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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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6 July 1964- "Kamuzu, Kamuzu, Kamazu!": After 73 years as a British protectorate, #Malawi became an independent nation

Dr Hastings Banda, who would rule #Malawi for 29 years, arrives back in the then Nyasaland of Central African Federation on 6 July 1958 from a 30-year self-imposed exile

5 July 1978: In Accra #Ghana, Head of State Lt Colonel Ignatius Acheampong was deposed by a coup led by General Fred Akuffo

6 July 1964: Returning from over a years' exile in Spain, Moise Tshombe was named Premier of #Congo #SimbaRevolt #CONGO60

SW Africa police Wolf at NANSO congress rally in Katutura township outside Windhoek on 5 July 1986 #Nambia #AngolanBushWar thanks to @iamakwenye for ID of a Wolf, not a casspir

5 July 1973- " I know that some of you are plotting a coup d'etat. Well, here I am if you want to do it": President Gregoire Kayibanda was overthrown by a military coup in #Rwanda

Belgium mulls charges over 1961 killing of #Congo's first elected leader Patrice Lumumba

George Floyd’s Killing Prompts Africans to Call for Police Reform at Home

5 July 1978- Operation TACAUD: #Chad government soldiers of Felix Malloum at Ati in eastern #Tchad; the FROLINAT forces of Goukouni Oueddei were defeated by the French at Ati in May via @YouTube

5 July 1977: 12 members expelled from the ruling Rhodesian Front formed the new right-wing Rhodesian Action Party; in the snap 31 August election they wouldn't win one seat in parliament and only 9% of vote as Smith received a mandate via @YouTube

The funeral of hostage Dora Bloch in Israel in 1979; she was @executedtoday 4 July 1976 by Idi Amin in retaliation for the #Israel commando raid; her remains were recovered near Kampala in 1979 after fall of Idi Amin

Operation THUNDERBOLT-The Entebbe Raid: #Israel Foreign Minister Yigal Allon greets the 103 hostages rescued in the commando raid on Entebbe Airport on 4 July 1976; three hostages were killed, one @IDF soldier, seven hijackers and estimated 20 #Uganda soldiers


4 July 1994: After a three-month battle, RPF/RPA rebels seized the #Rwanda capital of Kigali #kwibuka26 via @YouTube

2 July 2013: Former #Chad ruler Hissen Habre was arrested in Dakar #Senegal for war crimes and crimes against humanity #Tchad

2 July 1990- "The (first)Battle of Monrovia has begun": INPFL and NPFL rebel forces surrounding the #Liberia capital began their assault on the city #FirstLiberianCivilwar

2-14 July 1967: Operation UNICORD, the first #Nigeria offensive of the #NigerianCivilWar captured Nsukka north of #Biafra capital

Fighting and brawling between rival Bakongo and Bayaka tribesmen saw 100 people arrested in Leopoldville, now Kinshasa, #Congo 2 July 1960

2 July 1988: A @MYANC /MK car bomb exploded outside Ellis Park rugby stadium Johannesburg #SouthAfrica after a match between Transvaal/Orange Free State, killing two people and injuring 37 others via @YouTube

Belgium’s King Sends Letter of Regret Over Colonial Past in #Congo

The Entebbe hijackers were seeking the release of 53 prisoners, including Baader-Meinhof gang leader Jan-Carl Raspe; Raspe committed suicide in jail along with Baader and Ensslin on 18 October 1977 after another hijacking, this time to #Somalia, failed to secure their release

1 July 1976: At Entebbe airport, The PFLP released 101 hostages, leaving 110 including 70 Israelis, from Pan Am Flight 139 which they hijacked over Greece and flew to #Uganda

ZIPRA cadre during bayonet-charge practice at Freedom Camp 15 km north of Lusaka #Zambia in 1977 #RhodesianBushWar

1 July 1979: Operation CHICORY, the #Rhodesia SAS heliborne raid on the main ZIPRA arms dump south of Lusaka #Zambia #RhodesianBushwar

#Rhodesia soldiers examine some of the bodies of 14 black laborers and children shot and burned to death by ZANLA guerrillas when they attacked a white-owned farm near Mayo, 135 miles east of Salisbury on 1 July 1978 #RhodesianBushwar

The sudden death of Pierre Nkurunziza creates an opportunity for #Burundi to break with its past. My interview with @BirgitMSchwarz for @hrw

1 July 1967: Interview with #Nigeria leader General Yakubu Gowon on the month-old #Biafra secession #NigerianCivilWar the day before the first offensive of war, Operation UNICORD via @YouTube

The first crash of an RhAF Alouette occurred at New Sarum airbase Salisbury #Rhodesia on 1 July 1970, killing Flt Lt Mike Hill and Sqn Leader Gordon Nettleton

1 July 1962: Belgium granted its territory of Ruanda-Urundi independence as the separate nations of #Rwanda and Kingdom of #Burundi

Prime Minister Hendrik Verwoerd speaks at 50th anniversary of the National party on 1 July 1964; The party ruled #SouthAfrica from the 1948 election till 1994

30 June 1964: ONUC commander #Nigeria General "Johnny Ironsides" Aguiyi-Ironsi is the last @UN soldier to leave #Congo, its four-year mission at an end; Ironsi would be assassinated in a coup in Nigeria in July 1966

30 June 1990: After three days of rioting over doubling of maize meal prices in which 27 people were killed, a coup attempt against President Kenneth Kuanda of #Zambia failed

30 June 1960: #Congo independence day ceremonies were marred by a militant speech by Premier Patrice Lumumba attacking colonialism

6,000 attended the Funeral service in Umtali #Rhodesia on 29 June 1978 for the 12 missionaries killed by ZANLA guerrillas at Vumba Elim @elimpentecostal mission #RhodesianBushWar


King Baudouin of Belgium has his sword snatched away during a procession in streets of Leopoldville before 100,000 as the King arrived for #Congo independence day ceremonies on 29 June 1960; the man was knocked down and arrested

"France did more culturally for their Africans, Belgium more economically, Britain politically, Portugal did very little and nobody did enough": Patrice Lumumba signs a #Congo-#Belgium friendship pact 29 June 1960

President James Mancham and Prime Minister Albert Rene at a midnight flag-raising ceremony as #Seychelles islands gained independence on 29 June 1976; less than a year later, Rene would lead a coup to overthrow Mancham

29 June 1976: 220 years after being 'annexed' by France, the #Seychelles Islands gained its independence from Britain

28 June 1976- Mercenary Trial: Four mercenaries, three former British paratroopers and an American, were sentenced to death by firing squad and nine others to long prison terms in #Angola #AngolanCivilWar

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