#TodayInHistory: Afrobeat King Fela Anikulapo Kuti Dies!
A trip down memory lane this day August 2:
1997 – Fela Anikulapo Kuti Nigerian multi-instrumentalist, musician, composer, pioneer of the Afrobeat music genre, human rights activist and political maverick dies after several weeks of illness at the age of 58.
1998 – Second Congo War Begins. The deadliest war in Africa, the war and its aftermath has killed an estimated 5.4 million people. The war started with a mutiny in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and soon involved 9 African nations. It lasted for 5 years.
1870- World’s first underground railway opened. The Tower Subway beneath river Thames in London opened its doors for passengers. The subway was closed within a few months because of bankruptcy. The tunnel is now used for utilities.
1987 – “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs” was re-released. The film was 50 years old at the time of its re-release.
1999- “The Sixth Sense”, starring Bruce Willis, Toni Collette, and Haley Joel Osment, premieres