Fri. Feb 26th, 2021

On This Day: What happened on 17 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, 17 January, throughout history. We remember the news, events, and people that influenced the course of history forever.


1905 | Johannesburg Meteorological Observatory which was acquired by South African Agency for Science and Technology Advancement (SAASTA) was opened. 

1988 | Bus drivers, who were members of the Transport and General Workers’ Union (TGWU), strike because of lack of protection from the attacks of Inkatha supporters who caused the deaths of 4 drivers.

1989 | Sol Kerzner admits in an affidavit to the Harms Commission that allegations that he paid R2 million to Chief George Matanzima for exclusive casino rights in the Transkei province were true.

1996 | The government of South Africa approves the Constitution of the African Civil Aviation Commission (AFCAC).

2010 | A clash which is also known as Jos rioting between the Muslim and Christian groups begins in Jos, Nigeria, causing the deaths of 200 people.

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1961 | First Prime Minister of the independent Democratic Republic of the Congo, Patrice Lumumba (35)

1988 | South African anti-apartheid journalist, Percy Qoboza (50)

2013 | Vice-president of Zimbabwe, John Nkomo (78) 

2015 | Egyptian actress and producer, Faten Hamama (83) 


1940 | Kenyan athlete, Kipchoge Keino 

1940 | South African poet, Oswald Mbuyiseni Mtshali 

1948 | Former South African Minister of Public Enterprises, Alexander Erwin


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2010 | The Proteas beat England by an innings and 74 runs in their 4th Test at the Wanderers in Johannesburg.



2020 | Nigerian singer, Yung L, releases his new album Juice & Zimm.


Even though Africa is the second-largest continent in the world, it has the shortest coastline due to the many bays that extend out of the coastline. 

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