On This Day: What happened on 05 May?

Here’s a look at what happened on this day, 05 May, throughout history. We remember the news, events, and people that influenced the course of history forever.

1925 | Afrikaans is declared an official language in South Africa according to Act 8 of 1925.

1941 | Ethiopians Emperor, Haile Selassie, returns to Addis Ababa and reclaims his throne from the Italians.

2006 | The Sudanese government signed a peace agreement with the Sudan Liberation Army.

2007 | 114 people were killed when Kenya Airways Flight 507 crashed after taking off from the airport of Douala International in Douala, Cameroon.

2020 | Niger received herbal tea that Madagascar’s President Andry Rajoelina believed had a powerful remedy against coronavirus.

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1949 | South African cricketer, Arthur Lennox Ochse (50)

2003 | South African anti-apartheid activist, Walter Sisulu (90)

2014 | Nigerian Governor of Lagos State, Michael Otedola (87)


1964 | South African former long-distance runner, William Bhekizizwe 

1985 | South African football player, Tsepo Masilela

1986 | Former Miss South Africa, Bokang Montjane


2019 | Stellenbosch FC was added to the Premier Soccer League (PSL) after finishing first in the National First Division.


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2015 | Taylor Swift’s single “Style” was on number one of the best-performing singles in South Africa.



The African continent has 54 countries and one “non-self-governing territory”, Western Sahara.


Presh JM Reporter

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