On This Day: What happened on 24 April?

Here’s a look at what happened on this day, 24 April, throughout history. We remember the news, events, and people that influenced the course of history forever.

1968 | Mauritius becomes a member of the United Nations.

1970 | The Gambia becomes a republic within the Commonwealth of Nations.

1987 | Barclays Bank was renamed First National Bank (FNB)

1994 | A car bomb explodes outside the ANC headquarters in central Johannesburg killing nine people and injuring 92 injured. 

2001 | The Construction Industry Development Board (CIDB) was launched by Jacob Zuma.

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DEATHS

1988 | South African cricket player, Bob Newson (77)

1993 | South African anti-apartheid politician and co-founder of ANC, Oliver Reginald Kaizana Tambo (75)

2011 | Ethiopian sultan of the Aussa Sultanate, Alimirah Hanfere (95)

2016 | Congolese singer, Papa Wemba (66)

BIRTHDAYS

1970 | South African-American actor, Stelio Savante

1977 | South African musician, Zola

1985 | South African Paralympian athlete,  Arnu Fourie

1986 | South African rugby player, Jacques Potgieter

SPORT

2005 | Kenya’s cricket team defeats Uganda’s team by 168 runs at the ICC Intercontinental Cup.

ENTERTAINMENT

Ed Sheeran

1976 | Xhosa music composer, Benjamin Tyamzashe, received an honorary M.A. degree for contributing to Xhosa music.

2018 | According to the IFPI Ed Sheeran’s album Divide (÷)  was the 2017 best selling album with 6.1 million copies worldwide.

 

AFRICA FACT

The Wodaabe tribe from northern Africa only name their children when they are twelve years old.

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Presh JM Reporter

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