On This Day: What happened on 20 June?

Here’s a look at what happened on this day, 20 June, throughout history. We remember the news, events, and people that influenced the course of history forever.

2002 | United States shuts it’s embassy in Nairobi.

2011 | Ousted former President of Tunisia, Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali and his wife sentenced to 35 years in prison for misappropriating public funds with the trial held in absentia.

2011 | FIFA vice president, Jack Warner resigns post amid corruption allegations.

2018 | A pile of mining waste Zambia’s Copperbelt Province collapses killing 10 people and injuring 10 more.

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DEATHS

1962 | Tanzanian poet, Shaaban bin Robert (53)

1995 | South African revolutionary leader, Harry Gwala (74)

1997 | First Ugandan olympic athlete, John Akii-Bua (47)

2020 | Angolan actor and olympic swimmer, Pedro Lima (49)

BIRTHDAYS

1005 | Fatimid Caliph of Egypt, Ali az-Zahir.

1889 | Greek-South African astronomer and academic, John S. Paraskevopoulos.

1928 | Ethiopian Surgeon and Educator, Asrat Woldeyes.

1955 | South African artist, Dumisani Mabaso.

SPORT

T20 World Cup

2019 | Women’s cricket nominated for inclusion at 2022 Commonwealth games.

ENTERTAINMENT

1975 | The summer blockbuster movie “Jaws” is released becoming the highest-grossing film of that time and starting the trend of films known as “summer blockbusters”.

AFRICA FACT

Before it was colonized, Africa was made up of around 10,000 different states and groups. Each had their own distinct languages and customs!

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Presh JM Reporter

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