THIS day, and no doubt this year, will most likely have a series of negative associations when reflected in the years to come, although in South Africa at the very least we can commemorate the opening of the vaccination to all eligible citizens on August 20. 2021.

Let’s take the time to distract our minds from the Relentless Third Wave and take a backward look at 10 significant events that happened that day.

1. 2012: South Africa becomes the first cricket test nation With Gary Kirsten as coach – fresh out of his successful campaign to bring India to the 2011 Cricket World Cup champion position – South Africa was due to tour England to play three test matches, five matches one-day internationals and three Twenty20 international matches. With the help of explorer Mike Horn, Kirsten subjected the team to grueling physical training to improve mental toughness. It worked and South Africa beat England and won the title.

2. 2008: Jamaican Usain Bolt sets new 200m record at the Beijing Olympics It was on this day that the aptly named Bolt broke the record in an epic performance at the Summer Olympics. He also won gold in the 100m, finishing in a record 9.69 seconds, setting three world records throughout the Olympics.

3. 2004: The American Michael Phelps wins the 100 / 200m butterfly double at the Athens Olympics Another important Olympian, Phelps won his eighth medal that day at the Summer Olympics – six gold and two bronze. That tally tied him to Soviet gymnast Aleksandr Dityatin for the most medals ever won by a competitor in a single Olympic Games.

4. 1998: retaliation for the bombings of the American embassies It is not only good memories because this day also commemorates the American reprisals against the bombardments of the embassies in Kenya and Tanzania on August 7, 1998, which left nearly 200 dead. Thirteen days later, the US military launched cruise missile attacks against suspected Al-Qaida camps in Afghanistan, as well as a suspected chemical plant in Sudan.

5. 1994: Vuyani Bungu of South Africa wins IBF World Boxing Title The South African junior featherweight boxer turned pro in 1987, but it was that day in 1994 that he won the title with a shattering victory over Kennedy McKinney. This fight was named by Ring Magazine as the “Upheaval of the Year”. Bungu then defended his title 13 times before relinquishing the belt in 2000 to switch to featherweight.

6. 1993: Mother Teresa hospitalized for malaria Born in 1910 in Skopje – now the capital of North Macedonia but once part of the Kosovo Vilayet of the Ottoman Empire – Mother Teresa moved to Ireland and then to India where she lived most of her life. In 1950, she founded the Missionaries of Charity, a Roman Catholic religious congregation of more than 4,500 nuns, active in 133 countries. She was very concerned when she contracted malaria, but she recovered and lived another four years, before she died on September 5, 1997. She won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1979 and was canonized on September 4, 2016.

7. 1991: The rise and fall of the United Democratic Front (UDF) Established that day in 1983 at the Rocklands Community Center in Cape Town, the UDF has grown into one of the most prominent anti-apartheid movements, comprising over 400 organizations including labor unions, churches, civic organizations and students. However, with the lifting of the ANC ban and the dismantling of apartheid, the UDF lost its function and was dissolved that day in 1991.

8. 1991: Estonia declares its independence from the USSR That day was actually the restoration of Estonia’s independence, which came after an attempted Soviet military coup in Moscow. Estonian politicians declared the nation’s independence as Soviet tanks tried to suppress the independence movement and Soviet paratroopers tried to cut off communication by taking over the Tallinn TV Tower.

9. 1986: the American Patrick Sherrill kills 14 colleagues Have you ever heard of the term “go by mail”? Well, it starts that day in 1986, when the American postman, Patrick Sherrill, shot 20 of his colleagues before turning the gun on him. He ended up killing a total of 14 people in what was the deadliest workplace violence incident in the United States.

ten. 1977: NASA launches Voyager 2 In the 1970s, when NASA was still very active, it launched the Voyager 2 space probe to study the outer planets – Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune – and interstellar space. It is, in fact, the only spacecraft to have visited the giant ice planets Jupiter and Saturn. Voyager 2 remains in contact with Earth, despite an eight-month hiatus in 2020 when Deep Space Network maintenance interrupted outbound contact. Get inspired and do something positive to make today a truly memorable day in history.


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