Tue. Jan 19th, 2021

On This Day: What happened on 11 December?

We look back on this day in history and remember the people and events that shaped the world we live in today. Every day is worth remembering.

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Here’s a look at what happened on this day, 11 December, throughout history. We remember the news, events, and people that influenced the course of history forever.


1969 | Libya adopts a new Constitution which was enforced by the Revolutionary Command Council to protect the Arab people of the Libyan Arab Republic.

1979 | The Rhodesian (now Zimbabwean) Parliament gave power back to Britain while awaiting democratic elections.

2007 | Eleven people died when the UN office building in Algeria was bombed by Al-Qaeda terrorists.  

2013 | Nelson Mandela’s body is moved to Union buildings in Pretoria. The coffin had a glass top for people to view his body.

2019 | At least 71 people die when militants attack an army base in Ates, Niger.

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1920 | South African author, Olive Schreiner (65)

2001 | Prime Minister of Zambia, Mainza Chona (71)

2003 | Ivorian author, Ahmadou Kourouma (76)


1937 | Former South African minister of law and order, Adriaan Johannes Vlok

1911 | Egyptian writer, Naguib Mahfouz

1961 | President of Senegal, Macky Sall

1972 | Zimbabwean cricketer, Murray Goodwin

1974 | Ethiopian long-distance runner, Gete Wami


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2016 | The South African Sevens team lose 19-17 to England in the Cup final of the SA leg of the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series.


1961 | Elvis Presley’s Blue Hawaii album moved to No 1 and stayed there for 20 weeks.


The oldest human bones were discovered in Ethiopia. They are close to 200 000 years old.

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