Today in African History

Today in African History: February 13

Greetings and shalom, everyone! On this day of the Gregorian calendar, February 13, we remember the following events in global African history:


Year Territory Event
1861 USA Abraham Lincoln was declared president.
1864 USA Miridian Campaign fighting at Chunky Creek and Wyatt, Mississippi.
1865 USA The Confederacy approved the recruitment of enslaved Africans as soldiers, as long as their “owners” approved.
1920 USA The Negro National League was of baseball formed by Andrew “Rube” Foster (1879-1930), in Kansas City, Missouri.
1960 USA Black college students staged the first of the Nashville sit-ins at three lunch counters in Nashville, Tennessee.
1976 Nigeria General Muhammad in the ruling junta was killed in a coup attempt and his deputy, GeneralOlusegun Obasanjo, was named president.
1998 Sierra Leone Sierra Leone Civil War: Freetown fell to Nigerian led forces. Two helicopter gunships with some 50 senior members of the military junta were captured near Monrovia.
2007 Liberia US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said the US planned to cancel $391 million in outstanding debt owed by Liberia, and she urged others to help the struggling West African nation.
2007 Ivory Coast Officials in the Ivory Coast said that Trafigura, a Dutch-based oil trading company, agreed to pay $197 million to secure the release of three executives from an Ivory Coast prison and settle claims that it dumped toxic waste that killed at least 10 people in the West African nation.
2008 Kenya Kenya’s rival parties sequestered themselves at a luxury lodge in a game park as they attempted to hammer out a peace deal to end weeks of bloodshed.
2009 Nigeria , Oil giant Royal Dutch Shell said it has declared force majeure on shipments from its main Nigerian terminal because of increased attacks by insurgents on key facilities. Force Majeure (French for “superior force”) is a common clause in contracts which essentially frees both parties from liability or obligation when an extraordinary event or circumstance beyond the control of the parties.
2014 Nigeria Nigeria’s Senate said it is ordering a forensic audit to track down billions of missing petrodollars after the Senate Committee heard that the amount of unaccounted petrodollars has grown to $20 billion. The World Bank has estimated that at least $400 billion has gone missing from government coffers since independence.
2015 USA Pres. Obama issued an executive order urging businesses and government to cooperate better on quickly sharing information about online threats. Obama spoke at Stanford Univ. before a gathering of business leaders and federal officials dubbed the Summit on CyberSecurity and Consumer Protection.
2015 South Sudan South Sudan’s cabinet postponed elections and extended President Salva Kiir’s powers for two years. That goes against a deal struck between Kiir and rebel chief Riek Machar earlier this month, in which they agreed to set up a transitional unity government in the bitterly divided nation to run for 30 months from July 9.
2017 South Sudan The UN said more than 1.5 million South Sudanese have become refugees and their humanitarian needs are overwhelming aid efforts during the country’s civil war.

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