This Day in History 09/05



1785 – British inventor Joseph Bramah patents beer-pump handle

1788 – British parliament accepts abolition of slave trade

1868 – The city of Reno, Nevada, is founded.

1877 – Mihail Kogălniceanu reads, in the Chamber of Deputies, the Declaration of Independence of Romania. This day became the Independence Day of Romania.

1899 – Lawn mower patented

1927 – Canberra replaces Melbourne as the capital of Australia

1945 – Czechoslovakia liberated from Nazi occupation (Natl Day)

1955 – German Federal Republic joins NATO

1960 – Nigeria becomes a member of British Commonwealth

1988 – Australia’s new parliament house is opened by Queen Elizabeth II

1988 – Belgium: 8th government of Martens forms

1988 – The new Australian Parliament House opens in Canberra.

2001 – In Ghana 129 football fans die in what became known as the Accra Sports Stadium Disaster. The deaths were caused by a stampede (caused by the firing of teargas by police personnel at the stadium)that followed a controversial decision by the referee handling a crucial match between arch-rivals Accra Hearts of Oak and Kumasi Asante Kotoko.

2005 – Liberal commentary website The Huffington Post is launched

2006 – Estonia ratifies the European Constitution.

2006 – George Preca is canonised as the first Maltese saint in history.

2012 – A Russian passenger jet disappears with 45 people on board

2012 – United States President Barack Obama officially states his support for same sex marriage

2013 – Everton Manager David Moyes is announced to become Sir Alex Ferguson’s successor at Manchester United (he only lasted 10 month


1793 – Johannes C de Jonge, Dutch historian/archivist

1800 – John Brown, Torrington, Connecticut, American revolutionary abolitionist (d. 1859)


1873 – Howard Carter, London, British archaeologist and egyptologist (found King Tutankhamen’s tomb)


1882 – Henry J. Kaiser, Sprout Brook NY, ship builder and industrialist (Liberty Ships, Jeeps, Boulder Dam)


1918 – Mike Wallace, Brookline Mass, newscaster (Biography, 60 Minutes), (d. 2012)


1949 – Billy Joel, Bronx, rock vocalist (Pianoman, Capt Jack, Bridge)



1978 – Aldo Moro, 5 times PM of Italy, assassinated by the Marxist-Leninist terrorist organization Red Brigades at 61


1979 – Cyrus S. Eaton, Canadian-American financier, industrialist and steel magnate, dies at 95

1986 – Tenzing Norgay, Tibetan climber (Mount Everest 1953), dies at 71


1987 – Obafemi Awolowo, Nigerian Nationalist dies at 78

Adejokeiyabadan’s blog

Finally, Our Deaths Will Be Televised!

As for those who have already prophesied a catastrophe as the aftermath of foreign interventions, what would be more catastrophic than having minors continuously abducted by the terrorists, and savagely raped, without a means or will of rescuing them? Nigeria is already a catastrophe for those who have stopped living in denial; and with the coming of foreigners, I guarantee that our deaths are now going to be televised, documented and no longer seen as lies and propaganda by mischievously insular politicians and their polarized supporters. We must now begin to seek for ways to end the hashtags, for every day is an unbearable torture for our sisters and daughters in captivity. Hashtags don’t cure; they don’t even prevent. They only inform. And that has already been achieved.

May God save us from us!

Gimba Kakanda's Blog


There’s no indignity as having the news of a people’s misery and deaths denied, played down or unsympathetically politicized. The only tragedy worse than this may be the lack of strategy or, as some have said of the ongoing counter-terrorism, of the “will” to end these many killings.

The past few weeks have been peculiarly Nigerian – a condition I liken to a nightmare. The most frightening, especially to the ruling class, was the ease with which Abuja was threatened, its security arrangement openly undermined, not once, nor twice, in a short time: the attack of the headquarters of our biggest intelligence-gathering agency in broad daylight and the bombing, twice, of Nyanya, a suburb of Abuja. Outside the marble corridors of Abuja, it was actually the abduction of almost 300 schoolgirls that has sparked a fashionably viral hashtag campaign – #BringBackOurGirls.

The online campaign turned into physical protests, attracting the…

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