A look back in time: 6 Historic events that took place on this day

A look back in time: 6 Historic events that took place on this day

South Africa has a rich history and sometimes citizens forget about events that played part in the shaping of the country.

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As Briefly.co.za reported earlier, today marks the 25-year anniversary of the death of OR Tambo, the former ANC president and anti-apartheid activist.

However, other than the freedom fighter's death, a few other notable events took place on 24 April, and Briefly.co.za decided to take a look at them.

1. Wednesday, 24 April, 1652

The woman and children on board Jan Van Riebeeck's three ships the Reijger, the Goede Hoop and the Drommedaris in Table Bay, were moved to wooden huts on shore.

2. Wednesday, 24 April, 1901

From 24 April until 25 May, a comet known as "The Great Comet of 1901" lights up the South African sky.

3. Friday, 24 April, 1964

During the time, South African president Charles Robberts Swart maintains the country was economically strong enough to withstand sanctions.

He added the only concern they had was with the oil supply.

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4. Friday, 24 April, 1987

Barclays Bank South Africa announced its would be continuing under a new name- First National Bank.

5. Monday, 24 April, 1989

Anti-apartheid activist Moses Mayekiso and his four accomplices get acquitted of all charges against them by Justice P.J. van der Walt.

They were prosecuted following an arrest on 28 June 1986 on grounds of treason and running "people's courts".

6. Wednesday, 24 April, 1991

Two ANC delegates, Derrick and Mavis Majola, were shot dead in their Mooi River home by four armed men.

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