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More than 400 miners are killed in an underground collapse at Coalbrook mine

Thursday, 21 January 1960
In the worst mine disaster in South Africa, a large section of the Clydesdale Colliery ,at the Coalbrook mine near Sasolburg, Orange Free State, caved in and trapped 435 (or 440) mineworkers 180m underground. There were no survivors. No machine capable of drilling holes large enough through which to rescue people was available anywhere in the country. ..
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1952 The African National Congress’ (ANC) Defiance Campaign against the South African Apartheid Regime, which in ...read more
1902 31 May, The Peace Treaty of Vereeniging ends the Anglo-Boer War that began in 1899. The Treaty is signed between ...read more
1906 11 September, A mass meeting of Indians took place at the Empire Theatre in Johannesburg in connection with ...read more
1835 Migration of disaffected Dutch farmers from the Cape Colony 1836 Louis Trichardt and Hans van Rensburg reach ...read more
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The 1980s witnessed an increase in attacks launched by the ANC through its armed MK inside South Africa. Conversely, ...read more
1895 The Kinetescope (invented by Thomas Edison) was a box in which people could see a moving image. The first ...read more
1942 12 April, Jacob Gedleyihlekisa Zuma is born in Nkandla in northern KwaZulu-Natal. 1958 Zuma joins the African ...read more
1983 January, Alan Boesak calls for the formation of the UDF at a SAIC Committee (TASC) conference in Johannesburg; A ...read more
Between the 20th and 21st century, a number of people lost their lives in South Africa amid liberation struggle. ...read more

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