This Day In History

Belgium annexes the Congo Free State

Saturday, 17 October 1908
The central African region in which the Congo (now Democratic Republic of the Congo) lies has been pervaded by conflict and instability. This can be traced back to the early 19th century, when European powers competed for territory and resources in Africa. ..
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1800s 1850 The Natal Legislative Council passes Law 14 of 1859 allowing the Government to import labour from India ...read more
In 1959 the Africanists broke away from the ANC and formed the Pan Africanist Congress (PAC). The histories of these ...read more
1930 October 5, The Asiatics Land Tenure (Amendment) Bill imposes segregation on Indians in the Transvaal.  The ...read more
1900s 1917 27 October, Oliver Reginald Tambo (OR) is born in the village of Kantolo, Mbizana, in the Mpondoland ( ...read more
MILESTONES 1910 - Birth of Mohambry (Monty) Naicker to Papiah Gangathura, a fruiterer, and Dhanamal, of Leopold Street ...read more
The University of Pretoria (UP) opened in 1908 as a new department of the Transvaal University College (T.U.C). In 1930 ...read more
1947 Mamphela Ramphele born in Northern Transvaal 1953 Bantu Education Act limits types of instruction Black South ...read more
1918 Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela is born at Mvezo in the Transkei 1939 He enrols at the University College of Fort ...read more
18 February The German colony of Cameroon falls to French and British forces after 17 months of fighting. 21 February ...read more