Today in history, September 18: In Lagos, Nigeria, anti-riot police clash with thousands of Muslims and 10 people are killed

In Lagos, Nigeria, anti-riot police clash with thousands of Muslims and 10 people are killed.

Highlights in history on this date:
1502: Christopher Columbus lands in what is now Costa Rica on his fourth and last voyage to the New World.
1544: Sweden’s King Gustavus I forms alliance with France to counter Denmark’s alliance with Holy Roman Empire.
1739: Peace of Belgrade is signed by Holy Roman Emperor and Turkey, whereby Austria cedes Orsova, Belgrade and Serbia to Turkey.
1916: The Greek army surrenders to Germans at Kavalla, Greece, in World War I: Russian offensive under Alexei Brusilov is checked by Germans.
1931: Japan begins siege of Mukden, using bomber seaplanes and occupies other strategic points in Manchuria.
1948: Indonesian Communists set up Soviet-style government in Java but are forced to withdraw.
1961: Swedish UN Secretary-General Dag Hammarskjold, 56, is killed in an air crash while on a peace mission to Congo.
1967: The United States announces it will build antimissile network to counter any attack by China.
1970: Jimi Hendrix, US rock singer and guitarist, dies of a drug overdose aged 27.
1971: Egypt and Israel exchange rocket fire across the Suez Canal for first time since ceasefire 13 months earlier.
1973: East Germany, West Germany and the Bahamas are admitted to United Nations.
1988: Myanmar’s military commander San Maung overthrows Burma’s civilian President Maung Maung in coup.
1991: Two earthquakes rock Guatemala, killing at least 17 people and injuring dozens when their houses collapse.
1994: US President Bill Clinton announces that Haiti’s strongman Raoul Cedras has agreed to leave power by October 15 and permit US troops to enter the country.
1996: In Lagos, Nigeria, anti-riot police clash with thousands of Muslims and 10 people are killed.
1997: In Cairo, Muslim extremists open fire on a tourist bus outside a museum, killing 10 people, mostly German tourists.
2000: At the Sydney Olympics, Dutchman Pieter van den Hoogenband shocks Ian Thorpe to win the 200m freestyle gold, equalling his own world record of 1:45.35.
2001: Letters postmarked in Trenton, New Jersey, which test positive for anthrax, are sent to the New York Post and the US NBC broadcasting network anchor Tom Brokaw.
2002: Burundi’s government reports 173 civilians are killed by uniformed gunmen. It was one of the worst massacres in the country’s nine-year-old civil war between the Hutu and Tutsi ethnic groups.
2003: Akila al-Hashemi, one of three women on the 25-member Iraqi governing council, dies five days after she was shot by unidentified assailants near her home in Baghdad.
2004: Iraq’s national carrier Iraqi Airways resumes international flights after 14 years of being grounded.
2005: Voters in Afghanistan brave threats from the Taliban to vote in their first parliamentary elections in decades.
2008: Britt Lapthorne, 21, of Melbourne, goes missing after leaving friends at a nightclub in Dubrovnik, Croatia. A badly decomposed and dismembered body, found in a cove near Dubrovnik town centre on October 6, is later confirmed as hers.
2011: A strong earthquake shakes northeastern India and Nepal, killing at least 16 people.
2014: Huge anti-terrorism raids are conducted in Sydney and Brisbane after word of an Islamic State-inspired plot to kidnap and behead a random member of the public.
2015: A four-year-old Syrian girl’s body is washed up on a beach in western Turkey, just weeks after images of drowned toddler Aylan Kurdi shook a world already reeling over Europe’s immigrant crisis.
2016: Two people and their dogs are rescued from a car trapped by rapidly-rising floodwaters in Toolamba, northeastern Victoria.
2017: The US ambassador to the United Nations warns the Security Council has run out of options to contain North Korea’s nuclear ambitions.
2018: Greens senator Jordon Steele-John breaks down in parliament as he lists the names and shocking ways people living with disabilities have died while in residential and institutional care. He calls for a royal commission into the sector.

Samuel Johnson, English poet-critic (1709-1784); Jean-Bernard-Leon Foucault, French scientist (1819-1868); Greta Garbo, Swedish-born actor (1905-1990); Kwame Nkrumah, Ghanaian statesman (1909-1972); Gerry Harvey, Australian businessman (1939); Frankie Avalon, US singer (1940); James Gandolfini, US actor (1961-2013); Lance Armstrong, US cyclist (1971); Jada Pinkett-Smith, US actor (1971); Louise Sauvage, Australian Paralympian (1973); Don Hany, Australian actor (1975); Ronaldo, Brazilian football star (1976).

“All the world’s a stage and most of us are desperately unrehearsed.” — Sean O’Casey, Irish playwright.

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