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This Day in African History: 7 December

A chronicle of events in African history on this day


1909, 7 December
The proclamation which grants the Union of South Africa self-government is read from the steps of the Royal Exchange in London.

1912, 7 December
Painted bust of Nefertiti discovered by Ludwig Borchardt at el-Amarna.

1960, 7 December
Three Congo countries leave UN following Patrice Lumumba's arrest.

1971, 7 December
British Petroleum Company is nationalized in Libya.

1993, 7 December
Cotê d'Ivoire president Félix Houphouët-Boigny dies at age of 88.

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