Today in History: 5th December


Historical Events:

• 1879: 1st automatic telephone switching system patented.
• 1893: 1st electric car (built in Toronto) could go 15 miles between charges.
• 1913: General Louis Botha, SA prime minister, unveils a monument on the grave of Marthinus Wessel Pretorius, first president of the ZAR, who has died twelve years previously.
• 1932: German physicist Albert Einstein granted a visa to enter America.
• 1941: Sister Elizabeth Kenny new treatment for infantile paralysis approved.
• 2000: Municipal elections are held in SA.

Arts, Music, TV:

• 1834: Thomas Pringle (45), journalist and editor of Cape newspaper Commercial Advertiser, dies in London.
• 1973: Paul McCartney releases album "Band on the Run" album.
• 1968: Rolling Stones release "Beggar’s Banquet" LP.
• 1975: "Me & Bessie" closes at Ambassador Theater NYC after 453 performances.
• 1988: Ross Bagley, Los Angeles, California, American actor (Nicky-Fresh Prince Of Bel-Air).
• 1999: Edward William Stephen Hammond (55), SA poet, dies in Kimberley.


• 1908: 1st US football uniform numerals used (University of Pittsburgh).
• 1931: The SA rugby team beats Wales 8-3 in Swansea.
• 1959: Intikhab Alam bowls Colin McDonald with 1st ball in Tests.
• 1998: England beats SA 13-7 at the Twickenham Rugby Stadium, thereby preventing the SA team from achieving a record eighteenth consecutive test victory.
• 1999: Ernie Els wins the Nedbank Million Dollar Golf Tournament at Sun City with a record of 263, five less that Colin Montgomery of Scotland.

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Compiled by: Thandi Xaba