What happened on July 12?


Here’s a look at what happened that day, July 12, throughout history. We remember the news, events and people who shaped the course of history forever.

1946 | India lodged a complaint in 1946 against racism in South Africa.

1954 | ANC president Albert Luthuli banned from attending public gatherings and confined to the magistrate district of Lower Tugela, Natal.

1975 | Manuel Pinto da Costa becomes the first president of the newly independent Democratic Republic of São Tomé and PrÁncipe.

1998 | Near. Nelson Mandela accompanies Queen Elizabeth II on a coach ride through the streets of London.

2012 | A tanker explosion kills more than 100 people in Okobie, Nigeria.

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1998 | Former senior opposition and government official, Marais Steyn (83)

2013 | Egyptian-English journalist, Alan Whicker (91)

2015 | Zimbabwean journalist, author and poet, Chenjerai Hove (59)


1981 | South African singer-songwriter Adrienne Camp.

1986 | South African rugby player, JP Pietersen.


2008 | The Springboks beat the All Blacks one-on-one in the Tri Nation series to break a historic 30-game unbeaten home game for the All Blacks.

2009 | Ireland beat Kenya by 4 points to win the 3-game series 3-0.


1961 | Pat Boone, American singer, actor and writer, embarks on a 10-day tour of South Africa.

1962 | The Rolling Stones give their first public performance at the Marquee Club in London, the original group included vocalist Mick Jagger, guitarists Keith Richards and Brian Jones, bassist Dick Taylor and drummer Mick Avory.


A plateau called the Witwatersrand in South Africa has produced half of the gold ever mined on Earth.

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