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6th February – On This Day In History

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Born:

1911 Ronald Reagan (40th President of the USA and actor)

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Died:

2017 Joost van der Westhuizen (Springbok rugby player)

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On This Day:

1935 Monopoly, the board game, goes on sale

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1st February – On This Day In History

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Born:

1981 Graeme Smith (South African cricketer)

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Died:

1851 Mary Shelly (author – Frankenstein) 

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On This Day:

1991 FW de Klerk (South African President) commits to repeal all apartheid laws

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18th January – On This Day In History

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Born:

1882 AA Milne (author of Winnie – the – Pooh)

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Died:

1677 Jan Van Riebeek (founder of Dutch Cape Colony at Cape Town)

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On This Day:

2005 The A380, the world’s largest commercial airliner, is unveiled by Airbus in France

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17th January – On This Day In History

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Born:

1706 Benjamin Franklin (US Founding Father, inventor, writer)

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Died:

2008 Bob Fischer (chess champion)

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On This Day:

1852 Britain recognises the independence of the Transvaal Republic ( part of South Africa)

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6th January – On This Day In History

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Born:

1955 Rowan Atkinson (comedian & actor – Mr Bean)

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Died:

1995 Joe Slovo (South African activist) 

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On This Day:

1912 New Mexico becomes the 47th State of the USA

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6th December – On This Day In History

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Born:

1886 Joyce Kilmer (poet)

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Died:

1988 Roy Orbison (musician – Pretty Woman)

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On This Day:

1906 Transvaal granted self government (by the British)

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20th November – On This Day In History

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Born:

1923 Nadine Gordimer (best selling South African author, Nobel Prize winner)

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Died:

1910 Leo Tolstoy (author – “War and Peace”)

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On This Day:

1917 Ukraine declares itself a republic 

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