Today in History: 12th October


Historical Events:

• 1850: First women’s medical school (Women’s Medical College of Penns), opens.
• 1901: Theodore Roosevelt renames "Executive Mansion," "The White House".
• 1963: Archaeological digs begin at Masada, Israel.
• 1969: 1st time 5 people in space.
• 1984: IRA bombs hotel where British PM Margaret Thatcher is staying, 5 die.

Arts, Music, TV:

• 1966: Jimi Hendrix Experience forms with Jimi Hendrix, Noel Redding & Mitch Mitchell.
• 1987: George Harrison releases "Got My Mind Set On You".
• 1989: Musical "Buddy" with Paul Hipp premieres in London.
• 1958: Thabang Charlotte Mampane, chief executive officer of SABC Radio, is born in Kimberley.


• 1921: Jaroslav Drobny, Czech tennis star who coached SA tennis players, is born.
• 1968: 19th Olympic games open at Mexico City, Mexico.
• 1951: Sally Knight Little, SA golf player who won the individual title in the world golf championship in Spain in 1970, is born in Cape Town.
• 2008: Anna Kournikova and Andy Roddick defeat Martina Navratilova and Jesse Levine in a match for charity, raising over $400,000 for the Elton John AIDS Foundation and Atlanta AIDS Partnership Fund.

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Compiled by: Thandi Xaba