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1798 Flem­ish and Lux­em­bour­gish peas­ants launch the re­bel­lion against French rule known as the Peas­ants’ War. 1860 Sir Harry Smith, former Cape gov­er­nor, dies in Lon­don. The towns of Har­ri­smith and Lady­smith are named af­ter him and his Span­ish wife, Juana.

1899 The first shots of the sec­ond An­gloBoer War are fired at Kraaipan, south of Mafek­ing, where Gen­eral De la Rey at­tacks an ar­moured train.

1901 US Pres­i­dent Theodore Roo­sevelt re­names Wash­ing­ton’s “Ex­ec­u­tive Man­sion” as “The White House”.

1908 The Na­tional Con­ven­tion meets in Dur­ban to dis­cuss uni­fi­ca­tion of the four South African colonies.

1915 Ford Mo­tor Com­pany un­der Henry Ford man­u­fac­tures its 1 mil­lionth au­to­mo­bile.

1960 Tele­vi­sion view­ers in Ja­pan un­ex­pect­edly wit­ness the as­sas­si­na­tion of Ine­jiro Asanuma, leader of the Ja­pan So­cial­ist Party, when he is stabbed to death dur­ing a live broad­cast.

1984 IRA bombs the Grand Ho­tel, Brighton, where Bri­tish prime min­is­ter Mar­garet Thatcher is stay­ing; five die. 1991 ANC deputy pres­i­dent Nel­son Man­dela states his party is pre­pared to aban­don its long-held pol­icy of na­tion­al­i­sa­tion if the busi­ness com­mu­nity can pro­vide an al­ter­na­tive which will re­dress the coun­try’s eco­nomic im­bal­ances.

2000 The de­stroyer USS Cole is badly dam­aged in Aden, Ye­men, by two sui­cide bombers, killing 17 crew mem­bers and wound­ing at least 39.

2002 Ter­ror­ists bombs in Bali’s night­club district kill 202 and in­jure 209 peo­ple, most of them for­eign tourists.

2006 The ANC Women’s League states that crime has gone far enough, and that the gov­ern­ment has to pull up its socks.

2012 The UN Se­cu­rity Coun­cil or­ders an African-led force to oust Is­lamist mil­i­tants in north­ern Mali.

2013 50 peo­ple are killed af­ter a truck veers off a cliff in La Con­ven­ción Prov­ince, Peru.

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