- 26 October 1954: Moslem Brotherhood fail in an attempt to kill Egyptian leader Colonel Gamal Abdel Nasser.
- 27 October 1917: Oliver Reginald Tambo (ex- president of the African National Congress) is born.
- 27 October 1971: Congo is renamed Zaire.
- 28 October 1991: President Sese Seko Mobutu orders Belgium to withdraw all its troops from Zaire.
- 29 October 1974: Muhammad Ali defeats George Foreman in world heavyweight championship, Zaire.
- 30 October 1969: President Kanyatta bans the Kenya Peoples Union and arrests its leader Oginga Odinga.
31 October 1976 :Rhodesian commandos launch a raid across the border into Mozambique.
- 1 November 1991: President Kenneth Kaunda is defeated by Frederick Chiluba in the Zambia’s first multi-party elections for 23 years.
This week in African History (26 October – 1 November)