On this day

South African diplomat, Zenani Mandela-Dlamini celebrates her birthday. Image: Wikimedia Commons

On This Day in South Africa: What happened on 04 February?

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

South African diplomat, Zenani Mandela-Dlamini celebrates her birthday. Image: Wikimedia Commons

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


1920 | First air flight from London to South Africa.

2020 | The COVID-19 pandemic caused all casinos in Macau to be closed down for 15 days.

1998 | An earthquake of 5.9 Mw in Afghanistan shook the Takhar Province with a high Mercalli level of VII (Very Strong). With 2 323 killed, and 818 wounded, the damage was considered the worst.

1997 | The Bojnurd earthquake of magnitude 6.5 hit Iran. With Mercalli’s VIII force, it killed at least 88 and destroyed 173 villages.

1820 | The Chilean Navy under the command of Lord Cochrane completed the two-day capture of Valdivia with only 300 men and two ships.

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1959 | South African diplomat, Zenani Mandela-Dlamini.

1994 | South African rugby union player, Bobby de Wee.

1980 | Latvian basketball player, Raimonds Vaikulis.

1973 | Canadian ice hockey player and sportscaster, Manny Legace.

1987 | Czech tennis player, Lucie Šafářová.


2017 | Canadian bass player, Steve Lang, 68.

2006 | American author and activist, Betty Friedan, 85.

2019 | Finnish Olympic-winning ski jumper and singer, Matti Nykänen, 56.

2000 | American lawyer and politician, 54th Speaker of the United States House of Representatives , Carl Albert, 92.

2016 | American captain, pilot, and astronaut, Edgar Mitchell, 86.


1972 | On this day, Dutch speed skater Ard Schenk won the 5 000m at the Sapporo Winter Olympics along with the 1 500m and 10 000m gold medals


1970 | The biographical war epic “Patton”, based on US General George S. Patton during World War II, premiered on this day.


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