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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.
FAMOUS FOOTBALLER BIRTHDAY
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.
INTERNATIONAL DAY OF:
World Red Cross Day