On This Day: What happened on 16 June?

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

1976 | South African students in Soweto march against the government’s language policy.

1999 | South African President, Thabo Mbeki inaugurated at Union Buildings.

2000 | Israel complies with UN Security Council Resolution 425 and withdraws from all Lebanon except the disputed Sheba farms.

2002 | The first South African museum opened in Soweto and named in memory of Hector Pieterson.

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1976 | South African iconic image of the Soweto uprising, Hector Pieterson (12)

1979 | Ghanaian Military head of state, Ignatius Kutu Acheampong (47)

1983 | Priest and Former Secretary-General of the ANC, James Arthur Calata (87)


1947 | Kenyan lawyer, Willy Mutunga

1962 | South African-American actor, Arnold Vosloo

1991 | South African rugby union player, Siya Kolisi

1992 | Egyptian basketball player, Assem Marei


Transformation sports quotas solidarity

1996 | Nigeria wins the African championships in athletics held in Yaounde, Cameroon.


1978 | The Movie Grease, starring John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John opened.

1960 | Alfred Hitchcock’s film Psycho starring Anthony Perkins and Vera Miles is premiered


The African pygmies are the shortest people in Africa. The average man is 1.45 m and the women are 1.33 m.


Presh JM Reporter

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