Sat. Feb 27th, 2021

On This Day: What happened on 15 January?

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, 15 January, throughout history. We remember the news, events, and people that influenced the course of history forever.


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 


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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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