Today in History: 8th February


Historical Events:

• 1884: Zulu King Cetshwayo dies.
• 1860: Marthinus Wessel Pretorius is elected president of the Orange Free State.
• 1981: Mozambique stresses its continued support for the ANC in a statement made at the funeral of twelve ANC members killed in the South African raid on Matola, Maputo, on 30 January 1981.
• 1984: 1st time 8 people in space.
• 2005: Worms squirming on a fishhook feel no pain nor do crayfish and crabs cooked in boiling water, a scientific study funded by the Norwegian government has found in Oslo. This is a reassurance to many South Africans who still feel squeamish to put crayfish in boiling water.
• 1975: Drum Magazine calls for the release of all political prisoners.

Arts, Music, TV:

• 1964: Peter Shaffer’s "Royal Hunt of the Sun," premieres in London.
• 1965: Supremes release "Stop In the Name of Love".
• 1976: "Taxi Driver", starring Robert De Niro and Jodie Foster, is released.
• 1990: "60 Minutes" commentator Andy Rooney suspended by CBS for racial remarks attributed to him by a gay magazine.
• 2004: 46th Grammy Awards: Clocks, Evanescence wins.
• 2009: 51st Grammy Awards: Please Read The Letter, Adele wins.


• 1998: The game between the Bafana Bafana, SA soccer team, and Angola ends in a tie with no goals scored.
• 1981: Sally Little wins LPGA Elizabeth Arden Golf Classic.
• 1981: US male Figure Skating championship won by Scott Hamilton.
• 1985: 1st-class cricket debut of Jimmy Adams (age 17), Jamaica v Barbados.
• 1985: Michael Gross swims world record 800m freestyle (7:38.75).
• 1998: 1st female ice hockey game in Olympic history Finland beats Sweden 6-0.

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Compiled by: Thandi Xaba