Today in African History

Today in African History: January 29

Greetings and shalom, everyone! On this day of the Gregorian calendar, January 29, we remember the following events in global African history:


Year Territory Event
1861 USA Kansas was admitted into the Union as the 34th state.
1926 USA Violette Neatley Anderson became the first African-American woman admitted to practice before the U.S. Supreme Court.
1994 South Africa Nelson Mandela kicked off his party’s campaign for the country’s first multiracial elections.
1997 South Africa Wouter Basson, retired brigadier general, was arrested for selling 1,000 tablets of the drug Ecstasy to undercover police.
2002 South Africa Doctors Without Borders defied patent law and imported a generic AIDS drug from Brazil.
2004 Somalia Somalia’s feuding leaders signed an agreement to form a new government based along clan lines, the first deal of its kind to include all armed groups that have torn the country apart for the last 13 years.
2004 Southern Africa Widespread drought was reported across southern Africa. Lesotho, Malawi, South Africa and Zimbabwe were all affected.
2006 African Union Republic of Congo President Denis Sassou-Nguesso launched his role as a top African peace mediator, meeting with the prime minister of civil war-divided Ivory Coast days after taking over as African Union head.
2007 African Union The African Union chose Ghana to head the 53-member bloc, turning aside Sudan’s bid for the second year in a row because of the worsening bloodshed in Darfur.
2007 ICC; DR Congo The International Criminal Court (ICC) ruled there was enough evidence against Thomas Lubanga, a Congolese militiaman accused of recruiting child soldiers, to launch the new court’s first trial.
2008 DR Congo Congolese Tutsi rebels and a rival Mai Mai militia group pledged to respect a recently-signed peace accord, a day after clashes between their fighters broke the ceasefire.
2009 USA Governor of Illinois Rod Blagojevich is removed from office following his conviction of several corruption charges, including the alleged solicitation of personal benefit in exchange for an appointment to the United States Senate as a replacement for then-U.S. president-elect Barack Obama.
2009 USA President Barack Obama signed the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Restoration Act, an equal pay bill, into law, declaring that it’s a family issue, not just a women’s issue.
2009 African Union The African Union said the exclusion from its summit of Mauritania and Guinea, which both suffered coups recently, proved the continent had moved on from its checkered past. The summit was scheduled for Feb 1-3 in Ethiopia.
2009 Cameroon An international rights group said Cameroon’s government is employing extrajudicial killings and torture to crush political opponents, and such violence may escalate as the global economic crisis deepens.
2009 DR Congo The first of more than 6,000 Congolese rebels took part in a ceremony to integrate their units into the regular army as part of a deal to end the conflict in eastern DR Congo.
2009 Ethiopia The European Union signed an agreement to give Ethiopia 251 million euros (322 million dollars) in aid to boost development projects across the Horn of Africa nation.
2010 Zimbabwe Zimbabwe Finance Minister Patrick Chinamasa said citizens will be allowed to conduct business in other currencies, alongside the Zimbabwean dollar. A UN report said Zimbabwe’s humanitarian disaster is far worse than anticipated with only six percent of the population formally employed and more than half in need of emergency food aid.
2010 USA President Barack Obama engaged in a rare face-to-face showdown with Republican critics and testily accused them of trying to block his policies while urging them to “join with me” in creating jobs.
2012 African Union Benin President Thomas Boni Yayi was elected the African Union Chairman, taking over the one-year post from Equatorial Guinea’s President Teodoro Obiang Nguema at the AU summit meeting in the Ethiopian capital.
2013 Mali African and Western nations pledged more than $450 million to fund an African-led military force to fight Islamist extremists in Mali.
2017 Worldwide A global backlash against US President Donald Trump’s immigration curbs gathered strength as several countries including long-standing American allies criticized the measures as discriminatory and divisive.

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