On this day

In 1899, Morning Post reporter Winston Churchill left for South Africa to report on the Anglo-Boer War. Image: flickr/Portraitme

On This Day in South Africa: What happened on 14 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 1899, Morning Post reporter Winston Churchill left for South Africa to report on the Anglo-Boer War. Image: flickr/Portraitme

Here’s a look at what happened on this day, 14 October, throughout world and South African history. We remember the news, events, and people that influenced the course of history forever.

ON THIS DAY: 14 OCTOBER

1899 | Morning Post reporter Winston Churchill left for South Africa to report on the Anglo-Boer War.

1931 | Pretoria gained official city status. The city was founded in 1855 by Marthinus Pretorius, a Voortrekkers leader who named it after Andries Pretorius’ father.

2017 | A large truck explosion in Somalia killed 358 people and injured more than 400 others.

2014 | A snowstorm and avalanche in the Nepalese Himalayas caused by the remnants of Cyclone Hudhud killed 43 people.

2014 | Utah State University received a bomb threat against feminist media critic Anita Sarkeesian, who was scheduled to give a lecture the next day.

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BIRTHDAYS

1985 | South African rugby union player, Ryan Kankowski.

1988 | South African rugby union player, Steven Hunt. 

1954 | English journalist, Carole Malone.

1947 | American football player, Charlie Joiner.

1978 | Scottish footballer, Steven Thompson.

ON THIS DAY: DEATHS

2015 | American historian and academic, Margaret Keyes, 97.

1961 | French politician, 129th Prime Minister of France, Paul Ramadier, 73.

2013 | Japanese author and poet, Kōichi Iijima, 83.

2013 | Romanian-Dutch chess player, Käty van der Mije-Nicolau, 73.

2012 | Australian journalist and author, Max Fatchen,  92.

SPORTS

2014 | Serbia’s UEFA qualifier against Albania was cancelled after 42 minutes due to several incidents inside and outside the field. Finally Albania was given the victory.

ENTERTAINMENT

2020 | On this day, “Blackpink: Light Up the Sky” was released worldwide on Netflix for the first time.

AFRICA FACT

Mwalimu Julius Kambarage Nyerere was the first president of Tanganyika and then Tanzania, he fought for independence against colonial countries (Germany and Britain). He died on 14 October 1999.