Today in History: 8th October


Historical Events:

• 1934: Kader Asmal, SA Minister of Education, is born in Stanger, Natal.
• 1991: SA Foreign Minister R. F. Botha on three day visit to Australia.
• 1965: Post Office Tower opens in London, tallest building in England.
• 1967: Guerrilla leader Che Guevara and his men are captured in Bolivia.

Arts, Music, TV:

• 1902: Guybon Budlwana Sinxo, teacher, writer, journalist and community worker, is born in Fort Beaufort, Eastern Cape.
• 1903: Christoffel Hermanus Kühn (Mikro), Afrikaans author who received the Scheepers Prize for youth work, is born on Van Reenen’s Farm, district of Williston, CP.
• 1944: Samuel Barber’s "Capricorn Concerto" premieres.
• 1951: "Music in the Air" opens at Ziegfeld Theater NYC for 56 performances.


• 1818: Two English boxers are first to use padded gloves.
• 1928: Eastern Soccer League forms in USA.
• 1994: The SA rugby team beats Argentine 42-22 in Port Elizabeth.
• 1977: Largest baseball crowd in Penns, 64,924 see Dodgers beat Phillies 4-1 in 4th NL championship game (Dodgers win pennant).

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Compiled by: Thandi Xaba