Today in History: 25th August


Historical Events:

• 1768: Captain James Cook departs from Plymouth, England on his first voyage onboard the Endeavour bound for the Pacific Ocean.
• 1910: Yellow Cab is founded.
• 1989: The Citizen reports that a serious shortage of trained intensive care nurses has plunged the country’s famous heart transplant unit at Groote Schuur into crisis.
• 2004: Mark Thatcher, SA business man and son of Margaret Thatcher, is arrested by the Scorpions on the suspicion of providing about $275 000 (R1.8m) to finance a botched coup in Equatorial Guinea. He professes his innocence and is freed later during the day on R2 million bail.

Arts, Music, TV:

• 1840: Elizabeth Dijkman, author of the first Afrikaans cookery book, is born.
• 1931: Dorothea (Anne) Fairbridge (69), author of historical fiction and non-fiction, dies in Cape Town.
• 1970: Elton John’s 1st US appearance (Los Angeles).
• 2013: 30th MTV Awards: Justin Timberlake, Taylor Swift & Bruno Mars wins.


• 1920: First US woman to win in Olympics (Ethelda Bleibtrey).
• 1950: Sugar Ray Robinson KOs Jose Basora to win middleweight boxing title.
• 1968: Arthur Ashe becomes 1st black to win US singles championship.
• 1996: 96th US Golf Amateur Championship won by Tiger Woods.

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Compiled by: Thandi Xaba