Today in History: 20th November


Historical Events:

• 1947: 1st permanent TV installed on seagoing vessel (New Jersey).
• 1975: The Bophuthatswana Legislative Assembly concludes a two-day Special Session during which it formally votes to open negotiations with South Africa for independence.
• 1993: John Lawrence, Winnie Mandela’s bodyguard, dies after a shoot-out in the centre of Johannesburg.
• 1979: Sji’ieten occupies great mosque of Mecca, 100s killed.
• 1984: McDonald’s made its 50 billionth hamburger.
• 1986: World Health Organisation announces first global effort to combat AIDS.

Arts, Music, TV:

• 1862: Anton van Wouw, SA sculptor, is born in Driebergen, the Netherlands.
• 1923: Nadine Gordimer, SA author and recipient of the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1991, is born in Springs.
• 1982: Drew Barrymore at age 7 hosts Saturday Night Live.
• 1983: 100 million watch ABC-TV movie "Day After" about nuclear war.
• 1995: "Beatles’ Anthology, Vol 1" released.


• 1917: Arthur d’Arcy (Bobby) Locke, SA champion golf player, is born in Germiston, Tvl.
• 1969: Gundappa Viswanath scores 137 on Test Cricket debut v Australia Kanpur.
• 1969: Pele scores his 1,000th soccer goal.
• 2004: Rugby world champion England beats Tri-Nations kings South Africa 32-16 at Twickenham to record its sixth successive victory.
• 2010: Rob Lytle, American football player (b. 1954) dies.

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Compiled by: Thandi Xaba