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This Day in African History: 15 January

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1910, 15 January
France reorganizes its various colonies in Central and West Africa as French Equatorial Africa.

1918, 15 January
Birth of Gamal Abdel Nasser, Egyptian statesman, prime minister and president.

1935, 15 January
Somaliland and Eritrea joined by Mussolini to form Italian East Africa.

1954, 15 January
"General China", the Mau Mau's second in command, is wounded and captured by the British.

1994, 15 January
The Pan African Congress agrees to renounce the armed struggle against South Africa's government and register as a political party in the forthcoming election.

1996, 15 January
Motlotlehi Moshweshwe II, paramount chief of the Sotho and former constitutional monarch of Lesotho, dies in a car crash.

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