On this day

In 1996, President Nelson Mandela posthumously awarded Enoch Sontonga, composer of “Nkosi, Sekel” the Gold Award for Distinguished Service. Image via Twitter @UNinSouthAfrica

On This Day: What happened on 10 August?

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 1996, President Nelson Mandela posthumously awarded Enoch Sontonga, composer of “Nkosi, Sekel” the Gold Award for Distinguished Service. Image via Twitter @UNinSouthAfrica

Here’s a look at what happened on this day, 10 August, throughout history. We remember the news, events, and people that influenced the course of history forever.

ON THIS DAY: 10 AUGUST

1866 |  The first known reference to Antjie Somers, a South African bogy figured, was made in The Friend

1996 | Mandela confirmed Kerzner’s contribution to the ANC

1984 | Zola Budd of South Africa and Mary Decker of the USA collided accidentally during the 3 000m in the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics on this day.

2019 | At least 32 people were killed and 1 000 000 were evacuated as Typhoon Lekima made landfall in Zhejiang, China. Earlier it caused flooding in the Philippines.

2014 | Sepahan Airlines Flight 5915 crashed at Tehran’s Mehrabad Airport and 40 people were killed. 

2012 | The Marikana massacre began near Rustenburg, South Africa which resulted in the deaths of 47 people.

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BIRTHDAYS

1978 | English cricketer, Chris Read.

1934 | Turkish wrestler and trainer, Tevfik Kıſ.

1978 | Australian footballer, Danny Allsopp.

1991 | Icelandic footballer, Dagný Brynjarsdóttir.

1967 | Belgian footballer and sportscaster, Philippe Albert.

ON THIS DAY: DEATHS

2010 | English footballer, Adam Stansfield, 32.

2007 | American lawyer and religious leader, James E. Faust, 87.

2015 | Belgian author and poet, Eriek Verpale, 63.

2007 | English journalist, producer, and manager co-founded Factory Records, Tony Wilson,  57.

2013 American singer and actress, Eydie Gormé,  85.

SPORTS 

1977 | On this day, Liverpool signed Kenny Dalglish from Celtic for £440 000, and became a Liverpool legend.

ENTERTAINMENT 

2018 | For the first time in the United States, “The Meg” was released in theaters on this day. 

AFRICA FACT 

The highest point of Zimbabwe is Mount Inyangani at 2 592m.