Here’s a look at what happened on this day, 19 December, throughout history. We remember the news, events, and people that influenced the course of history forever.
ON THIS DAY: 19 DECEMBER
1969 | Former president of Uganda Apollo Milton Obote was shot in the head while attending a conference in Kampala. After the assassination attempt, all opposition parties were banned and an authoritarian regime was adopted.
1982 | Umkhonto we Sizwe (MK) attacks Koeberg Nuclear Power Station in Cape Town. No injuries were reported.
1989 | Zimbabwe African People’s Union (ZAPU), led by Joshua Nkomo, and Zimbabwe African National Union (ZANU), led initially by Ndabaningi Sithole merged to form a new political party, Zimbabwean African National Union-Patriotic Front (ZANU-PF).
1992 | Due to illegal or unauthorised activities by the South African Defence Force (SADF), 23 members including two generals and four brigadiers were dismissed by President F.W. de Klerk.
2008 | Zimbabwean racing driver, Sam Tingle (87)
1944 | Kenyan politician, Richard Leakey
1955 | Zimbabwean former cricketer, William Houghton
1973 | Kenyan marathon runner, Erick Wainaina
1983 | South African cricketer, Carl Raubenheimer
1987 | Rugby player, Michael Rhodes
1997 | South African professional boxer, Thulani “Sugarboy” Malinga won the World Boxing Council (WBC) title for the second time.
2001 | The first movie of the Lord of the Rings, ‘The Fellowship of the Ring’ is released.
Africa is the second largest continent in the world after Asia. It covers about over 30 million square kilometres.