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This Day in African History: 11 July

A chronicle of events in African history on this day


1901, 11 July - Anglo-Boer War
General RSS Baden-Powel is dismissed by Lord Kitchener.

1915, 11 July - World War I: East Africa
The SMS Königsberg, which has been based in the Rufiji delta is sunk by the British Navy. The British had known it was based at a place called Salale, information gained from intercepted signals, but the town was not marked on any Royal Navy maps! Once her berth was discovered, however, she was kept under observation. An attempt to bomb her with aircraft of the Royal Naval Air Service failed - she was too well hidden beneath overhanging trees. Eventually two Royal Naval monitors followed her up river, and aided by aerial observers, sank her with a bombardment.

1947, 11 July
The United Nations is asked by Egypt to end British rule in the Sudan.

1960, 11 July
Only eleven days after achieving independence as the Republic of Congo, its richest province, Katanga, has declared itself independent under the rule of Moïse-Kapenda Tshombé.

1973, 11 July
One hundred and twelve Peace Corps workers are detained and then expelled from Uganda by President Idi Amin Dada.

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