Today in History: 17th December


Historical Events:

• 1652: Jan van Riebeeck mentions seeing a comet at the Cape.
• 1903: First aeroplane flight takes place.
• 1920: South Africa mandated to govern South.
• 1924: 1st US diesel electric locomotive enters service, Bronx, NY.
• 1961: Disgruntled employee set fire to a circus tent in Niteroi Brazil.

Arts, Music, TV:

• 1929: Petronella Nellie du Toit South African soprano singer is born.
• 1949: "Regina" closes at 46th St Theater NYC after 86 performances.
• 1957: The last episode of The Nat King Cole Show airs on NBC due to lack of national sponsorship.
• 1962: Beatles 1st British TV appearance (People & Places).
• 1990: KTBN, Salt Lake City Utah, begins shortwave radio transmissions.


• 1881: SA cricket player Aubrey Faulkner, great all-rounder in the early 20th century, is born.
• 1934: Keith Oxlee, SA rugby fly half, is born.
• 1997: The Bafana Bafana, SA soccer team, loses 3-4 against Uruguay in the Confederations Cup, with Lucas Radebe scoring his first international goal.
• 1988: Bryan Murray becomes 17th NHL coach to win 300 games (Wash Caps)
• 1991: NBA’s most lopsided game Cleveland beats Miami 148-80.

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Compiled by: Thandi Xaba