On this day in history: 09 February


Wednesday, February 9, 1853
Sir Leander Starr Jameson, leader of the Jameson raid into Transvaal, is born in Edinburgh, Scotland.

Monday, February 9, 1874
Langalibalele, chief of the AmaHlubi people, is tried by a British special court, found guilty of treason, and banished to Robben Island. He was one of the first Black activists to mount an armed struggle and to be banished to Robben Island, nearly a century before Nelson Mandela was imprisoned there.

Friday, February 9, 1900
Anglo-Boer War 2: George Frederick Labram, a mechanical engineer who built ‘Long Cecil’ for the defense of Kimberley during the siege by the Boers, was killed by a shell from a Boer ‘Long Tom’ only a few days before the siege was raised.

Wednesday, February 9, 1916
General Jan Christian Smuts was appointed the commander of UK and South African troops in the East African campaign of World War I.

Tuesday, February 9, 1954
Walter Sisulu acted as the speaker at a meeting of the “South African Society for Peace and Friendship with the Soviet Union” which was held in the Ambagsaal, Johannesburg. Sisulu talked of the way in which Communism has been implemented in Russia and China.

Thursday, February 9, 1978
South Africa was to make its own missiles. Kentron (Pty) Ltd, a newly formed subsidiary of ARMSCOR (the South African Armaments Corporation) will produce these.

Thursday, February 9, 1978
Winnie Mandela, restricted to a Black township at Brandfort (Orange Free State), was sentenced to six months’ imprisonment (suspended for four years) for breaking her banning and house arrest order by receiving unauthorized visits by friends and relatives.

Tuesday, February 9, 1988
The Health Ministry said carriers of Aids will be barred from entering South Africa.

Sunday, February 9, 1992
S’kumbumso Ngwenya, an ANC official, is shot dead after leaving a restaurant in the center of Pietermaritzburg.

Tuesday, February 9, 1999
In Cape Town, the heaviest possible sentence in the South African Justice system was imposed on the Niewoudtville murder gang – an unspecified term of imprisonment. They were convicted in 1998 of the murders of two women and a little girl (4).

Saturday, February 9, 2002
Princess Margaret, 71, younger sister of Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II, who visited SA with the royal family in 1947, died.

Saturday, February 9, 2002
Bulelani Vukwana (29) shot and kills his girlfriend and nine others before killing himself in Mdantsane suburb of East London.

Wednesday, February 9, 2005
SA Protea captain Graeme Smith scored his second hundred in three matches and Justin Kemp hammered a spectacular 80 off 50 balls as South Africa beat England by seven runs in an enthralling fifth one-dayer.

Thursday, February 9, 2006
Muslims protested against the Danish Government outside the Town Hall in Cape Town in protest to the publication of cartoons in a Danish newspaper, which depicted caricatures of the Muslim faith.

All information is taken from http://www.sahistory.org.za/this_day/09/02

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