#TodayInHistory: Remembering distinguished Nigerian politician M.K.O Abiola 18 years after

#TodayInHistory: Remembering distinguished Nigerian politician M.K.O Abiola 18 years after

Yvonne Williams

A look at the highlights this day June 7

1998 –Renowned politician Chief Moshood Kashimawo Olawale Abiola, CFR, often referred to as M. K. O. Abiola, (60) died of a heart attack while still in prison and his death sparked rioting in Lagos that left at least 19 people dead. Gen’l. Abubakar dissolved his cabinet, inherited from Abacha, but left intact the Provisional Ruling Council. He called the death a tragedy and appealed for calm.

Chocolate day: World Chocolate Day, sometimes referred to as International Chocolate Day, is an observance that occurs globally every year on July 7. Enjoy rich dark chocolate today

Tell The Truth Day: Lies are dishonest. Today is dedicated to honesty. Imagine a world where everyone was honest?

National Macaroni Day – Today is dedicated to pasta lovers all around the world; treat yourself to the delicious taste of macaroni and revel in it’s delightful variants

Father-Daughter Take A Walk Together Day: A day set aside for father daughter bonding; create beautiful memories that will last forever.

2006 – Johnny Depp stars in second Pirates of the Caribbean movie: Dead Man’s Chest, an adventure film starring Johnny Depp, Orlando Bloom and Keira Knightley, opens in theaters across America. The movie, the second in the Pirates of the Caribbean series, was part of a multi-billion dollar Disney franchise

1865 –Mary Surratt is first woman executed by U.S. federal government for her role as a conspirator in Abraham Lincoln’s assassination.

1946 –Future 39th President Jimmy Carter marries Eleanor Rosalynn Smith at the Plains Methodist Church in Plains, Georgia. When the couple met, she was 18 and working in a hair salon. He was 21 and a recent graduate of the Annapolis Naval Academy

1550 – Chocolate was introduced (Europe).

1802 – The first comic book was published in Hudson, NY. “The Wasp” was created by Robert Rusticoat.

2011 – In Nigeria motorcycles were completely banned in the northeastern city of Maiduguri, wracked by violence blamed on the Boko Haram Islamist sect.

2015- The World Boxing Organization (WBO) has taken back Floyd Mayweather’s welterweight title belt, won after his recent victory over Manny Pacquiao; WBO stripped the title after Mayweather failed to pay a $200,000 fee and vacate his existing titles.

2006 – Nigeria Jobs Lost: Nigeria announced that 33,000 civil service workers were to be fired by the end of 2006. These mass layoffs came from the civil service reform instated a year before the elections in 2007. Most of the people who lost their jobs were unfit workers with no qualifications who had been employed during military rule in the country.

2011 –Sweden First Synthetic Organ Transplant: The world’s first synthetic organ transplant was successfully completed by surgeons in Sweden. The operation took place in June when surgeons transplanted a completely synthetic trachea and covered it in the patient’s stem cells. The thirty-six year old patient was reportedly recovering well a month after the actual operation.

1754 – Kings College opened in New York City. It was renamed Columbia College 30 years later.

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