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20th March – On This Day In History

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Born:

1908 Michael Redgrave (actor)

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Died:

2013 James Herbert (author of horror stories)

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On This Day:

1956 Tunisia gains independence (from France)

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Have a good Monday, 20th March

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19th March – On This Day In History

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Born:

1813 David Livingstone (Scottish explorer)

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Died:

2008 Arthur C Clarke (Science fiction author)

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On This Day:

1915 Pluto photographed for the first time (although nobody knew then that it was Pluto)

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Have a good Sunday, 19th March

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10th March – On This Day In History

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Born:

1940 Chuck Norris (martial arts actor)

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Died:

2003 Barry Sheen (motorcycle racer)

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On This Day:

1893 Ivory Coast becomes a French colony

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Have a good Friday, 10th March

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18th December – On This Day In History

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Born:

1946 Steven Spielberg (director of Jaws, ET etc)

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Died:

1971 Bobby Jones (amateur golfer who won the Grand Slam in 1930)

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On This Day:

1958 Niger gains autonomy (within the French Community)

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Have a good Sunday, 18th December

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27th October – On This Day In History

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Born:

1728 James Cook (captain – famous English explorer)

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Died:

2013 Lou Reed (musician)

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On This Day:

1971 Republic of Congo becomes Republic of Zaire

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Have a good Thursday, 27th October

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Africa

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Thou art not dead, although the spoiler’s hand
Lies heavy as death upon thee; though the wrath
Of its accursed might is in thy path
And has usurped they children of their land;
Though yet the scourges of a monstrous band
Roam on your ruined fields, your trampled lanes,
Your ravaged homes and desolated fanes;
Thou art not dead, but sleeping, – Motherland.
A mighty country, valorous and free,
Thou shalt outlive this terror and this pain;
Shall call thy scattered children back to thee,
Strong with the memory of their brother slain;
And rise from out thy charnel house to be
Thine own immortal, brilliant self again!

 

– Lewis Grandison Alexander

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African Beauty

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No word can exagerate such beauty
No where else can it be found
The beauty that surpasses others
The black beauty
If options are given
The black beauty remains the favourite
The beauty of the Nubians
The beauty of the Bushmen
The beauty of the Egyptians
The beauty of the Ashanti
The beauty of the Igbos
I can’t define how beautiful
And well endowed a Yoruba lady is
In her most respected Aso Oke
Kente brings out the beauty of
an Ashanti lady
The skin fresh like that of a young jaguar
Reminds me of an angel
No beauty can stand the African beauty
Her teeth white like snow
Her hairs black like the burnt back of cedar wood
Eyes like that of a young maned lion
Straight legs like a masqurade tree
Her beauty like her attitude
So vibrate
so lovable
Beautiful like the queen of sheba
Speechless your beauty made me
The sun confirms your beauty with a warm smile
The african beauty

 

– Ehyndero Dhan

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