On This Day: What happened on 19 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, 19 February, throughout history. We remember the news, events, and people that influenced the course of history forever.

1937 | Addis Ababa is raided by Italian soldiers who were taking revenge on the heavy losses caused by Ethiopia during the Battle of Adowa.

1980 | South African Defence Force takes over security of Northern Natal which shared a border with Mozambique to prevent Liberation Movements from entering into South Africa.

1990 | 8 days after Nelson Mandela was released from prison, he was issued with his first South African passport. 

2016 | At least 30 people are killed by an airstrike targeting Islamic State militants in Libya.

2016 | Four lions escape from a wildlife park in Nairobi, Kenya’s capital. 

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2013 | Nigerian actor, Justus Esiri (70) 

2018 | Malawian diplomat, Ambassador to the United Nations, Necton Mhura (61) 

2020 | Algerian-French journalist, founder of L’Obs, Jean Daniel (99) 


1964 | South African businessman, Brett Kebble

1970 | South African singer, Kurt Darren

1970 | South African tennis player, Ellis Ferreira

1993 | South African rugby player, Dries Swanepoel

1996 | South African cricketer, Stefan Klopper


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2000 | South African boxer Masibulele Makepula wins the WBO light flyweight champion title.



2016 | Race, is released. It is a true story based on the life of Jesse Owens, the most famous athlete.


Table Mountain in Cape Town got its name because the top is flat and it is believed to be one of the oldest mountains in the world.

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