On this day

F.W. de Klerk, left, the last president of apartheid-era South Africa, and Nelson Mandela. In 1990, South Africa government launched ‘Operation Iron Fist’ in townships. President F.W. de Klerk and Nelson Mandela held a series of meetings to discuss ways to quell the unrest. Image: Wikimedia Commons

On This Day in South Africa: What happened on 15 September?

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

F.W. de Klerk, left, the last president of apartheid-era South Africa, and Nelson Mandela. In 1990, South Africa government launched ‘Operation Iron Fist’ in townships. President F.W. de Klerk and Nelson Mandela held a series of meetings to discuss ways to quell the unrest. Image: Wikimedia Commons

Here’s a look at what happened on this day, 15 September, throughout world and South African history. We remember the news, events, and people that influenced the course of history forever.

ON THIS DAY: 15 SEPTEMBER

2004 | Stats South Africa reported that the number of commercial farming units in South Africa decreased by 26% between 1993 and 2002.

1990 | South African government launched ‘Operation Iron Fist’ in townships. President F.W. de Klerk and Nelson Mandela held a series of meetings to discuss ways to quell the unrest.

2004 | National Hockey League commissioner Gary Bettman announced the suspension of the players’ union and suspended its dealings with the NHL’s head office.

1983 | Israeli premier Menachem Begin resigned.

1981 | The Senate Judiciary Committee unanimously approved Sandra Day O’Connor as the first female justice on the United States Supreme Court.

1981 | The John Bull became the world’s oldest operating train when the Smithsonian Institution operated it under its own power outside Washington, D.C.

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BIRTHDAYS

1992 | South African rapper, Emtee.

1976 | South African film director, Jonathan Liebesman.

1971 | South African tennis player, Wayne Ferreira.

1946 | American author and critic, Howard Waldrop.

1946 | South African cricketer, coach, and referee, Mike Procter.

ON THIS DAY: DEATHS

1989 | American novelist, poet, and literary critic, Robert Penn Warren, 84.

2004 | Canadian journalist and author, Walter Stewart, 73.

2006 | Mexican-American actor, Pablo Santos, 19.

1997 | American wrestler, Bulldog Brower, 64.

2014 | Swiss psychotherapist and author, Jürg Schubiger, 78.

SPORTS

2000 | The Opening Ceremony of the 2000 Olympic Games takes place in Australia’s capital Sydney on this day.

ENTERTAINMENT

2020 | On this day in the United States, “Wish Upon A Unicorn” was released for the first time. It was directed by Steve Bencich.

AFRICA FACT

Accra is the capital city of Ghana but not the largest city in Ghana.