On This Day in South Africa: What happened on 25 November?


Here’s a look at what happened on this day, 25 November, throughout world and South African history. We remember the news, events, and people that influenced the course of history forever.


1981 | The armed mercenaries from South Africa led by Colonel “Mad Mike” Hoare, attempted an unsuccessful coup in Seychelles.

2004 | It was announced publicly that a child prostitution and trafficking task force rescued 14 prostitutes in the city of Johannesburg.

2009 | Jeddah floods: Freaky rains fell in the city of Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, during the ongoing Hajj.  Three thousand cars were swept away and 122 people perished in the torrents, while another 350 were missing.

1999 | A 5-year-old boy from Cuba, Elian Gonzalez, was rescued by fishermen while floating in an inner tube off the coast of Florida.

1996 | An ice storm hit the central United States, killing 26 people. A powerful wind storm hit Florida with winds over 90 mph, downing trees and overturning trailers.

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1938 | South African war correspondent and writer, Al J Venter.

1992 | South African musician, King Monada.

1962 | Australian carpenter and television host, Scott Cam.

1973 | Dominican baseball player, Octavio Dotel.

1981 | American journalist, Jenna Bush Hager.


2005 | English race car driver, Richard Burns, 34.

2014 | American publisher and philanthropist, Irvin J. Borowsky, 90.

2010 | American anthropologist and academic, C. Scott Littleton, 77.

2006 | American actress and publisher, co-founded Beginner Books, Phyllis Fraser, 90.

2015 | Swedish author and translator, Lennart Hellsing, 96.


1992 | First Division Peterborough United beat Kingstonian 9-1 in the First Round of the FA Cup on this day.


2015 | On this day “The Good Dinosaur” was released in the United States in Disney Digital 3D and RealD 3D formats, which also premiered on November 10, 2015, in Paris.


The Sahara desert makes up more than four-fifths of Algeria’s land area.

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