Today in History: 13th November


Historical Events:

• 1659: The first ripe cherry is picked in the gardens of the Dutch East India Company in Cape Town. (2004). Yesterdays, Pretoria News, 13 November.
• 1913: Abraham Fischer (63), premier of the Orange Free State Colony (1907), dies in Cape Town.
• 1970: Maria Groesbeek (33) is hanged for the murder on her husband, Christiaan Buys.
• 1980: South Africa’s Medical Association agrees to ask its ethical committee to conduct a public investigation into issues raised by the death of Steve Biko in police custody in November 1977.
• 1986: US President Reagan confesses weapon sales to Iran.

Arts, Music, TV:

• 1937: NBC forms first full-sized symphony orchestra exclusively for radio.
• 1940: Walt Disney’s "Fantasia" released.
• 1955: 1st live telecast from non-contiguous foreign country-Havana Cuba.
• 1979: British newspaper "The Times" resumes publishing after 1 year.
• 1981: Ringo Starr releases "Wrack My Brains".


• 1994: The away match between the Bafana Bafana, SA soccer team, and Zambia, ends in a tie with 1 goal scored by each team.
• 1993: The SA rugby team beats Argentine 52-23 in the second test in Buenos Aires and wins the series 2-0.
• 1982: A boxing match held in Las Vegas, Nevada, ends when Ray Mancini defeats Duk Koo Kim. Kim’s death on November 17 led to significant changes in the sport.
• 2005: South African swimmers have put South Africa first at this stage in the Swimming World Cup in Durban, after winning twelve medals. With finals taking place later today, Ryk Neethling, has already claimed four golds. Other swimmers who excelled are Keri Shaw, Suzan van Biljon, Terence Parkin, George du Rand and Troyden Prinsloo.

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Compiled by: Thandi Xaba