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Ruth Perry is elected to lead Liberia, thus becoming Africa's first female head of state

Saturday, 17 August 1996
History was made in Western Africa when, for the first time, a woman, Ms Ruth Sando Perry, was unanimously elected at a meeting of West African heads of state to become the third chair of Liberia's ruling council. Perry, victorious over two male contestants, became head of the transitional government, thereby modern Africa's first woman head of state. Perry was mandated to execute the daunting task of leading her country from a devastating seven year civil war to peace under a sub-regi..
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1960 1 January, Minister of Bantu Education assumes control of University College of Fort Hare.African students are ...read more
1906 11 September, A mass meeting of Indians took place at the Empire Theatre in Johannesburg in connection with ...read more
1900 The East London Mayor's Minute for 1899-1900 states that 1000 refugees from war in the Transvaal and the Free ...read more
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This period began with the intensification of the anti-pass campaign, which resulted in the banning of the ANC and the ...read more
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18 February The German colony of Cameroon falls to French and British forces after 17 months of fighting. 21 February ...read more
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Pre-1860s South Africa is still a predominantly agrarian 1860s-1880s This period marks a turning point in South ...read more
22 June 1946 —The Government of India requested that the question of the treatment of Indians in the Union of ...read more

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