ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY
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. |