On this day

Daily Trust - - AFRICA -

1827

– John Walker, an English chemist, sells the first fric­tion match that he had in­vented the pre­vi­ous year.

1862

– Amer­i­can Civil War: Bat­tle of Shiloh ends – the Union Army un­der Gen­eral Ulysses S. Grant de­feats the Con­fed­er­ates near Shiloh, Ten­nessee.

– The Al­ge­ci­ras Con­fer­ence gives France and Spain con­trol over Morocco.

– First dis­tance pub­lic tele­vi­sion broad­cast (from Wash­ing­ton, D.C., to New York City, dis­play­ing the im­age of Com­merce Sec­re­tary Her­bert Hoover).

– Booker T. Wash­ing­ton be­comes the first African Amer­i­can to be de­picted on a United States postage stamp.

– Syria’s in­de­pen­dence from France is of­fi­cially recog­nised.

– The World Health Or­ga­ni­za­tion is es­tab­lished by the United Na­tions.

– The In­ter­net’s sym­bolic birth date: pub­li­ca­tion of RFC 1.

– De­vel­op­ment of the neu­tron bomb is can­celed by Pres­i­dent Jimmy Carter.

1906

1927

1940

1946

1948

1969

1978

1990

– Iran Con­tra Af­fair: John Poin­dex­ter is found guilty of five charges for his part in the scan­dal (the con­vic­tion is later re­versed on ap­peal).

– Rwan­dan Geno­cide: Mas­sacres of Tut­sis be­gin in Ki­gali, Rwanda.

– Auburn Cal­loway at­tempts to hi­jack FedEx Ex­press Flight 705 and crash it to in­sure his fam­ily with his life in­sur­ance pol­icy. The crew sub­dues him and lands the air­craft safely.

– The World Trade Or­gan­i­sa­tion rules in fa­vor of the United States in its long-run­ning trade dis­pute with the Euro­pean Union over ba­nanas.

1994

1994

1999

2003

– U.S. troops cap­ture Bagh­dad; Sad­dam Hus­sein’s regime falls two days later.

Source: www.wikipedia.org

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