On this day

In 1988, P. W. Botha granted reprieve to the “Sharpeville Six” (Reginald Sefatsa, Reid Mokoena, Moses Diniso, Theresa Ramashamole, Duma Khumalo and Francis Mokhesi), who were sentenced to death for allegedly being part of a mob that killed Kuzwayo Jacob Dlamini deputy Mayor of Sharpeville in September 1984.

On This Day in South Africa: What happened on 23 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

In 1988, P. W. Botha granted reprieve to the “Sharpeville Six” (Reginald Sefatsa, Reid Mokoena, Moses Diniso, Theresa Ramashamole, Duma Khumalo and Francis Mokhesi), who were sentenced to death for allegedly being part of a mob that killed Kuzwayo Jacob Dlamini deputy Mayor of Sharpeville in September 1984.

Here’s a look at what happened on this day, 23 November, throughout world and South African history. We remember the news, events, and people that influenced the course of history forever.

ON THIS DAY: 23 NOVEMBER

1887 | Dr Hendrik Johannes van der Bijl, the South African businessman who laid the foundation for the establishment of Escom and Iscor, was born in Pretoria.

1988 | P. W. Botha granted reprieve to the “Sharpeville Six” (Reginald Sefatsa, Reid Mokoena, Moses Diniso, Theresa Ramashamole, Duma Khumalo and Francis Mokhesi), who were sentenced to death for allegedly being part of a mob that killed Kuzwayo Jacob Dlamini deputy Mayor of Sharpeville in September 1984.

 2015 | Blue Origin’s New Shepard spacecraft was the first rocket to successfully launch into space and then return to Earth in a controlled and vertical landing.

2011 | Arab Spring: After 11 months of protests in Yemen, Yemeni president Ali Abdullah Saleh signed an agreement to hand over power to the vice president, in exchange for legal immunity.

2010 | A North Korean artillery attack killed two civilians and two marines on Yeonpyeong Island, South Korea.

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BIRTHDAYS 

1959 | South African Paralympian, Michael Louwrens.

1988 | South African association football player, Shane Booysen.

1956 | New Zealand cricketer, Bruce Edgar.

1971 | American basketball player and coach, Vin Baker.

1984 | American baseball player, Justin Turner.

ON THIS DAY: DEATHS 

2007 | New Zealand rugby union player, Pat Walsh, 71.

2015 | American author and playwright, Dan Fante, 71.

2000 | English actor and playwright, Brian Rawlinson, 69.

1996 | American saxophonist and songwriter, Art Porter, Jr., 35.

1972 | American actress, Marie Wilson, 56.

SPORTS

2014 | England’s Women played their first match at the revamped Wembley Stadium, a friendly against Germany and lost 3-0.

ENTERTAINMENT

2005 | Yours, Mine & Ours” was released on this day in the United States for the first time.

AFRICA FACT

In Senegal, Some drivers attach horse, sheep hair to their taxis for good luck.