On This Day: What happened on 16 April?

Here’s a look at what happened on this day, 16 April, throughout history. We remember the news, events, and people that influenced the course of history forever.

2004 | A set of shell beads believed to be the oldest jewellery and estimated to be 75 000 years old are discovered in Blombos cave, South Africa.

2013 | Baga massacre: Boko Haram members fought with Nigerian soldiers which resulted in 200 deaths, hundreds injured and more than 2,000 houses destroyed in the village of Baga, Nigeria.  

2013 | A disused gold mine in Kyekyewere, Ghana collapses causing the deaths of 16 illegal miners.

2018 | The United Arab Emirates (UAE) stopped supporting the military of Somalia, after a diplomatic fall-out.

2020 | After three weeks of being in lockdown, South Africa extended the lockdown for two more weeks to curb the spread of Covid-19.

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2012 | Zambian Vice President, George Kunda (56)

2019 | Leader of the Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda, Ignace Murwanashyaka (55)

2020 | Algerian politician & UN’s Educational and Training Programme for Southern Africa, Abdennour Abrous (85)


1983 | South African musician, Mzwandile Moya (Afrotraction)

1983 | South African actress, Angelique Gerber

1993 | South African hip-hop record producer, songwriter and rapper, Chad


1989 | South African professional golfer Gary Player lost the first The Tradition Golf title by 1 shot to Don Bies an American golfer.

1989 | Ethiopian long-distance runner Zeleka Metaferia wins the 3rd World Cup marathon with a time of 2:10:28.

2007 | Robert Kipkoech Cheruiyot Kenya runner wins his third Boston Marathon title in a row with a time of 2:14:13.


kendrick lamar 2019 grammy awards

2007 | Spider-Man 3 starring Tobey Maguire, Kirsten Dunst and James Franco is released.

2018 | American rapper, Kendrick Lamar becomes the first non-classical or jazz artist to win the Pulitzer Prize for music for his album “Damn”.



Congo river basin located in the central and west side of Africa is the second-largest rainforest in the world and it is home to half of the continent’s wildlife including gorillas and chimpanzees.


Presh JM Reporter

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