On This Day: What happened on 01 May?

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.

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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


Liverpool Mohamed Salah African footballer Europe

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.


Presh JM Reporter

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