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2012 (Malawi) – Malawian constitutional crisis occurred after senior members of the Democratic Progressive Party-led cabinet failed to notify the public of the death of the sitting president, Bingu wa Mutharika on April 5. Instead, cabinet ministers held a series of meetings in Lilongwe, Malawi without vice-president Joyce Banda with the aim of undermining the constitution and Banda’s succession to Presidency. News confirming his death had, however, quickly spread across the country (and to the Malawian diaspora) through word of mouth, cellphone text messages, Malawian bloggers, Twitter,
2012 (Malawi) – Malawi’s President Bingu wa Mutharika (78) died after a heart attack. Under the constitution, Vice President Joyce Banda (b.1950) is next in line. But that succession is politically fraught because Mutharika kicked her out of the ruling party in 2010 as he chose to groom his brother as heir apparent instead of her.
1997 (DRC) – In Zaire rebels agreed to allow a UN airlift of some 80,000 Rwandan refugees back to their homeland.
1242 – Russian troops repel an invasion by Teutonic knights
1865 – As the Confederate army.approaches Appomattox it skirmishes with Union forces at Amelia springs and paine’s
1930 – Mahatma Gondhi defies British law by making salt in India instead of buying it from the British
1839 – Robert Smalls, black congressman front South Carolina, 1875-85
1956 – Booker T Washington, former slave, educator , founded the Tuskegee Institute
1858 – Washington Atlee Burpee, founder of the world’s largest mail-order seed company.
FAMOUS FOOTBALLER BIRTHDAYS
1990 – Greg Jordan played college soccer at Creighton University between 2008 and 2011. During his time at Creighton, Jordan was named NSCAA All-American Second Team in 2011 as a senior, as well as the All-Missouri Valley Conference First Team as both a junior and senior.
Indian National Maritime Day, on this day in 1919 navigation history was created when SS Loyalty, the first ship of The Scindia Steam Navigation Company Ltd., journeyed to the United Kingdom, a crucial step for India shipping history when sea routes were controlled by the British.