Today in History: 29th July

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 Historical Events:

• 1907: The Orient, with a cargo of wheat, strands at East London.
• 1992: Colombia drug baron Pablo Escobar escapes prison.
• 1994: OJ Simpson pleads "Absolutely 100% Not Guilty" of murder.
• 1999: Eighteen mineworkers die in a methane gas explosion in the Mponeng mine near Carletonville.

Arts, Music, TV:

• 1967: Jimi Hendrix quits as opening act of the Monkees’ tour.
• 1969: Aretha Franklin arrested for disturbing the peace in Detroit.
• 1945: Samuel Edward Krune Mqhayi, Xhosa poet and prose writer, dies near King William’s Town. His first collection of poems, Imihobe nemiBongo (1927) included ‘Nkosi sikelel’ iAfrica.
• 1988: The Sowetan reports that the Soweto home of Winnie Mandela was burned down allegedly by a group of school children, after an attack of members of the football club on a Sowetan schoolgirl.

Sports:

• 1966: Edward Motale, SA soccer player who was awarded the accolade, ‘Footballer of the Season 95’ by Kick Off, is born in Pretoria.
• 1967: The SA rugby team loses 14-19 against France in Johannesburg.
• 1984: 22nd Tennis Fed Cup: Czech beats Australia in Sao Paulo Brazil (2-1).
• 2001: 130th British Golf Open: David Duval shoots a 274 at Royal Lytham & St Annes Golf Club.

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