Today in African History

Today in African History: February 10

Greetings and shalom, everyone! On this day of the Gregorian calendar, February 10, we remember the following events in global African history:


Year Territory Event
1763 France French and Indian War: Britain, Spain, and France signed the Treaty of Paris ending the French-Indian War. France ceded Canada to England and gave up all her territories in the New World except New Orleans and a few scattered islands. France retained the sugar colonies of Martinique and Guadeloupe.
1855 USA US citizenship laws were amended to include all children of US parents born abroad.
1862 USA American Civil War: A Union naval flotilla destroyed the bulk of the Confederate Mosquito Fleet in the Battle of Elizabeth City on the Pasquotank River in North Carolina.
1878 Cuba Cuba’s 10 year war with Spain ended with the signing of the pact of Zanjon. The nationalist uprising failed.
1890 USA Around 11 million acres, ceded to USA by Sioux Indians, opened for settlement.
1936 Ethiopia Second Italo-Abyssinian War: Italian troops launched the Battle of Amba Aradam against Ethiopian defenders.
1984 Kenya Kenyan soldiers committed the worst ever human rights violation in the country by slaughtering an estimated 5000 ethnic Somali Kenyans in Wagalla in N.E.-Kenya.
1989 USA Ron Brown was elected chairman of the Democratic National Committee becoming the first African American to lead a major American political party.
1990 South Africa South African President F.W. de Klerk announced that black activist Nelson Mandela would be released the next day after 27 years in captivity.
1992 USA Alex Haley, author of “Roots” and co-writer of “The Autobiography of Malcolm X,” died in Seattle at age 70. Much of his work was donated to the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.
1997 USA A civil jury in Santa Monica heaped $25 million in punitive damages on O.J. Simpson for the slayings of his ex-wife and her friend, on top of $8.5 million in compensatory damages awarded earlier.
2007 USA Then Illinois Senator Barack Obama announced his candidacy for president in the 2008 elections, which he later goes on to win.
2008 USA Barack Obama added the Maine Democratic presidential caucus to the three contests he swept a day earlier against rival Hillary Rodham Clinton.
2008 Africa The Africa Cup of Nations, a biennial soccer tournament held in Ghana, ended with Egypt’s defeat of Cameroon 1-0
2011 Ghana Tullow Oil announced a new discovery off Ghana, raising the possibility of further potential off the West African nation which only recently began large-scale production.
2012 USA President Obama offered a compromise that would allow women to obtain free contraception, but would require them to obtain it directly from their insurance companies if their employers object to birth control because of religious beliefs.
2012 Jamaica Wilmot Perkins (80), a veteran journalist considered the island’s “godfather of talk radio,” died. He worked for more than 50 years in radio, launching his first program “What’s your Grouse?” on RJR 94FM in 1960. He quit a couple years later to become a farmer but returned to radio in the 1970s, ultimately launching a show called “Perkins On Line” on Hot102 FM.
2017 South Africa South Africa’s President Zuma said state utility Eskom would sign new renewable energy contracts, angering coal transport workers who say such contracts will lead to 30,000 job losses in the coal industry.

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