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On This Day in Black History: April 25
387
St. Augustine was baptized at the age of 32.
1590
The Sultan of Morocco launched his successful attack to capture Timbuktu. Timbuktu fell to the sultan's forces and subsequently became part of the Moroccan Empire, resulting in the end of the Songhay Empire.
1865
Blacks demanded to join President Abraham Lincoln's funeral procession and were relegated to the tail end.
1918
Singer Ella Fitzgerald was born.
1944
The United Negro College Fund was incorporated.
1945
The United Nations was founded at the San Francisco Conference. African-Americans in attendance included Mrs. Mary McLeod Bethune; Dr. Mordecai W. Johnson of Howard University; W.E.B. Du Bois and Walter White, both of the NAACP, as official observers; and Ralph Bunche, who was an official member of the American staff.
1950
Charles "Chuck" Cooper became the first black person ever drafted by an NBA team when he was selected by the Boston Celtics.
1986
Britain granted internal self-government to Swaziland.
1988
Mswati III was crowned king of Swaziland, succeeding his father, Sobhuza II.
1994
The last day of white rule in South Africa was marked by the beginning of a bombing campaign.
1994
Two Catholic Hutu nuns in Rwanda ordered frightened Tutsis out of their Benedictine compound into the hands of Hutu soldiers. In 1997, Sisters Gertrude (Consolata Mukangango) and Sister Maria Kisito (Juliene Makubutera), having escaped to Belgium, were accused by witnesses of aiding Hutu soldiers who slaughtered some 600 Tutsis. In 2001, a Belgian court found them guilty of having participated in the massacre of more than 7600 people at the Sovu convent in Butare. Gertrude was sentenced to 15 years in prison. Kisito was sentenced to 12 years. Two others were also convicted and sentenced: Alphonse Higaniro was sentenced to 20 years and Vincent Ntezimana was jailed for 12 years.

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