Today in History: 2nd January


Historical Events:

• 1839: 1st photo of the Moon (French photographer Louis Daguerre).
• 1913: Mahatma Gandhi leaves the Tolstoy Farm in Transvaal, South Africa..
• 1932: Young gang shoot dead 6 police in Springfield Missouri.
• 1968: Second heart transplant in South Africa is performed by Dr Chris Barnard on Dr Philip Blaiberg. He lived one year and seven months with the new heart.
• 1964: Failed assassination attempt on president Nkrumah of Ghana.

Arts, Music, TV:

• 1921: 1st religious service radio broadcast in US, KDKA-Pittsburgh.
• 1955: 1st "Bob Cummings Show" premieres on NBC (later on CBS).
• 1940: Archibald Campbell Mzoliza Jordan, Xhosa writer, linguist and academic and outspoken critic of the National Party government’s Bantu Education policy, marries Priscilla Phyllis Ntantla. Pallo Jordan is their son.
• 1968: "Zizi" closes at Broadway Theater NYC after 49 performances.
• 1969: Australian Rupert Murdoch gains control of the ‘News of the World’.


• 1918: NHL Montreal Wanderers disband after Westmount arena burns down.
• 1932: The SA. rugby team beats England on Twickenham 7-0.
• 1979: 30th Islander shut-out opponent-Glenn Resch 9-0 vs Vancouver.
• 1981: Mary Terstegge Meagher swims female record 200 m butterfly (2:05.65).
• 1982: 70th Australian Mens Tennis: Johan Kriek beats S Denton (62 76 67 64).
• 1986: NY Islander, Mike Bossy, scores his 500th goal.
• 1989: UCLA wins a record 7th consecutive bowl game.

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Compiled by: Thandi Xaba