Nelson Mandela

A number of South Africans from diverse backgrounds across the spectrum have uttered some unforgettable words over the years. Image: Wikimedia Commons

On This Day in South Africa: What happened on 12 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.

Nelson Mandela

A number of South Africans from diverse backgrounds across the spectrum have uttered some unforgettable words over the years. Image: Wikimedia Commons

Here’s a look at what happened on this day, 12 October, throughout world and South African history. We remember the news, events, and people that influenced the course of history forever.

ON THIS DAY: 12 OCTOBER

1991 | The Deputy President of the African National Congress (ANC) Nelson Mandela announced the intention of the nationalisation policy.

1968 | South Africa was admitted to the African Games as long as the competition in SA was held without racial discrimination.

2019 | Typhoon Hagibis made landfall in Japan killing 10 people and forcing the evacuation of 1 000 000 people.

2019 | Eliud Kipchoge from Kenya was the first person to run a marathon under two hours with a time of 1:59:40 in Vienna.

2017 | The United States announced its decision to withdraw from UNESCO.

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BIRTHDAYS

1981 | South African rugby union and rugby league footballer, Gary Botha.

1986 | South African rugby union footballer, Francois Uys.

1982 | South African rugby union player, Shaun Ruwers.

1983 | English footballer, Carlton Cole.

1981 | New Zealand rugby player, Conrad Smith.

ON THIS DAY: DEATHS

1985 | American singer-songwriter and guitarist, Ricky Wilson, 32.

2001 | Ballet critic and writer, Richard Buckle, 85.

2010 | American football player, Woody Peoples, 67.

1997 | American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and actor, John Denver, 54.

1960 | Japanese lawyer and politician, Inejiro Asanuma, 62.

SPORTS

1977 | On this day, Scotland beat Wales 2-0 in a World Cup qualifier to reach the 1978 World Cup finals in Argentina.

ENTERTAINMENT

2007 | On this day in the United States, “Why Did I Get Married?” was released for the first time. It was directed by Tyler Perry.

AFRICA FACT

Africa is the second largest continent in the world but has the shortest coastline.