On This Day: What happened on 06 June?

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Here’s a look at what happened on this day, 06 June, throughout history. We remember the news, events, and people that influenced the course of history forever.

1972 | A coal mine exploded in Zimbabwe killing more than four hundred mineworkers. At that time it was the worst mine disaster ever.

1995 | The death penalty in South Africa was abolished by the South African Constitutional Court.

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2018 | At least 46 Ethiopians were killed when their boat capsized trying to cross from Somalia to Yemen.

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2019 | The African Union (AU) suspended Sudan from all AU activities due to violence against protesters in the country.

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DEATHS

2013 | South African cricketer, Jeffrey Mathews (70) 

2014 | Nigerian chieftain, and Ambassador to Senegal, Ado Bayero (83) 

2019 | Malawian Minister of Trade and Industry, Harry Thomson (85) 

2020 | Egyptian-born Greek painter, Constantin Xenakis (88)

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BIRTHDAYS

1935 | South African human rights activist, Saul Mkhize 

1965 | Former Member of Parliament of South Africa, Madala Backson Masuku 

1980 | Former Leader of the Democratic Alliance political party, Mmusi Maimane

1984 | South African actor, Atandwa Kani

SPORT

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2019 | President of the Confederation of African Football (Caf) Ahmad Ahmad was arrested in Paris with corruption, breach of trust and forgery charges.

ENTERTAINMENT

2002 | “The Bourne Identity” starring Matt Damon is released.

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AFRICA FACT

Madagascar is the largest island in Africa, located in the Indian Ocean (off Africa’s East Coast). It is also the fourth largest in the world.

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