This Day in History: 1999 – General Olusegun Obasanjo was declared Nigeria’s president-elect

The following are some of the major events to have occurred on March 1:

1932 – The 20-month-old son of the American aviator Charles Lindbergh was kidnapped; he was found dead in May.

1999 – General Olusegun Obasanjo was declared Nigeria’s president-elect.

2001 – The Fiji Court of Appeal ruled that Fiji’s military-backed ethnic-Fijian-dominated interim government was illegal, and said the multi-racial 1997 constitution remained the law of the land.

2001 – Fatal train crash in Yorkshire, Northern England.

2003 – Roy Jones Jr. beat John Ruiz and claimed the WBA heavyweight title, becoming the first fighter in 106 years to capture middleweight, light-heavyweight and heavyweight crowns.

2004 – Iraq’s Governing Council agreed on an interim constitution, marking a crucial step forward in the United States’ plan to hand sovereignty back to Iraqis.

2005 – 75th Geneva International Auto Show opens.

2008 – The blind Canadian jazz guitarist Jeff Healey, known for his blues-based rock and his distinctive playing style, with the instrument across his lap, died aged 41.

2010 – Peru and China reach historic trade deal.

2012 – In and Out Club, one of London’s oldest private members clubs, celebrates its 150th anniversary.

2017 – Airstrike against Islamic State militants in Mosul, Iraq.


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