On This Day: What happened on 14 December?

Here’s a look at what happened on this day, 14 December, throughout history. We remember the news, events, and people that influenced the course of history forever.


1912 | Prime Minister of South Africa Louis Botha resigned because he did not agree with the pro-British policies of J.B.M. Hertzog, minister of justice.

1961 | Tanganyika, now called Tanzania, became a United Nations (UN) member. 

1977 | Egyptian and Israeli negotiators had a meeting in Cairo to discuss a peace settlement between the two countries. 

2002 | 15 people survived when a boat carrying close to 200 people overturned in Robersport, Liberia because it carried twice the number of people it was supposed to.

2006 | Mbulelo Goniwe was fired as chief whip of ANC because of sexual harassment towards a 21-year-old administrative assistant. 

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1971 | Nigerian professional boxer, Dick Tiger (42)

1999 | Co-founder and chairman of Kaizer Chiefs football club, Clarence Mlokoti (69)

2014 | Prime Minister of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Louis Alphonse Koyagialo (67)


1930 | South African writer, Margaret Bakkes

1978 | Kenyan runner, Shedrack Kibet Korir

1980 | Ivorian footballer, Déguy Alain Didier Zokora

1984 | Zimbabwean cricketer, Ed Rainsford

1995 | South African swimmer, Calvyn Justus 


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2008 | South African golfer Richard Sterne wins the Alfred Dunhill Championship in Mpumalanga, South Africa. 

2010 | Congo side TP Mazembe win the FIFA Club World Cup semi-final 2-0 against Brazil Internacional becoming the first African team to reach the final.


2013 | Indian channel NDTV Channel named Venkatraman Ramakrishnan as one of the 25 Greatest Global Living Indians. 

2015 | Star Wars: The Force Awakens premieres in Los Angeles.


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