Here’s a look at what happened on this day, 01 May, throughout history. We remember the news, events, and people that influenced the course of history forever.
1995 | First celebration of May (Worker’s) Day in South Africa.
1995 | Shots were fired while President Nelson Mandela is addressing A May Day rally at Umlazi stadium.
2010 | King Shaka International Airport in Durban is opened replacing Durban International Airport.
2020 | South African president, Cyril Ramaphosa, declared three days of mourning for anti-apartheid activist, Denis Goldberg, who died at age 87.
1989 | South African academic and anti-apartheid activist, David Joseph Webster (44)
2017 | South African novelist, Karel Schoeman (77)
2019 | Ghanaian radio presenter, Maa Afia Konadu (67)
2020 | Tanzanian diplomat and Minister of Justice, Augustine Mahiga (74)
1950 | Former South African Minister of Public Service and Administration, Roy Padayachie
1975 | South African actor, Neil Sandilands
1978 | South African sociologist, activist, writer, documentary filmmaker, Zethu Matebeni
2011 | Nigeria wins the African Youth Football Championship for the sixth time.
2018 | Mohamed Salah, Egyptian soccer forward for Liverpool becomes the first African to win the England Football Writers’ Footballer of the Year award.
1966 | Radio RSA started broadcasting.
1999 | The first episode of ‘SpongeBob SquarePants’ is released on Nickelodeon.
2000 | ‘Gladiator’ starring Russell Crowe and Joaquin Phoenix is released.
The African continent is home to more than 50% of the world’s French-speaking population.