Today in History: 19th July


Historical Events:

• 1993: President Clinton fires FBI director William Sessions.
• 1991: Mike Tyson rapes a Miss Black America contestant (Desiree Washington).
• 2004: This Day reports that the debate over the Black economic empowerment (BEE) deal between Standard Bank and Liberty, and Tutuwa, a new consortium, rages on. The complaint is made that BEE is creating a new class of oligarchs.
• 2001: Michael Brunet discovers the skull of Sahelanthropus tchadensis, thought to be the oldest known species in the human family tree, in the Djurab Desert, Chad. It lived 6-7 million years ago, about the same time as the last common ancestor to apes and humans.

Arts, Music, TV:

• 1965: Ingrid Jonker, SA poet, commits suicide by walking into the sea.
• 1942: Ben Wa Mokoena Arnold, SA artist and art teacher, is born in Johannesburg.
• 1958: "Oh, Captain!" closes at Alvin Theater NYC after 192 performances
• 1980: David Bowie appears in role of "Elephant Man" in Denver.


• 1992: Ballet dancer Peter Martins charged with beating his wife.
• 1981: The Springbok rugby team arrives in New Zealand. They played their first match at Gisborne on 22 July.
• 1997: SA’s Baby Jake Matlala beats IBA light featherweight boxing champion Michael Carbajal in Las Vegas to become world champion.
• 1997: The SA rugby team loses the three-nations rugby series in Johannesburg 32-35 against New Zealand.

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Compiled by: Thandi Xaba