On This Day: What happened on 19 April?

Here’s a look at what happened on this day, 19 April, throughout history. We remember the news, events, and people that influenced the course of history forever.

1906 | The Bambatha Rebellion led by Bambatha kaMancinza the leader of the Zulu people started near Greytown in KwaZulu-Natal against British rule. 

1960 | South West Africa People’s Organization (SWAPO) political party is founded in Namibia to advocate immediate independence from South Africa.

1971 | Sierra Leone became a republic.

2001 | Major Pharmaceutical companies in the world dropped a lawsuit against South Africa ending a battle over patent AIDS drugs.

2016 | The IMF suspended funding to Mozambique after it discovered the Mozambican government has a debt of $1 billion.

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2015 | Nigerian Senator for Abia North, Uche Chukwumerije (75)

2015 | Egyptian-French singer, Richard Anthony (77)

2019 | Ugandan physician, Roy Mugerwa (77)


1931 | Former South African Minister of Defence and Military Veterans, Kobie Coetsee

1956 | South African writer, Jane Taylor

1946 | Former South African Minister of Local Government, Leon Wessels

1977 | South African radio presenter, Darren “Whackhead” Simpson 

1994 | South African netball player, Renske Stoltz


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1996 | South Africa defeated India by 38 runs and won the Pepsi Sharjah Cup held in Sharjah, United Arab Emirates.



2020 | One World: Together At Home concert organized by Lady Gaga to support healthcare workers is streamed worldwide.


The desert in Libya is one of the aridest places in the world and it covers most of Libya.


Presh JM Reporter

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