Today in History: 7th December


Historical Events:

• 1972: Philippine’s 1st lady Imelda Marcos stabbed & wounded by an assailant.
• 1953: Grace Naledi Mandisa Pandor, SA minister of education since 2004, is born in Durban.
• 1982: In Texas, Charles Brooks, Jr. becomes the first person to be executed by lethal injection in the US.
• 1995: US space probe Galileo begins orbiting Jupiter
• 2001: A consortium of philanthropic foundations announces an initiative to provide treatment for an estimated 2.5 million pregnant women infected with HIV in sub-Saharan Africa.

Arts, Music, TV:

• 1905: T.O. Honiball, cartoonist of Die Burger, is born.
• 1994: 5th Billboard Music Awards: Ace of Base & Mariah Carey win.
• 1994: Radio personality Howard Stern talks a man out of attempting suicide.
• 2011: Harry Morgan, American actor (Colonel Potter-M*A*S*H) dies at 96.


• 1929: Leo Diegel wins PGA golf tournament.
• 1939: Lou Gehrig, 36, is elected to Baseball’s Hall of Fame
• 1997: The Bafana Bafana, SA soccer team, loses 1-2 against Brazil in a home game.
• 1984: Robert Kubica, the first Polish Formula One racing driver is born.

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Compiled by: Thandi Xaba