Thu. Jan 28th, 2021

On This Day: What happened on 7 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, 7 January, throughout history. We remember the news, events, and people that influenced the course of history forever.


1919 | The Industrial and Commercial Union which was later renamed the Industrial and Commercial Workers Union (ICU) was founded by a young Nyassalander Clements Kadalie. He used English to spread the message of worker unity because he did not speak the Black South African language.

1957 | When the Public Utility Transport Corporation (PUTCO) increased the bus fare the Alexandra People’s Transport Committee (APTAC) was formed to lead the bus boycott. Most of the black people could not afford the new fare.

1957 | Eleven people are killed when the military of Algeria and Djamila Bouhired sets off a bomb in an Algiers cafe which started the battle of Algiers. 

1982 | A Lutheran Church elder, Tshifiwa Muofhe died in police custody. He was suspected of being part of the group that bombed Sibasa Police Station in independent Vendaland.

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1968 | South African ichthyologist, J. L. B. Smith (70)

2008 | Vice-State President of South Africa, Alwyn Schlebusch (90)

2015 | Vice-president of Botswana, Mompati Merafhe (78)


1945 | Former Prime Minister of Kenya, Raila Odinga

1959 | South African member of Parliament, Peter Mokaba

1991 | South African track star, Caster Semenya


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1994 | South Africa beat Australia by five runs in their second Test in Sydney. Fanie de Villiers was named man of the match.



2018 | 75th Golden Globes: Oprah Winfrey received the Lifetime award 


The official title of the Ugandan dictator, Idi Amin, was “His Excellency, President for Life, Field Marshal Al Hadji Doctor Idi Amin Dada, Lord of All the Beasts of the Earth and Fishes of the Seas and Conqueror of the British Empire in Africa in General and Uganda”.

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