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#TodayInHistory: Major General Aguiyi Ironsi Becomes First Military Head of State

Yvonne Williams

A look at the highlights this day January 16;

1966 – After the coup of January 14, 1966, Aguiyi-Ironsi became the military head of state. However, On July 29, 1966, there was a counter coup that led to the eventual death of Aguiyi-Ironsi, as his body and that of Adekunle Fajuyi, the then military governor of Western Nigeria were later discovered in a forest.

#TodayInHistory: Major General Aguiyi Ironsi Becomes First Military Head of State

1997 – Bill Cosby’s only son, Ennis, was shot to death in Los Angeles during an apparent roadside robbery attempt. (Mikhail Markhasev was later convicted of Ennis Cosby’s killing, and sentenced to life in prison.)

#TodayInHistory: Major General Aguiyi Ironsi Becomes First Military Head of State

2007 – Then Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., launched his successful bid for the White House.

#TodayInHistory: Major General Aguiyi Ironsi Becomes First Military Head of State


1970 – Four months after leading a coup against monarchy, Muammar Gaddafi takes over rule of Libya.

#TodayInHistory: Major General Aguiyi Ironsi Becomes First Military Head of State


2006 –  Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf is sworn in as Liberia’s new president. She becomes Africa’s first female elected head of state.

#TodayInHistory: Major General Aguiyi Ironsi Becomes First Military Head of State

That’s it on Today in History.