On this day

In 1978, Vorster succeeded by Pieter Botha to become the premier of South Africa. Image: Wikimedia Commons

On This Day in South Africa: What happened on 28 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

In 1978, Vorster succeeded by Pieter Botha to become the premier of South Africa. Image: Wikimedia Commons

Here’s a look at what happened on this day, 28 September, throughout world and South African history. We remember the news, events, and people that influenced the course of history forever.


1978 | Pieter Botha succeeded Vorster to become the premier of South Africa.

1984 | South Africa was told by the IAEA to open all nuclear power plants to international inspection.

2018 | The Sulawesi earthquake with a magnitude of 7.5 M in 2018, caused a large Tsunami, causing the death of 4 340 people, and 10 679 injured.

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2016 | Power outages hit South Australia in 2016, lasting up to three days in some areas.

2014 | The 2014 Hong Kong protests began in response to the reform of political sanctions imposed by the NPC in Beijing.

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1945 | South African comedian, Pieter-Dirk Uys.

1971 | South African rugby union player, Braam van Straaten.

1947 | American mathematician and academic, Rhonda Hughes.

1969 | Canadian singer-songwriter and keyboard player, ÿric Lapointe.

1970 | American baseball player, Mike DeJean.

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2016 | Polish-Israeli statesman and politician, ninth President of Israel, Shimon Peres, 93.

2014 | American colonel and historian, Joseph H. Alexander, 76.

2009 | Panamanian lawyer and politician, 32nd President of Panama, Guillermo Endara, 73.

1978 | Pope John Paul I, 66.

2015 | Irish composer and conductor, Alexander Faris, 94.


2004 | 18-year-old Wayne Rooney made an impressive debut for Manchester United scoring a hat-trick in United’s 6-2 Champions League win over Fenerbahçe at Old Trafford on this day.

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2018 | On this day, “Under The Sea: A Descendants Short Story” was released in the United States for the first time.


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