The Sunday Independent - - NATION - 1120 1497 1839 1913 11941 1943 1952 1963 1981 2009 The His­to­rian The Mouse­trap,


The White Ship sinks in the English Chan­nel, drown­ing the heir to the English crown and set­ting the stage for The An­ar­chy (1135-1153).

Vasco da Gama, on his way to the East, lands near Mos­sel Bay, stay­ing for a week.

A cy­clone slams In­dia with high winds and a 12m storm surge, de­stroy­ing the city of Coringa (which has never been com­pletely re­built). The storm wave sweeps in­land, tak­ing with it 20 000 ships and thou­sands of peo­ple, killing about 300 000.

Po­lice in Natal open fire on peo­ple demon­strat­ing against the im­pris­on­ment of Mo­han­das Gandhi, killing two and wound­ing 22.

The Bri­tish bat­tle­ship HMS Barham, is sunk by a Ger­man tor­pedo dur­ing World War II.

Gen­eral Jan Smuts, SA premier, makes a speech to mem­bers of the Bri­tish par­lia­ment, sug­gest­ing that world peace should be en­trusted to a Trio of Great Pow­ers – the US, Rus­sia and Great Bri­tain.

Agatha Chris­tie’s opens in Lon­don to be­come the long­est con­tin­u­ously run­ning play in his­tory.

John F Kennedy and his killer, Lee Har­vey Oswald, are both buried, al­beit sep­a­rately.

Forty-five mer­ce­nar­ies from South Africa (The Mem­o­rable Or­der of Froth Blow­ers) un­der Colonel Mike Hoare land in Sey­chelles, and stage an un­suc­cess­ful coup. Those who es­cape hi­jack a pas­sen­ger plane and fly to Dur­ban, where they sur­ren­der. One is the late Peter Duffy, a press pho­tog­ra­pher with the Ar­gus group.

Jed­dah floods dur­ing the Hajj pil­grim­age and 3 000 cars are swept away; 122 peo­ple per­ish.


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