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On This Day: What happened on 16 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, 16 December, throughout history. We remember the news, events, and people that influenced the course of history forever.


1913 | A women’s Memorial to remember the 26 251 women and children who died during the Anglo-Boer War 2 was unveiled in Bloemfontein. 

1961 | uMkhonto we Sizwe (MK) bombed power stations and government buildings in Port Elizabeth as their first sabotage act.

1963 | Zanzibar and Kenya became the United Nations (UN) members.

1995 | For the first time in South Africa, Day of Reconciliation was celebrated as a public holiday.

1995 | People were evacuated when African Explosives and Chemical Industries (AECI) plant which had 15 000 ton sulphur dioxide stockpile caught fire, releasing harmful respiratory-toxic gas into the air. 

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1998 | South African AIDS activist, Gugu Dlamini (36)

2006 | South African singer, Taliep Petersen (56)

2009 | Former South African Minister of Health, Manto Tshabalala-Msimang (69)

2010 | Nigerian fuji musician, Ayinde Barrister (62)

1927 | Zimbabwean-English author, Peter Dickinson (88)


1920 | Nigerian lawyer, Frederick Rotimi Williams

1927 | Zimbabwean-English author, Peter Dickinson

1929 | Egyptian-English actor, Nicholas Courtney

1932 | Nigerian professor of mathematics, Grace Alele-Williams

1973 | South African football player, Themba Mnguni

1979 | South African golfer, Trevor Immelman

1987 | Senegalese footballer, Mame Biram Diouf 


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1995 | Orlando Pirates won the Champions Cup final 1-0 against ASEC Mimosas. 


1913 | Charlie Chaplin an English comic actor, begins his career at Keystone. 

1985 | The Color Purple movie starring American actress Whoopi Goldberg premieres in New York.

2019 | 25 years after its release Mariah Carey’s single All I Want For Christmas Is You reaches No 1.


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