Today in History: 17th July


Historical Events:

• 2004: Mandela asks for commitment to fight AIDS.
• 1959: Dr Leakey discovers oldest human skull (600,000 years old).
• 1994: French youngster (4) becomes Buddhist Lama Tulkou Kalou Rinpoche.
• 2004: Martha Stewart is sentenced to five months in prison plus five months in home confinement for lying to federal investigators.

Arts, Music, TV:

• 1950: The South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) introduces its own national news service.
• 1935: Variety’s famous headline "Sticks Nix Hick Pix".
• 1961: John Chancellor becomes news anchor of Today Show.
• 1968: Beatle’s animated film "Yellow Submarine" premieres in London


• 1937: SA wins the rugby series 2-0 in Australia by winning the second test 26-17 in Sydney.
• 1955: Matsilela Ephraim (Jomo) Sono, SA soccer player and director, is born in Orlando East, Soweto. After his father died, he lived with his lame grandmother and blind grandfather in a tiny Soweto home.
• 1999: The Australian rugby team gains its biggest ever victory over SA by beating the Springboks 32-6 in Brisbane.
• 2005: 13th ESPY Awards: Lance Armstrong, Annika Sorenstam win.

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Compiled by: Thandi Xaba