On this day: 23 May 2019

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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!

AFRICA

(Malawi)

2014 – Leader of the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) Peter Mutharika wins the presidential election.

1965 –  Pontoon ferry overturned on Shire River, Malawi, kills 150

(DRC)

2005 – In eastern Congo militiamen calling themselves Rastas killed at least 18 people and kidnapped at least 50 others in a late-night attack on the village of Ninja, hacking their victims to death as they ran for safety.

2006 – Congo arrested a group of foreign security guards on suspicion of plotting a coup ahead of national elections. Interior Minister Theophile Mbemba said there were three Americans, 10 Nigerians and 12 South Africans among the group of 32 taken into custody. Mbemba said all the men had received visits from their respective ambassadors.

2007 –  The BBC reported that Pakistani UN peacekeepers charged with disarming Congolese militia instead engaged in gold and weapons trafficking with militia members. The Pakistani unit in question deployed to Mongwalu in April 2005.

THE WORLD

1788 – South Carolina becomes the eighth state to ratify the U.S. Constitution.

1900 – Civil War hero Sgt. William H. Carney becomes the first African American to receive the Medal of Honor, thirty-seven years after the Battle of Fort Wagner.

1949 –The Federal Republic of West Germany is proclaimed.

FAMOUS BIRTHDAYS 

1810 – Margaret Fuller, Writer and Critics

1820 – James Buchanan Eads, engineer of the Eads Bridge in St. Louis

1875 –  Alfred P. Sloan, Jr.., president and chairman of the board for General Motors.

FAMOUS FOOTBALLER BIRTHDAY

1987 –  Mohamed Ahmed Bashir

INTERNATIONAL DAY OF:

International Day to End Obstetric Fistula

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