On This Day in South Africa: What happened on 03 October?


Here’s a look at what happened on this day, 03 October, throughout world and South African history. We remember the news, events, and people that influenced the course of history forever.


1977 | Bantu Minister for Administration and Development, MC Botha announced that he would not stand for re-election.

1989 | The United States opposed new sanctions against South Africa, believing that they would be counterproductive to the process of change and negotiation.

2015 | Forty-two were killed and 33 missing in an airstrike in a hospital in Kunduz.

2013 | At least 360 migrants were killed when their boat sank near the Italian island of Lampedusa.

2008 | The Emergency Stabilization Act of 2008 for the US financial system was signed by President George W. Bush.

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1991 | South African triathlete, Henri Schoeman.

1990 | South African rugby union footballer, Grant Hattingh.

1997 | South African track and field athlete, Jo-Ane van Dyk.

1952 | New Zealand cricketer, Gary Troup.


2002 | American director, producer, and screenwriter, Bruce Paltrow, 59.

2014 | New Zealand comedian and television host, Ewen Gilmour, 51.

2001 | Greek actor, director, producer, and screenwriter, Costas Hajihristos, 80.

2012 | Welsh rugby player, Billy Hullin, 70.

2006 | Egyptian-Scottish nurse and author, Lucilla Andrews, 87.


1962 | England a 1-1 draw against France on this day in European Championship then the European Nations Cup a first leg qualifier match witnessed by 35 380 fans at Hillsborough.


2008 | On this day, “Beverly Hills Chihuahua” was released in the United States. It was directed by Raja Gosnell.


The city of Blantyre in the south of Malawi founded in 1876 by Scottish settlers, was named after David Livingstone’s hometown, Blantyre, which is located in South Lanarkshire in Scotland.

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