ON THIS DAY IN HIS­TORY

Weekend Argus (Sunday Edition) - - NATION - The His­to­rian

1653 The first wheat planted at the Cape is har­vested.

1772 French ex­plorer Mar­ion du Fresne dis­cov­ers Mar­ion Is­land and Prince Ed­ward Is­lands in the south­ern In­dian Ocean.

1849 Bri­tish forces re­treat in de­feat at the Bat­tle of Tooele, in the Sec­ond An­glo-Sikh War.

1911 Roald Amund­sen an­chors at Walvis Bay, south-west Africa, on his way to lead­ing the first ex­pe­di­tion to reach the South Pole.

1915 An earth­quake in L’Aquila, Italy, kills be­tween 30 000 and 33 000 peo­ple. 1915 South African troops oc­cupy Swakop­mund, in Ger­man south-west Africa.

1949 Anti-In­dian ri­ots, by Zu­lus, kill at least 137 peo­ple in Dur­ban.

1951 A De Hav­il­land Dove of United Air­ways crashes near Ix­opo, Natal, killing 12 oc­cu­pants.

1985 A pas­sen­ger train plunges into a ravine in Ethiopia, killing 428 in the worst rail­road dis­as­ter in Africa.

1989 Com­put­ers across Bri­tain hit by “Fri­day the 13th”/Jerusalem virus.

1991 At least 40 soc­cer fans die as they flee fight­ing be­tween fans at a sta­dium near Orkney.

2012 The pas­sen­ger cruise ship Costa Con­cor­dia sinks off the coast of Italy. There were 32 deaths.

2018 A false alert about a mis­sile strike causes panic in Hawaii. |

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