On this day: 20 May 2019

On this day in Malawi, Africa and the world
On this day in Malawi, Africa and the world

Check out what happened in history on this day, who was born and much more!



1992  – Cate Campbell was born in Malawi. She was a member of the 4×100 relay team that won a gold medal for Australia at the 2012 Olympics. At the 2013 Australian Swimming Championships, she won gold in both the 50 and 100 meter freestyle events.

2004 – Malawi saw its very first transition between democratically elected presidents when the UDF’s presidential candidate Bingu wa Mutharika defeated MCP candidate John Tembo and Gwanda Chakuamba, who was backed by a grouping of opposition parties.

2004 – Mutharika won the presidential election on 20 May 2004, ahead of John Tembo and Gwanda Chakuamba, and took office a few days later

1994 –  In 1994, the UDF candidate Bakili Muluzi came to power in Malawi. In the general election held on 20 May 2004, the UDF’s candidate for president, Bingu wa Mutharika, won 35.9% of the vote and was elected. The party also won 49 out of 194 seats.

2004 – Voters in Malawi, one of the world’s poorest nations, flocked to the polls for their third multiparty elections in a decade. Bingu wa Mutharika, Pres. Muluzi’s handpicked successor, was declared the winner. The ruling party lost its parliamentary majority.


2005 –  British scientists reported the discovery of a new species of monkey in Tanzania, the Lophocebus kipunji.


1303 – A peace treaty is signed between England and France.

1951 – During the Korean War, U.S. Air Force Captain James Jabara becomes the first jet air ace in history.

1969 – In South Vietnam, troops of the 101st Airborne Division reach the top of Hill 937 after nine days of fighting entrenched North Vietnamese forces


1663 – William Bradford, printer

1750 – Stephen Girard, America financier and philanthropist.


1981 – Leonardo Di Lorenzo


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