On This Day: What happened on 18 February?


Here’s a look at what happened on this day, 18 February, throughout history. We remember the news, events, and people that influenced the course of history forever.

1965 | The Gambia gains independence.

1988 | Federal Road Safety Corps is founded in Nigeria.

1998 | Former President of Zambia Kenneth Kaunda, is put on house arrest for withholding information regarding the 1997 failed coup.

2016 | Google announced that Google Translate web application will be able to translate three new African languages (Amharic, Shona and Xhosa).

2016 | Uganda Communications Commission (UCC) shut down social media and mobile money services on election day in Uganda “for security reasons”.

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1920 | Founder of the African and European Investment Company, Sammy Marks (77)

1957 | Kenyan rebel leader of Mau Mau, Dedan Kimathi (36) 

2009 | Sudanese author, Tayeb Salih (79) 

2012 | South African-English soprano, Elizabeth Connell  (65)


1939 | Nigerian political scientist and academic, Claude Ake 

1950 | Ghanaian queen mother and advocate, Nana Amba Eyiaba I 

1953 | South African Minister of Energy, Jeff Radebe

1984 | Cameroonian football player, Carlos Kameni



1996 | Sachin Tendulkar scores 127 runs for India against Kenya in their first ODI at the Cricket World Cup.


2016 | Nigerian football player, Obafemi Martins left Seattle Sounders to join Shanghai Greenland Shenhua.


2005 | 55th Berlin Film Festival: uCarmen eKhayelitsha, a South African Xhosa film became the first to win the Golden Bear award for best film.


The Gambia is the smallest country on the African mainland.

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