Today in African History

Today in African History: January 26

Greetings and shalom, everyone! On this day of the Gregorian calendar, January 26, we remember the following events in global African history:


Year Territory Event
1861 USA American Civil War: The state of Louisiana seceded from the Union.
1863 USA American Civil War: General Ambrose Burnside is relieved of command of the Army of the Potomac after the disastrous Fredericksburg campaign. He is replaced by Joseph Hooker.
1863 USA American Civil War: Governor of Massachusetts John Albion Andrew receives permission from the Secretary of War to raise a militia organization for men of African descent.
1870 USA Reconstruction Era: Virginia rejoins the Union.
1964 USA Eighty-four people were arrested in a segregation protest in Atlanta.
1989 USA L. Douglas Wilder, the lieutenant governor of Virginia, launched his successful campaign to become the first elected black governor of a U.S. state.
2004 USA Lionel Tate, the Florida teen who’d killed a 6-year-old playmate and became the youngest defendant in the nation to be locked away for life, was released after three years behind bars.
2005 USA Condoleezza Rice was sworn in as secretary of state, following her confirmation by the Senate.
2010 Guinea Jean Marie Dore, one of the fiercest critics of Guinea’s military junta, became prime minister.
2010 St. Kitts The ruling party of St. Kitts and Nevis seized a fourth consecutive term in early elections. PM Denzil Douglas’ Labor Party claimed six of eight parliamentary seats allotted to St. Kitts.
2013 USA The film “Fruitvale” won top prize at the Sundance Film Festival. It depicted the last 24 hours in the life of Oscar Grant (22), a black man shot dead by police in San Francisco on New Year’s Day in 2009. The film was renamed “Fruitvale Station” for its public release.
2017 Gambia An aircraft carrying Gambian President Adama Barrow arrived in the capital Banjul, days after his predecessor Yahya Jammeh fled into exile under pressure from regional forces.

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