Today in African History

Historical Events


  • 1942 – Jacob Zuma, the fourth President of South Africa, is born in Nkandla, South Africa.
  • 1950 – Joyce Banda, Malawi's fourth president, is born in Malemia, Malawi.
  • 1959 - Ezzaki Badou, a Moroccan footballer, is born in Sidi Kacem, Morocco.
  • 1940 - Miriam Were, a Kenyan public health activist, is born in Nairobi, Kenya. 
  • 1922 - Simon Kapwepwe, the second Vice President of Zambia, is born in Chinsali, Zambia.
  • 1965 - Gervais Rufyikiri, the second vice president of Burundi, is born in Gitega, Burundi.
  • 1983 - Luke Kibet, a Kenyan runner, is born.
  • 1986 - Jonathan Pitroipa, a Burkinabé footballer, is born in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso.
  • 1988 - Moamen Zakaria, an Egyptian footballer, is born in Sohag, Egypt.
  • 1994 - Eric Bailly, an Ivorian footballer, is born in Bingerville, Côte d’Ivoire.


  • 1887 - Chief of the Lebelo group of the Ndebele, Johannes Jane Tane Kekana, dies.
  • 1980 - William R. Tolbert, Jr., the twentieth President of Liberia, is assassinated in Monrovia, Liberia.
  • 2015 - André Mba Obame, a Gabonese politician, dies in Yaoundé, Cameroon.


  • 2009 – Zimbabwe officially abandons the Zimbabwean dollar as its official currency.
  • 1973 - Swaziland King Sobhuza II sets aside the constitution, bans political parties and assumes all governing powers.
  • 1980 - Samuel Doe rises to power in Liberia following a coup.
  • 1973 - The first permanent Constitution of Sudan is drafted.
  • 2012 - Civilian rule in Mali returns after Dioncounda Traore is sworn in as interim president.


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