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.
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
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.