Today in African History

Today in African History: February 9

Greetings and shalom, everyone! On this day of the Gregorian calendar, February 9, we remember the following events in global African history:


Year Territory Event
1775 USA American Revolutionary War: The British Parliament declared Massachusetts in rebellion.
1822 Dominican Republic First date for the abolition of slavery.
1825 USA After no candidate received a majority of electoral votes in the US presidential election of 1824, the United States House of Representatives elected John Quincy Adams as President of the United States.
1861 USA American Civil War: Jefferson Davis is elected the Provisional President of the Confederate States of America by the Confederate convention at Montgomery, Alabama.
1955 South Africa Some 2,000 policemen, armed with handguns, rifles, and clubs known as knobkierries, forcefully moved the black families of Sophiatown to Meadowlands, Soweto.
1971 USA Satchel Paige becomes the first Negro League player to be voted into the USA’s Baseball Hall of Fame.
2004 Haiti Government police retook 2 of nearly a dozen towns seized by rebels as the death toll in the violent uprising rose to at least 40
2010 Nigeria Nigeria‘s Parliament empowered Vice President Goodluck Jonathan to take over for ailing President Umaru Yar’Adua, whose absence has stoked unrest.
2012 South Africa South Africa’s President Zuma said the government will invest 300 billion rand ($39.6 billion, €29.7 billion) in rail and port projects over the next seven years in a bid to create jobs.
2017 USA Frank Ancona (51), the leader of a Ku Klux Klan group, was fatally shot. His wife Melissa (44) and stepson Paul Edward Jinkerson (24) were soon charged with his murder.

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