Hector Pieterson

On This Day: What happened on 16 June?

We look back on this day in history and remember the people and events that shaped the world we live in today. Every day is worth remembering.

Hector Pieterson

Here’s a look at what happened on this day, 16 June, throughout history. We remember the news, events, and people that influenced the course of history forever.

1976 | South African students in Soweto march against the government’s language policy.

1999 | South African President, Thabo Mbeki inaugurated at Union Buildings.

2000 | Israel complies with UN Security Council Resolution 425 and withdraws from all Lebanon except the disputed Sheba farms.

2002 | The first South African museum opened in Soweto and named in memory of Hector Pieterson.

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1976 | South African iconic image of the Soweto uprising, Hector Pieterson (12)

1979 | Ghanaian Military head of state, Ignatius Kutu Acheampong (47)

1983 | Priest and Former Secretary-General of the ANC, James Arthur Calata (87)


1947 | Kenyan lawyer, Willy Mutunga

1962 | South African-American actor, Arnold Vosloo

1991 | South African rugby union player, Siya Kolisi

1992 | Egyptian basketball player, Assem Marei


Transformation sports quotas solidarity

1996 | Nigeria wins the African championships in athletics held in Yaounde, Cameroon.


1978 | The Movie Grease, starring John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John opened.

1960 | Alfred Hitchcock’s film Psycho starring Anthony Perkins and Vera Miles is premiered


The African pygmies are the shortest people in Africa. The average man is 1.45 m and the women are 1.33 m.