1907, 16 August
In Marrakech, Mulai Hafid, the current sultan's brother, proclaims himself to be the new leader of Morocco.
1940, 16 August - World War II: East Africa
As Italy continues to advance into British Somaliland, British troops are pulled out of Tug Argan.
1942, 16 August - World War II: North Africa
US Army Air Force planes see action for the first time in North Africa, bombing German military positions from their base in Egypt.
1951, 16 August
In response to a request to lift its blockade on the Suez Canal, Egypt demands that British troops must first depart the region.
1960, 16 August
Patrice Lumumba declares martial law in the Katanga region of the Congo as a result of the continuing sessession crisis.
1993, 16 August
Walvis Bay, South Africa's last colonial possession in Africa, is to be handed over to Namibia.