On this day in history: 12 January

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A short summary of events that took place in this day in history.

Sunday, January 12, 1879
War breaks out between the British and the Zulu. (Omer-Cooper: History of Southern Africa)
References:
• Pakenham, T. (1991). The Scramble for Africa, Johannesburg: Jonathan Ball.
• http://www.news24.com

Tuesday, January 12, 1960
Adv. C.R. Swart is appointed as the last Governor-General of South Africa.
References:
• Wallis, F. (2000). Nuusdagboek: feite en fratse oor 1000 jaar, Kaapstad: Human & Rousseau

Saturday, January 12, 1980
A British Sports Council team begins a three-week fact-finding tour of South Africa to investigate racial discrimination in sport.
References:
• Kalley, J.A.; Schoeman, E. & Andor, L.E. (eds) (1999). Southern African Political History: a chronology of key political events from independence to mid-1997, Westport: Greenwood.

Saturday, January 12, 1991
Forty-five (thirty-five?) ANC mourners are killed during an attack on a funeral vigil for an ANC member in Sebokeng.
References:
• Coleman, M. (ed)(1998). A Crime Against Humanity: analysing the repression of the apartheid state, Johannesburg: Human Rights Committee, p. 265
• Meer, F. (ed)(1993). The Codesa file. Durban: Madiba Publishers, p. 34

Tuesday, January 12, 1999
Steve Tshwete, Minister of Sport and Recreation, holds talks with representatives of nine national sports organisations, urging them to make teams more representative of all races.
References:
• Wallis, F. (2000). Nuusdagboek: feite en fratse oor 1000 jaar, Kaapstad: Human & Rousseau

Friday, January 12, 2007
Comet McNaught, reported to be the brightest comet visible from earth in the last thirty years, is seen at its brightest in die South African sky.
References:
• http://www.news24.co.za

Thursday, January 12, 2012
World Day Against Child Labour.
References:
• http://www.nyc.gov.za/

All information is taken from South African History Online. To read more on this day in history,  click here http://www.sahistory.org.za/this_day/12/01

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