Wed. Jan 27th, 2021

On This Day: What happened on 20 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, 20 December, throughout history. We remember the news, events, and people that influenced the course of history forever.


1963 | Alphonse Massamba-Débat elected president of Congo.

1988 | Amichand Rajbansi, South Africa’s only Indian Cabinet Minister is fired by President P.W. Botha because he misused his position. 

1988 | A petition signed by 30 000 white South Africans, was submitted to president P.W. Botha for all sports venues to be made available to all races. This was after a black student was not allowed to compete in an athletics competition at Menlo Park High School, Pretoria.

1991 | 5 000-year-old fleet of first royal boats was discovered by Egyptian and American Archaeologists near the Nile in Abydos. It is believed they were used to bury royals.

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1914 | Boer War soldier & farmer, Jopie Fourie (36)

1944 | The last Khedive of Egypt and Sudan, Abbas II Helmy Bey (70)

1965 | Medical doctor and ANC leader, Arthur Elias Letele (49)

2001 | Former president of Senegal, Léopold Sédar Senghor (95)

2014 | Nigerian football player, Seriki Audu (23)


1947 | Former South Africa judge, Dikgang Moseneke

1961 | Egyptian singer and actor, Mohammad Fouad

1970 | Zimbabwean cricketer and coach, Grant Flower


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2010 | The Proteas win the 1st Test against India by an innings and 25 runs in Centurion.


1946 | A Christmas movie ‘It’s a Wonderful Life’ premieres in New York City.

1974 | The Godfather 2, starring Robert de Niro and Al Pacino is released.


Africa is the second driest continent in the world after Australia.

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