On this day

Vincent Aboubakar is the first African player and the second player in the world to score and be sent off in a World Cup match since Zinedine Zidane in 2006. Image: Wikimedia Commons

On This Day in South Africa: What happened on 04 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

Vincent Aboubakar is the first African player and the second player in the world to score and be sent off in a World Cup match since Zinedine Zidane in 2006. Image: Wikimedia Commons

Here’s a look at what happened on this day, 04 December, throughout world and South African history. We remember the news, events, and people that influenced the course of history forever.

ON THIS DAY: 04 DECEMBER

1996 | The South Africa Parliament approved the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa.

1809 | Cape Town was hit by an earthquake measuring 6.5 on the Richter scale. It is the largest recorded earthquake to hit the region.

2017 | The Pontiac Silverdome in Pontiac, Michigan was closed, after a day of failed entry. It is about 30 miles from Detroit, Michigan. It was first opened on August 23, 1975.

2015 | A firebomb was thrown at a restaurant in Cairo, the capital of Egypt, killing 17 people.

2017 | The Thomas Fire began near Santa Paula and became the largest wildfire in modern California history after burning 440 square miles (281 893 acres; 114 078 hectares) in Ventura and Santa Barbara.

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BIRTHDAYS

1953 | South African scientist, Anton Albert van Niekerk.

1955 | Canadian-American ice hockey player and manager, Dave Taylor.

1967 | Stand-up comedian from Cape Town, South Africa, Marc Lottering 

1965 | English race car driver and businessman, Shaun Hollamby.

1965 | Spanish director, producer, and screenwriter, Álex de la Iglesia.

ON THIS DAY: DEATHS

2014 | Indian lawyer and judge, V. R. Krishna Iyer, 100.

2015 | Israeli journalist and politician, 15th Israeli Minister of Education, Yossi Sarid, 75.

2012 | Colombian footballer and manager, Miguel Calero, 41.

2016 | British writer and WAAF officer, Patricia Robins, 95.

2000 | Surinamese banker and politician, first Prime Minister of the Republic of Suriname, Henck Arron, 64.

SPORTS

1909 | In the First Division game at Anfield between Liverpool and League champions Newcastle United, the visitors took the lead from the first minute and by half-time Newcastle were leading 5-2. But an incredible second-half fightback saw Liverpool finish 6-5 winners.

ENTERTAINMENT

2020 | On this day, the first episode of Selena: The Series was released by Netflix.

AFRICA FACT

Vincent Aboubakar is the first African player and the second player in the world to score and be sent off in a World Cup match since Zinedine Zidane in 2006.