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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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26 June 1960: #Madagascar was granted independence by France; visit by French Premier Michel Debre celebrating independence with first President Philibert Tsirinana via @YouTube

Switzerland Finds Liberian Rebel Leader Guilty of Wartime Atrocities

Boko Haram Leader Really Did Kill Himself, Audio Message Says

16 June 1964: the @StateDept reversed its statement and admitted American citizens had flown combat missions for the #Congo government #SimbaRevolt

#SowetoUprising: a car overturned by rioters wit a mans body pinned underneath on 16 June 1976; the official death toll on 25 june 1976 was 176 killed (two whites) and 1,139 injured(22 policemen) and 1,128 arrested #YouthDay2021

#SowetoUprising: 'armed' policemen firing on rioters during protests outside Johannesburg #SouthAfrica that began as demonstrations against teaching of Afrikaans in schools and turned into riots on 16 June 1976 during which hundreds were killed #YouthDay2021

Selous Scout, and former SAS, Captain Chris Schollenberg receiving the Grand Cross of Valor, #Rhodesia highest award, on 16 June 1978 #RhodesianBushWar

16/23 June 1985- " We can no longer allow our armed activities to be determined solely by the risk of civilian casualties": the ANC Kabwe Conference in #Zambia

16 June 1993: #Nigeria attempt to return to civilian rule ended in farce when military ruler Ibrahim Babangida suspended the result of the presidential election

16 June 1979- The End of the Generals: the execution of Ignatius Acheampong by @AdeyinkaMakinde #Ghana

16 June 1979: former #Ghana head of state Ignatius Acheampong was @executedtoday by firing squad

15 June 1986: in the aftermath of the Gaborone raid by South African recces, at a rally in Salisbury, Robert Mugabe called for formation of an African military force to overthrow the #SouthAfrica government

15 June 1977- Goch Street Shooting: two ANC/MK guerrillas killed two white men while fleeing the police in Johannesburg #SouthAfrica; Solomon Mahlangu would swing from the gallows in Pretoria on 6 April 1979 for the murders

14 June 1993: a referendum in #Malawi rejected the one-party state of Hastings Banda, ending the near three decade rule of one of last post-colonial strongmen

14 June 1985- Operation PLEXI: 89 South African recce operators raided 10 ANC targets in Gaborone #Botswana, killing 15 people

14 June 1986: A ANC/MK car bomb exploded outside the Why Not bar in Durban #SouthAfrica, killing three people and injuring 67 others

2 June 1997: Nigerian Troops of ECOMOG battle putschists of Johnny Paul Koroma and RUF rebels, who invited Foday Sankoh to Freetown to join the AFRC junta the day before, in Sierra Leone #SierraLeoneCivilWar via @YouTube

25 May 1997: a putsch by rebel soldiers sprung Major Johnny Paul Koroma from prison and toppled the elected #SierraLeone government of Ahmed Kabbah #SierraLeoneCIvilWar

12 June 1964- Rivonia Trial: eight radical men were sentenced to life in prison for planning a "violent revolution" against #SouthAfrica @radicaldaily

12 June 1979- "We've got a bloody awful few months ahead of us. A hell of a lot more people are going to die": after news of US President Carter refusal to lift trade sanctions, COMOPS Supremo General Peter Walls interview in Salisbury #Rhodesia #RhodesianBushWar

13 June 1964- Simba Rebellion: ANC Congolese troops led by Army Chief General Joseph Mobutu attacked and defeated the Simbas at Kamaniola south of Bukavu on #Rwanda border #SimbaRevolt

13 June 1994-"The town has been cleared and is under our control": Gitarama, the interim government capital southwest of Kigali #Rwanda, was captured by RPA rebel troops #kwibuka27

12 June 1986- "The choice is between war and a dishonorable, fearful peace": the #SouthAfrica government declared a nation-wide State of Emergency; over 1,000 people were arrested the first day

11 June 1976: the Trial of 13 mercenaries who fought for FNLA on charges of high treason began in Luanda #Angola

Operation SCEPTIC: June 1980 saw the arrival of the Ratel-90, with the turret and gun from the Eland 90; the Ratel had much better range and could carry double the ammo #SouthAfricanBorderWar

10 June 1980- Operation SCEPTIC: 61 Mech BG overland assault on SWAPO Smokeshell base 180 km inside #Angola #SouthAfricanBorderWar

Operation SCEPTIC: Soviet 23 mm and 14.5 mm AA guns used in a ground support role could penetrate the thin-skinned Ratels and accounted for most of the 13 South African KIA at Smokeshell; SWAPO lost 267 killed on 10 June 1980 #SouthAfricanBorderWar

Operation SCEPTIC: SADF 61 mech attack on SWAPO Smokeshell base complex 180 km inside #Angola on 10 June 1980 #SouthAfricanBorderWar

9 June 1983: ANC guerrillas, the Moroka Three, went to the gallows in Pretoria #SouthAfrica, @executedtoday for high treason and the murder of four Black policemen

9-11 June 1986: in a second round of mayhem at the squatter camps near Cape Town #SouthAfrica, a pitched battle between state-supported witdoekies and UDF-aligned comrades left 25 dead and 30,000 homeless

Operation SCEPTIC: the 151 vehicles of 61 Mech battle group left Umuthiya base, refueled at Eenhana and then crossed the cut-line into #Angola for the 50 km march to a TB at Mulemba on 9 June 1980 #SouthAfricanBorderWar

Mixed Algiers patrol, French police in kepis and Moslem auxiliaries on 8 June 1962; the security forces were bing integrated in advance of independence #AlgeriaWar

7 June 1962: OAS delta commandos Albert Dovecar and Claude Piegts were @executedtoday by firing squad outside Paris #AlgerianWar

7 June 1978: at the @SalvArmyIHQ Usher Institute near Figtree southwest of Bulawayo #Rhodesia, ZIPRA guerrillas killed two missionaries and wounded two others #RhodesianBushWar

7 June 1979- "I will do everything within my power to prevail in this situation": US President Jimmy Carter,defying the US Sentate, refused to lift trade sanctions on #Rhodesia #RhodesianBushWar

7 June 1998: a failed putsch by sacked Chief of Staff General Ansumane Mane led to 11 months of civil war in #Guinea-Bisssau

#BurkinaFaso was supposed to be a success story for US military assistance. Instead, it became a casualty of America’s war on terror and is buckling under an insurgency and humanitarian crisis while its army is carrying out extrajudicial killings (thread)

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