On This Day: What happened on 27 June?

Here’s a look at what happened on this day, 27 June, throughout history. We remember the news, events, and people that influenced the course of history forever.

1957 | Great Britain Smoking and Lung Cancer Linked.

1961 | Ghana imposes a total ban on exports to South Africa and South West Africa.

1977 | Djibouti, France’s last colony, gains independence.

1986 | South African Journalist, Zwelakhe Sisulu is abducted.

2008 | President of Zimbabwe Robert Mugabe is re-elected in a landslide after his opponent Morgan Tsvangirai had withdrawn a week earlier, citing violence against his party’s supporters.

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DEATHS

1773 | Empress of Ethiopia, Mentewab (66-67)

2013 | Algerian born, French long distance runner, Alain Mimoun (92)

BIRTHDAYS

1914 | Nigerian women’s rights activist, social mobilizer and politician, Margaret Ekpo.

1937 | Namibian lawyer and politician, Otto Herrigel.

1951 | South African singer, songwriter, playwright and director, David Kramer.

1980 | South African-English cricketer, Kevin Pietersen.

SPORT

Lions vs Western Province

2009 | South Africa beats the British & Irish Lions 28 – 25 in the second test match during the Lions tour of South Africa.

2009 | Morné Steyn’s penalty at the final horn gives the Springboks an insurmountable 2-0 lead.

2009 | Kenya’s Joy Sakari wins both the women’s 200 and 400 m races in the Kenya national championships.

2011 | Ivory coast’s “Les petit Éléphants” advance to the knockout stage in the FIFA U-17 world cup.

ENTERTAINMENT

2008 | Pixar animated movie WALL-E, voiced by Ben Burtt and Elisa Knight, is released.

AFRICA FACT

Water scarcity impacts the lives of over 300 million Africans, of whom approximately 75% of Africans rely on groundwater as their primary source of drinking water. Global warming is aggravating the situation.

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Presh JM Reporter

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