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  • On This Day in South Africa: What happened on 18 September?

    On This Day in South Africa: What happened on 18 September?

    Here’s a look at what happened on this day, 18 September, throughout world and South African history. We remember the news, events, and people that influenced the course of history forever.


    2004 | A runaway veld fire destroyed more than 90 Nissan cars and a bird sanctuary in Rosslyn, Pretoria

    1971 | World Council of Churches representatives were prohibited from entering South Africa. Prime Minister John Vorster reiterated that he would not consider allowing WCC delegates to come to South Africa under any conditions.

    2016 | The 2016 Uri attack in Indian-administered Kashmir by anti-government militants killed 19 Indian Army soldiers and all four attackers.

    2015 | Two security personnel, 17 worshipers at a mosque, and 13 militants were killed during an attack by the Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan on a Pakistan Air Force base outside Peshawar.

    2012 | Greater Manchester Police officers PC Nicola Hughes and PC Fiona Bone were killed in a gun and grenade attack in Greater Manchester, England.

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    1973 | South African entrepreneur; a second self-funded visitor to the International Space Station, Mark Shuttleworth.

    1989 | South African-Namibian rugby union footballer, Renaldo Bothma.

    1991 | South African rugby union footballer, Juan Schoeman.

    1967 | English actress, Tara Fitzgerald.

    1953 | American singer-songwriter and producer, Carl Jackson.


    2002 | American sprinter and football player, Bob Hayes, 60.

    2013 | Polish-German author and critic, Marcel Reich-Ranicki, 93.

    2004 | American director, producer, and screenwriter, Russ Meyer, 82.

    1961 | UN Secretary-General, Dag Hammarskjold, 56.

    2008 | Italian actor and director, Leo de Berardinis, 68.


    1999 | On this day, South Africa won the most medals at the Seventh All African Games held in Johannesburg. 


    2009 | On this day, “Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs” was released in the United States and it premiered in Los Angeles on 12 September.


    Mali was part of three West African Empires that controlled Trans-Saharan Trade. Other empires were Ghana and Songhay.

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