Today in History: 14th November


Historical Events:

• 1908: Albert Einstein presents his quantum theory of light.
• 1910: 1st airplane flight from deck of a ship, Norfolk.
• 1968: The Ciskei ‘homeland’ is established.
• 2003: The Swazi king appoints businessman Themba Dlamini as the new prime minister.
• 2008: Italy plunges into recession, its first since the start of 2005, after GDP contracts a steeper-than-expected 0.5% in the third quarter.

Arts, Music, TV:

• 1922: BBC begins domestic radio service from 2LO at Marconi House.
• 1960: Ray Charles’ "Georgia On My Mind" reaches #1.
• 1920: Jan Sebastian Rabie, well-known SA author, is born near George.
• 1991: Michael Jackson’s "Black or White" video premieres on FOX TV.
• 1997: Disney’s "Lion King" sets Broadway record of $2,700,000 daily sale.


• 1885: The first golf club in SA, the Cape Golf Club (later the Royal Cape Golf Club), is established.
• 1966: Muhammad Ali TKOs Cleveland Williams in 3 for heavyweight title.
• 1973: Canada begins production of Olympic coins.
• 1965: George Finlay Bissett (60), SA cricket player in four tests, dies at Botha’s Hill, Natal.
• 1998: The SA rugby team wins its fifteenth consecutive test match by beating Wales 28-20 in Wembley.
• 1999: The SA cricket team beats Zimbabwe in Harare with an innings and 219 runs, having won the previous test in Bloemfontein also with an innings.

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Compiled by: Thandi Xaba