On this day

South Africa’s sprinter Oscar Pistorius Celebrates his 36th birthday. Image: Wikimedia Commons

On This Day in South Africa: What happened on 22 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 Africa’s sprinter Oscar Pistorius Celebrates his 36th birthday. Image: Wikimedia Commons

Here’s a look at what happened on this day, 22 November, throughout world and South African history. We remember the news, events, and people that influenced the course of history forever.


1990 |  A group of six white soldiers and several Black rebel soldiers launched another attempted coup on 21/22 November in Transkei, a Black country.

1994 | South Africa signed an agreement with Switzerland to support the Reconstruction and Development Program (RDP).

2015 | Landslides in Hpakant, Kachin State, northern Myanmar killed at least 116 people near a jade mine, while another 100 were missing.

2012 | A ceasefire began between Hamas in the Gaza Strip and Israel after eight days of violence and 150 deaths.

2003 | Baghdad DHL attempted shootdown incident: Shortly after takeoff, a DHL Express cargo plane was hit on the left wing by a surface-to-air missile and forced to land.

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1986 | South African Paralympic athlete, Oscar Pistorius.

1966 | Horror film director and screenwriter, Richard Stanley.

2000 | American social media vlogger and singer, Baby Ariel.

1994 | Mexican volleyball player, Samantha Bricio.

1967 | American actor and activist, Mark Ruffalo.


2015 | Bangladeshi politician, Ali Ahsan Mohammad Mojaheed, 67.

2005 | American jockey and trainer, Bruce Hobbs, 85.

2013 | American computer programmer, Don Dailey, 57.

2017 | Russian operatic baritone, Dmitri Hvorostovsky, 55.

2013 | Brazilian footballer, Jancarlos de Oliveira Barros, 30.


England Rugby Union squad training at the University of Bath. Image: Wikimedia Conmmons

2003 | England defeated Australia in the 2003 Rugby World Cup Final, becoming the first team from the Northern Hemisphere to win the tournament.


2018 | On this day in the United States, “The Christmas Chronicles” was released for the first time. 


In 2021 for the first time on this day, Comoros qualified for the African Cup of Nations after a 0-0 draw at home with Togo.