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2008 | President of Zimbabwe Robert Mugabe is re-elected in a landslide after his opponent Morgan Tsvangirai had withdrawn a week earlier, citing violence against his party’s supporters.
1773 | Empress of Ethiopia, Mentewab (66-67)
2013 | Algerian born, French long distance runner, Alain Mimoun (92)
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.
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.
2008 | Pixar animated movie WALL-E, voiced by Ben Burtt and Elisa Knight, is released.
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.