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17th September – On This Day In History

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Born:

1819 Marthinus Wessels Pretorius  (first President of the Republic of South Africa)

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Died:

1985 Laura Ashley (fashion designer)

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On This Day:

1900 Commonwealth of Australia proclaimed

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12th September – On This Day In History

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Born:

1913 Jesse Owen (Olympic track & field star)

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Died:

1977 Steve Biko (South African anti-apartheid activist)

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On This Day:

1848 Switzerland becomes a Federal State 

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27th August – On This Day In History

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Born:

1908 Donald (Don) Bradman (Australian cricketer)

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Died:

1919 Louis Botha (South African statesman and general) 

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On This Day:

1828 Uruguay gains independence 

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13th August – On This Day In History

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Born:

1860 Annie Oakley (sharp – shooter)

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Died:

1910 Florence Nightingale (pioneering nurse)

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On This Day:

1814 Dutch formally cede Cape of Good Hope to the British

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8th August – On This Day In History

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Born:

1937 Dustin Hoffman (actor)

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Died:

1997 Duncan Swift (jazz pianist) 

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On This Day:

1843 Natal, South Africa, becomes a British colony

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23rd July – On This Day In History

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Born:

1949 Clive Rice (South African all – round cricketer)

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Died:

2011 Amy Winehouse (singer)

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On This Day:

1148 Crusaders attack Damascus

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18th July – On This Day In History

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Born:

1918 Nelson Mandela (statesman)

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Died:

1817 Jane Austen (author)

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On This Day:

2013 The City of Detroit files for bankruptcy ($18.5 billion!)

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