TODAY IN HISTORY
• World Hemophilia Day
• 2017 - Nigeria
Emir of Kano Muhammad Sanusi II expressed worry over backwardness of the Northwest and the Northeast in healthcare and education. He said the two zones have remained the most backward for a decade. As controversy continues to trail the stance of the Emir on societal issues, including marriage and education in the north, president of the Nigeria Bar Association, Abubakar Mahmud, cautioned against moves to stop the Emir from making public statements.
• 2016 - Ecuador
238 people died, with over 1,500 injured after a 7.8magnitude earthquake rocked Ecuador coast.
• 2014 - Algeria
Pres. Bouteflika with 15 yrs in power won a 4th term.
• 2012 - UK
James Ibori, former governor of Delta State (19972007), was in London sentenced to 13 years in prison over a fraud involving $250m of state funds.
• 2011 - Nigeria
Pres. Goodluck Jonathan took an unassailable lead as votes were tallied from across the country despite a strong showing by rival Muhammadu Buhari in his mainly Muslim strongholds. Rioting began in the north as early results showed Jonathan leading leaving 70 people dead.
• 2007 - Nigeria
The Independent National Electoral Commission said it would comply with a Supreme Court ruling that Vice Pres. Atiku be placed on the ballot for the weekend's presidential elections. Opposition parties threatened to boycott the elections if the polls were not cancelled.
• 2002 - Nigeria
Swiss government said the family of Sani Abacha will return $1 billion to Nigeria in an out-of-court settlement that allowed them keep $100 million.
• 2000 - Rwanda
Paul Kagame was elected the first Tutsi president.
• 1998 - Cambodia
A Thai military team collected evidence from the body of Pol Pot, former chief of Cambodia's Khmer Rouge guerrillas, to confirm that one of the century's worst tyrants was truly dead.
• 1975 - Cambodia
Cambodian five year Civil War ended. Khmer Rouge captured the capital Phnom Penh as government forces surrendered. Pol Pot, leader of Khmer Rouge occupied the capital, beginning the brutal regime that led to death of three million people.