On This Day: What happened on 27 January?

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, 27 January, throughout history. We remember the news, events, and people that influenced the course of history forever.


1914 | Black women in the Orange Free State (an independent Boer sovereign republic under British suzerainty) protested for being included in Pass legislation which was only reserved for African men.

1980 | Robert Mugabe returns to Zimbabwe after he was in exile in Mozambique for five years. He was gathering supporters for his party ZANU-PF to fight against the government of Salisbury now Harare.

1992 | The European Community announced it will lift economic sanctions imposed on South Africa in September 1985.

1996 | A military coup led by Col Barre Mainassara Ibrahim removed the first democratically elected president of Niger, Mahamane Ousmane, from power.

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2016 | South African-born British air vice-marshal, John Howe (85) 

2020 | President of Zimbabwe Congress of Trade Unions, Lovemore Matombo (75)

2020 | Ivorian painter, James Houra (67)


1949 | South African Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs, Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma

1987 | South African actor, Ido Drent


1996 | Africa Cup of Nations quarter-final match: Bafana Bafana beat Algeria 2-1 at the FNB Stadium

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2008 | 3rd ODI, South Africa v West Indies: South Africa win by 7 wickets



1984 | Michael Jackson is burned while filming a commercial for Pepsi

2004 | Usher’s single ‘Yeah’ featuring Lil Jon and Ludacris is released


Africa straddles the equator and is the only continent to extend from the northern temperate zone to the southern temperate zone.

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