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On This Day: What happened on 21 December?

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.

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Here’s a look at what happened on this day, 21 December, throughout history. We remember the news, events, and people that influenced the course of history forever.


1915 | 2 800 South African miners begin a strike at the Van Rhyn Deep mines due to unfair treatment.

1964 | The South African government and the British government signs an agreement for Britain to provide South Africa with military equipment.

1967 | The first man to undergo a heart transplant, Louis Washkansky, dies in Cape Town after 18 days of having the transplant.

1975 | Madagascar adopts a new constitution under the Ratsiraka administration.

1982 | An investigation begins on the death of white trade union leader, Dr Neil Aggett who committed suicide while he was in detention. 

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1920 | Founder of Somali Dervish movement, Mohammed Abdullah Hassan (64)

2012 | South African cricketer, Thomas Bryant (79)

2012 | Zimbabwean politician, Seiso Moyo (56)

2013 | Egyptian diplomat, Ahmed Asmat Abdel-Meguid (89)


1966 | Deputy President of Kenya, William Ruto

1978 | South African musician, Shaun Morgan

1984 | South African rugby player, Dries van Schalkwyk



2011 | FIBA Africa Basketball Clubs Champions Cup final, Étoile Sportive du Sahel from Tunisia win 82-60 against Primeiro de Agosto from Angola. 


1937 | The first animated film in the world, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, premieres at the Carthay Circle Theatre.


Africa is the oldest populated continent in the world.