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Today In History: Ojukwu flees into exile and more

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Ojukwu, Today In History

1970: Ojukwu fled into exile. His deputy Philip Effiong became acting President of Biafra

1656 Oldest surviving commercial newspaper begins (Haarlem, Netherlands)

1790 1st US President George Washington delivers 1st state of the union address

1835 US national debt is $0 for the first and only time in history

1912 Chiefs, representatives of people’s and church organisations, and other prominent individuals form the African National Congress and declare its aim to bring all Africans together as one people to defend their rights and freedoms

1916 WWI: ANZAC forces withdraw from the Gallipoli Peninsula after Ottoman forces successfully defend access to Constantinople

1926 Abdulaziz Ibn Saud becomes King of Nejd and Hejaz; forerunner of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

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1956 Elvis Presley’s “Don’t Be Cruel” and “Hound Dog” single goes #1 and stays #1 for a record 11 weeks (for a single)

1984 North Korea’s Supreme leader Kim Jong-un is born

1947 Popular British musician David Bowie was born (died 2016)

1935 Elvis Aron Presley who was a popular American singer was born (died 1977)

1816 Sophie Germain is the first woman to win a prize from the Paris Academy of Sciences for her paper on elasticity

1867 African American men granted the right to vote in Washington, D.C. despite President Andrew Johnson’s veto

1902 New York state assemblyman Francis G. ​Landon gets a bill passed to criminalize men turning around on a street and “looking at a woman in that way”

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