On This Day: What happened on 6 December?

Here’s a look at what happened on this day, 6 December, throughout history. We remember the news, events, and people that influenced the course of history forever.


1963 | Chief Daliwonga Kaiser Matanzima is elected chief of the emigrant Thembu clan.

1990 | ANC and allies protest in major cities across the country for the government to release political prisoners.

2006 | Joseph Kabila is inaugurated as the first democratically elected president of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).

2013 | A day after Nelson Mandela passed away, Capetonians paid tribute to him at the Grand Parade in Cape Town.

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1982 | Kenyan politician, Jean-Marie Seroney (55)

1991 | Ladysmith Black Mambazo band member, Headman Tshabalala (46) 

2005 | South African-born, British pop singer, Danny Williams (63)


1928 | Former president of the Pan Africanist Congress, Clarence Mlami Makwetu

1930 | Former Prime Minister of Zambia, Daniel Lisulo

1947 | Dutch/South African painter and author, Henk van Woerden

1982 | Zimbabwean cricketer, Sean Ervine

1992 | Congolese footballer, Britt Assombalonga


1998 | Zimbabwean golfer Nick Price wins the 1998 Nedbank Million Dollar in a playoff against Tiger Woods.

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2008 | The South African Sevens team wins the Cup final at the SA leg in George 12-7 against New Zealand. 


1991 | Star Trek’s 6th movie ‘The Undiscovered Country’ is released.


The African continent is considered the oldest inhabited territory in the world.

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