What happened on September 24?

Here is an overview of what happened this day, September 24, across the world and South African history. We remember news, events and people who have influenced the course of history forever.

TODAY: SEPTEMBER 24

1995 | The first celebration of National Heritage Day involves South Africans celebrating their cultural traditions within the larger context of the great diversity of cultures, beliefs and traditions that make up the South African nation.

1996 | President Nelson Mandela posthumously awarded Enoch Sontonga, composer of “Nkosi, Sekel”, the Gold Award for Distinguished Service.

2019 | An impeachment inquiry has been opened by the United States House of Representatives against President Donald Trump.

2015 | Around 1,100 people have been killed and 934 others injured after a stampede during Hajj in Saudi Arabia.

2014 | The Mars Orbiter mission made India the first Asian nation to reach Mars orbit, and the first nation in the world to do so on its first attempt.

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ANNIVERSARIES

1966 | Indian voice actor, Rajesh Khattar.

1991 | Italian footballer, Maximiliano Uggè.

1957 | South African singer and songwriter, Sibongile Khumalo died in 2021.

1922 | American director, producer and screenwriter, Bert I. Gordon.

1972 | English actress, Kate Fleetwood.

THIS DAY

2016 | American accordionist and conductor, Buckwheat Zydeco, 69 years old.

1978 | American journalist and author, James Bassett, 66.

1976 | Ghanaian composer and pedagogue, Philip Gbeho, 72 years old.

2002 | American football player, Mike Webster, 57.

2013 | American football player and coach, Paul Dietzel, 89 years old.

SPORTS

1957 | Barcelona opened the Camp Nou that day with a 4-2 friendly victory against a selected team from Warsaw.

ENTERTAINMENT

2021 | On this day in the United States “Dear Evan Hansen” was first published.

AFRICA FACT

Uganda’s largest export cash crop is coffee and its economy is largely based on agriculture.

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