Sun. Jan 17th, 2021

On This Day: What happened on 24 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, 24 November, throughout history. We remember the news, events, and people that influenced the course of history forever.


1983 | Carl Niehaus is charged with treason and convicted and imprisoned for 15 years for being an ANC underground member.

1986 | Barclays National Bank Limited of South Africa publicised that it was withdrawing from the South African market by selling 40 percent of its remaining shares. 

1989 | President F.W de Klerk announced that whites-only residential areas were now open to all races. 

1995 | Johannes Lebone Slo Ramokhoase becomes the first mayor of Pretoria.

2015 | At least seven people died and 12 injured when terrorists attacked a hotel in Al-Arish, Egypt.

2015 | At least 14 people died when a bus exploded carrying Tunisian Presidential Guard personnel in Tunis, Tunisia’s capital.

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1982 | Kenyan economist and father of the former president of the US, Barack Obama snr (46)

1991 | Tanzanian-born English singer-songwriter, Freddie Mercury (45)

2018 | Nigerian-Canadian boxer, David Defiagbon (48)


1905 | Welfare worker and social activist, Hansi Pauline Pollak

1931 | 18th Chief Justice of South Africa, Arthur Chaskalson

1942 | Gabonese politician and diplomat, Jean Ping

1944 | 9th Minister of Foreign Affairs of Nigeria, Ibrahim Gambari

1948 | South African artist, Vuminkosi Zulu

1951 | Egyptian-Welsh rugby player, Graham Price

1994 | Algerian football player, Nabil Bentaleb


2004 | The English cricket team cancelled their 5-match One-Day International series against Zimbabwe when the government of Robert Mugabe denied granting visas to 13 British journalists.

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2012 | The Springboks beat England 16-15 on their end of year tour.


1966 | The first TV station started broadcasting in Kinshasa in Zaire.

2012 | Gangnam Style with more than 808 million views becomes the most viewed video on YouTube video (now eighth-most with 3.86 billion views)


Due to a lot of bays and edges that extend out of the coastline, Africa has the shortest coastline even though it’s the second-largest continent in the world after Asia. 

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