN sent famine relief to Zimbabwe.
2003 USA Death of African-American actress, Nell Carter (1948-2003), in Beverly Hills, California.
2011 Dominican Republic A 3-year-old boy of Haitian descent was killed when a group of Dominican men burned down four family homes in revenge for an alleged assault.
2012 South Sudan South Sudanese President Salva Kiir accused Sudan of stealing $815 million of the crude oil that makes up the new nation’s economic lifeblood, as it began a production shutdown in protest. At least one Sudanese refugee boy was injured and 14 others left missing following an air raid in South Sudan.
2014 Ghana Ghana said it deported 4,700 illegal miners last year, most of them Chinese nationals.
2015 Malawi A Malawi official said the recent lethal floods killed at least 176 people and caused extensive damage to tobacco crops, which account for 60% of the country’s exports.
2015 DR Congo The Democratic Republic of Congo‘s Senate backed down on a hotly-contested electoral bill enabling President Joseph Kabila to extend his hold on power following days of deadly protests.
2019 Zimbabwe Death of musician and poet Oliver Mtukudzi.

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