On This Day: What happened on 11 April?

Here’s a look at what happened on this day, 11 April, throughout history. We remember the news, events, and people that influenced the course of history forever.

1961 | Nigeria imposed sanctions on South Africa, due to the apartheid policy in South Africa.

1979 | President of Uganda, Idi Amin is overthrown from power by military rebels who were backed by the Tanzanian army. 

2002 | South African former head of secret chemical and biological warfare project, Dr Wouter Basson, was found innocent for forty-six charges of murdering apartheid opponents, conspiracy, drug possession and fraud.

2007 | Town suicide car bombings exploded in Algiers killing 33 people and wounding 222.

2015 | Xenophobic attack – Several South Africans attacked foreigners in Durban and some parts of Johannesburg causing the deaths of foreigners and South Africans.

2018 | 257 people are killed when Ilyushin Il-76, Algerian Air Force aircraft crashes near Boufarik, Algeria.

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2012 | Algerian Former President, Ahmed Ben Bella (93) 

2012 | Nigerian Former Minister of Health, Moses Majekodunmi (95) 

2013 | South African politician, Zachariah Alpheus Mahlomola Molotsi (60) 

2013 | Ugandan Minister of Disaster Preparedness and Refugees, Stephen Mallinga (69)


1975 | South African mixed martial artist, Jan Nortje

1964 | South African-American actress, Ashley Gardner

1981 | South African-German dancer, Motsi Mabuse

1990 | Former South African baseball infielder, Anthony Garet Phillips


hansie cronje match-fixing scandal

2000 | Hansie Cronje is sacked by the South African board after admitting to match-fixing allegations in India. 

2001 | 43 people were killed and 250 injured in a stampede that occurred at a football match at Ellis Park Stadium between Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates.



1969 | South African President F.W. de Klerk married Marike Willemse.

2012 | ‘The Avengers’ starring Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson is released.


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