On This Day: What happened on 27 May?

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

1963 | Jomo Kenyatta is elected the first Prime Minister of Kenya after gaining independence from Britain. 

1963 | Nelson Mandela arrived on Robben Island to serve his five-year sentence for incitement and leaving the country illegally.

1997 | Joe Thloloe announced his resignation as SABC Editor in Chief. 

2019 | Cyril Ramaphosa signed into law the Carbon Tax Act which came into effect on June 1.

2019 | Peter Mutharika won the presidential elections in Malawi.

READ: On This Day: What happened on 26 May?

DEATHS

2013 | Prime Minister of Mali, Abdoulaye Sékou Sow (81) 

2014 | South African former Chief of Naval Staff, Mosoeu Magalefa (65) 

2014 | Nigerian Emir of Gombe, Shehu Abubakar (76) 

2018 | Egyptian former Prime Minister, Aly Lotfy Mahmoud (82)

BIRTHDAYS

1931 | Egyptian actress and producer, Faten Hamama 

1971 | South African tennis player, Grant Stafford  

1977 | Algerian track and field athlete, Abderrahmane Hammad

1986 | Senegalese basketball player, Bamba Fall 

1990 | Ethiopian runner, Yenew Alamirew 

SPORT

2009 | UEFA Champions League Final – Barcelona beat Manchester United 2–0 with the goals scored by Samuel Eto’o and Lionel Messi to win their third European Cup in history.

ENTERTAINMENT

2017 | South African Music Awards were held at Sun City Resort, Sun City. 

2018 | Miss South Africa won by Tamaryn Green was held at the Sun Arena at Time Square in Pretoria.

AFRICA FACT

Most of the world’s fastest runners come from the “Kalenjins” which is a single tribe in Kenya.

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Presh JM Reporter

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