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.
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)
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
1995 | Orlando Pirates won the Champions Cup final 1-0 against ASEC Mimosas.
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.
Dallol in Ethiopia has the world’s hottest average temperature with an average annual temperature of 35 degrees Celsius.