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On This Day: What happened on 08 June?

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Here’s a look at what happened on this day, 08 June, throughout history. We remember the news, events, and people that influenced the course of history forever.

2016 | EgyptAir, Airbus A330 en route from Cairo to Beijing made an emergency landing in Uzbekistan due to a bomb threat.

2017 | A heavy storm killed eight people, damaged 135 schools and 800 homes were flooded across the Western Cape. The winds from the storm started fires which caused more than R4 billion worth of damages. 

2018 | Former Congolese Vice President, Jean-Pierre Bemba’s war crimes were overturned by the International Criminal Court. He was imprisoned for 18 years in 2016 for war crimes and sexual violence. 

2018 | Jacob Zuma’s corruption case (facing 16 counts of corruption, racketeering, fraud and money laundering) was postponed to 27 July.

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1998 | 10th President of Nigeria, Sani Abacha (54)

2009 | President of Gabon, Omar Bongo (73)

2016 | Kenyan former Minister for Labour and Social Services, Ngala Mwendwa (94)

2016 | Nigerian Olympic sprinter, Smart Akraka (82)


1945 | South African businessman, Nicky Oppenheimer

1960 | South African actor, Frank Opperman

1966 | South African former Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs, Sicelo Shiceka

1989 | South African artist, songwriter, and record producer, Lunatik (Mnqobi Nxumalo)


2009 | South Africa win the warm-up match by 26 runs against Sri Lanka at the ICC Women’s World Twenty20 in England.


1984 | The first ‘Ghostbusters’ was released. 

2019 | A South African short film ‘Wa Lepelle’ premiered on Mzansi Magic.


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