Today in History: 13th December


Historical Events:

• 1982: Earthquake hits Northern Yemen; 2,000 die.
• 1984: Artificial heart recipient William Schroeder suffers 1st stroke.
• 1990: South African President De Klerk meets with Nelson Mandela to talk of end of apartheid.
• 1995: Christopher Reeves released from physical rehab center.
• 1996: Kofi Annan is elected as Secretary-General of the United Nations.

Arts, Music, TV:

• 1990: "Peter Pan" opens at Lunt-Fontanne Theater NYC for 45 performances.
• 1992: "Show Off" closes at Criterion Theater NYC after 45 performances.
• 1975: Alexis Preller (64), SA painter, dies in Pretoria.
• 1950: James Dean begins his career with an appearance in a Pepsi commercial.
• 1990: "Peter Pan" opens at Lunt-Fontanne Theater NYC for 45 performances.
• 1961: Jimmy Dean’s Big Bad John album is country music 1st million $ seller.


• 1968: Edries Burton, Santos soccer player who was awarded Kick Off’s accolade for the Most Appearances of the Decade, is born in Heideveld, Cape Town.
• 1980: Peter Mathebula, flyweight of SA, wins the world champion title of the World Boxing Association (WBA).
• 1985: David Boon’s 1st Test century, 123 v India at Adelaide.
• 1975: Jane Blalock wins LPGA 14 Colgate Triple Crown Golf Tournament.
• 2007: The Mitchell Report is publicly released listing the names of 89 Major League Baseball players that have presumably used anabolic steroids and human growth hormones. Notable players to be named include Roger Clemens and Miguel Tejada.

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Compiled by: Thandi Xaba