Mon. Jan 18th, 2021

On This Day: What happened on 12 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, 12 December, throughout history. We remember the news, events, and people that influenced the course of history forever.


1962 | Poqo members were detained by the police when they were on their way to kill Chief Kaiser Matanzima. Seven members died and three police officers were seriously injured.

1963 | Kenya officially gains Independence from Britain. Jomo Kenyatta becomes the first Prime Minister.

1984 | United Democratic Front (UDF) leaders, Archibald Gumede, Paul David and Billy Nair are charged with treason for organising a protest against August 1984 elections for the new Indian and Coloured chambers of Parliament.

1986 | Zwelakhe Sisulu, South African journalist was arrested for his journalism and held up at John Vorster Square.

1991 | Abuja becomes the capital city of Nigeria, replacing the most populated city Lagos.

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1913 | Emperor of Ethiopia, Menelik II (69)

1947 | Egyptian feminist leader, Huda Sha’arawi (68)

2004 | South African boxer, George Hunter (77)


1917 | South African political activist, Benjamin Magson Kies

1969 | Kenyan middle-distance runner, Wilfred Kirochi

1971 | Kenyan long-distance runner, Sammy Korir

1980 | Ethiopian runner, Dejene Berhanu

1986 | Rwandan football player, Daddy Birori

1990 | Kenyan middle-distance runner, Nixon Chepseba 


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2002 | Cristiano Ronaldo received the Ballon d’Or and for the second time as the best footballer in Europe. 

2009 | South Africa Sevens leg, played in George, New Zealand won the Cup final 21-12 against Fiji. 

2010 | 5th ODI in Chittagong, Bangladesh beat Zimbabwe by six wickets. 

2016 | Cristiano Ronaldo received the Ballon d’Or for the 4th time. 


2001 | American actress Winona Ryder is arrested for shoplifting.


The shortest people in the world, called the pygmies, live in Africa. The average man is 1.45m (4-foot-7) and the average woman is 1.33m (4-foot-4).

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