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CEOAFRICA History Corner: September 21st in focus
By: News Editor
Wed, 21 Sep 2022   ||   Nigeria,

On today’s history corner, CEOAFRICA has been able to put together some intriguing and catchy historic events, ranging from the coronation of a 17-month old, in the United Kingdom, abolition of the French monarchy, during the French revolution, three-day attack on a shopping mall by the notorious militia, Al-Shabaab, in Kenya, which saw the end of the international poet, Kofi Awoonor Williams and many, the arrest of former presumed leader of the Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (MEND), resignation of President Thabo Mbeki of South Africa and lots more.

The most shocking events marking this day, September 21, is a joint four nuclear weapon testing by the United States and Russia (then USSR). It appears they both enjoyed testing their nuclear power on 21st September, as both tested twice apiece at different periods of time, but same date.




September 21, 46 BC

Julius Caesar celebrated first of four triumphal processions in Rome - over Gaul, Egypt, Pontus and Africa, with leader of the Gauls, Vercingetorix led in chains.

September 21, 1192 AD

English King Richard I the Lion hearted, captured by Leopold V, Duke of Austria.

September 21, 1513

James V crowned King of Scotland in the Chapel Royal at Stirling Castle, aged 17 months.

September 21, 1621

King James I of England gave Sir William Alexander a royal charter for colonisation of Nova Scotia.

September 21, 1676

Benedetto Odescalchi elected as Pope Innocent XI.

September 21, 1776

Nathan Hale, who spied on British for American rebels, got arrested.

September 21, 1792

French Revolution: The National Convention passed a proclamation announcing the formal abolition of the French monarchy.

September 21, 1895

America's first automotive producer, the Duryea Motor Wagon Company, was founded by Charles and J. Frank Duryea.

September 21, 1896

British General Kitchener's army occupied Dongola, Sudan.

September 21, 1922

US President Warren G. Harding signed a joint resolution of approval to establish a Jewish homeland in Palestine.

September 21, 1938

British politician Winston Churchill condemned Germany's Adolf Hitler's annexation of Czechoslovakia.

September 21, 1955

USSR performed nuclear test.

September 21, 1964

Malta gains its independence from the UK

The southern European island country came under British control in 1814 as part of the Treaty of Paris. The country initially retained the Queen of England as its head of state but declared itself a republic on December 13, 1974.

September 21, 1967

US performed nuclear test at Nevada Test Site.

September 21, 1972

Philippines' President Ferdinand Marcos declared martial law in the Philippines (not publicly announced until 23rd Sep).

September 21, 1972

USSR performed underground nuclear test.

September 21, 1976

Orlando Letelier was assassinated in Washington, D.C. He had been a member of the Chilean socialist government of Salvador Allende, overthrown in 1973 by Augusto Pinochet.

September 21, 1981

Belize gained its independence from the United Kingdom.

September 21, 1983

US performed nuclear test at Nevada Test Site.

September 21, 1985

American CIA case officer Edward Lee Howard fled to Russia after being identified as a KGB agent.

September 21, 1990

Reports that US refinery problems would lead to a loss in capacity and aggressive remarks by Saddam Hussein sent crude prices to new highs.

September 21, 2001

University of Roorkee, became India's 7th Indian Institute of Technology, rechristened IIT Roorkee.

September 21, 2007

The presumed head of the Nigerian armed group the Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (MEND), Jomo Gbomo, was arrested in Angola.

September 21, 2008

President Thabo Mbeki of South Africa resigned from office, effective September 25.

September 21, 2012

Central Bank of Nigeria banned two airlines from receiving any additional loans over their massive outstanding debts.

September 21, 2013

Al-Shabaab militants launched a terrorist attack on the Westgate shopping centre in Nairobi, which ended three days later and left more than 65 people dead, including Ghanian poet and novelist, Kofi Awoonor.

September 21, 2013

100 people were killed in a series of attacks across Iraq.

September 21, 2016

Three genetic studies published in "Nature" concluded that all non-Africans descended from one migration out of Africa 50-80,000 years ago

September 21, 2016

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and his wife Priscilla Chan pledged $3 billion to medical research to "cure, prevent or manage all diseases by the end of the century".

September 21, 2016

Migrant boat carrying 450-600 people capsized off the Egyptian coast, only 163 rescued.

September 21, 2020

Canadian province of Quebec expanded restrictions, declaring that it was in a second COVID-19 wave as cases across the country average 1,000 a day.

September 21, 2020

WHO Director Tedros Ghebreyesus said that countries representing 2/3 of the world's population had joined its COVAX vaccine-distribution initiative to deliver 2 billion doses by end 2021.

September 21, 2021

World leaders addressed climate change at the UN, Joe Biden pledged to double financial aid to developing countries, President Xi Jinping said China would stop coal-fired projects abroad.





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