Today in African History

Today in African History: January 25

Greetings and shalom, everyone! On this day of the Gregorian calendar, January 25, we remember the following events in global African history:


Year Territory Event
1524 Brazil Founding of São Paulo city, Brazil.
1575 Angola Luanda, the capital of Angola, was founded by the Portuguese navigator Paulo Dias de Novais.
1851 USA Sojourner Truth addressed the first Black Women’s Rights Convention in Akron, Ohio.
1861 USA President Lincoln picked Ferdinand Schavers, a black man, as his first bodyguard.
1863 USA American Civil WarMaj. Gen. Joseph Hooker assumed command and undertook the reorganization of the demoralized Army of the Potomac. He commanded the Union Army of the Potomac during the Battle of Chancellorsville. By April, he thought he was ready to face Lee‘s Confederate Army of Northern Virginia.
1863 USA American Civil War: Battle of Kingston, North Carolina.
1892 Uganda In Buganda (Uganda), the Battle of Mengo took place. Catholics advanced against Anglicans armed with machine guns just outside what is now Kampala.
1905 South Africa Largest diamond, Cullinan (3106 carets), was found in South Africa.
1971 Uganda Idi Amin led a coup deposing Milton Obote and becomes Uganda’s president.
1972 USA Shirley Chisholm, the first African American woman elected to U.S. Congress, announced her candidacy for president as Democrat.
1980 USA Robert L. Johnson launched Black Entertainment Television (BET). It began as a two-hour-a-week service that aired every Friday evening.
1986 Uganda The National Resistance Movement toppled the government of Tito Okello in Uganda.
1989 USA Michael Jordan scored his 10,000th NBA point in his 5th season.
1994 USA Singer Michael Jackson settled a child molestation lawsuit against him; terms were confidential, although one source put the monetary figure at least $10 million.
1999 Sierra Leone In Sierra Leone, a mortuary worker reported that at least 2,000 men, women and children were killed in Freetown.
2000 Chad; Senegal A complaint was submitted in Dakar, Senegal, against former Chad dictator Hissene Habre. It detailed 97 allegations of political killings, 142 cases of torture and 100 disappearances.
2001 USA A jury in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., found 13-year-old Lionel Tate guilty of first-degree murder in the death of a 6-year-old family friend, Tiffany Eunick. Tate had said he accidentally killed the girl while imitating moves by pro wrestlers.
2003 Ivory Coast Ivory Coast President Laurent Gbagbo accepted a peace plan to end the 4-month civil war. Former PM Seydou Diarra would lead until new elections.
2005 Ethiopia Ethiopia’s government said it began giving free doses of life-prolonging drugs to about 14,000 HIV-infected Ethiopians in a US-funded program.
2008 South Africa In South Africa, gold production ground to a halt as the industry became the latest victim of a spiraling electricity crisis which the government labeled a national emergency.
2011 Gabon Gabon’s opposition leader Andre Mba Obame took the oath of office declaring himself the new leader, challenging the authority of President Ali Bongo, the son of Gabon‘s longtime dictator who died in June 2009 after a 41-year rule.
2011 Rwanda Rwandan rebel Callixte Mbarushimana (47) arrived in the Hague, Netherlands, after a Paris appeals court ruling in November approved the transfer to the International Criminal Court. He was charged with 11 counts of crimes against humanity and war crimes, including murder, rape, persecution based on gender, and extensive destruction of property by the Hutu FDLR in 2009.
2011 Zimbabwe Zimbabwe‘s wildlife chief said poachers are using aircraft to hunt and kill rhinoceros as demand in Asia for their horns’ supposed medicinal benefits grows.
2012 Haiti The Haitian government and European Union signed an agreement for building a road to connect the capital with the country’s second largest city.
2015 Zambia Edgar Lungu was inaugurated as the country’s new president after being declared the winner of Zambia‘s Jan 20 presidential election late on Jan 24.
2016 USA President Obama announced that US federal prisons will no longer hold juveniles or low-level offenders in solitary confinement.

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