South Africa: Today in History

South Africa: Today in  History

We look back on this day in world and South African history, remembering the people and events that shaped the world we live in today.

Here’s a look at what happened on this day, 19 September, throughout the world and South African history. We remember the news, events, and people that influenced the course of history forever.


1974 | The Prime Minister of South Africa, B.J. Vorster sent a message of goodwill to the new government of Mozambique.

1976 | Ian Smith of Rhodesia and Henry Kissinger met in Pretoria.

2019 | A US drone strike has killed 30 civilian farmers in Afghanistan.

2017 | The 2017 Puebla earthquake struck Mexico, killing 370 people and injuring more than 6 000, as well as causing extensive damage.

2016 | Following a manhunt, the suspect in the bombings in New York and New Jersey was arrested after a shootout with police.


1973 | South African businessman, Roelof Botha.

1993 | South African rugby union footballer, John-Hubert Meyer.

1987 | South African cricketer, Stiaan van Zyl.

1963 | English footballer, David Seaman.

1982 | Portuguese footballer, Eduardo Carvalho.


2012 | Italian footballer, Rino Ferrario, 86.

1983 | South African Communist Party leader, Dr. Yusuf Mahomed Dadoo, 74.

2012 | American race car driver, Cecil Gordon, 71.

1942 | American publisher, founded Condé Nast Publications, Condé Montrose Nast, 69.

2018 | American ballet dancer & choreographer, Arthur Mitchell, 84.


Mariano Rivera. Image: Wikimedia Commons

2011 | Mariano Rivera of the New York Yankees surpassed Trevor Hoffman to become Major League Baseball’s all-time save leader with 602.


2014 | “The Maze Runner” was released on this day in the United States by 20th Century Fox.

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