On this day

South African musician, Zahara celebrates her birthday. Image: Wikimedia Commons

On This Day in South Africa: What happened on 09 November?

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 musician, Zahara celebrates her birthday. Image: Wikimedia Commons

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


1988 | Mpho Mathibela, one of the Siamese twins who were separated in surgery, was allowed to leave the hospital for the first time.

1952 | Riots broke out in East London, Eastern Cape after strike meetings were banned by the government. 17 protesters were killed, including an Irish Nun who was stoned to death by the mob.

2016 | Donald Trump was declared the winner of the US Presidential Election.

2012 | A train carrying liquid fuel crashed and caught fire in northern Myanmar, killing 27 people and injuring 80 others.

2007 | Germany’s Bundestag passed a controversial data retention bill that mandates the retention of citizens’ communications traffic data for six months without probable cause.

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1993 | South African surfer, Bianca Buitendag.

1988 | South African musician, Zahara.

1973 | Greek footballer and coach, Zisis Vryzas.

1968 | Italian pianist and educator, Nazzareno Carusi.

1970 | American rapper and producer, Scarface.


2017 | American singer songwriter, Chuck Mosley, 58.

2006 | American journalist, Ed Bradley, 65.

2008 | South African singer,  Miriam Makeba, 76.

2015 | American fencer, Byron Krieger, 95.

2006 | German intelligence officer, Markus Wolf, 83.


Chelsea starters vs Arsenal 2012. Image: Wikimedia Commons

1907 | On this day, Chelsea hosted Arsenal in the First Division match. Chelsea won 2-1 and it was the first London derby ever played in the First Division.


1934 | Ronald Harwood, Oscar-winning screenwriter, was born in Cape Town, South Africa. He died on September 8, 2020 in Sussex, England.


The highest ski resort in Africa is Okokaïmeden Ski Resort in Morocco with 3 268 metres.