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On This Day: What happened on 21 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, 21 November, throughout history. We remember the news, events, and people that influenced the course of history forever.


1921 | The trial for the South Africans who were accused of the Bulhoek Massacre begins

1985 | The South African police killed 13 residents in Mamelodi after president PW Botha declared a state of emergency

2014 | Police in Kwekwe, Zimbabwe caused a stampede at Mbizo Stadium which killed 11 people and injured 40

2017 | The resignation letter of the former president of Zimbabwe, Robert Mugabe, is read in parliament after 37 years in power

2019 | According to the World Health Organisation, in Congo, measles has killed more than 5 000. It is the largest and fastest-moving epidemic in the world

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1942 | The third Prime Minister of South Africa, J. B. M. Hertzog dies

1969 | The president of Uganda, Mutesa II of Buganda dies

2004 | Chairperson of the National Council of Provinces (NCOP), Joyce Kgoali dies


1950 | Egyptian judge, Hisham Barakat

1981 | Zimbabwe cricketer, Piet Rinke

1982 | Miss India Worldwide in 2000 and Bollywood actress, Aarti Chhabria

1991 | Ethiopian athlete, Almaz Ayana


2009 | The Springboks beat Italy 32-10 on their end of year tour of Europe

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2010 | Proteas batsman AB de Villiers compiles the highest individual Test score at the time (278*) for South Africa against Pakistan


1976 | Rocky, a movie written and starring Sylvester Stallone, premieres

2006 | Jay-Z’s ninth album Kingdom Come is released

2013 | Pharrell Williams releases new single “Happy”


Lake Malawi has 1 000 species of fish which is more than any other lake in the world. It is located between Malawi, Tanzania and Mozambique. In Tanzania, it is known as Lake Nyasa and Lago Niassa in Mozambique.

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