On This Day: What happened on 29 April?

Here’s a look at what happened on this day, 29 April, throughout history. We remember the news, events, and people that influenced the course of history forever.

1994 | The voting for the first South African democratic elections ends.

1994 | MV Mtongwe ferry capsized in Mombasa, Kenya killing 300 of the 400 people on board.

2016 | The High Court in Pretoria declared the decision by former NPA head Mokotedi Mpshe to drop the 2009 corruption charges against President Jacob Zuma irrational and was not upheld by any law.

2019 | Air Zimbabwe ground its only operating flight Boeing 767-200ER due to a malfunction that caused a brief tailpipe fire.

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1933 | Egyptian-Greek poet & journalist, Constantine P Cavafy (70) 

1977 | South African journalist, anti-apartheid activist, Marimuthu Pragalathan Naicker (56)

2012 | Former Libyan Prime Minister, Shukri Ghanem (69)

2020 | South African anti-apartheid activist, Denis Goldberg (87)


1991 | South African rugby player, JP du Plessis

1993 | Nigerian-South African rugby player, Luther Obi

1998 | South African cricket player, Zakariya Paruk


2018 | British racing driver, Lewis Hamilton wins his first race of the season at the Azerbaijan Grand Prix in Baku.


2018 | The Simpsons became the animated series with the highest episodes of any series on TV.

2019 | Somali-American model Halima Aden became the first model to wear Hijab and Burkini for Sports Illustrated swimsuit magazine.



 The Kingdom of Aksum (or Axum), is the oldest of the African kingdoms and is spread across Ethiopia and Eritrea.


Presh JM Reporter

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