On This Day: What happened on 16 December?

Here’s a look at what happened on this day, 16 December, throughout history. We remember the news, events, and people that influenced the course of history forever.

ON THIS DAY: 16 DECEMBER

1913 | A women’s Memorial to remember the 26 251 women and children who died during the Anglo-Boer War 2 was unveiled in Bloemfontein. 

1961 | uMkhonto we Sizwe (MK) bombed power stations and government buildings in Port Elizabeth as their first sabotage act.

1963 | Zanzibar and Kenya became the United Nations (UN) members.

1995 | For the first time in South Africa, Day of Reconciliation was celebrated as a public holiday.

1995 | People were evacuated when African Explosives and Chemical Industries (AECI) plant which had 15 000 ton sulphur dioxide stockpile caught fire, releasing harmful respiratory-toxic gas into the air. 

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DEATHS

1998 | South African AIDS activist, Gugu Dlamini (36)

2006 | South African singer, Taliep Petersen (56)

2009 | Former South African Minister of Health, Manto Tshabalala-Msimang (69)

2010 | Nigerian fuji musician, Ayinde Barrister (62)

1927 | Zimbabwean-English author, Peter Dickinson (88)

BIRTHDAYS

1920 | Nigerian lawyer, Frederick Rotimi Williams

1927 | Zimbabwean-English author, Peter Dickinson

1929 | Egyptian-English actor, Nicholas Courtney

1932 | Nigerian professor of mathematics, Grace Alele-Williams

1973 | South African football player, Themba Mnguni

1979 | South African golfer, Trevor Immelman

1987 | Senegalese footballer, Mame Biram Diouf 

SPORT

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1995 | Orlando Pirates won the Champions Cup final 1-0 against ASEC Mimosas. 

ENTERTAINMENT

1913 | Charlie Chaplin an English comic actor, begins his career at Keystone. 

1985 | The Color Purple movie starring American actress Whoopi Goldberg premieres in New York.

2019 | 25 years after its release Mariah Carey’s single All I Want For Christmas Is You reaches No 1.

AFRICA FACT

Dallol in Ethiopia has the world’s hottest average temperature with an average annual temperature of 35 degrees Celsius.

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