On This Day: What happened on

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On This Day: What happened on 17 July?

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

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Here’s a look at what happened on this day, 17 July, throughout history. We remember the news, events, and people that influenced the course of history forever.

1950 | The South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) introduces its first national news service.

1959 | Palaeontologist Mary Leakey discovers one of the oldest hominid skulls in Tanzania.

1964 | Mandela is awarded the Joliot Curie Gold Medal for Peace.

2004 | Mandela asks for commitment to fight AIDS.

2008 | The Rwandan parliament voted to give immunity from prosecution to former presidents of the country.

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1943 | Governor-general of the Union of South Africa, Sir Patrick Duncan (72)

1946 | Florence Fuller, South African-born Australian artist (78-79)

1996 | Tunisian-French guitarist, Marcel Dadi.


1915 | Trader and art collector Habib Rajab.

1933 | Zimbabwean-South African cricketer, Tony Pithey.

1955 | South African soccer player and director, Jomo Sono.



2010 | Nigeria wins 2 – 1 against Japan in the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup in Germany.

2010 | Ghana loses 2 – 4 to South Korea in the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup in Germany.

2010 | Supersport United wins 2 – 1 against FUS Rabat in the CAF Confederation Cup Play-off for group stage.


1955 | Disneyland in Anaheim, California opens to invited guests only.


21 percent of SSA nations have one or two products accounting for their total exports. Most of these exports are in form of agricultural produce.