On This Day: What happened on 11 January?

Here’s a look at what happened on this day, 11 January, throughout history. We remember the news, events, and people that influenced the course of history forever.


1904 | A rebellion by Herero people against Germany in Namibia broke out. 

1962 | Nelson Mandela was smuggled out of South Africa and was granted an Ethiopian passport by Haile Selassie as a journalist, under the name David Motsamayi.

1974 | First sextuplets, 3 boys and 3 girls, to survive their infancy were born in Cape Town, South Africa by Susan Rosenkowitz.

1982 | The International Year of Mobilisation for Sanctions against South Africa was launched. South Africa criticised for its racial discrimination policies.

1999 | Amnesty for former police officer Gideon Nieuwoudt for his role in the death of Steve Biko in 1977 was rejected by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.

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2013 | Ethiopian runner, Alemayehu Shumye (25)

2014 | South African journalist, Stanley Uys (91) 

2016 | Congolese Bishop of Kindu, Albert Onyembo Lomandjo (84)


1903 | South African author and activist, Alan Paton

1904 | South African athlete, Johannes Viljoen


1959 | Pakistan cricketer Hanif Mohammad made 499 in the semi-final of Quaid-e-Azam Trophy in Karachi. He surpassed Don Bradman’s record.

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2016 | Barcelona forward Lionel Messi wins his 5th Ballon d’Or award.



1966 | Daktari a series about Animal Behavior in East Africa premieres on CBS.

1991 | NWA/WCW wrestling title is won by Ric Flair.

1992 | Paul Simon, an American musician started his South Africa tour. 

2010 | Simon Cowell announces that he will be leaving ‘American Idol’.


Africa and Europe are separated by less than 9 miles (about 16km) at the Strait of Gibraltar, which separates Spain from Morocco.

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