Here’s a look at what happened on this day, 17 June, throughout history. We remember the news, events, and people that influenced the course of history forever.
1924 | J.C. Smuts calls general elections.
1991 | South African Parliament votes to repeal the legal framework of Apartheid.
1986 | South African government censors reporters and news media during apartheid due to unrest in the townships.
2005 | Ugandan born cleric, John Sentamu, named Archbishop of York and becomes the first black person to be appointed archbishop in the Church of England.
1815 | Algerian admiral and privateer, Hamidou ben Ali (45)
1979 | Ghanaian Military head of state, Ignatius Kutu Acheampong (47)
1998 | Egyptian cleric, Muhammad Metwalli al-Sha’rawi (87)
1953 | First lady of South Africa, Tshepo Motsepe
1969 | Kenyan athletics competitor, Paul Kibii Tergat
1942 | Egyptian law scholar and diplomat, former Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency, and Nobel Peace Prize recipient, Mohamed ElBaradei
1916 | Ghanaian politician, Ebenezer Ako-Adjei
1994 | U.S gridiron football hero O.J. Simpson charged with murder
1995 | South Africa defeats France in the 1995 rugby world cup semi-finals at King’s Park Stadium
2018 | “The Incredibles 2” sets a box office record for an animated release, earning $180 million its opening weekend
While Europe and Africa may seem far apart, they’re actually separated by less than 9 miles of water at the Strait of Gibraltar, which separates Spain from Morocco.