Here’s a look at what happened on this day, 15 January, throughout history. We remember the news, events, and people that influenced the course of history forever.
ON THIS DAY: 15 JANUARY
1970 | Muammar Gaddafi is proclaimed the premier of Libya.
1999 | A student at the Tompi Seleka Agricultural College in Limpopo, David Malebane, after failing to graduate a couple of times shot three lecturers he thought caused his failures before shooting himself.
2005 | 12 000 people were left homeless when a Joe Slovo informal settlement outside Cape Town was destroyed by a shack fire.
2013 | 19 Egyptian army recruits were killed and 120 injured when a train carrying them derails near Giza, Greater Cairo.
2019 | The military of Somalia attacked the DusitD2 hotel in Nairobi, Kenya, killing 21 people and injuring 19.
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1966 | Former Prime Minister of Nigeria, Abubakar Tafawa Balewa (53)
1996 | Paramount chief of Lesotho, King Moshoeshoe II (57)
1918 | Second President of Egypt, Gamal Abdel Nasser
1973 | Egyptian footballer, Essam El Hadary
1981 | Senegalese footballer, El Hadji Diouf
2007 | The Proteas beat Pakistan by 7 wickets in their first Test in Centurion. Hashim Amla is named man of the match.
2019 | Falz, a Nigerian rapper, releases his new album Moral Instruction.
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