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  • On This Day in South Africa: What happened on 14 September?

    On This Day in South Africa: What happened on 14 September?

    Here’s a look at what happened on this day, 14 September, throughout world and South African history. We remember the news, events, and people that influenced the course of history forever.


    1998 | Former Umkhonto We Sizwe member and Senior Foreign Ministry official, Robert McBride, who had been detained in Mozambique for six months on suspicion of using guns and espionage, was released from prison on conditions.

    1918 | Spanish Flu strikes South Africa. The first cases of influenza, popularly known as the Spanish Flu or ‘Great Flu’, were discovered in Durban on this day.

    2019 | Yemen’s Houthi rebels claimed responsibility for the attack on Saudi Arabia’s oil facilities.

    2015 | The first observation of gravitational waves was made, announced by the collaboration of LIGO and Virgo on 11 February 2016.

    2007 | Financial crisis of 2007-2008: Northern Rock Bank became the first UK bank to fail in 150 years.

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    1957 | Former South African cricketer, Kepler Wessels.

    1980 | South African musician, Hip Hop Pantsula died in 2018.

    1994 | South African actress, Michelle Mosalakae.

    1985 | American bass player and songwriter, Paolo Gregoletto.

    1973 | Canadian comedian and actor, Mike Ward.


    1996 |  Indian-South African actress, singer, and dancer, Juliet Prowse, 59.

    1991 | American historian, photographer, and author, Russell Lynes, 81.

    2009 | American actor, singer, and dancer, 57.

    2003 | American actor and director, Jerry Fleck, 56.

    American actor, comedian, and singer, Henry Gibson, 1935 – 2009. Image: Wikimedia Commons

    2009 | American actor, Henry Gibson, 74.


    2021 | On this day, The DSTV Premiership match between AmaZulu and Supersport United ended in a goalless draw and both teams finished with 10 men after receiving a red card.


    2018 | On this day, “A Simple Favor” was released in the United States for the first time.


    Burundi became the first poorest country to win an Olympic gold medal after Vénuste Niyongabo won the 5000 meters at the 1996 Olympics.

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