Fri. Nov 27th, 2020

On This Day: What happened on 17 November?

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

ON THIS DAY: 17 NOVEMBER

1964 | Harold Wilson, British Prime Minister, imposes an official ban on arms exported to South Africa.

1973 | The Democratic Party is formed at a conference in Johannesburg and Theo Gerdener is selected as the leader. 

1993 | In Nigeria, the government of Ernest Shonekan is forced out by General Sani Abacha and the military.

1977 | Anwar Sadat, the President of Egypt, accepts an invitation to visit Israel which was opposed by a lot of Arabs. He was the first Arab leader to visit Israel.

1997 | Outside the Temple of Hatshepsut, known as Luxor massacre, an Islamic extremist group in Egypt, fired at a tourist bus killing 60 Swiss and Japanese tourists.

2012 | An accident between a train and a school bus in Manfalut, Egypt, killed 50 schoolchildren and a bus driver.

2019 | Coronavirus first case traced to a man, aged 55, who visited Wuhan.

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DEATHS

1977 | Sipho Malaza, a black high school student, presumably dies in police custody at the age of 18.

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1989 | ANC guerilla, Anton Fransch is killed in a house in Athlone, Cape Town at the age of 20.

2006 | Zimbabwean cricket batsman, Tony Pithey, dies at the age of 73.

BIRTHDAYS

1903 | South Africa’s third state president, Nicolaas Johannes Diederichs

1921 | South African Professor Richard van der Ross

1952 | South African president, Cyril Ramaphosa

1977 | South African swimmer, Ryk Neethling 

1995 | Panashe Muzambe, a Zimbabwean who plays for Scottish rugby union

SPORT

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2004 | Rugby player, Breyton Paulse, is included in the national team to play at the Tri-Nations.

1906 | South Africa play against Scotland for the first time as de Springbokken play and lose 6-0.

1931 | A cricket legend, Donald Bradman, scores 135 when New South Whales played against South Africa.

ENTERTAINMENT

1998 | Singer, Whitney Houston, releases My Love is Your Love.

2015 | Two and a Half Men actor, Charlie Sheen confirms that he is HIV-positive

AFRICA FACT

Lake Victoria, also known as Victoria Nyanza, is the largest lake in Africa and the second largest freshwater lake in the world.

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