On This Day: What happened on

Loyiso Gola

On This Day: What happened on 16 May?

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.

On This Day: What happened on

Loyiso Gola

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

1969 | South African Bureau of State Security (BOSS) was established. It was replaced by the National Intelligence Service in 1980. 

1997 | President of Zaire (now Congo) is forced into exile by rebel soldiers led by rebel forces led by Laurent-Désiré Kabila. 

2003 | 14 bombers blew themselves up in one of the worst attacks in Casablanca, Morocco killing 33 people and injuring more than 100. 

2014 | Two explosions killed twelve people in the Gikomba market area of Nairobi, Kenya.

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1977 | First President of Mali, Modibo Keïta (61)

2004 | Egyptian-German actress, Marika Rökk (90) 

2016 | Somali Minister of Defense, Hussein Sheikh Abdirahman (75)


1983 | South African comedian, Loyiso Gola

1988 | Namibian model, Behati Prinsloo

1989 | South African cricket player, Yolandi Potgieter

1994 | South African rugby player, Christiaan Meyer


2019 | Saray Khumalo became the first black African woman to reach the summit of Mount Everest. 


The Big Bang Theory

2002 | “Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones” starring Ewan McGregor, Hayden Christensen and Natalie Portman is released. 

2019 | The last episode of ‘The Big Bang Theory’ starring Jim Parson, Johnny Galecki and Kaley Cuoco airs on TV. 

2019 | Rocketman, a movie based on the life of Elton John is released.



The Mozambican national flag has the image of an AK-47 assault rifle embedded into it.