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South African singer, Lira can sing again. Image via Instagram @miss_lira.

On This Day in South Africa: What happened on 14 March?

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.

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South African singer, Lira can sing again. Image via Instagram @miss_lira.

Take a look at what happened on this day, 14 March in history. From a variety of achievements, and milestones throughout human history to groundbreaking inventions and events that shaped the world we live in today.

Here is a look at some of the most notable events that happened on this day.


1982 | Bombs were detonated at the African National Congress (ANC) offices in London, England. General Johann Coetzee, a former commander of the South African security police, and seven other officers presented an amnesty request to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission while claiming culpability for the assault.

2017 | The chemical element nihonium was named in Tokyo, and the then-crown prince Naruhito was present.

1988 | Th conflict between Chinese and Vietnamese forces over the control of a Spratly Island called Johnson South Reef. The Chinese forces emerged as the victors in this altercation.

1903 | The United States’ first national wildlife refuge, Pelican Island National Wildlife Refuge, was established by President Theodore Roosevelt.

1942 | Orvan Hess and John Bumstead administered penicillin to Anne Miller, making her the first patient from the United States to receive this treatment.

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1979 | South African singer, Lira.

1976 | South African bicycle racer, Simon Kessler.

1981 | American football player, George Wilson.

1973 | Indian film director and producer, Rohit Shetty.

1991 | South African rugby union player, Frans Malherbe.


2019 | American skateboarder and Thrasher editor-in-chief, Jake Phelps, 57

1898 | South African mining magnate and businessman, Woolf Joel, 34.

2010 | American actor, Peter Graves, 84.

1995 | American physicist and astronomer, Nobel Prize laureate, William Alfred Fowler, 84.


2007 | On this day, a record attendance for the FA Youth Cup was achieved at the Emirates stadium during the first leg of the semi-final match between Arsenal and Manchester United, with 38 187 people present. Arsenal emerged victorious with a 1-0 win.


2014 | On this day, Gary Burger, who was a member of the band The Monks, passed away at the age of 71 due to pancreatic cancer.


Tanzania’s President, Samia Suluhu Hassan. Image: Wikimedia Commons

In 2022 Forbe’s list of powerful women, only 3 African women made it. They include The Director General of the World Trade Organization, Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala from Nigeria. Tanzania’s President, Samia Suluhu Hassan, and Nigerian media mogul, Mosunmola Abudu.