Today in African History

Today in African History: February 14

Greetings and shalom, everyone! On this day of the Gregorian calendar, February 14, we remember the following events in global African history:


Year Territory Event
1779 USA American Revolutionary War: The Battle of Kettle Creek is fought in Georgia.
1817 USA Frederick Douglass (1817 – 1895), “The Great Emancipator,” was born in Maryland as Frederick Augustus Washington Bailey. He was the son of a slave and a white father who bought his own freedom and published “The Narrative Life of Frederick Douglass” (1845) a memoir of his life as a slave. “The life of the nation is secure only while the nation is honest, truthful, and virtuous.”
1829 Mexico Abolition of Slavery in Mexico
1859 USA Oregon is admitted as the 33rd U.S. state.
1900 South Africa British forces begin the Battle of the Tugela Heights in an effort to lift the Siege of Ladysmith. General Roberts invaded South Africa’s Orange Free State with 20,000 British troops.
1912 USA Arizona is admitted as the 48th and the last contiguous U.S. state.
1919 USA The United Parcel Service was incorporated in Oakland, California.
1965 USA Malcolm X’s home was firebombed. No injuries were reported.
1967 Latin America; Caribbean The first nuclear weapons-free zone was established in Latin America and the Caribbean. The Treaty of Tiatelolco was signed in Mexico City. It banned the manufacture, storage or testing of nuclear weapons and the devices for launching them.
1984 South Africa Apartheid: Black community at Mogopa was displaced in a “forced removal” action. Some 300 homes and a cluster of community buildings were bulldozed over.
2003 Trinidad and Tobago Trinidad and Tobago legislators elected Maxwell Richards, a former university dean who claims he is “not in anyone’s back pocket” to be the new president.
2008 Angola; Nigeria Angola extradited Henry Okah, the alleged leader of Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (MEND), to Nigeria.
2008 Zimbabwe Zimbabwe‘s inflation rate, already the highest in the world, soared to a new high of 66,212.3%.
2011 USA President Barack Obama unveiled a $3.73 trillion spending blueprint that pledges $1.1 trillion in deficit savings over the next decade through spending cuts and tax increases.
2011 Ivory Coast Ivory Coast‘s incumbent leader Laurent Gbagbo filed a lawsuit against the West African regional bloc for recognizing his rival as the winner of the country’s recent presidential election.
2012 Uganda Uganda officials said they have seized nearly 360 pounds (162 kg) of ivory and other animal parts and products that were being smuggled in and out of the country. Officials said Chinese demand is behind the illegal trade in endangered species and animal products.
2014 Ivory Coast Michel Gbagbo, son of former president Laurent Gbagbo, was arrested at the airport while attempting to leave the country on a flight to Paris.
2014 Jamaica Leroy Russell, a dancehall deejay, was charged in a multimillion-dollar lottery scam.
2014 USVI Louis Willis, the former director of the US Virgin Islands’ Internal Revenue Bureau, turned himself in under charges of tax evasion.
2014 Zambia Zambian ex-diplomat and son of former president Rupiah Banda was sentenced to two years in prison after being found guilty of corruption. Andrew Banda (53) was arrested in 2012 on charges of soliciting a kickback from Italian company Fratelli Locci, which was awarded a contract to build roads.
2016 Central African Republic Voters in the Central African Republic cast their ballots in an election meant to restore democratic rule, determined to turn the page on years of bloodshed that has killed thousands and split the impoverished nation along religious and ethnic lines. On March 1 the constitutional court confirmed the election of former mathematics professor Faustin-Archange Touadera.
2016 Haiti Haitian lawmakers chose the country’s Senate chief to lead a caretaker government that will fill the void left by last week’s departure of former President Michel Martelly.
2018 South Africa Jacob Zuma resigns as President of South Africa.

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