Today in History: 4th November


Historical Events:

• 1863: The first railway line between two towns in SA, Cape Town and Wellington is officially opened.
• 1939: US allows "cash & carry" arms sales during WW II.
• 1981: Dr George Nichopoulas is acquitted of overprescribing addictive drugs for Elvis Presley.
• 2002: Chinese authorities arrest cyber-dissident He Depu for signing pro-democracy letter to the 16th Communist Party Congress.
• 2008: Barack Obama becomes the first African-American to be elected President of the United States.

Arts, Music, TV:

• 1948: TS Eliot wins Nobel Prize for literature.
• 1963: John Lennon utters his infamous "rattle your jewellery" line at a Royal Variety Performance in London.
• 1993: Elton John awarded $518,700 from Sunday Mirror for a false report on his diet.
• 2001: 53rd Emmy Awards: The West Wing, Sex and the City, James Gandolfini & Edie Falco win.


• 1995: 1st-class Cricket debut of Paul Adams, W Province v N Transvaal.
• 1999: SA is third in the Rugby World Cup contest when it beats New Zealand 22-18 in Cardiff.
• 2004: South Africa will be rejoining the Formula One Grand Prix circuit within three years according to Formula One boss Bernie Eccleston, SABC radio news reports.
• 2004: The Star reports Nicky Bojé, who had been appointed vice-captain for the South African cricket team for the two-Test tour of India, has withdrawn from the team because he was not given a written assurance from the Indian police that he would not be arrested regarding allegations of match-fixing relating to the Hansie Cronjé scandal.

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Compiled by: Thandi Xaba