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

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

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


    1991 | South Africa after the signing of the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) signed the Safeguards Agreement with the IAEA.

    2004 | The President of South Africa, Thabo Mbeki, opened the second meeting of the South African Parliament (PAP)

    1986 | More than 170 mineworkers were reported killed at Kinross Mine, South Africa on this day.

    2014 | The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant launched its offensive in Kobani against Syrian-Kurdish forces.

    2007 | One-Two-GO Airlines flight 269 with 128 crew and passengers crashed in Thailand killing 89 people.

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    1959 | South African former cricketer and current CEO of the International Cricket Council, Dave Richardson.

    1917 | South African politician, Alwyn Schlebusch died in 2008

    1978 | German runner, Claudia Marx.

    1991 | English motorcycle racer, Kyle Smith.

    1973 | Dutch businessman and member of the International Olympic Committee, Camiel Eurlings.


    2002 | American actor, James Gregory, 91.

    2007 | American engineer and author, Robert Jordan, 59.

    1977 | Greek operatic soprano, Maria Callas, 54.

    1932 | Indian-English physician and mathematician, Nobel Prize laureate, Ronald Ross, 75.

    2013 | American dancer and choreographer, Patsy Swayze, 86.


    1992 | On this day Leeds United became the first English club to play in the Champions League but in their first match, they were beaten 3-0 by Stuttgart in Germany.


    1987 | “Othello” was staged for the first time in South Africa with a Black actor, John Kani at the Market Theatre on this day.


    Naguib Mahfouz is the first Arab writer to win the Nobel prize for Literature born in Cairo, Egypt.

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