Today in History: 19th August


Historical Events:

• 1930: The Afrikaanse Taalen Kultuurvereniging (ATKV), Afrikaans cultural organisation whose aim was to promote Afrikaans and the well-being of its members, is established in Cape Town as organisation for railway employees.
• 2000: Former Anglo American and De Beers chairman, Harry Oppenheimer (91), dies after a short illness.
• 2002: An Islamic high court in the Katsina state of Nigeria, upholds a sentence of death by stoning for Amina Lawal, who had been convicted of adultery by a village court for having a child more that nine months after her divorce.
• 1996: The major political parties begin their submission to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC).

Arts, Music, TV:

• 1888: Theodore Walter Jandrell, SA teacher, inspector of schools and poet, is born in Richmond, CP.
• 1965: Johan Botha, SA tenor, is born.
• 1955: WINS radio, announces it will not play "copy" white cover versions of R&B (DJs must play Fats Domino’s "Ain’t It A Shame," not Pat Boone’s).
• 1967: Beatles’ "All You Need is Love" single goes #1.


• 1995: Phillip Holiday, SA lightweight, wins the International Boxing Federation (IBF) world champion title.
• 1983: LSU footballer Billy Cannon sentenced to 5 yrs for counterfeiting962 – Homer Blancos plays finest round in golf, shooting a 55.
• 1995: Mike Tyson returns to the ring & DQs Peter McNeeley in 38 seconds.
• 2001: 83rd PGA Championship: David Toms shoots a 265 at Atlanta Athletic Club.

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Compiled by: Thandi Xaba