On this day

In 1977, The South African policemen linked in the death of Steve Biko were acquitted due to lack of sufficient evidence. Image: flickr.

On This Day in South Africa: What happened on 02 December?

We look back on this day in history and remember the people and events that shaped the world we live in today.

On this day

In 1977, The South African policemen linked in the death of Steve Biko were acquitted due to lack of sufficient evidence. Image: flickr.

Here’s a look at what happened on this day, 02 December, throughout world and South African history. We remember the news, events, and people that influenced the course of history forever.

ON THIS DAY: 02 DECEMBER

1977 | The South African policemen linked in the death of Steve Biko were acquitted due to lack of sufficient evidence.

2011 | Trade union federation, COSATU, celebrated its 26th anniversary, the first trade union in the world to sponsor a CD.

2016 | Thirty-six people died in a fire in a converted warehouse in Oakland, California, used as an artists’ studio.

2015 | San Bernardino attack: Syed Rizwan Farook and Tashfeen Malik killed 14 people and wounded 22 at the Inland Regional Center in San Bernardino, California.

1999 | The United Kingdom devolved political powers in Northern Ireland to the Northern Ireland Executive following the Good Friday Agreement.

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BIRTHDAYS

1981 | South African born Actress, Lesley-Ann Brandt.

1955 | South African politician, Dianne Kohler Barnard.

1992 | Dominican baseball player, Gary Sánchez.

1981 | American singer-songwriter, dancer, and actress, Britney Spears.

1960 Australian singer-songwriter and guitarist, Peter Blakeley.

ON THIS DAY: DEATHS

2015 | American soldier, Medal of Honor recipient, George T. Sakato, 94.

2015 | American actor, director, and producer, Will McMillan, 71.

2000 | American actress, Gail Fisher, 65.

2013 | Algerian-French engineer and businessman, founded Orangina, Jean-Claude Beton, 88.

2008 | Canadian lawyer and businessman, Edward Samuel Rogers, 75.

SPORTS

2010 | On this day England received just 2 of the 22 votes on staging the World Cup finals when FIFA announced the host nations for the 2018 and 2022 tournaments after a vote in Zurich. 

ENTERTAINMENT

1988 | On this day “The Naked Gun: From the Files of Police Squad!” was released in the United States.

AFRICA FACT

In 2004, the Burundian President Pierre Nkurunziza banned jogging because he feared that it was being used as “a cover for subversion”