Today in African History

Today in African History: January 24

Greetings and shalom, everyone! On this day of the Gregorian calendar, January 24, we remember the following events in global African history:


Year Territory Event
1624 Ethiopia Afonso Mendes, appointed by Pope Gregory XV as Prelate of Ethiopia, arrives at Massawa from Goa.
1835 Brazil Enslaved Africans in Salvador da Bahia, Brazil, staged a revolt, which was instrumental in ending slavery there 50 years later.
1900 South Africa Second Boer War: Boers stop a British attempt to break the Siege of Ladysmith in the Battle of Spion Kop.
1950 USA Jackie Robinson signed highest contract ($35,000) in Dodger history.
1987 USA About 20,000 civil rights demonstrators marched through predominantly white Forsyth County, Georgia, a week after a smaller march was disrupted by Ku Klux Klan members and supporters.
1988 USA The government of Haiti declared Leslie Manigat winner of that country’s presidential election. However, Manigat was overthrown by Haiti‘s military leader, Lt. Gen. Henri Hamphy, the following June.
2000 USA President Kabila met with other African presidents at the UN to end the Congo civil war. Kabila demanded that the UN deploy a peace-keeping force to monitor the truce.
2003 Haiti Thousands of business leaders, taxi drivers and doctors held a general strike, clamoring for a better life in the poor nation.
2006 African Union A government spokesman said Sudan has withdrawn from the competition to lead the African Union amid criticism of its human rights record. Diplomats said the presidency would go to the Republic of Congo.
2012 Canada; Rwanda Canada deported a Rwandan man charged with crimes against humanity. Leon Mugesera, who lost a 16-year battle to stay in Canada, will face charges of inciting murder, extermination and genocide.
2012 Tanzania; Burundi; Uganda Tanzanian police freed Burundian opposition leader Alexis Sinduhije, who was arrested two weeks ago in Dar es Salaam at Burundi‘s request. Sinduhije was expelled to Uganda.
2013 DR Congo The UN Security Council approved the use of surveillance drones over eastern Congo to monitor roving militias.
2014 Central African Republic Dr. Joseph Kalite, a former government health minister who had supported last year’s rebellion by Muslim fighters, was assassinated at the Central Mosque in Bangui.

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