Here is an overview of what happened this day, 04 October, across the world and South African history. We remember news, events and people who have influenced the course of history forever.


1993 | EU lifts sanctions against South Africa

1989 | Efforts by a pro-sanctions lobby group against South African debt restructuring have failed.

2017 | Niger and US Special Forces were attacked by Islamic State militants outside the village of Tongo Tongo.

2010 | The accident at the Ajka plant in Hungary released millions of cubic meters of liquid alumina sludge, killing nine people, injuring 122 and seriously polluting two major rivers.

2003 | The Maxim’s restaurant suicide bombing in Israel killed 21 Israelis, Jews and Arabs.

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1984 | South African-Welsh rugby footballer and coach, Ian Evans.

1994 | South African cricketer, Aiden Markram.

1946 | American Admiral, Michael Mullen.

1940 | American bassist and composer Steve Swallow.

1989 | American model and actress, Dakota Johnson.


2000 | British-Canadian biochemist and geneticist, Nobel laureate Michael Smith, 68.

1974 | Northern Sotho writer and poet, Oliver Kgadime Matsepe, 42.

2012 | Zimbabwean historian and politician, Zimbabwean Minister of Foreign Affairs, Stan Mudenge, 71 years old.

2010 | English actor, comedian and singer-songwriter, Norman Wisdom, 95.

1943 | German-Polish Lieutenant, Irena Issakowicz, 37 years old.


2001 | Brendan Shanahan scored a hat trick in the Red Wings’ 4-3 overtime win at San Jose; he was the second player in NHL history to score the first two hat tricks in his career


2000 | At the 34th Country Music Association Award at the Grand Ole Opry House, Nashville, Tennessee: Dixie Chicks, Faith Hill and Tim McGraw The Dixie Chicks, Faith Hill and Tim McGraw emerged victorious.


The Mausoleum of Mohamed V was built in 1962 and its luxurious structure was completed in 1971.