Today in History: 23rd January


Historical Events:

• 1849: Mrs Elizabeth Blackwell becomes 1st woman physician in US.
• 1899: Emilio Aguinaldo is sworn in as President of the First Philippine Republic.
• 1909: 1st radio rescue at sea.
• 1962: Dr. Verwoerd announces his plan for the granting of ‘self-rule’ to the Transkei.
• 1981: 1st Richard Nixon museum opens (San Clemente California)
• 2007: Presley Chweneyagae, 22, star of the Oscar-winning movie Tsotsi is arrested in Pretoria on a charge of fraud after being trapped with an allegedly false driver’s licence.

Arts, Music, TV:

• 1965: "King Family Show" (musical variety) premieres on ABC TV.
• 1974: 1st edition of women’s magazine "Story".
• 1977: Miniseries "Roots" premieres on ABC.
• 1948: Huston’s "Treasure of Sierra Madre" starring Humphrey Bogart opens.
• 1983: "A-Team" with Mr T premieres on NBC.
• 1986: "Jerome Kern Goes to Hollywood" opens at Ritz Theater NYC for 13 perfs
• 2005: "Numbers", starring Rob Morrow and David Krumholtz, debuts on CBS.


• 1965: BPAA All-Star Tournament won by Dick Weber.
• 1968: Joe Medwick elected to Baseball Hall of Fame.
• 1970: Australia’s 1st amateur radio satellite (Oscar 5) launched (California).
• 1999: Louis Schmidt (62), ex Springbok, captain of the Northern Transvaal rugby team and the original ‘Blou Bul’ (Blue Bull), dies in Pretoria.
• 1999: The away game between the Bafana Bafana, SA soccer team, and Mauritius ends in a tie with the score 1-1.
• 2000: The Bafana Bafana, SA soccer team, beats Gabon 3-1.
• 1983: Bjorn Borg announces his retirement from tennis.

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Compiled by: Thandi Xaba