Here’s a look at what happened on this day, 21 June, throughout history. We remember the news, events, and people that influenced the course of history forever.
1927 | Afrikaner nationalists rebel against a Union Jack in new South African flag.
1942 | General Erwin Rommel takes control of the British Allied garrison at Tobruk, Libya and takes more than 30,000 prisoners.
1992 | ANC President, Nelson Mandela suspends talks with the government in the wake of Boipatong Massacre.
1968 | South African botanist, Constance Georgina Tardrew (84)
2001 | Egyptian actress and singer, Soad Hosny (58)
1929 | Egyptian-Greek guitarist and composer, Alexandre Lagoya.
1936 | South African artist, Lionel Davis.
1939 | Former Minister in the Presidency of the Republic of South Africa, Dr. Essop Goolam Pahad.
1949 | South African artist, Tshela Matsoso.
1965 | South African golfer, Gary Player, wins the US open tournament and becomes the only non-American to win all four majors in a career and the youngest to do so at the time.
2009 | J.K Rowling’s fifth Harry Potter book, “Harry Potter and the Order of The Phoenix” is released and becomes the fastest selling books ever.
The Sahara is the largest desert in the world and is bigger than the continental USA.