On This Day: What happened on 4 December?

Here’s a look at what happened on this day, 4 December, throughout history. We remember the news, events, and people that influenced the course of history forever.


1977 | Jean-Bédel Bokassa crown himself Emperor of Central Africa.

1996 | South African President, Nelson Mandela, meets with Taiwanese Foreign Minister John Chang Hsiao Yen. The Taiwanese government was not happy with the agreement between South Africa and China to work together in politics and economics. They cancelled their agreements with South Africa.

1996 | The Parliament approves the Constitution of South Africa.  

2015 | 17 people die and 6 wounded when a bomb was thrown into a restaurant in Cairo, Egypt.

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1997 | South African psychiatrist, Joseph Wolpe (82)

2001 | Former South African first lady, Marike de Klerk (64) 

2019 | South African rugby player, Ockie Oosthuizen (64)


1917 | Afrikaans linguist, Dr Hendrik Josephus Terblanche

1962 | Kenyan runner, Nixon Kiprotich 

1967 | South African comedian, Marc Lottering

1990 | Nigerian footballer, Lukman Haruna


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2010 | The Springboks beat Australia 19-12 at the Dubai Sevens.

2011 | CAF Confederation Cup final, Maghreb de Fès win 6-5 on penalties against Club Africain.


1964 | The Beatles release their new album ‘Beatles for Sale’.


The length and breadth of the African continent are about the same. It measures around 7 009km horizontal width and 7 248 km vertical length.

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