On This Day: What happened on 16 February?

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

1923 | Archeologists found golden shrines, jewellery, statues, a chariot, weapons, clothing in the tomb of Egyptian King Tutankhamen. He ruled from 9 years before dying at the age of 19. 

1948 | Dr Yusuf Dadoo and Dr Gagathura Mohambry Naicker were arrested for unlawfully aiding and abetting Asian people into the province of Transvaal from Natal.

1989 | Winnie Mandela is disowned by the UDF for a series of allegations including abducting and killing a young boy called Stompie Seipei.

2018 | South African president, Cyril Ramaphosa, delivered his first State of the Nation Address at the parliament.

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DEATHS

2016 | Egyptian diplomat & 6th Secretary-General of the United Nations, Boutros Boutros-Ghali (93)

2017 | Nigerian Vice-Chancellor, Cordelia Agbebaku (55) 

2017 | Nigerian singer, Pericoma Okoye (81) 

BIRTHDAYS

1902 | South African cricket player, Cyril Vincent 

1984 | Tunisian swimmer, Oussama Mellouli 

1987 | Tanzanian basketball player, Hasheem Thabeet 

SPORT

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2010 | 1st ODI in Nairobi: Kenya beat the Netherlands by 6 wickets. 

 

ENTERTAINMENT

2014 | British Film and Television Awards (BAFTAS): 12 Years a Slave wins the Best Film award.

AFRICA FACT

There are more Portuguese speakers in Angola than Portugal.

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