On This Day: What happened on 18 April?

Here’s a look at what happened on this day, 18 April, throughout history. We remember the news, events, and people that influenced the course of history forever.

1954 | Gamal Abdel Nasser appoints himself as the president of Egypt.

1980 | Zimbabwe gained independence with Canaan Banana as the new president. 

1982 | Zimbabwe’s capital city Salisbury was renamed Harare after the Shona chief Neharawa.

2014 | Abdelaziz Bouteflika was re-elected President of Algeria for the fourth term.

2018 | Mswati III King of Swaziland announced that Eswatini will be the new name of his country.

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DEATHS

2010 | Nigerian Olympic athlete Julius Chigbolu (81)

2011 | Nigerian football player, Olubayo Adefemi (25)

2014 | Tunisian President of the Chamber of Deputies, Habib Boularès (80)

2019 | South African-Scottish cricketer, Con de Lange (38)

BIRTHDAYS

1929 | South African businesswoman, Annique Theron

1967 | South African analyst, Melanie Verwoerd

1972 | South Africa professional squash player, Rodney Durbach 

1996 | South African cricketer, Janneman Malan

SPORT

1992 | South African cricket team played their first Test Match against West Indies. This marked their return to international cricket after being suspended in 1970. 

2017 | Cristiano Ronaldo scores a hat-trick and becomes the first player to score 100 in the Champions League.

 

ENTERTAINMENT

2013 | ‘Iron Man 3’, starring Robert Downey Jr. and Gwyneth Paltrow is released.

AFRICA FACT

In the African continent, Tunisia is the northernmost country.

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Presh JM Reporter

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