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  • On This Day in South Africa: What happened on 15 September?

    On This Day in South Africa: What happened on 15 September?

    Here’s a look at what happened on this day, 15 September, throughout world and South African history. We remember the news, events, and people that influenced the course of history forever.


    2004 | Stats South Africa reported that the number of commercial farming units in South Africa decreased by 26% between 1993 and 2002.

    1990 | South African government launched ‘Operation Iron Fist’ in townships. President F.W. de Klerk and Nelson Mandela held a series of meetings to discuss ways to quell the unrest.

    2004 | National Hockey League commissioner Gary Bettman announced the suspension of the players’ union and suspended its dealings with the NHL’s head office.

    1983 | Israeli premier Menachem Begin resigned.

    1981 | The Senate Judiciary Committee unanimously approved Sandra Day O’Connor as the first female justice on the United States Supreme Court.

    1981 | The John Bull became the world’s oldest operating train when the Smithsonian Institution operated it under its own power outside Washington, D.C.

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    1992 | South African rapper, Emtee.

    1976 | South African film director, Jonathan Liebesman.

    1971 | South African tennis player, Wayne Ferreira.

    1946 | American author and critic, Howard Waldrop.

    1946 | South African cricketer, coach, and referee, Mike Procter.


    1989 | American novelist, poet, and literary critic, Robert Penn Warren, 84.

    2004 | Canadian journalist and author, Walter Stewart, 73.

    2006 | Mexican-American actor, Pablo Santos, 19.

    1997 | American wrestler, Bulldog Brower, 64.

    2014 | Swiss psychotherapist and author, Jürg Schubiger, 78.


    2000 | The Opening Ceremony of the 2000 Olympic Games takes place in Australia’s capital Sydney on this day.


    2020 | On this day in the United States, “Wish Upon A Unicorn” was released for the first time. It was directed by Steve Bencich.


    Accra is the capital city of Ghana but not the largest city in Ghana.

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