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On This Day: African-American Civil Rights Activist Rosa Parks’ Death

On this day: in history (2005), Rosa Parks died at 92. She was an African American civil rights activist whose refusal to relinquish her...

On This Day: The First Train Robbery in American History

On this day: in history (1866), John and Simeon Reno popularly known as the Reno Brothers Gang, staged the first train robbery in American...

On This Day: The Exoneration of Michael Morton

Today in history (2011), Michael Morton, who spent 25 years in prison for his wife’s murder, was released after DNA evidence implicated another man in the crime.

On This Day: In 2012, Nigeria suspends Hajj flights over deportations

On this day: the 28 September 2012, Nigeria, through the National Hajj Commission, suspended all Hajj flights to Saudi Arabia after the authorities there...

On This Day: The 1992 Ejigbo Plane Crash

Today in history (1992), a Nigerian Air Force C-130 Hercules transport plane carrying top military officers crashed in Ejigbo near Lagos.

On This Day: The Abolition of the French Monarchy

Today in history (1792), the National Convention of France announced the abolition of French monarchy, giving birth to the First French Republic.

On This Day: Harriet Tubman’s Escape to Philadelphia

Today in history (1894), Harriet Tubman, American abolitionist and social activist born into slavery escaped to Philadelphia. She subsequently made some 13 missions to rescue approximately 70 enslaved people, including family and friends

On This Day: No Charges for Boy, 14, Arrested Over ‘Bomb’ Clock

Today in history (2015),  Police in Texas announced they will not file charges against Ahmed Mohamed, a 14-year-old Muslim high school student who was arrested after he brought in a homemade clock that a teacher said looked like a bomb.

On This Day: South African Prime Minister and Architect of Apartheid Assassinated

Today in history (1966), the South African Prime Minister and architect of apartheid Hendrik Verwoerd was stabbed to death by parliamentary messenger named Dimitri Tsafendas.

On This Day: The Death of First Nigerian Published Female Playwright and Dramatist Zulu...

Today, September 5, in 1995 Zulu Sofola, the first Nigerian published female playwright and dramatist, died. She was aged 60. Sofola was also a university teacher and became the first female Professor of Theater Arts in Africa.

On This Day: The Death of Revered Nigerian Human Rights Lawyer Gani Fawehinmi

Today in history (2009), Gani Fawehinmi died after a prolonged battle with lung cancer, and was buried on 15 September 2009. He was 71 years old.

On This Day: The Brutal Murder of Barrister Barnabas and Amaka Igwe

Today in history (2002), Barnabas Igwe, chairman of Nigeria Bar Association Onitsha Branch, Anambra State, and his pregnant wife were brutally murdered by a group of armed men as they returned from an evening outing. 

On This Day: Warren Buffet Birthday

Warren Buffet is an American investor, business tycoon and philanthropist, who is the chairman and CEO of Berkshire Hathaway.

On This Day: Egyptian Author Naguib Mahfouz Died at age 94

In 1988, Naguib Mahfouz won the Nobel Prize in Literature, becoming the first writer from an Arabic-speaking country to win the prestigious award.

On This Day: The Fatal Death of R&B Star Aaliyah Haughton

Today in history (2001), Aaliyah Dana Haughton and eight others were killed in a plane crash in the Bahamas after filming the music video for the single "Rock the Boat".

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