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1988 –  Five prominent anti-apartheid activists are released in Cape Town, South Africa after being detained for up to two years under the Internal Security

1996 –  Nelson Mandela steps down as President of South Africa

1974 – New Zealand imposes a blanket ban on sports teams from South Africa

1992–  South Africa beats Cameroon 1-0 in Durban in first FIFA sanctioned match after nearly 20 years international isolation during apartheid


2003 – In northwestern Tanzania a bus rolled several times after one of its front tires burst killing at least 19 people and injuring 23 others.


1925 – Afrikaans is recognised as one of the official languages of South Africa, along with English and Dutch

1943 –  Adolf Hitler makes the V-2 missile program a top priority in armament planning.

1981 –  Sandra Day O’Connor becomes the first woman to serve on the Supreme Court.


1752 – Joseph-Marie Jacquard, French inventor, textile industry pioneer.

1887 – Marc Chagall, French painter and designer

1906 – Leroy “Satchel” page, baseball pitcher


1991 – James Forrest is a Scottish footballer who plays as a winger for Scottish Premiership club Celtic and the Scotland national team.


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