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Author of the book Born Freeand naturalist, Joy Adamson died under mysterious circumstances in a Kenyan bush. Initially it was reported that she was attacked to death in the bush by a lion, but further details emerged that she was stabbed to death by her employee, Paul Nakware Ekai, 18. This was revealed by Ekai in an extraordinary prison cell interview with Jeevan Vasagar from the Guardian. Apparently this was his first since he was jailed for Adamson's murder.

This article was produced for South African History Online on 20-Dec-2012

This Day in History Extra Dates
  • Tuesday, January 3, 2012
    World Press Freedom Day.
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  • Monday, January 3, 2011
    Foster Care Parents Day.
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  • Monday, January 3, 2005
    The SA department of foreign affairs announces that the bodies of two more South Africans have been found in Thailand, bringing the number of tsunami deaths to seven.
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  • Saturday, January 3, 2004
    What appears to be a power failure brings down a ten-year-old Boeing 737 shortly after take-off from the Red Sea resort of Sharm-el-Sheikh, killing 148 people. (Mail & Guardian, 9-15 Jan 2004, p. 8).

  • Monday, January 3, 1994
    Restoration of SA citizenship, announced by parliament on 15 December 1993, becomes effective. More than seven million people in the former homelands regain their South African citizenship.
    References:
    • Wallis, F. (2000). Nuusdagboek: feite en fratse oor 1000 jaar, Kaapstad: Human & Rousseau
    •  (2005). Milestones, The Star, 3 January.

  • Sunday, January 3, 1999
    UK Prime Minister Tony Blair, on a visit to South Africa, asks President Nelson Mandela to intervene in the Lockerbie case.
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  • Sunday, January 3, 1993
    Sebokeng activist, Joseph Skosana, is shot and killed and Oupa Dlamini, an ANC activist, wounded at about 20h00 when unknown gunmen fire shots at them and two other activists near Club Culture, a tavern in Sebokeng Zone 12.
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  • Thursday, January 3, 1980
    A police station at Soekmekaar, Northern Transvaal, is attacked.
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    • Kalley, J.A.; Schoeman, E. & Andor, L.E. (eds)(1999). Southern African Political History: a chronology of key political events from independence to mid-1997, Westport: Greenwood.

  • Thursday, January 3, 1985
    Israel government confirms resettlement of 10,000 Ethiopian Jews.
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  • Thursday, January 3, 1980
    Joy Adamson, scientist and author of 'Born Free', is murdered in a game reserve in Kenya.
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    • Wallis, F. (2000). Nuusdagboek: feite en fratse oor 1000 jaar, Kaapstad: Human & Rousseau

  • Sunday, January 3, 1971
    Cave paintings, dated 6 000 BC, are discovered in the Uweinat Mountains, Egypt.
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  • Sunday, January 3, 1971
    Anton Ackerman (59), South African actor, dies.
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    • Wallis, F. (2000). Nuusdagboek: feite en fratse oor 1000 jaar, Kaapstad: Human & Rousseau

  • Wednesday, January 3, 1968
    The state president-elect, Dr. Theophilus Ebenaeser (Eben) Dönges, dies after a long illness.
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  • Tuesday, January 3, 1961
    Hamanth Chotoo Kasan, general manager, Scientific Services, Rand Water, is born in Durban.
    References:
    • Hayes, S. (ed)(2000).  Who's Who of Southern Africa 2001..., Graighall: Jonathan Ball.

  • Friday, January 3, 1958
    Lindsay Kline takes a hat trick vs. South Africa in Cape Town.
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  • Tuesday, January 3, 1961
    Robert Hector Catterall (60), SA cricket player in twenty-four test matches (1922-1933), dies in Kempton Park.
    References:
    • Wallis, F. (2000). Nuusdagboek: feite en fratse oor 1000 jaar, Kaapstad: Human & Rousseau

  • Wednesday, January 3, 1951
    Frank Chikane, former secretary-general of the South African Council of Churches and current politician, is born in Johannesburg.
    References:
    • Wallis, F. (2000). Nuusdagboek: feite en fratse oor 1000 jaar, Kaapstad: Human & Rousseau
    •  Gastrow: Who's Who in South African Politics

  • Tuesday, January 3, 1950
    Winston Churchill Masakeng Saoli, SA artist, is born in Acornhoek, Eastern Transvaal.   He was detained during the 1970s. During detention he continued to draw, using fingernails, tea leaves and egg shell to draw on prison walls. His brother, a musician, provided inspiration for much of the artist's imagery.
    References:
    • Sack, S. (1988). The Neglected Tradition, Johannesburg: Johannesburg Art Gallery, p. 125

  • Saturday, January 3, 1942
    Ismail Mahomed Ayob, attorney, notary, economist and recipient of various awards, is born in Mafeking (now Mafikeng).
    References:
    • Hayes, S. (ed)(2000).  Who's Who of Southern Africa 2001 ..., Graighall: Jonathan Ball.

  • Friday, January 3, 1941
    World War 2: North Africa. Australian troops take 5,000 prisoners during a major assault on Italian forces at Bardia.
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  • Thursday, January 3, 1935
    Ethiopia asks League of Nations to guarantee peace with Italy.
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  • Thursday, January 3, 1924
    Henry Mutile Fazzie, vice-president, Eastern Cape Region of the United Democratic Front, 1983, and member of the Port Elizabeth Black Civic Organisation (PEBCO) is born in Stutterheim, Eastern Cape.
    References:
    • Gastrow: Who's Who in South African Politics

  • Thursday, January 3, 1924
    English archaeologist Howard Carter discovers the grave of Tutankamen, Egyptian king who died 3 276 years ago. In some sources the date is given as 4 January.
    References:
    • Wallis, F. (2000). Nuusdagboek: feite en fratse oor 1000 jaar, Kaapstad: Human & Rousseau
    •  africanhistory.about.com

  • Friday, January 3, 1896
    Emperor Wilhelm of Germany congratulates President Paul Kruger of the Zuid-Afrikaansche Republiek (ZAR or Transvaal Republic)on the suppression of the Jameson Raid, masterminded by Cecil John Rhodes.
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  • Saturday, January 3, 1857
    B.H. Darnell and R.W. Murray found The Cape Argus in Cape Town.
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    • The Star, 3 Jan. 2003? Milestones

  • Sunday, January 3, 1892
    John Ronald Reuel Tolkien, author of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings, is born in Bloemfontein, OFS.
    References:
    • Wallis, F. (2000). Nuusdagboek: feite en fratse oor 1000 jaar, Kaapstad: Human & Rousseau

  • Thursday, January 3, 1856
    The weekly newspaper Het Volksblad is published in Cape Town.
    References:
    • Wallis, F. (2000). Nuusdagboek: feite en fratse oor 1000 jaar, Kaapstad: Human & Rousseau

  • Monday, January 3, 1746
    Wilhelmina ten Damme, wife of Governor Hendrik Swellengrebel, dies at the age of forty. Swellendam was named in honour of them.
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    • Wallis, F. (2000). Nuusdagboek: feite en fratse oor 1000 jaar, Kaapstad: Human & Rousseau

  • Thursday, January 3, 1850
    James Archbell, retired missionary, prints the first edition of the weekly newspaper The Natal Independent and General Advertiser.
    References:
    • Wallis, F. (2000). Nuusdagboek: feite en fratse oor 1000 jaar, Kaapstad: Human & Rousseau