Today in History: 24th November

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Historical Events:

• 1941: "Life Certificates" issued to some Jews of Vilna, the rest are exterminated.
• 1969: Apollo 12 returns to Earth.
• 1931: Arthur Chaskalson, former SA president of the Constitutional Court, is born in Johannesburg.
• 1951: The first bar of gold is cast in Welkom, five years after the discovery of gold in the OFS.
• 1989: President F. W. de Klerk announces the opening of four hitherto Whites-only residential areas to mixed settlement.
• 1995: Mr Slo Ramokhoase becomes Pretoria’s first Black mayor.

Arts, Music, TV:

• 1923: Radio Belgium’s 1st transmission.
• 1947: John Steinbeck’s novel "Pearl" published.
• 1951: "Music in the Air" closes at Ziegfeld Theater NYC after 56 perfs.
• 1966: The Beatles began recording sessions for "Sergeant Pepper".
• 1948: Vuminkosi Zulu, S.A. sculptor is born in Kranskop, KwaZulu, Natal. Johannesburg Art Gallery: The Neglected Tradition, p. 134 gives date of birth as 24/11/1947 and place as Mapumulo. Correct year seems to be 1948.

Sports:

• 1910: Lennox Sidney Brown, SA cricket player in two tests, is born in Randfontein.
• 1989: Tendulkar scores a Test Cricket fifty age 16 years 214 days, a record.
• 1991: Monica Seles, sets female tennis record winning $2,457,758 in a year.
• 1996: Rookie Karrie Webb wins LPGA Tour Championship.
• 2013: 101st CFL Grey Cup: Saskatchewan Roughriders defeats Hamilton Tiger-Cats, 45-23.

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