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  • On This Day in South Africa: What happened on 26 October?

    On This Day in South Africa: What happened on 26 October?

    Here’s a look at what happened on this day, 26 October, throughout world and South African history. We remember the news, events, and people that influenced the course of history forever.


    1989 | Transkei announced plans to unban ANC and PAC.

    1964 | UN special committee on policies of Apartheid appealed for assistance to families of apartheid victims.

    1979 | South Korean President, Park Chung Hee was assassinated by his lifelong friend Kim Jae Kyu, the head of the Korean Central Intelligence Agency.

    1991 | PAC attended Patriotic Front Conference.

    1976 | Paramount Chief, Botha Sigcau was appointed the first President of Transkei.

    1958 | America’s first jet airliner, the Boeing 707 entered service for Pan American World Airways.

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    1938 | South African former Judge, Richard Goldstone

    1983 | South African rugby union player, Luke Watson

    1973 | American actor and producer, Seth MacFarlane

    1947 | American politician, Hillary Clinton

    1967 | Australian singer, Keith Urban


    1952 | American actress, Hattie McDaniel, 59.

    1944 | Princess Beatrice of the United Kingdom,87.

    2014 | Dominican-Canadian baseball player, Oscar Taveras, 22

    1984 | American actress, Sue Randall, 49


    1970 | American boxer Muhammad Ali returned to the ring after three years of absence and defeated Jerry Quarry. Ali was banned from boxing after he refused to be inducted into the U.S Army during the Vietnam War.

    Muhammad Ali returned in the ring in style defeating Jerry Quarry Image: wikimedia commons


    1984 | On this day, Arnold Schwarzenegger’s action thriller, The Terminator was released in the United states and became hugely successful all over the world. 


    Despite the well known disparities between Africa and Europe, at their closest point the two continents are less than nine miles apart at the Gibraltar strait between Morocco and Spain.

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