Today in African History

Today in African History: January 27

Greetings and shalom, everyone! On this day of the Gregorian calendar, January 27, we remember the following events in global African history:


Year Territory Event
1776 USA American Revolutionary War: Henry Knox’s “noble train of artillery” arrives in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
1825 USA The U.S. Congress approves Indian Territory (in what is present-day Oklahoma), clearing the way for forced relocation of the Eastern Indians on the “Trail of Tears”.
1862 USA President Abraham Lincoln issued General War Order No. 1, setting in motion the Union armies.
1972 USA Death of African-American gospel singer Mahalia Jackson.
1992 Zimbabwe Death of  Sally Mugabe (1932-1992), first wife of President Robert Mugabe. Some dated the collapse of Zimbabwe and Mugabe’s misrule to her death.
1996 Niger In a military coup, Colonel Ibrahim Baré Maïnassara deposes the first democratically elected president of Niger, Mahamane Ousmane.
1998 Sierra Leone In Sierra Leone, fighting broke out between junta troops and Nigerian peacekeepers trying to restore Pres. Kabbah.
2002 Nigeria An explosion at a military storage facility in Lagos, Nigeria, kills at least 1,100 people and displaces over 20,000 others.
2006 Netherland Antilles Five Caribbean islands held their last parliamentary elections as members of a unified Netherlands Antilles. Curacao, St. Maarten, Bonaire, Saba and St. Eustatius have set a target date of July 1, 2007 for breaking off to form their own governments.
2006 Libya Libya said it is heading toward allowing private newspapers, radio and television news in what has been a state-controlled media environment for more than 30 years.
2009 USA President Barack Obama chose an Arabic-language satellite TV network for his first formal television interview as president, delivering a message to the Muslim world that “Americans are not your enemy.”
2010 USA President Barack Obama, facing a divided Congress and a dissatisfied nation, unveiled a jobs-heavy agenda in his State of the Union address. Obama fought to recharge his embattled presidency with a State of the Union vow to get jobless millions back to work and stand on the side of Americans angry at Wall Street greed and Washington bickering.
2010 Zimbabwe In Zimbabwe, a lawyer said the Supreme Court has ordered the central bank to safeguard millions of dollars’ worth of diamonds from a mine where the military is accused of killings and forced labor. State media said a Zimbabwe high court has rejected a southern African court’s ruling that blocked the government’s move to resettle blacks on more than 70 white-owned farms.
2012 Ethiopia; Somalia Ethiopian PM Meles Zenawi said he would pull troops out of Somalia “as soon as feasible,” admitting for the first time that forces had crossed into the war-torn neighboring country.
2012 Gabon Gabon officials announced that the National Wood Company of Gabon (SNBG) has obtained a loan of 13.7 million euros ($18 million) to help in building a plant to treat timber at Libreville’s port, Owendo.
2014 South Africa South Africa’s Pres. Zuma signed a “DNA Act” to match more sexual offenders, including many who break the law more than once, with their crimes, exonerate the wrongly accused and crack cold cases.
2017 Sudan; Somalia President Donald Trump signed an executive order banning refugees from Muslim-majority countries. A US federal law enforcement official said any non-U.S. citizen from Iraq, Syria, Iran, Sudan, Libya, Somalia or Yemen is now barred from entering the United States.

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