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Samora Machel

Politician + Socialist
Male
Born Sep 29, 1933
Hometown Portuguese East A...
Died Oct 19, 1986
Death Place Mbuzini

Samora Moisés Machel was a Mozambican military commander, revolutionary socialist leader and eventual President of Mozambique. Machel led the country from independence in 1975 until his death in 1986, when his presidential aircraft crashed in mountainous terrain where the borders of Mozambique, Swaziland and South Africa converge.… Read More

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CHILDHOOD

1933 Birth Born on September 29, 1933.
1940 6 Years Old However, Machel's father was a successful farmer: he owned four plows and 400 head of cattle by 1940. … Read More
1942 8 Years Old In 1942, he was sent to school in the town of Zonguene in Gaza Province. … Read More

TWENTIES

1962 28 Years Old …  His grandparents and great grandparents had fought against Portuguese colonial rule in the 19th century, so it was not surprising that in 1962 Machel joined the Front for the Liberation of Mozambique (FRELIMO) which was dedicated to creating an independent Mozambique. … Read More
1963 29 Years Old He received military training in 1963 elsewhere in Africa, and returned in 1964 to lead FRELIMO's first guerilla attack against the Portuguese in northern Mozambique.

THIRTIES

1969 35 Years Old 1 More Event
Machel married his second wife, Josina (née Mutemba), in 1969, who gave him a child later that same year. … Read More

FORTIES

1974 40 Years Old 1 More Event
Following Portugal's coup of 25 April 1974, the left-wing military regime that replaced the 48-year old Portuguese dictatorship soon decided to grant independence to the five territories administered by Portugal in Africa (Cabo Verde, Overseas Province of Guinea, São Tomé e Príncipe, Overseas Province of Angola and Overseas Province of Mozambique).
1975 41 Years Old 1 More Event
…  Machel led the country from independence in 1975 until his death in 1986, when his presidential aircraft crashed in mountainous terrain where the borders of Mozambique, Swaziland and South Africa converge. … Read More
1977 43 Years Old …  According to the journalists José Pinto de Sá and Nélson Saúte in the Portuguese daily Público, Joana Simeão, the Reverend Uria Simango, Lázaro Nkavandame, Raul Casal Ribeiro, Arcanjo Kambeu, Júlio Nihia, Paulo Gumane and Father Mateus Gwengere were interned in the campo de reeducação (re-education camp) of M’telela, in the Northeastern province of Niassa, when, on 25 June 1977 (the second anniversary of Mozambique's independence), they were told that they would be taken to the capital, Maputo, where President Machel himself would discuss their liberation. … Read More

FIFTIES

1986 52 Years Old 1 More Event
On October 19, 1986 Samora Machel was on his way back from an international meeting in Lusaka, Zambia, in the presidential Tupolev Tu-134 aircraft, when the plane crashed in the Lebombo Mountains, near Mbuzini, South-Africa. … Read More
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