On This Day: What happened on 18 December?

Here’s a look at what happened on this day, 18 December, throughout history. We remember the news, events, and people that influenced the course of history forever.


1923 | The first trial radio station of a music concert was broadcasted by the Western Electric Company in Johannesburg. 

1991 | Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP) leader, Chief Mangosuthu Buthelezi refused to attend the first meeting of the Convention for a Democratic South Africa (CODESA) because he did not agree with their decision not to invite the Zulu King, Goodwill Zwelethini to lead a separate IFP delegation.

1995 | 141 people died including crew members when a Zaire now Congolese aeroplane Lockheed L-188C Electra crashed near Jamba in Angola. 

2017 | The ANC selects Cyril Ramaphosa as the leader, to succeed President Jacob Zuma.

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2006 | South African yachtsman, Bertie Reed (63)

2011 | South African-born British sociologist, John Rex, (86)

2013 | South African-English businessman, Graham Mackay (64)


1946 | South African activist, Steve Biko

1963 | President of Burundi, Pierre Nkurunziza

1965 | South African soccer player, John Moshoeu


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2010 | Day 3 of the 1st Test in Centurion between SA and India, Proteas all-rounder Jacques Kallis top-scored with 201 not out. 

2010 | FIFA Club World Cup final, TP Mazembe from Congo lost 3-0 against Internazionale from Italy. 


2002 | Lord of the Rings second movie The Two Towers released. 

2009 | James Cameron’s Avatar science fiction film was released.


More than 5.4 million people died during the Second Congo War. It is the world’s deadliest conflict since World War II.

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