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Today in African History- May 22

Today in African History- May 22

1957 May 22, South Africa government approved race separation in universities.

1967        May 22, Egyptian president Nasser closed the Straits of Tiran to Israel.

1997        May 22, In Algeria a car bomb killed 15 people in Boufarik south of the capital. 

2000        May 22, In Liberia 29 captured UN peacekeepers were freed while in Sierra Leone a halt dozen men with UN uniforms and Zambian insignia were found dead.

2000        May 22, In Nigeria fresh Christian-Muslim clashes left 3 people dead in Kaduna.

2005        May 22, Egyptian authorities arrested the 4th-highest official in the powerful Muslim Brotherhood and 25 others. Mahmoud Ezzat, secretary-general of the Islamist group and head of its Cairo operations, is the highest-profile Brotherhood arrest since 1996.

2005        May 22, In South Africa 7 teenage girls drowned in a rip tide off the east coast and a boy was missing after a beach outing turned tragic when the swimmers ventured out before lifeguards were on duty.

2007        May 22, South African lawmakers passed amended legislation to broaden the definition of rape in a country with sky-high rates of sex crimes and HIV/AIDS. The heaviest snowfalls in 20 years blocked major highways, as a severe cold snap tightened its grip on South Africa. At least 17 deaths, mostly in Eastern Cape province, were blamed on the cold weather.

2008        May 22, The South African army mobilized in support of embattled police trying to quell a wave of violence against immigrants that has claimed 42 lives and displaced 16,000. More than 10,000 Mozambicans have fled home from South Africa to escape the xenophobic attacks.

2009        May 22, The African Union called on the UN Security Council to take “immediate measures” to impose sanctions on Eritrea over its support for Islamist insurgents in Somalia.

2009        May 22, In Egypt Ayman Nour, a prominent Egyptian dissident, was attacked by an assailant on a motorcycle who ignited a flammable substance in his face, leaving his head burned. Nour accused elements within the ruling party of being behind the attack.

2009        May 22, Police in Morocco uncovered more than 20 tons of cannabis resin, one of the country’s largest ever hash hauls, hidden in steel crates destined for France.

2009        May 22, Nigeria’s foreign minister said that the military has rescued 12 hostages, eight Filipinos and four Ukrainians, from militants being targeted by the armed forces in the southern oil region. The military said a dozen troops had gone missing in the region.

2011        May 22, Moroccan police beat protesters who defied a ban on demonstrations across the country, leading to arrests and dozens of injuries, some of them life threatening.

2011        May 22, In South Africa 2 officers were shot dead and their guns stolen in a Cape Town squatter camp. On May 19 two officers were killed after raiding a building in eastern KwaZulu-Natal province. The national police chief called the violence against police a crises.  

2012        May 22, Guinea-Bissau interim President Manuel Serifo Nhamadjo signed a decree establishing the 27-member cabinet under PM Rui Duarte Barros, which includes as defense minister Colonel Celestino Carvalho, a member of the putschists who ousted the president. The armed forces vowed to return to their barracks.

2012        May 22, South African President Jacob Zuma and his African National Congress sought a court order to have a painting depicting the president’s genitals removed from an art gallery, but two men took matters into their own hands by defacing the portrait with gobs of paint. The painting, titled “The Spear,” by Brett Murray went on display in a Johannesburg gallery earlier this month.

2012        May 22, A South African court convicted Chris Mahlangu, one of the two accused black farmworkers in the April 3, 2010, murder of white supremacist leader Eugene Terre’Blanche. Co-accused Patrick Ndlovu, who was a minor at the time of the crime, was found guilty only of house-breaking, and not guilty on charges of murder and robbery. On Aug 22 Mahlangu was sentenced to life in prison. Ndlovu (18) was handed a two-year suspended sentence.

2012        May 22, In South Africa 10 illegal diamond miners were killed in a disused mine tunnel in the Northern Cape province.

2012        May 22, In Sudan driver Nassir Awadallah Ahmed Saeed (65), a Port Sudan businessman, was killed when his car exploded on the Red Sea coast. A year earlier Sudan blamed Israel for an air strike in the same region.

2012        May 22, In southern Zimbabwe dozens of miners were trapped underground at the Mimosa platinum mine in Zvishavane following a fire the previous evening.

2013        May 22, Zimbabwe’s President Mugabe signed into law a new constitution and vowed to hold peaceful and clean elections later this year.

2014        May 22, In Central African Republic 3 civilians were killed in Bambari as hundreds of Muslims armed with rifles and machetes clashed with French peacekeeping troops trying to disarm members of the rebel Seleka coalition in the town.

2014        May 22, In Egypt about 150 activists held a protest in Alexandria to demand the release of rights lawyer Mahienoun el-Masry. Police beat protesters with batons and rifle butts and arrested 15 people to disperse a rally against a two-year prison sentence for el-Masry. The army carried out an operation that resulted in the killing of six “extremely dangerous criminal elements.”

2014        May 22, In Mali Tuareg separatists said they have seized control of several towns in the north after routing government forces but they would respect calls for a ceasefire.

2014        May 22, In Nigeria many schools closed around the country to protest the abductions of schoolgirls by Boko Haram, the government’s failure to rescue them and the killings of scores of teachers by the Islamic extremists. Suspected Boko Haram gunmen rampaged through three villages in Borno state, killing 28 people and burning houses to the ground.


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