1. Patrice Lumumba was murdered

On this day in 1961,Congo’s independence leader and prime minister, Patrice Lumumba is murdered.

2. UN Security Council begins

On this day in 1946, a year after the end of Second World War, the UNSC was formed and met for the first time. the council was charged with ensuring world peace.

3. Gulf War begins in Iraq

On this day in 1991, the United States launched Operation Desert Storm and occupied Iraq. The war ended with over 100,000 civilian casualties.

4. Boxing legend Muhammed Ali is born


On January 17, 1942, Muhammed Ali was born as Cassius Marcellus Clay Jr at Louisville, Kentucky. Ali went on to become one of the most celebrated sports figure in 20th century having won gold medals in 1960 summer Olympics and retained his position as the undefeated world heavyweight champion to date.

muhammed Ali

He is also remembered as a philanthropist and civil rights champion, having stood with Malcom X and other African Americans in the struggle for equal rights.

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