On this day

In 1966, The South African Military History Society was established following the appeal of Commander-General H.B. Klopper for all South Africans to be interested in the military history of South Africa. Image: Wikimedia Commons

On This Day in South Africa: What happened on 05 October?

We look back on this day in world and South African history, remembering the people and events that shaped the world we live in today.

On this day

In 1966, The South African Military History Society was established following the appeal of Commander-General H.B. Klopper for all South Africans to be interested in the military history of South Africa. Image: Wikimedia Commons

Here’s a look at what happened on this day, 05 October, throughout world and South African history. We remember the news, events, and people that influenced the course of history forever.

ON THIS DAY: 05 OCTOBER

1966 | The South African Military History Society was established following the appeal of Commander-General H.B. Klopper for all South Africans to be interested in the military history of South Africa.

1960 | South Africa held a referendum to decide whether South Africa should become a republic.

2011 | In the Mekong River massacre, two Chinese cargo boats were hijacked and 13 crew members were killed.

2000 | Mass protests in Serbia forced the resignation of Slobodan Milošević.

1999 | The Ladbroke Grove train crash in west London killed 31 people.

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BIRTHDAYS

1991 | South African rugby union footballer, Elandré Huggett.

1984 | South African rugby union footballer and coach, Mzwandile Stick.

1925 | South African-born English journalist and lyricist, Herbert Kretzmer died in 2020.

1941 | Argentinian lawyer and politician, 50th President of Argentina, Eduardo Duhalde.

1988 | American musician, beatboxer, singer-songwriter, rapper, and record producer, Kevin Olusola.

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ON THIS DAY: DEATHS

2004 | American biologist and academic, William H. Dobelle, 63.

2013 | American chemist and academic, Ruth R. Benerito, 97.

2003 | Canadian-American ice hockey player, Dan Snyder, 25.

2012 | American dentist and politician, James W. Holley, III, 86.

2016 | American journalist and author, Brock Yates, 83.

SPORTS 

2014 | On this day Cheadle lost 22-0 to Russia’s under-19 team who were preparing for the European Championship qualifiers in Northern Ireland.

ENTERTAINMENT

2007 | “Michael Clayton”, starring George Clooney was released on this day in the United States.

AFRICA FACT

The pyramid of Khufu at Giza is the largest Pyramid in Egypt.