On This Day in South Africa: What happened on 19 September?

Look at what happened on this day 19 September in history. From various achievements and milestones throughout human history to groundbreaking inventions and events that shaped the world we live in today.

Here is a look at some of the most notable events that happened on this day


1985 | In one of the largest mass removals in modern history, the apartheid Government forcefully moved 3.5 million Black South Africans between 1960 and 1983. These removals occurred for a number of political and financial reasons. On this day in 1985, the Supreme Court ruled that Parliament would need to allow any forced evictions of communities from traditionally held lands.

2010 | The Deepwater Horizon oil spill’s leaky oil well was sealed.

2011 | With 602 career saved, Mariano Rivera of the New York Yankees overtook Trevor Hoffman to hold the record in Major League Baseball.

2021 | An eruption of the Cumbre Vieja volcano on the Canary Island of La Palma. The eruption ended on December 13 after approximately three months.

2022 | Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom’s state funeral took place at Westminster Abbey in London.

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1940 | American singer-songwriter and actor, Paul Williams.

1953 | South African politician, Jessie Duarte died in 2022.

1972 | American writer, N. K. Jemisin.

1985 | German politician, Nathanael Liminski.

1991 | South African rugby union footballer, Peet van der Walt.


2000 | American actress, Ann Doran, 89.

2001 | Welsh-Australian archaeologist and academic, Rhys Jones, 60.

2006 | American actress, Elizabeth Allen, 77.

2009 | German journalist, Eduard Zimmermann, 80.

2011 | American lawyer and politician, Thomas Capano, 62.


2007 | The ‘Special One’ announced he was leaving Chelsea, and the news shook the football world. After a lacklustre start to the new season, growing tensions between club owner Roman Abramovich and manager José Mourinho reached a breaking point, leading to Mourinho’s ‘by mutual consent’ departure from Stamford Bridge.


2003 | On this day, Jazz saxophonist Frank Lowe died of lung cancer at age 60.


With two fatal plane disasters in the last ten years, Nigeria has the finest aviation safety record in all of Africa.