Tue. Jan 19th, 2021

On This Day: What happened on 26 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, 26 November, throughout history. We remember the news, events, and people that influenced the course of history forever.


1975 | Breyten Breytenbach, an Afrikaans writer, is sentenced to 9 years in prison. He entered South Africa illegally to form a resistance group fighting apartheid in exile.

1980 | The ANC appealed to the UN to help save the lives of three young black men; Noimbithi Johnson Lubisi, Petrus Tsepo Mashigo and Naphtali Manan, who were falsely accused of killing two women during a shooting at a bank.

1988 | Harry Gwala, an ANC member and Zephania Mothopeng a PAC member, are released from Robben Island after two years. They were arrested because of underground political activities.

1998 | Canaan Banana, former president of Zimbabwe, is found guilty of sexual scandals. 

1999 | Ncome Museum, which is situated at the Ncome-Blood River Heritage Site, opened and started welcoming guests. 

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1989 | President of Comoros, Ahmed Abdallah (70)

2001 | South African political activist, Joe Modise (72)

2003 | South African filmmaker and actor, Lionel Ngakane (75)


1910 | South Africa-born Irish actor, Cyril Cusack

1953 | South African race car driver, Desiré Randall Wilson

1966 | Tunisian footballer, Fahed Dermech


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1932 | Australian cricket great Donald Bradman completes 10 000 runs after just 126 innings in first-class cricket

2011 | Algeria beat Morocco 1-0 at the CAF U23 Championship in Morocco


2007 | Alicia Keys releases a single “Like You’ll Never See Me Again”

2018 | Aquaman, a DC superhero movie starring Jason Momoa, is released in London


Sudan built more than 250 pyramids, more than double the number built in Egypt.

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