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.

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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)


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 


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.


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.


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


Presh JM Reporter

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