On This Day: What happened on 04 June?

Here’s a look at what happened on this day, 04 June, throughout history. We remember the news, events, and people that influenced the course of history forever.

1961 | After the Sharpeville massacre, Foreign Minister of Iraqi, Hassim Jawad, announced that the South African government will not be recognised by his country because of its apartheid policies. 

1979 | B.J Vorster was forced to resign from his position as South African State president when he was implicated he was implicated in the Muldergate scandal/ Information scandal

1979 | A military coup overthrew General Fred Akuffo in Ghana and put Lieutenant Jerry Rawlings takes power in his position.  

1994 | The first legal photograph of Nelson Mandela since 1964 was released because it was illegal to take photographs or of him while he was in prison.

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2014 | Zimbabwean Minister of Foreign Affairs, Nathan Shamuyarira (85) 

2017 | South African actor, Washington Sixolo (83) 

2019 | Tunisian former Minister of Culture, Zakaria Ben Mustapha (93) 

2020 | Nigerian former Governor of Ondo State, Bamidele Olumilua (80)


1935 | Ethiopia’s first ambassador to Djibouti, Berhanu Dinka

1952 | Zimbabwean author and poet, Dambudzo Marechera 

1971 | President of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Joseph Kabila

1979 | South African-Australian rugby player, Daniel Vickerman

1985 | South African painter and DJ, Leon Botha


2006 | Kenya is defeated by Fiji 14-33 in the quarterfinals of the World Sevens Rugby Series, held at Twickenham in London.


2002 | Avril Lavigne’s debut album, “Let Go” is released.


The shortest distance between Africa and Europe is only14.3 kilometres of ocean.


Presh JM Reporter

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