Today in African History

Today in African History: January 30

Greetings and shalom, everyone! On this day of the Gregorian calendar, January 30, we remember the following events in global African history:


Year Territory Event
516 BCE Israel/Judea The Second Temple of Jerusalem finishes construction.
1800 USA US population was reported at 5,308,483; Black population 1,002,037 (18.9%).
1844 USA Richard Theodore Greener became the first African American to graduate from Harvard University.
1900 USA John P. Parker (1827-1900), Ohio-based inventor and conductor on the Underground Railway, died. His autobiography “His Promised Land: The Autobiography of John P. Parker, Former Slave and Conductor on the Underground Railway” was recounted in a series of interviews and later edited by Stuart Seely Sprague and published in 1996.
1931 USVI The United States awarded civil government to the Virgin Islands.
1956 USA African-American civil rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr.’s home was bombed in retaliation for the Montgomery Bus Boycott.
1960 Chad The African National Party is founded in Chad, through the merger of traditionalist parties.
1997 Jamaica In Jamaica it was reported that NAFTA has had devastating effects on the economy. Garment exports were down 7% and 7,000 jobs were lost.
1998 Sudan The city of Wau fell to rebels who pretended to defect and then attacked from inside.
2000 Ivory Coast; Kenya Off the coast of Ivory Coast, Kenya Airways Flight 431 crashes into the Atlantic Ocean, killing 169.
2007 African Union; Somalia The African Union summit in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, ended with a proposed peacekeeping force for Somalia still lacking firm commitments for thousands of troops.
2007 Haiti The United Nations said it would send 350 more peacekeepers to Haiti in the latest effort to flush out armed gangs from the capital’s slums.
2007 Nigeria Nigeria’s Vice President Atiku Abubakar accused President Olusegun Obasanjo of buying arms to suppress unrest in the oil-rich Niger delta rather than pacifying the region with development.
2009 USA President Barack Obama signed a series of executive orders that he said should “level the playing field” for labor unions in struggles with management.
2009 Central Africa; Gabon In Libreville, Gabon, leaders of the six Central African states (Cameroon, Chad, Gabon, CAR, Congo, Equatorial Guinea), began meeting to discuss closer economic ties, including the creation of a new regional airline. The Economic and Monetary Union of Central Africa, known as CEMAC, planned discussions on such issues as monetary reform and the free movement of citizens.
2009 South Africa South African President Kgalema Motlanthe signed legislation that disbands the country’s elite anti-crime investigating unit, known as the Scorpions. The unit will now be part of the standard police forces.
2011 African Union Equatorial Guinea’s Pres. Teodoro Obiang assumed the African Union chairmanship at the organization’s annual summit, in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
2012 Somalia Somalia‘s Islamist Shebab rebels banned the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), ordering it to close its emergency relief operations in the war-torn regions it controls.
2014 Uganda Uganda’s government said it is planning to double expenditure on anti-retroviral drugs in an effort to reverse a worsening trend in HIV infections.
2015 African Union African Union leaders opened a two-day annual summit in the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa. The 54-member bloc called for a regional five-nation force of 7,500 troops to defeat the “horrendous” rise of Nigeria’s Boko Haram Islamist militants.
2015 South Africa The South African government granted parole to Eugene de Kock, the head of a covert unit for the apartheid state responsible for dozens of deaths, saying it is in the interest of national reconciliation.

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