January 26 1952 – The Black Saturday Riots Occur on the Streets of Cairo

January 26 1952 – The Black Saturday Riots Occur on the Streets of CairoRate this post Following the armed conflict between British soldiers and Egyptian policemen near the Suez Canal — a five-hour shootout which left 50 natives dead and another 80 wounded — citizens of Cairo took to the streets in protest on January 26, 1952. “Black Saturday,” as it would come to be called, resulted in extensive vandalism and looting in some of the most expensive shops in the city, not to mention raging fires set by arsonists still unknown to authorities today. Anti-Western sentiment, simmering under the surface after decades of occupation by the British, became more […]

January 26 1950 – India becomes a Democratic Republic

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January 26 1950 – India becomes a Democratic RepublicRate this post On January 26, 1950, India adopted a new constitution, emerging from over a century of British rule, and became the Republic of India – the world’s most populous democratic nation. With the disintegration of the Mughal Empire in India, countries like France, Denmark, the Netherlands and Britain were drawn to the nation as a lucrative trading destination. The allure of spices, gold, and jewels gave way to colonization and by the mid-18th century, most of India had been annexed as part of the British Empire. India became a much coveted province of the British monarchy. Though the British faced […]