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“Captain America” And Other Historical Happenings Around The World

By Njideka Agbo 05 July 2018   |   5:00 am

Today, July 5, is the 186th day in the Gregorian calendar. Here is a rundown of the events that happened on this day in history:

2000

President Olusegun Obasanjo sets up the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC). The commission is charged with the responsibility of developing the oil-rich Niger Delta region which has been facing ecological issues.

2003

Serena Williams clinches her second Wimbledon title, defeating her sister Venus Williams, 4–6, 6–4, 6–2. This win gives her four titles and six Grand Slam titles.

2004

The 105-year-old Islamia school is gutted down by fire. Over 30,000 books, including the world’s oldest copies on Islam and ancient copies of the Quran, are destroyed. It sparks a protest in Srinagar and is described by the Anjuman-e-Nustratul Islam as “a conspiracy to destroy history”.

2005

A study by French and South African researchers provide evidence that male circumcision reduces the risk of AIDS by 70%. Africa is reported to have over 25 million people infected, the highest in the world.

2010

Iceland authorities exhume the body of American chess champion Bobby Fischer after several allegations of him fathering a 9-year-old Philippines girl.

2014

Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al-Maktoum, Ruler of the Emirate of Dubai, reveals that Dubai has launched a project to build an entertainment and hotel district that will be home to the world’s largest shopping mall.

 

2015

Over 40 people are reported dead in the twin bomb blasts that rocked the central city of Jos. President Mohammed Buhari promises to do “everything possible to eradicate Boko Haram, terrorism and mindless extremism from Nigeria in the shortest possible time”.

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