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  • On This Day in South Africa: What happened on 16 November?

    On This Day in South Africa: What happened on 16 November?

    Here’s a look at what happened on this day, 16 November, throughout world and South African history. We remember the news, events, and people that influenced the course of history forever.


    1989 |  President F.W de Klerk announced that the beaches of South Africa would be opened to people of all ethnicities.

    2005 | Truman Prince, the controversial African National Congress (ANC) manager of the Central Karoo District Municipality, was suspended.

    1997 | After nearly 18 years in prison, the People’s Republic of China released Wei Jingsheng, a pro-democracy activist, from prison for medical reasons.

    1990 | Pop group Milli Vanilli were stripped of their Grammy Award because the duo didn’t sing at all on the Girl You Know It’s True album. The musicians of the show had provided all the sounds.

    1989 | El Salvadoran army soldiers killed six Jesuit priests and two others at the University of Jose Simeon Canas.

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    1978 | Japanese actor, Takashi Nagayama.

    1970 | Canadian-American guitarist and producer, Logan Mader.

    1955 | Argentine footballer, coach, and manager, Héctor Cúper.


    1982 | South African rugby union footballer, Jannie du Plessis.

    1994 | South African rugby union footballer, Francois Esterhuyzen.

    2008 | English actor and screenwriter, Reg Varney, 92.

    2012 | Bangladeshi actor and director, Subhash Dutta, 82.

    2015 | American general, Alton D. Slay, 91.

    2007 | Norwegian actor and screenwriter, Trond Kirkvaag, 61.

    2013 | American mathematician and academic, Oscar Lanford, 73.


    2021 | Former Polish football referee Aleksander Suchanek died on this day at the age of 80. He managed the matches of the national football teams. He was born on December 12, 1940.


    2001 | Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone was released on this day for the first time.


    The Suez canal was built to connect the North Atlantic Ocean with that of northern India.

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