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This Day in African History: 3 February

A chronicle of events in African history on this day


1904, 3 February
Brigadier-General Frederick Lugard's West African Frontier Force breach the 50 foot high walls of Great Kano and capture the city, one of the main centres of the Sokoto Caliphate.

1925, 3 February
Anthropologist Raymond Arthur Dart's announcement of the discovery of the missing link hits the news four days before its official publication in Nature.

1960, 3 February
"The wind of change is blowing through this continent and, whether we like it or not, this growth of national consciousness is a political fact." Harold Macmillan, British Prime Minister, addressing the South African Parliament in Cape Town.

1961, 3 February
Fierce fighting erupts between pro-Lumumba troops and UN forces in the Congo.

1985, 3 February
Desmond Mpilo Tutu becomes the first black Anglican Archbishop of Johannesburg.

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