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AFRICA – [DRC]
1997 – In Zaire at least 100 lawmakers quit Pres. Seko’s parliamentary alliance to join a new nationalist group. Their goal appeared to be to topple Prime Minister Kengo wa Dondo.
1999 – Congo rebel leader Ernest Wamba dia Wamba said his forces killed about 400 Burundi Hutu rebels fighting with the Congolese government troops and promised to investigate the alleged New Year murder of 500 civilians.
2006 – A study published in Britain’s leading medical journal said war-ravaged Congo is suffering the world’s deadliest humanitarian crisis, with 38,000 people dying each month mostly from easily treatable diseases.
2007 – Cardinal Frederic Etsou-Nzabi-Bamungwabi (b.1930), Congo’s top Roman Catholic prelate, died in a Belgian hospital. He had warned of what he called international meddling in the country’s recent landmark elections.
AFRICA – [SOUTH AFRICA]
1994 – Ben Mokoena becomes 1st black mayor of Middelburg, South Africa
1853 – Franklin Pierce, the Preesident-elect of the United States at the time, and his family are involved in a train wreck in Massachusetts
1912 – Alfred Wegener, geophysicist and meteorologist, presents his controversial theory of continental drift in a lecture at the Geological Association ( Geologischen Vereinigung) at the Senckenberg
2926 – Raiph Branca, American baseball pitcher ( MLB All-star 1947 – 49; pitched “shot Heard Round the World), Born in Mount Vernon, New York
1955 – Rowan Atkinson, English Comedian and actor (Mr Bean, Blackadder), born in Consett, Country Durham, England
FAMOUS FOOTBALL BIRTHDAY
1992 – Nika Dzalamidze
INTERNATIONAL DAY OF:
World Day of Orphans