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The Secret Service has taken over Nairobi over the past few days as they prepare the city to host US President Barack Obama from tonight till Sunday. The has been around for exactly one and a half century, and below we look at other things you did not know about them.

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1. Created by Abraham Lincoln on the Same day he was assassinated

Their origin is nothing short of bitter irony. President Abraham Lincoln created the Secret Service on the morning of April 14, 1865. Later that day, he was shot dead at Ford’s Theater in Washington, D.C.

However, the idea that the Secret Service would transform into a Presidential security unit never crossed Lincoln’s mind, and it’s purpose was initially very different.


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