Mon. Jan 25th, 2021

On This Day: What happened on 13 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, 13 December, throughout history. We remember the news, events, and people that influenced the course of history forever.


1960 | When Emperor Haile Selassie of Ethiopia visited Brazil, his Kebur Zabangna (Imperial bodyguard) attempted a coup and crowned his son Prince Asfa Wossen as Emperor.

1982 | The South African police arrest the Afrikaner Weerstandsbeweging (AWB) eight members and its leader Eugene Terreblanche for hiding illegal weapons.

1989 | Nelson Mandela meets with South African president F.W. de Klerk to talk about the future of South Africa.

1990 | Former President of the African National Congress (ANC), Oliver Tambo, returns to South Africa after spending 30 years in exile. 

1996 | Kofi Annan, Ghanaian diplomat, was appointed the seventh UN Secretary-General.

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1941 | South African politician, Simon Petros Matseke (63)

1975 | South African painter, Alexis Preller (64)

2007 | Zimbabwean lawyer and politician, Mark Partridge (85)


1906 | South African author, Laurens van der Post

1915 | Former Prime Minister of South Africa, B. J. Vorster

1948 | South African born-British athlete, Lillian Barbara Board

1952 | South African artist, Fikile Magadlela

1976 | Senegalese born-French politician, Rama Yade

1983 | Kenyan middle-distance runner, Janeth Jepkosgei

1989 | Kenyan middle-distance runner, Hellen Onsando Obiri

1991 | Togolese football player, Sénah Mango


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1982 | South African tennis player Johan Kriek wins the Australian Open title against Steve Denton.


2013 | Beyoncé fifth album ‘Beyoncé’ released


There are 3 000 tribes/ethnic groups in Africa and each group speaks its own language.

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