Today in History: 17th February


Historical Events:

• 1959: 1st weather satellite launched, Vanguard 2, 9.8 kg.
• 1951: Patricia de Lille, former member of the PAC and current leader of the Independent Democrats, is born in Beaufort West.
• 1972: Sales of the Volkswagen Beetle model exceed those of Ford Model-T.
• 1961: Lectures for full-time students of the Goudstad Teacher’s Training College commence.
• 1974: Robert K. Preston, a disgruntled U.S. Army private, buzzes the White House with a stolen helicopter.
• 1994: It is announced that the IEC has hired 10,300 observers to monitor the first democratic election in April.

Arts, Music, TV:

• 1958: Comic strip "BC" 1st appears.
• 1967: Beatles release "Penny Lane" & "Strawberry Fields".
• 1969: Bob Dylan and Johnny Cash record an album; it was never released.
• 1970: Robert Marasco’s "Child’s Play," premieres in NYC.
• 1962: Beach Boys introduced a new musical style with their hit "Surfin".


• 1962: The soccer match between Lourenco Marques club Desportive and Durban City Football Club is called off because a rule against Coloured players.
• 1998: Tony Johnstone wins Alfred Dunhill PGA golf tournament.
• 1984: South African Cricketer, AB de Villiers is born.
• 1976: NZ scores their 1st innings win in Test Cricket, v India
• 2001: Jacob Matlala, SA boxer, wins the World Boxing Union (WBU) title.

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Compiled by: Thandi Xaba