Today in History: 30th March

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Today in History:

• 1903: Rabbi Israel Abrahams is born.
• 1971: Prime Minister Vorster holds his first-ever international press conference and asserts that discussion of separate development with Africa’s Black leaders will be welcomed. A policy of external dialogue is to be pursued. Referring to allegations that a vendetta is being conducted against churches and religious workers in South Africa. Prime Minister Vorster says that of 1,440 religious workers only six have been deported in the last ten years, seventeen were refused extensions of permits and two were refused visas.
• 1974: Dr Willem van der Ross (77), researcher known for his study of double stars, dies in Johannesburg.
• 1960: State of Emergency follows Sharpeville massacre.
• 1990: Negotiations between Nelson Mandela and Mangosutho Buthelezi.
• 1979: Foreign Minister ‘Pik’ Botha, whose portfolio now includes the South African Information Services, promises to give opposition leaders full access to all current secret projects. He has decided to terminate, with effect from 1 April 1979, all confidential and sensitive projects that do not serve the national interests in the most effective manner.
• 1981: From 1 June 1981, holders of Zimbabwean passports will require visas to enter South Africa. The Zimbabwean government reciprocates amid deteriorating relations in both political and economic spheres.

Arts, Music, TV and quick facts:

• 1998: The consortium Midi Television is awarded the first privately owned free.
• 1978: Bas Goedhart (57), writer and journalist, dies.
• 1998: The consortium Midi Television is awarded the first privately owned free-to-air television licence and e.tv started broadcasting in October 1998.
• They were building a fake rip-off Disneyland in China called Wonderland but ran into financial problems and now it sits abandoned and half-built.
• There are more than 34,000 Christian denominations in the world.
• The acid in your stomach can dissolve razorblades.
• A “jiffy” is an actual unit of time for 1/100th of a second.

Sports and quick facts:

• 1970: Ruben Kruger, Springbok rugby player, is born.
• Immediately after Tiger Wood’s affairs became public, men looking for discreet relationships on BeNaughty.com dropped by 47.5%.
• Michael Jordan makes more from Nike than all the Nike Factory workers in Malaysia. Combined.
• The first Winter Olympic Games were held in Chamonix, France in 1924.
• A record 202 countries participated in the 2004 Olympic Summer Games in Athens.
• Olympic gymnastics competition for women was introduced at the 1928 games.
• Today there are more than 30 women’s World Cup skiing events that take place all over the world

Source: sahistory.org.com & www. danoah.com & factmonster.com
Compiled by: Thandi Xaba