Today in History: 2nd November

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Historical Events:

• 1783: General George Washington, later 1st American President, bids farewell to his army after the American Revolutionary War.
• 1953: Pakistan becomes islamic republic.
• 1979: The government announces a plan to allow White and Black businessmen to form partnerships as part of a strategy to draw Blacks into free enterprise.
• 1984: Capital punishment: Velma Barfield becomes the first woman executed in the United States since 1962.

Arts, Music, TV:

• 1904: British newspaper "Daily Mirror" begins publishing.
• 1924: Sunday Express publishes first British crossword puzzle.
• 1929: Lydia van Niekerk, professor of literature and first woman to be appointed to the chair at the University of Stellenbosch, dies in Stellenbosch.
• 1956: Lucas Seage, S.A artist, is born in Newclare, Johannesburg.
• 1987; George Harrison releases "Cloud 9" & McCartney releases "All the Best".

Sports:

• 1906: Ferdie Bergh, SA rugby Springbok, is born in Stellenbosch.
• 1935: Horace (Jock) Cameron (30), SA cricket player in twenty-six tests, dies in Johannesburg.
• 1966: Rosalyn Fairbank, SA born tennis player, is born.
• 1982: Nayoko Yoshikawa wins LPGA Pioneer Cup Golf Tournament.

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