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Friday, March 8, 1957

Ghana was admitted to the United Nations on 8 March 1957, two days after it achieved independence from Britain. The country which had previously been known as the Gold Coast had been under British rule since 1821. In 1954, Kwame Nkrumah became Prime Minister and led the way to independence.

This article was produced by South African History Online on 06-Mar-2014

This Day in History Extra Dates
  • Tuesday, March 8, 2005
    South African Defence Minister Mosiuoa Lekota and his counterparts from the Southern African Development Community (SADC) region has an unscheduled meeting in Cape Town to discuss growing tensions in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).

  • Tuesday, March 8, 2005
    The 80,000 striking truck drivers and their employers reached an agreement "in principle" about the workers' wages during the early morning hours, the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA) announces.   Negotiators from the SA Transport and Allied Workers Union and the Road Freight Employers Association (RFEA) are to sign the deal at noon, CCMA director Edwin Molahlehi tells Sapa.

  • Sunday, March 8, 1998
    Roman Herzog, President of Germany, visits SA.
    • Wallis, F. (2000). Nuusdagboek: feite en fratse oor 1000 jaar, Kaapstad: Human & Rousseau

  • Monday, March 8, 2004
    Fifteen suspected mercenaries are arrested in Equatorial Guinea, including the alleged leader of the advance party, Nick du Toit. Most of the suspects are South African.
    • (2005). The financier, the plotter and the mercenary, The Star, 14 January, p. 13.

  • Friday, March 8, 1991
    A two day long unrest of large scale attacks and counter attacks in which forty-five people are killed, starts in Alexandra, PWV.
    • Coleman, M. (ed)(1998). A Crime Against Humanity: analysing the repression of the apartheid state, Johannesburg: Human Rights Committee, p. 267.

  • Tuesday, March 8, 1994
    SA signs agreement for air services with Japan.
    • 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, March 8, 1988
    Britain and the United States veto a draft resolution in the United Nations Security Council, following the banning of organisations in South Africa, for selective mandatory sanctions (based largely on measures adopted by the EEC).
  • Thursday, March 8, 1990
    Five people die in a panga fight in Katlehong, thought to be related to the ongoing taxi violence.
    • South African Institute of Race Relations. (1990). Race Relations Survey 1989/90, Johannesburg: South African Institute of Race Relations, p. 88