ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY
Napoleon Bonaparte, newly returned from his disastrous expedition to Egypt, seizes power in France.
US General Ulysses S Grant issues orders to bar Jews serving under him.
The Great Boston Fire. Close to
1 000 buildings are destroyed.
The mutilated body of Mary Jane Kelly, believed to be the final victim of Jack the Ripper, is discovered in London.
The Cullinan Diamond is presented to King Edward VII on his 66th birthday. The stone is the largest gem-quality rough diamond ever found, weighing 3 106.75 carats (621.35g), and was discovered at the Premier No 2 mine in Cullinan, near Pretoria, on January 26 two years before.
An ammunitions ship explodes at Bakaritsa harbour, near Archangel, Soviet Union, killing about 600 people and injuring 800.
A hurricane storm wave sweeps over Santa Cruz del Sur Cuba, killing
2 500 people.
Kristallnacht begins with a pogrom against Jews in Germany and Austria
– the first large-scale physical act of antiJewish violence in Nazi Germany.
The Red Cross wins the Nobel peace prize.
The UN General Assembly condemns apartheid.
Garry Kasparov, 22, becomes the youngest World Chess Champion by beating fellow Soviet Anatoly Karpov.
East Germany opens checkpoints in the Berlin Wall, allowing its citizens to travel to West Berlin.
Brigadier Joshua Oupa Qqozo, military leader of Ciskei homeland, goes on trial in the Ciskei Supreme Court on charges of murder or incitement to murder, relating to the killing of Lieutenant Charles Sebe during a coup attempt in January 1991.
At least 27 people are killed and dozens are wounded in conflicts between inmates and guards at Welikada prison in Colombo.
Top African business leaders establish an emergency fund to help countries hit by the Ebola outbreak.
Donald Trump is declared the winner of the US presidential election. The Historian
SASSA VISIT President Cyril Ramaphosa, accompanied by Minister of Social Development Susan Shabangu, pays a visit to the SA Social Security Agency (Sassa) Alexandra Local Office in Johannesburg. Sassa is a national agency of the government created in April 2005 in order to distribute social grants on behalf of the Department of Social Development. The visit is part of Ramaphosa’s efforts to ensure the government delivers services with efficiency and integrity to the people. |