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May 7, 1842: an earthquake measuring 8.1 on the Richter scale destroyed the town of Cap-Hatien

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The ephemeris of the day: national holidays, events marking the history of Haiti, proverbs… the online agency Juno7 brings you a refresher of your memory.

It is Tuesday, May 7, 2024

May 7, 1842 : an earthquake measuring 8.1 on the Richter scale hits Cap-Haïtien. Half of the town’s 10,000 residents were killed, and another 300 perished in a tsunami that followed the disaster. This earthquake destroyed not only the city of Cape Town but also Fort Liberté.

May 7, 2020 : Haiti receives the first of five cargo planes filled with medical equipment ordered from China as part of the fight against the coronavirus. More than 460 tonnes of equipment in total were to be distributed to hospitals and health centers across the country.

May 7, 2008 : President René Préval leaves Port-au-Prince for Managua (Nicaragua) where, at the invitation of his Nicaraguan counterpart, Daniel Ortega, he is to take part in a summit of heads of state and government on May 7 of Latin America and the Caribbean on food security in the region.

May 7, 1999 : the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) of l’HIM creates an ad hoc advisory group on Haiti with the mission of formulating recommendations on the measures to be taken so that international aid to Haiti is sufficient, coherent, well-coordinated and effective.

May 7, 1911 : rebellion against Antoine Simon in the North-East. Following the Ouanaminthe insurrection, repressed by the soldiers of Antoine Simon, a revolt broke out in the Ferrier village. Two months later, General Cincinnatus Leconte took charge of the rebels and headed with his troops to Port-au-Prince where he was first proclaimed leader of the revolution and, a few months later, president of Haiti. (August 14, 1911).

May 7, 1883 : Salomon sends Brudel, a French diplomat, to negotiate with the rebels stationed in Miragoâne. They offer them except to be taken out of the country, on condition that they surrender. Bazelais refuses.

May 7, 1794 : Toussaint Louverture took possession of Gonaïves and sided with the French. Attacked by Toussaint’s forces, the city of Gonaïves, then under the yoke of the Spanish, was captured. A massacre ensued, which caused most of the population to flee. Toussaint, in letters addressed to the town priest and certain notables, deplored the unfortunate consequences of the capture of the town due to the massacres carried out without his knowledge.

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