Today in History 2nd March


Historical Events:

• 1653: The first slave, Abraham, a stowaway from Batavia, arrives in Table Bay aboard the Malacca. He is made to work for the company until sent back to Batavia three years later.
• 1988: Ladysmith Black Mambazo becomes the first South African group to win a Grammy award. The group wins the best traditional folk album award for "Shaka Zulu".
• 1989: The Indicator Project, based at the University of Natal, says more than 4000 people have died in political conflict since September 1984. The highest number of fatalities occurred in Natal, where 1414 people died.
• 1994: The Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP) agrees to participate in the 1994 elections.
• 1962: JFK announces US will resume above ground nuclear testing.

Arts, Music, TV:

• 1923: The first issue of the weekly periodical ‘TIME’ appeared on newsstands.
• 2007: Madi Phala, artist, designer, educator and original herd-boy, was fatally stabbed near his home in Langa, Cape Town.
• 1973: "Black September" terrorists occupy Saudi Embassy in Khartoum.
• 1976: "Bubbling Brown Sugar" opens at ANTA Theater NYC for 766 performances.
• 1976: Walt Disney World logged its 50 millionth guest.
• 1978: 1st broadcast of "Dallas" on CBS TV.
• 1989: Madonna’s "Like a Prayer" premieres on worldwide Pepsi commercial.


• 1874: Baseball batter’s box is officially adopted
• 1866: The Stellenbosch Gymnasium is founded.
• 1974: André Snyman, Springbok rugby player, is born.
• 1996: Thulane Sugarboy Malinga, SA super middleweight champion, wins the World Boxing Council (WBC) title.
• 1962: Wilt Chamberlain scores incredible 100 points in an NBA game.
• 1991: Deb Richard wins LPGA Women’s Kemper Golf Open.
• 1997: Nick Faldo wins Nissan Golf Open

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Compiled by: Thandi Xaba