Today in History: 6th December


Historical Events:

• 1865: The Battle of Platberg is fought during the Orange Free Sate-Basotho War.
• 1922: 1st electric power line commercial carrier in US, Utica, NY.
• 1956: Nelson Mandela & 156 others arrested for political activities in S Africa.
• 1944: The Normaalkollege (teachers’ training college) in Bloemfontein becomes the faculty of education of the University of the Orange Free State.
• 1977: South Africa grants Bophuthatswana independence.

Arts, Music, TV:

• 1927: Gé Korsten, popular SA singer, is born in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. He came to SA at the age of nine years.
• 1929: Lawrence Folley, SA opera baritone, is born.
• 1942: John H. Amschewitz, SA art painter and cartoonist, dies three days before his sixtieth birthday in Muizenberg, Cape.
• 1963: Henry Allen Fagan, SA author, from whose poem President Mbeki quoted in his response on the occasion of the budget vote of the presidency, 2002, dies.
• 1969: 300,000 attend Altamont California, rock concert feature Rolling Stones.
• 1991: Headman Tshabalala, SA singer and founder member of the group Ladysmith Black Mambazo, is shot and killed in a roadside argument near Durban. Another source gives the date as 10 December.


• 1963: Test Cricket debut of Graeme Pollock at the Gabba.
• 1933: Jim Pothecary, SA cricketer and pace bowler on the 1960 England tour, is born.
• 1940: Charlie Hime, SA cricketer in one test in 1895, dies.
• 1988: Milwaukee Bucks win their 1,000th NBA game (2nd fastest).
• 2009: 98th Davis Cup: Spain beats Czech Republic in Barcelona (5-0).

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Compiled by: Thandi Xaba