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  • On This Day in South Africa: What happened on 20 November?

    On This Day in South Africa: What happened on 20 November?

    Here’s a look at what happened on this day, 20 November, throughout world and South African history. We remember the news, events, and people that influenced the course of history forever.


    2005 | A Pretoria biker was caught doing 284 km/h on his Suzuki on the R59.

    1964 | The trial of members of the South African Communist Party began.

    1998 | A court in Taliban-controlled Afghanistan declared the accused terrorist Osama bin Laden “a man without sin” in connection with the bombings of the US embassies in Kenya and Tanzania in 1998.

    2015 | Following a hostage siege, at least 19 people were killed in Bamako, Mali.

    2003 | After the November 15 bombings, the second day of the 2003 Istanbul bombings occurred in Istanbul, Turkey, destroying the Turkish headquarters of HSBC Bank AS and the British consulate.

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    1970 | South African actress, presenter, producer and writer, Natasha Kate Sutherland.

    1968 | South African politician, Des van Rooyen.

    1961 | French pastry chef and chocolatier, Pierre Hermé.

    1942 | American singer-songwriter and guitarist, Norman Greenbaum.

    1995 | Belgian footballer, Théo Bongonda.


    2000 | Finnish author, Kalle Päätalo, 81.

    2007 | NASA manager, Kenneth S. Kleinknecht, 88.

    1950 | Italian composer, Francesco Cilea, 84.

    2016 | Irish novelist, playwright, and short story writer, William Trevor, 88.

    1940 | Canadian footballer, Robert Lane, 58.


    2022 | The 2022 World Cup begins in Qatar today, the opening game is a group A match between Qatar vs Ecuador.


    2004 | On this day in Japan, “Howl’s Moving Castle” was released for the first time.


    2022 | In The World Cup, the African continent is represented by  5 nations which are Morocco, Ghana, Tunisia, Cameroon and Senegal.

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