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African History Headlines

African history headlines & news – What was happening this month in the conflict era of previous years.

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15 May 1979: the US Senate passed an non-binding amendment, 75-19, asking President Carter abide by 1978 law to lift sanctions within two-weeks of installation of #Zimbabwe- #Rhodesia Muzorewa government under certain conditions #RhodesiaBushWar

15 May 1978: #Zambia President Kennth Kaunda meeting with Prime Minister James Callaghan and Foreign Secretary David Owen in London https://youtu.be/4jZ_boaI6Vk via @YouTube

15 May 1976: Lt-General Olusegun Obasanjo Announces Execution of coup plotters including Lt Colonel Bukar Dimka #Nigeria https://youtu.be/zjEA83pgstg via @YouTube

15 May 1976: Lt Colonel Bukar Dimka and six coup plotters, @executedtoday by firing squad in Lagos #Nigeria http://www.executedtoday.com/2011/05/15/1976-lt-col-bukar-dimka-and-six-coup-confederates/

A pro-government soldier covers up the body of a dead RUF rebel fighter near Masiaka 60 km from Freetown #SIerraLeone on 15 May 2000 #SierraLeoneCivilWar

15 May 1964- Simba Rebellion: SImba rebels captured the town of Uvira on top of Lake Tanganyika in eastern #Congo #SimbaRevolt

15 May 1997: Mobutu had the body of former President of #Rwanda Juvenal Habyarimana cremated in Kinshasa #FirstCongoWar

15 May 1973: two Canadian tourists were killed by Zambian soldiers at Victoria Falls #Rhodesia #RhodesianBushWar

15 May 1979: Tanzanian Troops Destroy a Convoy of Retreating #Uganda Soldiers fleeing from Lira in final battle of #UgandaTanzaniaWar https://youtu.be/HPzXHpjoWT0 via @YouTube

The column of Amin army vehicles burn after being ambushed by Tanzanians north of Lira on 15 May 1979; over 70 #Uganda soldiers were killed to four Tanzanians in final battle of #UgandaTanzaniaWar

Tanzanian troops board the ferry to cross Lake Kyoga in central #Uganda to attack Amin soldiers at Lira by surprise from the south on 15 May 1979 #UgandaTanzaniaWar

14 May 2000- Operation PALLISER: British Chief of Defence General Sir Charles Guthrie arrived in Freetown #Sierraleone to meet with President Ahmed Kabbah; RUF released 157 of over 500 @UN soldiers held hostage #SierraLeoneCivilWar https://youtu.be/3Jule2cslXE via @YouTube

RCD MUTINY-war crimes in Kisangani: over 100 military and police were brought to the Tshopo bridge and summarily executed and thrown into river during suppression of the revolt in Kisangani on 14 May 2002 #SecondCongoWar

14 May 2002- RCD MUTINY: over 160 were killed in reprisals to mutiny by RCD rebel soldiers in Kisangani #Congo #SecondCongoWar

14 May 1958- The Fall of the Fourth Republic: The National Assembly voted to approve Pierre Pflimlin as the new Prime Minister of #France #AlgerianWar

14 May 1958- The Fall of the fourth Republic: new Premier Pierre Pflimlin speaks to #France after national assembly vote - Vidéo http://Ina.fr http://www.ina.fr/video/CAF97516200/allocution-pflimlin-video.html via @Inafr_officiel

Hendrik Verwoerd is the winner of Poll No. 3 with 42.3% of 97 votes cast, Thanks to all who participated! Click to see the results.

Witness to fire force contact northwest of Mt Darwin #Rhodesia on 14 May 1976, Alouette pilot Mike Borlace, during which RLI Captain Len Pitch was mortally wounded #RhodesianBushWar

"To you will fall the honour of extracting the most terrible vengance": RLI passing-out ceremony at Salisbury #Rhodesia on 14 May 1976 #RhodesiaBushWar

14 May 1958: 'Committee of Public Safety' Generals' Raoul Salan and Jacques Massu, 'Comite de Vigilance' leader Leon Delbecque at Gouvernement General in Algiers #AlgerianWar https://youtu.be/iBQgtDKZf00 via @YouTube

13 May 1976: The US issued a travel advisory for #Rhodesia, strongly advising Americans not to travel there; US movie star Jack Palance was filming 'Safari Express' at Victoria Falls #RhodesianBushWar

13 May 1978: Bishop Muzorewa, member of four-man executive council ruling #Rhodesia as part of internal settlement , speaking at a rally at Gatooma #RhodesianBushWar https://youtu.be/J93XYWg5OSI via @YouTube

"Will you go the end of the line to keep Algerie francaise?": on 13 May 1958, after a ceremony at the monument aux morts for the three French soldiers executed by the FLN, demonstrators storm and ransack the nearby Gouvernement-General in Algiers #AlgerianWar

SHABA II: wreckage of FAZA Zaire air force aircraft destroyed by FNLC after it captured Kolwezi airifield on the morning of 13 May 1978 #Shaba2 #Congo

13 May 1997: Government troops abandoned their last position at Bankana, 140 km east of Kinshasa; the Mbandaka massacre #FirstCongoWar

13 May 1978: A coup d'etat by mercenaries led by Bob Denard overthrew the government of Comoros, an island nation off the coast of #Mozambique

#Angola army at Cuito Cuananvale on 13 May 1988 displays for press #SouthAfrica Olifant, a modified Centurion. tank captured in March fighting #SouthAfricanBorderWar

A ferry with refugees who arrived by train from camps to the south on 12 May 1997, cross the #Congo river by ferry to Kisangani, where they were flown back to Rwanda; at least 37,000 would be airlifted by the @UN by the end of May #FirstCongoWar

12 May 1980- "None should mistake us for fools": President Godfrey Binaisa was overthrown by military coup in #Uganda

12 May 1991: A 1,000 strong Zulu impi swept into a squatter camp at Kagiso township west of Johannesburg #SouthAfrica, killing 27 people and burning down 82 homes

President Habib Bourguiba of #Tunisia at a ticker-tape parade up Broadway in NYC on 11 May 1961 during his week-long visit to the United States #AlgerianWar

11 May 1978- "You must do it at the moment it gets out of hand": RF Pik Botha defends the timing of the Cassinga #Angola incursion #SouthAfricanBorderWar https://youtu.be/b-fv7bdnHc8

11 May 1987: A TV set booby-trapped by CCB special forces to kill an ANC offical in Maputo #Mozambique instead exploded in Harare, #Zimbabwe killing a civilian and destroying the apartment

11 May 1994: RPA rebel leader Paul Kagame meeting with @UN Force Commander General Romeo Dallaire and U.N High Commissioner for Human Rights Jose
Ayala Lasso in Byumba, 40km north of Kigali #Rwanda #Kwibuka27 https://youtu.be/D9Ic2J19Sys via @YouTube

Sierra Leone soldiers and militia near Waterloo on outskirts of Freetown on 11 May 2000; the RUF advance on the capital had been halted but rebels still held over 500 @UN soldiers hostage #SierraLeoneCivilWar

SADF soldier Johan van der Mescht, captured by SWAPO at Elundu 6 km from #Angola in February 1978, was exchanged along with eight others on 11 May 1982 in Berlin for Soviet agent Aleksei Koslov #SouthAfricanBorderWar

11 May 1978- SHABA II: thousands of FNLC guerrillas crossed the border from #Angola and #Zambia into Zaire, now #Congo, in second invasion in 14 months #Shaba2

The anniversary of the passing of white-rule in #SouthAfrica into history is an oppurtunity to reflect on its leadership in Poll No 3. Who was the most effective white South African leader?

10 May 2019- "Heroes sacrificed for reckless tourists": Two French soldiers were killed during a hostage rescue in northern Burkina Faso #BurkinaFaso

Tobacco auction in Salisbury #Rhodesia, the largest Tobacco-selling center in the world, on 10 May 1965; with threat of a tobacco embargo, it was said UDI was held off till the tobacco crop was sold in October

10 May 1976- "There will be no peace in #Angola": Jonas Savimbi, the Long March and the River Cuanza Manifesto #AngolanCivilWar

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