On This Day: What happened on 28 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, 28 January, throughout history. We remember the news, events, and people that influenced the course of history forever.


1942 | WWII – Pro-Axis power saboteurs blew up five power stations in an attempt to ruin the Rand gold mines.

1962 | Johanne Relleke a Zimbabwean man, made the Guinness book of records after he was stung by honey bees 2 443 times at Kamativi tin mine in Hwange, Zimbabwe and survived.

1984 | 214 people die from the Tropical Storm Domoina in southern Mozambique.

1997 | Colonel Gideon Nieuwoudt and four other apartheid-era police officers admit their involvement in the killing of Steve Biko in 1977.

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1967 | South African cricketer, Shunter Coen (64) 

2013 | South African Jazz musician, Victor Ntoni (65)

2015 | Nigerian general, architect, and engineer, Suraj Abdurrahman (60) 


1948 | President of Liberia, Charles Taylor 

1957 | Nick Price, Zimbabwean-born golfer

1978 | Senegalese football player, Papa Bouba Diop 


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2010 | ICC Intercontinental Cup in Nairobi: Scotland beat Kenya by 8 wickets



1985 | United Support of Artists for Africa records the hit single ‘We Are the World’, to help raise funds for Ethiopian famine relief.


Victoria Falls is the largest falls in Africa and one of the 7 natural wonders of the world.

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