This Day in History 01/04


1867 – Singapore, Penang & Malakka become British crown colonies

1905 – British East African Protectorate becomes colony of Kenya

1924 – Crown takes over Northern Rhodesia from British South Africa Co

1936 – The previous autonomous Ibadan Township was incorporated in the jurisdiction of the Ibadan Native Authority.

1966 – 1st world festival of black art (Dakar Senegal

1966 – China premier Tsjoe en-Lai starts “Cultural revolution”

1976 – Stephen Wozniak & Steven Jobs found Apple Computer

1979 – Iran proclaimed an Islamic Republic following fall of Shah

1982 – Anguilla (dependent territory of UK) adopts constitution

1991 – Warsaw Pact officially dissolves

2001 – Same-sex marriage becomes legal in the Netherlands, which is the first country to allow it.

2001 – Former president of Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Slobodan Milošević surrenders to police special forces, to be tried on charges of war crimes.

2004 – Google introduces its Gmail product to the public. The launch is met with scepticism on account of the launch date.

2009 – Croatia and Albania joined NATO

2013 – The world’s first smelling TV screen is unveiled in Japan


1578 – William Harvey, England, physician (discovered blood circulation)


1815 – Otto Von Bismarck, Germany, chancellor (1866-90)

1823 – Simon Bolivar Buckner, Lt Gen (Confederate Army), died in 1914

1940 – Wangari Maathai, Kenyan environmentalist, recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize

1976 – David Oyelowo, English-Nigerian actor


1950 – Charles R. Drew, surgeon/developer of blood bank concept, dies at 45

1976 – Freddie Lennon, father of John Lennon (Beatles), dies at 63

1984 – Marvin Gaye, singer (Sexual Healing), shot to death by his father Marvin Gaye Sr in LA at 44

1991 – Paulo Muwanga, chief of Uganda (1980), dies

2012 – Miguel de la Madrid, Mexican President, dies from complications of pulmonary emphysema at 77

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