This Day In History: 08 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!


2012 ( Malawi) –  Malawi floated its currency, with the kwacha plunging a third against the US dollar, as the impoverished nation bowed to a key demand of the International Monetary Fund to fix its troubled economy. Official exchange rates put one dollar at 250 kwacha, compared to 166 kwacha on May 4, a 33.598 percent value drop.


1881 –   Henry Morton Stanley signed a contract with a Congo monarch.

1997 –  Zaire rebels were meeting increased resistance from French mercenaries and Angolan UNITA forces. A shortage of cash was also hindering their advance on Kinshasa.

2000 –  in  Congo the city of Kisangani (formerly Stanleyville) was declared a neutral zone as Rwanda and Uganda agreed to withdraw their troops from the area and allow UN forces to take over.

2003 –  Rival tribal fighters battled for control of a northeastern Congolese town, killing at least 21 people and forcing thousands to flee. Fighters of the Union of Congolese Patriots, a rebel group dominated by Hema tribesmen, had attacked Bunia in a bid to seize its airport

2003  – A Russian-built cargo plane lost a back door ramp over Congo, hurling more than 100 Congolese soldiers and their families to their deaths.


1559 – An act of supremacy defines Queen Elizabeth I as the supreme governor of the church of England.

1933 – Mahatma Gandhi—actual name Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi—begins a hunger strike to protest British oppression in India.

1940 – German commandos in Dutch uniforms cross the Dutch border to hold bridges for the advancing German army.


1828 – Jean Henri Dunant, Swiss philanthropist , founder of the Red Cross and YMCA, first recipient ( jointly) of the Nobel Peace prize.

1829 – Louis Mirea Gottschalk, American pianist.


1973 – Chris Makin is a retired English professional footballer. He spent the final part of his career at Southampton, but is perhaps most famous for his spell at Sunderland. He played as a defender.


World Red Cross Day


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