1960 | David Pratt attempted assassination at South African Prime Minister H.F. Verwoerd at the Rand Easter Show in Johannesburg failed.
1999 | Ibrahim Bare Mainassara, Niger president, was assassinated at an airport in Niamey, Niger by his own presidential guard while he was attempting to flee the country.
2005 | The New National Party (NNP) federal council decided to dissolve the party and to join the ANC.
2010 | A high court in Guangdong Province, China sentenced Janice Bronwyn Linden, from Wentworth in Durban to death for smuggling drugs.
2015 | Cecil John Rhodes statue was removed at the University of Cape Town.
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2006 | Gabonese president of the Senate and former foreign minister, Georges Rawiri (74)
2008 | Tunisian singer, Choubeila Rached (75)
2017 | Lebanese former Minister of Foreign Affairs, Fouad Naffah (92)
2019 | South African academic and negotiator, Pieter de Lange (93)
1942 | South African actress, Nomhle Nkonyeni
1972 | South African Television program host, James Currie
1980 | Former Swazi-South African Parliamentary Leader for the opposition Democratic Alliance, Lindiwe Mazibuko
1982 | South African footballer, Gert Schalkwyk
2017 | Kenyan marathon runners, Paul Lonyangata and Purity Rionoripo who are also husband and wife won the 41st Paris marathon.
2009 | Parks and Recreation a mockumentary sitcom television series starring Amy Poehler is released.
2012 | The Lion King becomes highest-grossing Broadway show
There are five ancient Precambrian cratons in Africa; Kaapvaal, Zimbabwe, Tanzania, Congo, and West African. These were formed more than 2 billion years ago.