On This Day: What happened on 26 June?

Here’s a look at what happened on this day, 26 June, throughout history. We remember the news, events, and people that influenced the course of history forever.

1945 | Delegates from 50 nations sign the United Nations Charter, establishing the world body as a means of helping to stop another World War happening.

1950 | Suppression of Communism Act, No. 44 of 1950 approved in Parliament.

1950 | The ANC calls for a day of protest and observes this day as ‘South Africa Freedom Day’ for the first time.

1959 | SACTU launches a national potato boycott.

2015 | Five different terrorist attacks in France, Tunisia, Somalia, Kuwait, and Syria occurred on what was dubbed Bloody Friday by international media. Upwards of 750 people were either killed or injured in these uncoordinated attacks.

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DEATHS

1969 | Egyptian martyr, George El Mozahem (29)

1979 | Ghanaian soldier and politician, 3rd Head of State of Ghana, Akwasi Afrifa (43)

BIRTHDAYS

1970 | Kenyan runner, Paul Bitok.

1970 | Adam Ndlovu, Zimbabwean footballer.

1976 | Zimbabwean cricketer and sportscaster, Pommie Mbangwa.

1983 | South African-English cricketer, Nick Compton.

1984 | Kenyan long distance runner, Priscah Jeptoo.

SPORT

Luvo Manyonga

2009 | Linet Masai wins first place in the Women’s 10,000 m at the Kenya national championships held in Nairobi.

2011 | Ivory Coast ties 3 – 3 with Brazil in the FIFA U-17 World Cup.

2011 | South Africa wins 104 – 17 against Fiji and Springboks’ Arno Botha wins top try scorer with 7 tries.

2016 | South Africa wins the African championships with a total of 33 medals, 16 of which were gold.

ENTERTAINMENT

1977 | Elvis Presley held his final concert in Indianapolis, Indiana at Market Square Arena.

1998 | Microsoft released its latest version Windows 98 and one of its key new features is the plug incapability of video cameras, games machines and other plug and play peripherals.

AFRICA FACT

Over 55% of Africa’s labour force work in food production with vast areas of arable and pastoral lands supporting agricultural economies.

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Presh JM Reporter

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