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Thursday, October 6, 1927

William “Willie” Alexander Smith was born in Johannesburg on 4 July 1904.[i] Smith’s boxing debut took place on 20 June 1925.[ii] Willie Smith was South Africa’s second Olympic champion when he won the bantamweight title at the 1924 Olympic Games held in Paris.[iii] Smith turned professional boxer shortly after his Olympic win and continued boxing up until 1936.[iv] He also beat Teddy &

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  • Thursday, October 6, 2005
    Commuters angry about train delays cause damage estimated at R30m when they set fire to several coaches and two offices at Germiston Station.
    References:

  • Wednesday, October 6, 2004
    The Star reports that a South African, Johan Hattingh, a former Task Force member, who was working with US company DynCorp in Baghdad has been killed in Iraq and is believed to have been beheaded.
    References:

  • Friday, October 6, 2000
    National Eagle Day, organised by the Raptor Conservation Group and short-term insurer SA Eagle,is celebrated.
    References:
    • Burger, D. (ed) (2002). South Africa Yearbook 2001/02, Pretoria: GCIS, p. 207

  • Wednesday, October 6, 1999
    Overwhelmed by rising waters on the Niger River, officials open the floodgates of two major dams, submerging 400 villages and leaving more than 300 000 homeless. Some 500 are believed drowned.
    References:

  • Wednesday, October 6, 1999
    The SA Agricultural Union changes its name on the union's annual meeting in Rustenburg to Agri South Africa.
    References:
    • Wallis, F. (2000). Nuusdagboek: feite en fratse oor 1000 jaar, Kaapstad: Human & Rousseau

  • Friday, October 6, 1995
    State of Emergency Act No 86 commences.

  • Thursday, October 6, 1994
    South African President Nelson Mandela addresses a joint session of US Congress.
  • Wednesday, October 6, 1993
    The Bafana Bafana, SA soccer team, loses 0-4 against Mexico.
    References:
    • ---- (2004). Footballer of the decade: Bafana Bafana record. Kick Off. Special ed. 1994-2004, p. 10.

  • Friday, October 6, 1989
    Minister of Manpower Eli Louw announces that in future Workers' Day would always be on 1 May.
    References:
    • South African Institute of Race Relations. (1990). Race Relations Survey 1989/90, Johannesburg: South African Institute of Race Relations, p. 364

  • Thursday, October 6, 1988
    Algeria's President Chadli Bendjedid announces state of emergency on third day of violent protests against austerity measures.
    References:

  • Tuesday, October 6, 1987
    Zambian postal workers refuse to sort mail from South Africa following a bomb explosion the previous week in which two postal workers were killed while unloading mail from South Africa.
    References:

  • Tuesday, October 6, 1987
    Stella Sigcau is elected Transkei's third prime minister since the SA government accorded the territory independence in 1976. Date is given as 7 October 1987 in another source.
    References:

  • Tuesday, October 6, 1987
    ANC command structure in the Western Cape is arrested.
    References:
    • 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.

  • Saturday, October 6, 1984
    Three of the six protesters leave the British Consulate in protest against South Africa's action in linking their sit-in with the Coventry case. They are immediately arrested and detained by security police.
    References:
    • 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.

  • Tuesday, October 6, 1981
    Egyptian President Anwar Sadat is shot to death by extremists while reviewing a military parade, eleven years and one day after his inauguration.  At least eight other people are also killed in the attack.
  • Tuesday, October 6, 1981
    Dr. Dawie de Villiers wins the Piketberg, Western Cape, seat for the National Party with a slightly reduced majority.
    References:
    • 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.

  • Monday, October 6, 1980
    Parliament meets in special session to elect the National Party candidate, Alwyn Schlebusch, as the nation's first Vice-President. In this role, he will be Chairman of the President's Council, from 1 January 1981.
    References:
    • 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.

  • Friday, October 6, 1978
    Daniel Toroitich Arap Moi becomes Kenya's second president, following the death of Jomo Kenyatta on 22 August 1978.
    References:

  • Saturday, October 6, 1973
    The Egyptians and Syrians launch surprise attacks on Israel on Yom Kippur day, catching Israel almost totally by surprise and starting the seven-day war.
    References:
    • Wallis, F. (2000). Nuusdagboek: feite en fratse oor 1000 jaar, Kaapstad: Human & Rousseau
    •  http://www.allatsea.co.za/
    •  http://www.news24.com

  • Wednesday, October 6, 1971
    The Minister of State of the Ivory Coast, Koffia Ndia, visits South Africa, reaffirming the country's commitment to dialogue.
    References:
    • 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.

  • Friday, October 6, 1967
    A Bill is introduced into the Lesotho parliament providing for the extradition of fugitives from the Republic of South Africa. 
    References:
    • 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.

  • Saturday, October 6, 1962
    Takalani Madima, advocate and expert on Labour Law and Industrial Relations is born in Sibasa, Venda (Limpopo).
    References:
    • Hayes, S. (ed) (2000).  Who's Who of Southern Africa 2001..., Graighall: Jonathan Ball

  • Friday, October 6, 1961
    Sisulu is sentenced to R30-00 or 90 days imprisonment because he is not in possession of a reference book.
  • Thursday, October 6, 1955
    Schalk Burger, SA Springbok rugby player, is born.
    References:
    • Wallis, F. (2000). Nuusdagboek: feite en fratse oor 1000 jaar, Kaapstad: Human & Rousseau

  • Thursday, October 6, 1955
    The Federasie van Afrikaanse Kultuurvereniginge (FAK), institutes its medal of honour for services to the people.
    References:
    • Wallis, F. (2000). Nuusdagboek: feite en fratse oor 1000 jaar, Kaapstad: Human & Rousseau

  • Wednesday, October 6, 1943
    Gustav Schoeman Preller (68), journalist, cultural leader and first Afrikaans literary critic, dies in Pelindaba, near Pretoria.
    References:
    • Wallis, F. (2000). Nuusdagboek: feite en fratse oor 1000 jaar, Kaapstad: Human & Rousseau
    •  Potgieter, D.J. et al. (eds) (1970). Standard Encyclopaedia of Southern Africa, Cape Town: NASOU.

  • Thursday, October 6, 1927
    Willie Smith, bantamweight boxing champion of SA, wins the world champion title. (British version).
    References:

  • Friday, October 6, 1911
    Henrietta Stockdale (64), SA nursing pioneer, dies in Kimberley.
    References:
    • Wallis, F. (2000). Nuusdagboek: feite en fratse oor 1000 jaar, Kaapstad: Human & Rousseau

  • Monday, October 6, 1902
    The railway line between Cape Town and Beira in Mozambique, 3 200 km, is completed.
    References:
    • Wallis, F. (2000). Nuusdagboek: feite en fratse oor 1000 jaar, Kaapstad: Human & Rousseau
    •  Pretoria News, 6 October 2003. Today in History

  • Friday, October 6, 1899
    Anglo-Boer War 2: After the closure of the mines more than 7 000 Black mineworkers, escorted by Mr J.J. Marwick, representative of the Natal Native Affairs Department and six Republican policemen, leave Johannesburg on their way home to Natal and Zululand, walking about 56 kilometres per day a gruelling journey. Cloete gives the date as the 4th, but it seems that the actual leaving was on the 6th.
    References:
    • Brink, E. (1999). 1899: The Long March Home: a little-known incident in the Anglo-Boer War, Cape Town: Kwela
    •  Cloete, P.G. (2000). The Anglo Boer War: a chronology, Pretoria: Lapa.

  • Thursday, October 6, 1887
    Jan Bantjes, Voortrekker teacher of Paul Kruger and M.W. Pretorius, dies.
    References:
    • Wallis, F. (2000). Nuusdagboek: feite en fratse oor 1000 jaar, Kaapstad: Human & Rousseau

  • Sunday, October 6, 1878
    British mission to subdue Sekhukhune is abandoned after having failed with much loss of life on both sides. He was ultimately defeated in 1879 and imprisoned in Pretoria.
    References:
    • Potgieter, D.J. et al. (eds) (1970). Standard Encyclopaedia of Southern Africa, Cape Town: NASOU, v. 9, p. 576

  • Thursday, October 6, 1864
    Gen. Christiaan Botha, younger brother of Gen. Louis Botha, is born in Greytown, Natal.
    References:
    • Wallis, F. (2000). Nuusdagboek: feite en fratse oor 1000 jaar, Kaapstad: Human & Rousseau
    •  Swart, M.J., et al. (eds)(1980). Afrikaanse Kultuuralmanak Aucklandpark: Federasie van Afrikaanse Kultuurvereniginge.

  • Sunday, October 6, 1720
    Elizabeth Bosman, early SA author and religious poet, is born in Drakenstein, Cape.
    References:
    • Wallis, F. (2000). Nuusdagboek: feite en fratse oor 1000 jaar, Kaapstad: Human & Rousseau
    •  Swart, M.J., et al. (eds)(1980). Afrikaanse Kultuuralmanak Aucklandpark: Federasie van Afrikaanse Kultuurvereniginge.

  • Tuesday, October 6, 1654
    The Directors of the Dutch East India Company (Heeren XVII or Lords Seventeen) propose Hout Bay to Jan van Riebeeck as a possible area to settle some Dutch families.
    References:
    • Wallis, F. (2000). Nuusdagboek: feite en fratse oor 1000 jaar, Kaapstad: Human & Rousseau

  • Thursday, October 6, 2005
    Commuters angry about train delays cause damage estimated at R30m when they set fire to several coaches and two offices at Germiston Station.
    References:

  • Wednesday, October 6, 2004
    The Star reports that a South African, Johan Hattingh, a former Task Force member, who was working with US company DynCorp in Baghdad has been killed in Iraq and is believed to have been beheaded.
    References:

  • Friday, October 6, 2000
    National Eagle Day, organised by the Raptor Conservation Group and short-term insurer SA Eagle,is celebrated.
    References:
    • Burger, D. (ed) (2002). South Africa Yearbook 2001/02, Pretoria: GCIS, p. 207

  • Wednesday, October 6, 1999
    Overwhelmed by rising waters on the Niger River, officials open the floodgates of two major dams, submerging 400 villages and leaving more than 300 000 homeless. Some 500 are believed drowned.
    References:

  • Wednesday, October 6, 1999
    The SA Agricultural Union changes its name on the union's annual meeting in Rustenburg to Agri South Africa.
    References:
    • Wallis, F. (2000). Nuusdagboek: feite en fratse oor 1000 jaar, Kaapstad: Human & Rousseau

  • Friday, October 6, 1995
    State of Emergency Act No 86 commences.

  • Thursday, October 6, 1994
    South African President Nelson Mandela addresses a joint session of US Congress.
  • Wednesday, October 6, 1993
    The Bafana Bafana, SA soccer team, loses 0-4 against Mexico.
    References:
    • ---- (2004). Footballer of the decade: Bafana Bafana record. Kick Off. Special ed. 1994-2004, p. 10.

  • Friday, October 6, 1989
    Minister of Manpower Eli Louw announces that in future Workers' Day would always be on 1 May.
    References:
    • South African Institute of Race Relations. (1990). Race Relations Survey 1989/90, Johannesburg: South African Institute of Race Relations, p. 364

  • Thursday, October 6, 1988
    Algeria's President Chadli Bendjedid announces state of emergency on third day of violent protests against austerity measures.
    References:

  • Tuesday, October 6, 1987
    Zambian postal workers refuse to sort mail from South Africa following a bomb explosion the previous week in which two postal workers were killed while unloading mail from South Africa.
    References:

  • Tuesday, October 6, 1987
    Stella Sigcau is elected Transkei's third prime minister since the SA government accorded the territory independence in 1976. Date is given as 7 October 1987 in another source.
    References:

  • Saturday, October 6, 1984
    Three of the six protesters leave the British Consulate in protest against South Africa's action in linking their sit-in with the Coventry case. They are immediately arrested and detained by security police.
    References:
    • 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.

  • Tuesday, October 6, 1981
    Egyptian President Anwar Sadat is shot to death by extremists while reviewing a military parade, eleven years and one day after his inauguration.  At least eight other people are also killed in the attack.
  • Tuesday, October 6, 1981
    Dr. Dawie de Villiers wins the Piketberg, Western Cape, seat for the National Party with a slightly reduced majority.
    References:
    • 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.

  • Monday, October 6, 1980
    Parliament meets in special session to elect the National Party candidate, Alwyn Schlebusch, as the nation's first Vice-President. In this role, he will be Chairman of the President's Council, from 1 January 1981.
    References:
    • 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.

  • Friday, October 6, 1978
    Daniel Toroitich Arap Moi becomes Kenya's second president, following the death of Jomo Kenyatta on 22 August 1978.
    References:

  • Saturday, October 6, 1973
    The Egyptians and Syrians launch surprise attacks on Israel on Yom Kippur day, catching Israel almost totally by surprise and starting the seven-day war.
    References:
    • Wallis, F. (2000). Nuusdagboek: feite en fratse oor 1000 jaar, Kaapstad: Human & Rousseau
    •  http://www.allatsea.co.za/
    •  http://www.news24.com

  • Wednesday, October 6, 1971
    The Minister of State of the Ivory Coast, Koffia Ndia, visits South Africa, reaffirming the country's commitment to dialogue.
    References:
    • 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.

  • Friday, October 6, 1967
    A Bill is introduced into the Lesotho parliament providing for the extradition of fugitives from the Republic of South Africa. 
    References:
    • 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.

  • Saturday, October 6, 1962
    Takalani Madima, advocate and expert on Labour Law and Industrial Relations is born in Sibasa, Venda (Limpopo).
    References:
    • Hayes, S. (ed) (2000).  Who's Who of Southern Africa 2001..., Graighall: Jonathan Ball

  • Friday, October 6, 1961
    Sisulu is sentenced to R30-00 or 90 days imprisonment because he is not in possession of a reference book.
  • Thursday, October 6, 1955
    Schalk Burger, SA Springbok rugby player, is born.
    References:
    • Wallis, F. (2000). Nuusdagboek: feite en fratse oor 1000 jaar, Kaapstad: Human & Rousseau

  • Thursday, October 6, 1955
    The Federasie van Afrikaanse Kultuurvereniginge (FAK), institutes its medal of honour for services to the people.
    References:
    • Wallis, F. (2000). Nuusdagboek: feite en fratse oor 1000 jaar, Kaapstad: Human & Rousseau

  • Friday, October 6, 1944
    WWII: The 6th SA Armoured Division, having reached the watershed of Castiglione dei Pepoli in Italy, pushes forward to take Monte Vigese and Monte Sanco during World War II.
    References:

  • Wednesday, October 6, 1943
    Gustav Schoeman Preller (68), journalist, cultural leader and first Afrikaans literary critic, dies in Pelindaba, near Pretoria.
    References:
    • Wallis, F. (2000). Nuusdagboek: feite en fratse oor 1000 jaar, Kaapstad: Human & Rousseau
    •  Potgieter, D.J. et al. (eds) (1970). Standard Encyclopaedia of Southern Africa, Cape Town: NASOU.

  • Thursday, October 6, 1927
    Willie Smith, bantamweight boxing champion of SA, wins the world champion title. (British version).
    References:

  • Friday, October 6, 1911
    Henrietta Stockdale (64), SA nursing pioneer, dies in Kimberley.
    References:
    • Wallis, F. (2000). Nuusdagboek: feite en fratse oor 1000 jaar, Kaapstad: Human & Rousseau

  • Monday, October 6, 1902
    The railway line between Cape Town and Beira in Mozambique, 3 200 km, is completed.
    References:
    • Wallis, F. (2000). Nuusdagboek: feite en fratse oor 1000 jaar, Kaapstad: Human & Rousseau
    •  Pretoria News, 6 October 2003. Today in History

  • Friday, October 6, 1899
    Anglo-Boer War 2: After the closure of the mines more than 7 000 Black mineworkers, escorted by Mr J.J. Marwick, representative of the Natal Native Affairs Department and six Republican policemen, leave Johannesburg on their way home to Natal and Zululand, walking about 56 kilometres per day a gruelling journey. Cloete gives the date as the 4th, but it seems that the actual leaving was on the 6th.
    References:
    • Brink, E. (1999). 1899: The Long March Home: a little-known incident in the Anglo-Boer War, Cape Town: Kwela
    •  Cloete, P.G. (2000). The Anglo Boer War: a chronology, Pretoria: Lapa.

  • Thursday, October 6, 1887
    Jan Bantjes, Voortrekker teacher of Paul Kruger and M.W. Pretorius, dies.
    References:
    • Wallis, F. (2000). Nuusdagboek: feite en fratse oor 1000 jaar, Kaapstad: Human & Rousseau

  • Sunday, October 6, 1878
    British mission to subdue Sekhukhune is abandoned after having failed with much loss of life on both sides. He was ultimately defeated in 1879 and imprisoned in Pretoria.
    References:
    • Potgieter, D.J. et al. (eds) (1970). Standard Encyclopaedia of Southern Africa, Cape Town: NASOU, v. 9, p. 576

  • Thursday, October 6, 1864
    Gen. Christiaan Botha, younger brother of Gen. Louis Botha, is born in Greytown, Natal.
    References:
    • Wallis, F. (2000). Nuusdagboek: feite en fratse oor 1000 jaar, Kaapstad: Human & Rousseau
    •  Swart, M.J., et al. (eds)(1980). Afrikaanse Kultuuralmanak Aucklandpark: Federasie van Afrikaanse Kultuurvereniginge.

  • Sunday, October 6, 1720
    Elizabeth Bosman, early SA author and religious poet, is born in Drakenstein, Cape.
    References:
    • Wallis, F. (2000). Nuusdagboek: feite en fratse oor 1000 jaar, Kaapstad: Human & Rousseau
    •  Swart, M.J., et al. (eds)(1980). Afrikaanse Kultuuralmanak Aucklandpark: Federasie van Afrikaanse Kultuurvereniginge.

  • Tuesday, October 6, 1654
    The Directors of the Dutch East India Company (Heeren XVII or Lords Seventeen) propose Hout Bay to Jan van Riebeeck as a possible area to settle some Dutch families.
    References:
    • Wallis, F. (2000). Nuusdagboek: feite en fratse oor 1000 jaar, Kaapstad: Human & Rousseau