Today in History: 24th December

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Historical Events:

• 1926: Richard Maponya, one of South Africa’s richest businessmen, is born.
• 1923: Wilton Z. Mkwayi, South African ANC activist and former Robben Island prisoner, is born near Middledrift in the Ciskei.
• 1922: London Coloseum opens.
• 1964: Macassar Beach, in False Bay, is proclaimed a Coloured group area by the Group Areas Board.
• 1979: 1st Ariane rocket launched.
• 1991: A female coelacanth, containing twenty-six near-term embryos, is caught off Pebane, Mozambique.
• 2012: 11 kindergarten children are killed after a minivan plunges into a roadside pond in Jiangxi, China.

Arts, Music, TV:

• 1906: Anna Neethling Pohl, South African actress and author, is born.
• 1922: BBC broadcasts 1st British radio play "Truth about Father Christmas".
• 1943: Terence Rattigan’s "While the Sun Shines" premieres in London.
• 1955: Author Aldous Huxley takes LSD for the first time.
• 1966: "Joyful Noise" closes at Mark Hellinger Theater NYC after 12 perfs.

Sports:

• 1927: Test Cricket debut of Walter Hammond, who scored 51 & took 5-36 v S Af.
• 1980: Stephen Appiah, retired Ghanaian footballer is born.
• 1926: Ronald Draper, cricketer (South African batsman vs Australia 1949-50), is born.
• 1935: In a South Africa vs Queensland cricket match, Don Bradman scores 233 runs in 191 minutes for Queensland. It includes 28 fours and 1 six.
• 1964: Gary Muller, SA tennis player, is born.
• 1982: Chaminade, with a student body of only 850 students, beats #1 ranked Virginia 77-72 in a Honolulu holiday basketball classic.

Source: historyorb.com & sahistory.org.com
Compiled by: Thandi Xaba