Today in History: 25th October


Historical Events:

• 1918: Tobias Ballot Muller, SA youth leader, minister of religion and champion of Afrikaans, dies in Philippolis during the influenza epidemic.
• 1955: Tappan sells 1st microwave oven.
• 1966: SANTAM insurance company becomes Santam Bank Pty.
• 1972: Nobel prize for economy awarded to Kenneth J Arrow & John R Hicks.
• 1985: Kosmos 1700 communications satellite placed in geostationary orbit.

Arts, Music, TV:

• 1874: George Geoffrey Dawson (original surname: Robinson), SA journalist and editor of the Johannesburg The Star and later the London newspaper The Times, is born in Yorkshire, England.
• 1924: "Little Orphan Annie" comic strip 1st published.
• 1971: Roy Disney dedicates Walt Disney World.
• 1978: "Halloween", starring Jamie Lee Curtis in her film debut, is released
• 1999: South African author J.M. Coetzee wins England’s prestige book prize, the Booker prize for fiction, for the second time, this time for his novel Disgrace.


• 1891: 1st International 6 day bike race (NY Madison Square Garden) ends.
• 1930: 1st football game in Atlantic City Convention Center.
• 1980: The SA rugby team wins the second test against South America in Santiago 30-16, to win the series 2-0.
• 1982: David Hookes scores Cricket century in 34 balls 43 mins, SA v Victoria
• 1997: Western Province wins the rugby Currie Cup by beating Free State 14-12 in Newlands, Cape Town.

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Compiled by: Thandi Xaba