This Day In History


SAA Helderberg 747 crashes

Saturday, 28 November 1987
The South African Airways Helderberg 747 jet aircraft crashed into the Indian Ocean near Mauritius, killing all 159 people on board. A fire, which started from the main deck cargo hold, caused the crash of the jet. .. read more
European's settle in South Africa for the first time and begin to further colonize and trade with the Khoikhoi at the cape, by the... read more
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A decade by decade events account of the women's struggle in South Africa. 1905 Charlotte Maxeke, formerly a Kimberley schoolteacher,... read more
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1840s John Dube’s grandmother, Dalitha becomes the first convert of the Lindley Mission Station in Inanda. 1871 11 February, John... read more
1895 The Kinetescope (invented by Thomas Edison) was a box in which people could see a moving image. The first Kinetescopes in South... read more