On This Day: What happened on 26 May?

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

1977 | Shaba I war in Zaire (now the Republic of Congo) ended.

2009 | South Africa entered a recession since 1992. 

2016 | President Robert Mugabe pardoned more than 2,000 prisoners in an attempt to ease overcrowded jails in Zimbabwe. 

2017 | Mandisa Maya became the first South African female jurist to serve as President of the Supreme Court of Appeal of South Africa.  

2017 | Mmusi Maimane was stopped from entering Zambia because the Zambian High Commissioner was concerned that he would interfere with the treason court case of Hakainde Hichilema.

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2001 | Zimbabwean Minister of Defence, Moven Mahachi (48)

2002 | Ethiopian runner, Mamo Wolde (69)

2014 | South African cricket player, Peter Williams (56)


1920 | South African cricket player, Jack Cheetham 

1941 | South African tennis player and sportscaster, Cliff Drysdale 

1966 | South African runner, Zola Budd

1971 | Lebanese football player, Zaher Andary

1996 | South African cricket player, Lara Goodall


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2007 | Rugby Union – The Springboks defeated England 58-10 at Vodacom Park, Bloemfontein. This became the largest win for South Africa in the history of the series.


2002 | Eminem’s fourth studio album “The Eminem Show” was released.


The world’s biggest themed resort is the Palace of the Lost City in South Africa.


Presh JM Reporter

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