On This Day: What happened on 18 February?

We look back on this day in history and remember the people and events that shaped the world we live in today. Every day is worth remembering.

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Here’s a look at what happened on this day, 18 February, throughout history. We remember the news, events, and people that influenced the course of history forever.

1965 | The Gambia gains independence.

1988 | Federal Road Safety Corps is founded in Nigeria.

1998 | Former President of Zambia Kenneth Kaunda, is put on house arrest for withholding information regarding the 1997 failed coup.

2016 | Google announced that Google Translate web application will be able to translate three new African languages (Amharic, Shona and Xhosa).

2016 | Uganda Communications Commission (UCC) shut down social media and mobile money services on election day in Uganda “for security reasons”.

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1920 | Founder of the African and European Investment Company, Sammy Marks (77)

1957 | Kenyan rebel leader of Mau Mau, Dedan Kimathi (36) 

2009 | Sudanese author, Tayeb Salih (79) 

2012 | South African-English soprano, Elizabeth Connell  (65)


1939 | Nigerian political scientist and academic, Claude Ake 

1950 | Ghanaian queen mother and advocate, Nana Amba Eyiaba I 

1953 | South African Minister of Energy, Jeff Radebe

1984 | Cameroonian football player, Carlos Kameni


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1996 | Sachin Tendulkar scores 127 runs for India against Kenya in their first ODI at the Cricket World Cup.


2016 | Nigerian football player, Obafemi Martins left Seattle Sounders to join Shanghai Greenland Shenhua.


2005 | 55th Berlin Film Festival: uCarmen eKhayelitsha, a South African Xhosa film became the first to win the Golden Bear award for best film.


The Gambia is the smallest country on the African mainland.

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