On this day

Mwalimu Julius Kambarage Nyerere helped Tanzania to gain indepence in 1961. Image: flickr

On This Day in South Africa: What happened on 09 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

Mwalimu Julius Kambarage Nyerere helped Tanzania to gain indepence in 1961. Image: flickr

Here’s a look at what happened on this day, 09 December, throughout world and South African history. We remember the news, events, and people that influenced the course of history forever.


1982 | The South African Defense Force (SADF) raided Maseru in an effort to kill suspected members of the African National Congress.

1961 | Tanzania gained independence on 9 December 1966. The 2022 independence day celebration budget will be used to build dormitories for physically challenged children.

2016 | South Korean President Park Geun-hye was impeached by the country’s Parliament due to a major political scandal. Prime Minister Hwang Kyo-ahn was Acting President, later refusing to run for a full term.

2016 | At least 57 people were killed and 177 others injured when two suicide bombers attacked a market in Madagali, North-Eastern Nigeria in Madagali suicide bombings.

2015 | The start of the thirty-sixth GCC business summit in Riyadh.

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1982 | South African model, Lee-Anne Liebenberg.

1997 | South African rugby union footballer, Juarno Augustus.

1953 | American actor and producer, John Malkovich.

1971 | American pole vaulter and coach, Nick Hysong.

1947 | English cricketer and umpire, Allan Jones.


2002 | American painter and sculptor, Ian Hornak, 58.

2003 | American basketball player and coach, Norm Sloan, 77.

2014 | Serbian footballer and manager, Blagoje PaunoviĿ, 67.

1979 | American archbishop, Fulton J. Sheen, 84.

1974 | Portuguese composer, Jorge Croner de Vasconcelos, 64.


2000 | Ledley King scored his first Premier League goal on this day for Tottenham in a 3-3 draw at Bradford City,  after just 10 seconds of the match, a Premier League record.


2005 | On this day “Brokeback Mountain” was released for the first time in the United States.


Century Cinemax at Two Rivers Mall in Nairobi, Kenya has the biggest cinema screen in East and Central Africa.