Today in History: 7th November


Historical Events:

• 1988: Nobel Peace Prize winner Mother Teresa of Calcutta arrives in South Africa to establish a foundation of her order.
• 2000: Hillary Rodham Clinton is elected to the United States Senate, becoming the first former First Lady to win public office in the United States, although actually she still was the First Lady.
• 1992: Foreign Minister ‘Pik’ Botha is declared persona non grata by Angola for having supported the rebel Angolan UNITA.
• 2004: South African President Thabo Mbeki was to arrive today in Abidjan to help with peace negotiations, but the visit was postponed while he consults with other African leaders, urging for calm in the meantime.

Arts, Music, TV:

• 1976: "Gone With the Wind" televised.
• 2004: Famous South African playwright Gibson Kente (72), who told the world he had HIV/Aids in early 2003, dies.
• 1967: Sharleen Spiteri Scottish singer and songwriter (Texas) is born.
• 1979: Jon Peter Lewis, American singer is born.


• 1979: RSA golf team is expelled from Greece.
• 1942: Bicyclist Fausto Coppi establishes world record (45,848 km).
• 1989: Balt’s Gregg Olson is 1st relief pitcher to win AL Rookie of Year.
• 1991: Magic Johnson announces he has HIV virus & retires from LA Lakers.
• 2004: Hendrik Ramaala, SA athlete, wins the men’s title at the New York Marathon in an unofficial time of 2hr 9min 24sec, becoming the second SA to win the Marathon, after Willie Mtolo’s triumph in 1992.

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Compiled by: Thandi Xaba