Today in African History

Today in African History: February 5

Greetings and shalom, everyone! On this day of the Gregorian calendar, February 5, we remember the following events in global African history:


Year Territory Event
789 Morocco Idris I reaches Volubilis and founds the Idrisid dynasty, ceding Morocco from the Abbasid caliphate and founding the first Moroccan state.
1762 Martinique Martinique, a major French base in the Lesser Antilles of the West Indies, surrendered to the British.
1778 USA South Carolina became the second state to ratify the Articles of Confederation.
1864 USA American Civil War: Federal forces occupied Jackson, Mississippi.
1865 USA Three-day Battle of Hatcher’s Run, Virginia, began.
1917 USA The Congress of the United States passes the Immigration Act of 1917 over President Woodrow Wilson’s veto.
1934 USA Birth of American hall of fame baseball player, homerun hitter, Hank Aaron, in Mobile, Alabama.
1977 Tanzania Julius Nyerere and Aboud Jumbe set up the Chama Cha Mapinduzi (CCM) party following the merger of the Tanganyika African National Union (TANU) and the Afro-Shirazi Party (ASP), which were the sole operating parties in mainland Tanzania and the semi-autonomous islands of Zanzibar respectively.
1989 USA Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (b.1947) became the 1st NBA player to score 38,000 points.
2003 USA Secretary of State Colin Powell, made his case that Iraq had defied all demands that it disarm, presented tape recordings, satellite photos and statements from informants that he said was “irrefutable and undeniable” evidence that Saddam Hussein is concealing weapons of mass destruction.
2004 Zimbabwe Journalists at Zimbabwe‘s only independent daily newspaper left their offices after the Supreme Court upheld that it was a crime to work without a government license.
2005 Republic of Congo In the Republic of Congo leaders of seven Central African countries signed a landmark treaty to work together to help save the world’s second-largest rain forest.
2007 Zimbabwe Teachers across Zimbabwe began an indefinite industrial action to press for better salaries and better working conditions.
2008 USA Obama won 13 Super Tuesday states; Clinton, eight plus American Samoa. Clinton won California and scored the advantage in delegates, bring her total to 845 to Obama’s 765, by the latest accounting. McCain won 9 states. Romney won 7 states. Huckabee said he would press on with his White House candidacy, emboldened by 5 wins in the South.
2009 Zimbabwe Zimbabwe‘s parliament passed a constitutional bill to allow a coalition government of President Robert Mugabe and opposition rivals, being set up under a deal to end political and economic crisis.
2010 Zimbabwe Zimbabwe‘s civil servants launched an open-ended strike, demanding that their wages be increased to at least 630 US dollars, from 150 dollars a month, piling pressure on the strained unity government struggling to fix the economy. Most of Zimbabwe’s 230,000 civil servants appeared to have heeded the strike call.
2013 South Africa; DR Congo; Rwanda South African police arrested 19 suspected members of a Congolese rebel group, accusing them of plotting to overthrow their nation’s government after it recently came under attack by militants said to be backed by neighboring Rwanda.
2016 Somalia Somalia‘s Shebab insurgents retook their stronghold of Merka from African Union troops who had held the key port since 2012.

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