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This Day in African History: 16 July

A chronicle of events in African history on this day


1955, 16 July
Martial Law is proclaimed in Morocco by the French Resident-General.

1960, 16 July
Emperor Haile Selassi announces the creation of a constitution for Ethiopia.

1966, 16 July
Nigeria is the first English-speaking country in Africa to become an associate member of the European Economic Community, EEC.

1967, 16 July
Europeans and Americans are reportedly fleeing Biafra, the oil rich eastern region of Nigeria, as more Nigerian Federal troops are sent into the area.

1977, 16 July
Soviet advisers are expelled from the Republic of Somali by orders of the president, Muhammad Siyad Barre.

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