1989 - Adina (Adina Thembi Ndamse), a Ghanaian-South African pop singer, is born.
1993 - The Battle of Mogadishu, pitting U.S. troops against the fighters of Somali warlords, begins in Somalia’s capital.
1978 - Gerald Asamoah, a Ghanaian-German footballer, is born.
2013 - 13 people are killed after a passenger plane crashes in Lagos, Nigeria.
2007 - A broken water pipe damages an elevator and traps about 3,200 miners in a gold mine in South Africa.
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The Black Hawk Down
The Battle of Mogadishu, also known as the Black Hawk Down incident, occurred on October 3-4, 1993, in Mogadishu, Somalia, during a United Nations peacekeeping mission. Initially aimed at capturing a Somali warlord, Mohamed Farrah Aidid, the mission escalated into a protracted urban battle, with US Army Rangers and Delta Force operators facing fierce resistance from Somali militias. Two Black Hawk helicopters were shot down, leading to a desperate rescue operation in which 18 American soldiers lost their lives and many more were injured. This intense firefight had a profound impact on US foreign policy, resulting in the withdrawal of American forces from Somalia and a reevaluation of military intervention strategies in the region.
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